Perennial power Garden City tops CSH
Oh, Garden City graduated 11 seniors, most of its stars among them. With so many first-time starters, the divide between the Trojans and their rivals has narrowed. Oh, this could be that year they finally take a step back.
It took less than 12 minutes Wednesday for this Garden City field hockey team to introduce itself and remind all that little more than the names has changed.
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Linda Attanasio, camped on the wing, deflected in a low liner that Victoria Piscopo sent from atop the circle with 18:44 left in the first half, and the host Trojans went on to beat Cold Spring Harbor, 3-0.
This game was a rematch of last year's Class B county final, and its score was identical to the one that brought Garden City its 17th straight Nassau championship.
"We have a lot of big shoes to fill and everyone has to step up in order for us to stay at this level," Attanasio, a senior, said. "We're excited to show everyone that we can."
The point was made against the Seahawks, a Conference I rival that twice tied them in regular-season games the previous two years.
Piscopo had two assists, Charlotte Castronovo and Elizabeth Furman each had a goal, and Allison Miller made two saves for the Trojans (2-0).
"They're a great team, so this really sets a tone early," Castronovo said. "We were able to control the ball and keep it on the attacking end."
As evidenced by Taylor Striar's 10 saves for Cold Spring Harbor (1-1), and the Trojans' 14 penalty corners. Furman's goal, off a short pass from Piscopo, made it 3-0 with 8:24 to go in the first half.
The defense, which has long been a staple of this program, again looked impenetrable.
"We know Cold Spring Harbor likes to take big hits, so we dropped back a little more and I played some [sweeper] to make sure nothing got past us," said Liz Kane, the lone senior on defense.
"It's a young team, but we have depth and all the good vibes are there," Piscopo said. "I can feel it. This team has a lot of potential."
Oh, it certainly looks that way.