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Ally Hutzler, Maggie Revera lead Miller Place back to state tournament

Miller Place's Maggie Revera, second from right, gets

Miller Place's Maggie Revera, second from right, gets congratulated by teammates after scoring the first goal late in the first half of the varsity field hockey Class B championship against Manhasset at Adelphi University. (Nov. 13, 2012) Credit: James Escher

Paint the town red.

That town being Syracuse and red being Miller Place's team color. After a seven-year absence from the field hockey state tournament, they're coming back.

Ally Hutzler scored twice to lead the Panthers in a 3-0 win over Manhasset in the Long Island Class B final Tuesday night at Adelphi, securing the program's 14th title, but first since 2005.

At the end of a back-and-forth first half, Maggie Revera put the Panthers on the board 1:07 before intermission. Miller Place reset after the initial penalty corner shot was swatted back, and Revera took a pass inside from Allie Krumholz about 2 yards left of the cage and poked it in.

Hutzler's second-half goals created the cushion and final margin for the Panthers (19-0), who face Pittsford Sutherland in the state semifinals Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Jensen Polizzotto made 10 saves for Manhasset (14-3).

Miller Place is one of only two remaining undefeated Long Island teams, along with Class A champ Sachem East. But the Panthers went about their business quietly this season, with little flash and fanfare, just a whole lot of success.

Last night, though, they made some noise. No, really. The players, along with their fans -- several of them male students wearing the girls' alternate jerseys -- screamed at the top of their lungs.

"We've got that hardware," coach Alana LaMorte said.

And with that, a trip upstate.

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