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Elissa Frein leads Carle Place to fourth straight Nassau Class C title

Carle Place's Elissa Frein controls the ball during

Carle Place's Elissa Frein controls the ball during the Nassau Class C final against Oyster Bay at Adelphi University on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Photo Credit: James Escher

Elissa Frein said she already decided what dodge she was going to pull by the time she took possession after forcing a turnover 16 yards away from the cage.

The Carle Place field hockey captain charged ahead for a breakaway and made no mistakes, giving her team a two-goal lead over Oyster Bay with 12:33 left until halftime.

Nine minutes later, Frein was in front of the cage again, this time turning around to score after getting a pass down low from Kailee Pagnotta.

Frein had four points, three in the first half, and led the Frogs to a 5-0 win over Oyster Bay on Sunday at Adelphi to clinch the program's fourth straight Nassau Class C Championship.

"I definitely had to come out and be a leader for the team," Frein said. "That's been my role all year, to be the leader, making sure everyone's working hard, pushing each other to their limits.

"I kind of knew we were going to come out with the win because we've been working so hard this season."

Carle Place got off to a quick start with three penalty corners in the first four minutes of the game, but couldn't generate quality chances.

The Frogs stayed in their offensive zone for most of the next 10 minutes, save for two corners by Oyster Bay, and broke through for their first goal when Sophia Urrutia scored from the right wing after being fed across the circle by Frein.

Alexis Ruiz scored an unassisted goal from about 18 yards out on the left side of the cage to put her team up 4-0 with 1:58 left in the first.

Carle Place played their most aggressive field hockey out of the half. Urrutia led the Frogs down field multiple times and finally capitalized from point-blank range with 11:12 left in regulation on a pass by Frein.

"I think we dominated for most of the game," Urrutia said. "Our team worked hard, everyone was getting in the circle, getting goals, getting assists. Our passing sequences (and) communication was great."

Carle Place coach Carol Nesdill praised her team's strong showing against a talented opponent. She said it took a while for her team to start scoring, but once they did, Frein was "the spark."

"She's the real thing," Nesdill said. "She's a kid that makes things happen and we go around her, that's for sure."

Added Nesdill: "We had a great year, but what does anything mean until you win this? We came out and we dominated this team. We did a nice job. This is our ninth shutout. These kids have done the job all year; we had no reason to not expect they would do it today."

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