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Fazio’s goal wins Suffolk ‘B’ field hockey title for Miller Place

Jillian Fazio #17 of Miller place scores the

Jillian Fazio #17 of Miller place scores the second goal against Rocky Point's Jennifer Greene #75 during overtime on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

For the third time this season Miller Place and Rocky Point squared off against one another in Suffolk field hockey, and for the third time the match took longer than 60 minutes to decide a winner.

After finishing regulation tied at 1, Miller Place and Rocky Point headed to sudden death overtime in Friday’s Suffolk Class B final. The first 10-minute overtime was scoreless.

With four seconds remaining in the second overtime, senior forward Jillian Fazio redirected senior captain Julia Burns’ pass into the net for the game-winning goal to lead No. 1 Miller Place over No. 2 Rocky Point 2-1 and capture the Suffolk B title for a second consecutive season.

Burns dribbled the ball down the field and dodged past two defenders before finding Fazio.

“It was so amazing,” Fazio said. “The entire team ran over to me after I scored . . . it was such a surreal moment.”

Miller Place (16-1) broke a scoreless tie with 17:16 in the second half when Arianna Esposito scored on an assist from her sister Crystal to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Just five minutes later Rocky Point answered with a goal from Sara Giamarrella to tie the game at 1. Including the overtimes, Ally Tarantino made four saves for Miller Place, while Rocky Point goalie Jen Greene stopped nine shots.

In their first meeting in the middle of September, Miller Place defeated Rocky Point 2-1 in a shootout. In the team’s final regular season game last Wednesday, Miller Place bested Rocky Point once again in a shootout 3-0.

“The girls come in every day and work so hard,” said Miller Place coach Alana LaMorte. “The season has been fun at times and rough at times, but the girls always have a smile on their face. They always keep a positive attitude towards one another and never get on each other if something goes wrong.”

Miller Place, which has won the Suffolk B title four out of the last five years, will face the winner of Wednesday’s Nassau Class B final, between No. 1 Garden City and No. 2 Cold Spring Harbor, next Saturday 3 p.m. at Adelphi for the Long Island Class B Championship.

“We are going to enjoy this county championship and get back to business tomorrow,” LaMorte said.


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