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Jamie Emma's goal helps Miller Place to Suffolk 'B' title

Miller Place's Emily Mott, Ally Hutzler and Megan

Miller Place's Emily Mott, Ally Hutzler and Megan Gonzalez, react after Jamie Emma (not pictured) scored against Rocky Point in the Suffolk Class B field hockey final. (Nov. 12, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

And they're gonna party like their coach did in 1999.

With a 1-0 win over Rocky Point in Monday's Suffolk Class B field hockey final, Miller Place can declare, "The Panthers are back."

Jamie Emma's first-half goal held up as top-seeded Miller Place earned its 19th county championship -- but first since 2005. "It's the best feeling ever," Emma said of her goal, a high deflection from the left side off Tiana Parrella's pass 10:14 in.

This storied program dominated for two decades and Panthers coach Alana LaMorte starred on its late '90s teams, winning three titles. "Born and raised here, now it's come full-circle," said LaMorte, who has rebuilt the team. "We've got work ahead of us, but I couldn't be more proud."

Megan Palasek made nine saves for No. 2 Rocky Point (14-5). Carly Olsen had one save for Miller Place (18-0), which faces Manhasset Tuesday in the Long Island final at Adelphi.

Miller Place's return to its glory days came, in part, because this group was born to run. Literally. The Panthers were so pumped for this game, Maggie Revera said, they jogged two miles in the snow last week.

"We take a lot of pride in putting our team back on top," midfielder Heather Ercolano said. "We've been working for this for a long time."

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