The county championship Massapequa won last year with its cadre of underclassmen and first-year starters spelled hard times ahead for competitors. The writing was on the wall, and for the Chiefs, it likely read: "Dynasty."
"It's an amazing feeling," forward Kelsey O'Brien said after Massapequa won its third consecutive Nassau field hockey championship Sunday.
O'Brien had two goals and three assists, Lena Pollich contributed two goals and an assist and Jamie Ahrens scored twice as top-seeded Massapequa beat second-seeded Port Washington, 6-0, in the Nassau Class A final at Adelphi.
"I've been watching Massapequa since I was little," said defender Dana Ahrens, whose mother, Melodee, is an assistant coach, "and I think this is the best team we've ever had."
Actually, some rivals said the same before the season. And after Sunday's performance, who can disagree? The Chiefs (12-2) looked sharp, dominant and . . . well, like a team worth its preseason hype.
"We can't hang our heads over this," Port Washington coach Joe Lederer said. "That's a very good team we lost to."
Pollich's first goal got the Chiefs on the board 4:53 in. She took a short pass from O’Brien and slapped it into the left corner from about 10 feet out. Her second goal, with 2:33 left in the first half, gave Massapequa a 4-0 lead. Jackie Harrison made six saves in the shutout.
The Chiefs’ third and fourth goals came at the end of a series of long, zigzagging passes (Jamie Ahrens was the beneficiary on the third score).
“It’s something we’ve been working on,” Massapequa coach Barbara Lowell said. “We’ve gotten better at it as the season has progressed and they’re starting to get it at the right time.”
Kelly McDonough (four saves) and Brittany Nachamie (one) combined in goal for Port Washington (9-4-1).
“This is the first championship team I’ve been a part of,” said Pollich, who, in addition to scoring, played well defensively alongside Kristin Yevoli. “This is an awesome accomplishment.”
As further evidence of Massapequa’s improvement: Last season the Chiefs survived a thriller in the county final, edging New Hyde Park 1-0 in overtime.
“We know how stressful it was to win a close game,” O’Brien said, “and we didn’t want this one to be like that.”
"Our expectations were high for ourselves," Dana Ahrens said. "Even from preseason, we were saying, 'Let's get to states.' ''