It's been a slow process for Oyster Bay field hockey, but an upset victory over Massapequa last week has provided a welcome jolt.
Senior Keira Scognamiglio said she was just filling in for an absent teammate last Thursday, but after 2-0 win against the Chiefs, Nassau's Class A champion since 2009, Scognamiglio has a new home in the backfield.
"I'm kind of learning things as I go along because I've never been an actual defender," said Scognamiglio, formerly a midfielder.
Scognamiglio, forward Shelby Cook and goalie Anna Montick are among eight seniors for the Nassau Class C team.
Oyster Bay coach Ann Marie Rudd said the middle defensive line is still finding its way, but has shown early promise.
The team lost 3-0 to Carle Place last Friday, but Rudd was excited to have only been down 1-0 at halftime against a squad led by Elissa Frein, one of the top scorers in Nassau County with 10 points (8 goals) through Wednesday.
"We held our place," Rudd said. "Last year we lost against Carle Place, 7-1, and we lost against Massapequa."
Oyster Bay lost to North Shore, 2-1, Wednesday, but Rudd is optimistic that the growing pains won't last long.
It's been a bit of a challenge," Rudd said. "So any way we can get shots on goal, we're going to take it."