Here was some reaction following Garden City’s 3-1 loss to Lakeland in the Class B state final on Sunday.
Emma Bozek scored off a pass from Shannon Scavelli with 21:50 remaining in the first half to give Lakeland a 2-0 lead. (Coincidentally, her goal in last year’s final also gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead.)
Winning three state titles: “It feels better than before because, as a senior now, I can say we went out with a bang. This was one has the most meaning for me. I feel like I’m on top of the world.”
Facing Garden City: “We always look forward to them. Throughout the season we take it one game at a time, but when the day comes that our next game is Garden City, the nerves and the excitement kick in; it’s incredible. We have a rivalry and we always see them here [in states]. They’re obviously a great program, so for us, it’s so good to beat them.”
Bozek also plays lacrosse, as do many of the Garden City players. Bozek’s Lakeland/Panas team lost to Northport in the Class A state semifinals while Garden City went on to win a sixth straight Class B championship. Is Lakeland becoming the Garden City lacrosse of field hockey? “That’s something I’ve definitely thought about. We’re not there yet, though. What they’ve accomplished is amazing. Our coach, Sharon Sarsen, runs a phenomenal program. Three championships in a row and two before is a testament to her work with the program. Maybe we’ll get there.”
Garden City senior Alexandra Bruno
Frustration of losing to Lakeland again: “Obviously we’re frustrated, losing to the same team. But at least we’re losing to a great team and it’s not that we’re playing poorly or not trying. We know we tried hard and this game could’ve gone either way.”
This season in synopsis: “It was a great season. We made it back to states, made to the final again.”
Several great players graduated from last year’s team (including All-Long Islanders Caroline Tarzian and Mikaela Rix), but this year’s group got just as far. “It’s a great accomplishment. Every year I think there are people that doubt us because of who’s not back. But we work hard knowing we have to make up for who we lost and we’ve done a good job.”
Garden City coach Diane Chapman
Analysis of the game: What happened? “We came out thinking we could win. We did some good things in the beginning. They scored those two [goals] on us early, then we settled down. We came out strong in the second half, got the momentum going. We got within a goal [once Charlotte Castronovo scored with 17:49 left] and had enough time to get another and tie it, maybe go ahead… They came down and got a corner and put it in. Their corners were executed perfectly and that was the difference.” (Lakeland drew five penalty corners and scored on three of them.)
Outlook for next year. “We lose a great senior class, but we have 19 returning players. We have a great group to pool from and fill those roles. We’ll be OK.”
Bozek and Scavelli are graduating, which helps Garden City (really, every team’s) chances: “That’s a good thing. Those two are phenomenal players… It’s going to be interesting to see how they are without them. But they’re a great, well-coached team and they reload, too. I expect them to be good again.”
Garden City junior Victoria Piscopo. The midfielder was named to the all-tournament team (along with senior defender Catherine Dickinson) and will likely be one of the players who takes on a greater role next season.
Next year's team: "I expect nothing less of next year’s team. We gave it our all today and that's what we'll do next year. I have no doubt we can be good, with hard work and effort."
Facing Lakeland: “We were the underdogs and we came out and played hard. We dominated at some points and it just didn’t go our way. It was a good run, and we’ll get ‘em next year.”
Trojans senior Tara Mahon
The team’s collective mood after the loss: “I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m happy right now. I’m obviously not happy that we lost, but I know we played hard and left our hearts out there. We’re disappointed that we didn’t win, but I’m not mad at how we played.”
How good is Lakeland: “Bruno and I play with their coach in Futures and we play with some of their girls, and they’re awesome. I think they’re the best. You never want to lose, but if you have to lose to someone, you’d want to lose to the best.”
The Trojans will have a new look next year, losing 11 seniors: “It’s a cycle for Garden City. Every year people step up and we rebuild. Everyone puts their hearts into it. We always lose people, but we always replace… I know it sounds cliché, but they (the 2012 team) can do anything they set their minds to.”