Massapequa teammates celebrate after their 3-2 win over East Meadow...

Massapequa teammates celebrate after their 3-2 win over East Meadow in the Nassau Class A field hockey final at Adelphi University on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Credit: James Escher

A group of new faces carried on Massapequa's winning tradition.

The No. 1 Chiefs (10-7) won their sixth straight Nassau A title Sunday with a 3-2 win over No. 2 East Meadow at Adelphi University.

"It feels amazing," said senior Christina Conkling, a second-year varsity player who gave the Chiefs a 1-0 halftime lead. "I'm proud of myself and all of my teammates and how hard we've worked this whole season to be able to bring back the same feeling we had last year."

Conkling, who played a key role for Massapequa last year, was one of 10 returning players for first-year varsity coach Melodee Ahrens. Ahrens had coached most of the team at the JV level, easing the transition process for Massapequa.

"She's been with the program, so most of us know her," Conkling said. "It was just a fresh, new way to change things up, and it just worked well."

An 8-2 Conference II record indicated the Chiefs hadn't lost their step, but this group did not dominate the title game like last year's squad, which beat Port Washington, 6-0. The Chiefs and Jets battled until time expired.

Conkling opened the scoring with a straightaway shot from 12 yards out 9:12 into the game.

"I was like this is it," she said. "This is a chance to get us fired up and start off our run to just keep the scoring going."

The Chiefs wouldn't score again until the second half, when Caitlyn O'Connor netted the first of her two goals with 18:42 left.

Leading 2-1, Massapequa earned five penalty corners in a two-minute stretch late in the second half. O'Connor, a sophomore, gained control near the cage and scored with 2:37 left.

"It was amazing," O'Connor said. "I thought that truly made it ours."

But East Meadow (6-7) answered on Emily Leeb's goal with 1:01 left.

"[East Meadow] did not quit," Ahrens said. "We kept telling our girls, 'They want it, but we want it more.' ''

And they got it, a new group continuing an old tradition and earning a date with the Suffolk A winner on Sunday.

"The sense of pride everyone gets after winning, everyone wants to feel that," Conkling said. "Every year it's a fight to bring that back."

Carle Place 3, Oyster Bay 0. Shannon McGuinness is Long Island's assists leader, but she found a different way to help Carle Place defend its Nassau C title.

The senior midfielder, who has 23 assists, scored two unassisted goals in the first half, and the top-seeded Frogs (15-1) took a 2-0 lead at halftime.

"I still look at it as a way to help the team," said McGuinness, who has committed to Dowling's field hockey program, according to Carle Place coach Carol Nesdill. "If I score or not, I'm always just happy that we're scoring."

Nesdill said McGuinness' relentless pursuit of the ball at every spot of the field has made her a special player for the Frogs, who will face Southampton in the Long Island championship on Sunday.

"She's the real deal," Nesdill said. "Dowling is getting a huge player, having her go out there. She's just a go-to girl. She gets the most touches. She's a girl that's going to lead us."

Carle Place peppered Oyster Bay's Anna Montick all night, putting 28 shots on goal. Montick made 25 saves.

Elissa Frein, Long Island's leader with 43 goals, put on the finishing touch with 6:33 remaining. Sophia Urrutia had the assist.

Oyster Bay finished 8-7.


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