Sachem East's Kaitlyn Shanahan gets chased by Webster Thomas' Grace...

Sachem East's Kaitlyn Shanahan gets chased by Webster Thomas' Grace Bilow during the NYSPHSAA Class A field hockey semifinals at Maine-Endwell on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Credit: Thomas LaBarbera

Sachem East's field hockey team knows how to have fun off the field.

The Flaming Arrows kicked off their trip to the state tournament with a karaoke night in their hotel. At Maine-Endwell High School Saturday, they sang a familiar tune with a 1-0 win over Webster Thomas to advance to the state Class A final for the fourth straight year.

"Karaoke's fun," said Cara Trombetta, who scored six minutes into the game. "It's great team bonding."

Coach Tina Moon provided the karaoke machine.

"Karaoke's the best. It's a tradition. I do it once a year," Moon said. "I decided to do it this year at the hotel. The kids are great. We had a lot of fun."

They also had fun playing laser tag Tuesday. Moon said she thought it would help the team relax in between its 4-0 win over Massapequa in the Long Island Championship and its appearance upstate.

"Sometimes the intensity and being young and being in this position, you need a little fun," Moon said.

Trombetta, who ranks second in Suffolk with 31 points, said Moon was the best at laser tag.

"I dominated," Moon said.

And her team did the same Saturday, despite the narrow margin.

The Flaming Arrows (20-0) controlled the ball for most of the first 17 minutes. They had five penalty corners before Webster Thomas could even push the ball into Sachem East's circle.

"We're just excited. It's an amazing experience to be here," said Trombetta, a junior in her fourth year on varsity. "We wanted to come out strong and get this game going."

Trombetta scored on Sachem East's third penalty corner. Kayla Henry-Caltabellotta sent the insert to her on the left side, and the midfielder dialed up a laser that evaded Webster Thomas goalie Krystal Bradley, who made eight saves.

"We had the momentum going, and we just did a quick corner and shot on goal," Trombetta said. "It was pretty simple. It was a straight shot and our team, we just came out really strong."

Webster Thomas settled down and had a few decent opportunities in the last 12 minutes of the first half, but Sachem East's defense made every stop.

Moon said the defensive stars were Jessica D'Angelo and Henry-Caltabellotta.

D'Angelo wrested the ball away from a Webster Thomas forward 2 yards left of the net 2:30 before halftime. She also thwarted the Titans' best scoring opportunity in the second half, upending Gracee Bilow's breakaway and sending the ball downfield.

"They definitely moved really well and sucked up any ball that came past the 50," Moon said of D'Angelo, Henry-Caltabellotta and the rest of the defense.

The Flaming Arrows will face Mamaroneck in the Class A final Sunday at 10 a.m. They're shooting for redemption for a 3-2 loss to Shenendehowa in last year's championship.

"It's awesome. It's a great accomplishment," Trombetta said. "Not every team gets to be here, and it's awesome to experience this four years in a row."


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