Field Hockey: ‘Maddy squared’ provides scoring punch

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09/11/2014 8:20 PM |
Greenport/Southold freshman Madison Hilton pushing the ball forward and closing in on Hampton Bays goalie Ashlyn Von Bartheld. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greenport/Southold freshman Madison Hilton pushing the ball forward and closing in on Hampton Bays goalie Ashlyn Von Bartheld. (Credit: Garret Meade)

CLIPPERS 8, BAYMEN 2

The path in front of the field hockey goal at Greenport High School could be named Madison Avenue. It would be a fitting appellation.

That’s because the Greenport/Southold team has not one, but two Madisons — Madison Hilton and Madison Tabor. In their brief time together on the field, the duo has already picked up a joint nickname: “Maddy squared.”

Through the Clippers’ first two games this season, “Maddy squared” has combined for three goals, including two in an 8-2 rout of visiting Hampton Bays on Thursday.

Hilton, a freshman forward who played junior high school field hockey last year, hardly looked like someone competing in only her second varsity game. She put up three goals (giving her four in two games) and one assist, as did senior center midfielder Sarah Tuthill. Tabor, a sophomore forward who did some air dribbling (repeatedly tapping the ball in the air while running forward) during the game, had two goals and two assists.

Liz Clark and Toni Esposito each had a pair of assists for the Clippers (1-1 over all and in Suffolk County Division III), who dominated in shots, 21-3.

The Clippers took a 2-0 lead with their first two shots in the opening 5 minutes 27 seconds. The Madison-to-Madison connection opened the scoring with Tabor’s first goal, and then Tuthill drove in a shot off a penalty corner from Clark to double the lead.

Hampton Bays (0-3, 0-2) reduced that gap to 2-1 on its first shot, connecting on a goal by Isabella Quiros off a pass from Rebecca Harris at 8:14.

The goals were flowing for the Clippers, though. They struck for four straight goals before Harris set up the second Hampton Bays score, this time by Kara Rosante.

Isabelle Torres made her varsity debut for the Clippers when she replaced starting goalie Katie Tuthill with a little more than 10 minutes left in the game and went on to make two saves.

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