Kaitlin Daniels has seen disturbing signs that the number of field hockey players on Long Island has been declining in recent years. However, the Greenport/Southold high school coach found encouragement this past spring when she saw healthy turnouts for pickup games. That prompted her to approach Greenport athletic director Chris Golden and suggest the time was right for the school to bring a junior varsity team back to the fall lineup.
And so it is. For the first time in about five years, Greenport will field a JV team, coached by Mary Kathryn Baker. That’s a positive for the immediate future. READ
During the preseason, there was a question as to who would be the goalkeeper for the Greenport/Southold field hockey team. Ella Mazzaferro was the team’s goalie last year — the first time she had ever played the position — but she was toying with the idea of returning as a field player.
She recalled: “I was like, ‘I need to be on the field. I want to be where the action’s at, like I really just want to be running up and down the field.”
For a brief spell, that thought was appealing to the Greenport High School sophomore. And then it hit her … READ
Kaitlin Daniels is looking at the bigger picture.
The Greenport/Southold high school field hockey coach judges success by more than a win-loss record. For her, the team’s improvement and the growth of the program are what really counts. READ
Brittany Walker, the longest-serving member of the Greenport/Southold high school field hockey team, must have looked around at the start of the team’s first preseason practice on Monday morning and wondered to herself, “Who are some of these people?”
Good question. READ
The drought ended, the dam burst and a torrent of goals flooded in.
Who would have thought?
Perhaps not even the players on the Greenport/Southold high school field hockey team themselves could have foreseen the offensive output they registered against Hampton Bays on Thursday. READ
Playing as a field hockey goalkeeper wasn’t on Ella Mazzaferro’s radar before this year. “I was completely against it in junior high,” she said. “I was like, ‘I’m not doing this.’ ”
Kaitlin Daniels is looking at the big picture.
It isn’t a win-loss record she is most concerned about heading into her first season as the Greenport/Southold high school field hockey coach. READ
From season to season, teams change. Players come and players go. It’s the cycle of high school sports.
Sometimes those changes are minimal and subtle. Other times they are more dramatic, like the transformation the Greenport/Southold field hockey team has undergone.
The search is on.
Now that its season is officially over, Job No. 1 for the Greenport/Southold high school field hockey team is to find a new goalie.
The tears were kept to a minimum while the enjoyment was maximized by the Greenport/Southold high school field hockey team on Wednesday night.
From the pregame Senior Night ceremony at Greenport High School’s Dorrie Jackson Memorial Field to the 3-0 win over Babylon to the food and fun afterward, the evening was judged an all-around success for the Clippers.