Pelham field hockey team clinches league title for second straight year


Following a ten year drought in championship titles, Pelham’s varsity field hockey team clinched their second straight title with tonight’s home win over Harrison.

The team posted an 11-3-2 record on the season, and went undefeated in league play, going 6-0-1, including a tight 2-1 home victory over perennial rival Rye.

The offense kept up a pressing attack all season, scoring 5 times or more than 7 times this season, and averaging over 3.5 goals per game. The offense was led by sophomore forward Eileen Mazzaro, and midfielders and captains Jane Dunbar, a junior, and Morgan Orlando, a senior.

On the defensive end, a defense headlined by captain and senior Grace Liberatore, as well as freshman goalkeeper Katherine Prisco who, along with the rest of the defense, kept opponents below 5 goals all season, allowing at most 4 goals to Class AA’s Horace Greeley. The defense also turned in 8 shutout games, or 50% of the games played, keeping the score close until the offense could score. The defense allowed on average just .81 goals against per game.

The team, after being eliminated by eventual Section 1 Class A runners-up John Jay-Cross River during sectional semifinals last year, expects a top seed for this years playoffs for the second year in a row. The team finds out early next week who their first game of postseason will be against.