With a 6-0 win over Section 5’s Pittsford Sutherland, the Lakeland field hockey team captured its fourth consecutive Class B state final and seventh overall.
Lakeland is now second on the NYSPHSAA all-time list for field hockey titles behind eight-time winner Marathon.
Before this streak of four straight titles began in 2009, the Hornets other victories came in 1990, 2003 and 2006.
“I can’t even put it into words,” senior Rebecca Bard said. “It’s literally the most perfect four years ever. I can’t believe that we get to receive the plaque and I get to design a ring with my co-captains.”
The win concludes a 22-win campaign in which the Hornets outscored their opponents by more than 100 goals and lost a single game to Connecticut’s Darien.
“We’ve worked hard, 12 months every year since freshman year,” Lakeland senior Conroy said. “It’s time to show that and it we showed it in today’s game.”
Gab Celentano scored twice and had two assists for the Hornets. Dana Bozek, Gianna Bensaia, Abby Murdock and Steph Scala also scored.
Bard and Molly Fitzpatrick also had assists.
“I wanted to win this game knowing that I did something to help us win,” Fitzpatrick, a sophomore, said. “It’s something that I will remember for the rest of my career. Not only cheering but doing something to help us win.”
The Hornets had 11 penalty corners and allowed one shot on goal. Pittsford Sutherland did not have a corner chance.
Bard, Bensaia and Dana Bozek were named to the All-Tournament team.
To advance to this game, Lakeland topped a gritty Maine-Endwell team in the Saturday Semifinal, 1-0.
“Last night was such a battle and the fact that they found a way to win against a great opponent was remarkable,” Lakeland coach Sharon Sarsen said. “As easy as the final was, with yesterday’s game, we were fortunate and blessed to move forward.”
The Hornets will return 14 players from this year’s team looking ahead to next season.
“There’s a lot of talent coming up,” Sarsen said. “They are young and they have to work as hard as this group did, they have to put the hours in on the turf.”