But, then, there aren’t many teams like Lakeland.
Earlier this month, the Hornets, who have won three straight state titles and 15 straight league titles, nipped John Jay-Cross River with a goal in the last four-minutes-and-change of the game.
But when the game ended, it was John Jay that was celebrating.
It was hard to blame the Indians. Lakeland is the region’s elite team and John Jay almost pulled off a mammoth upset just by almost tying it.
But the celebration, which included some, “Wait ‘til next time” calls, rubbed Lakeland the wrong way.
Poked, you might say, the Hornets’ nest.
Lakeland, after all, had dominated everywhere but the scoreboard, in part, limiting the Indians to a single shot on net.
Yesterday was the rematch and Lakeland felt it had something to prove.
It wasted little time in doing so.
The Hornets scored five minutes into the game, then twice more times before the half, then once more in the second half.
And, yeah, again they allowed just one shot on their own net.
One day, some local team will take Lakeland down—maybe this year or next or the year after or…
Well, who knows when?
But yesterday was not that day.
15-0 is the record. A team that has been there, done that, won’t do this but 15-0 is truly something to celebrate.
Lakeland-John Jay was but one of several high-profile games and one of a dozen overall yesterday.
Included was now-13-0 Rye’s one-goal win over small-but-always-always-a-threat, Bronxville.
The recaps on that game and all follow.
October 15 games
Byram Hills 4, Briarcliff 0
The Bobcats’ Veronica Cotaj and Abbey Ratafia each scored two goals.
Fox Lane 1, North Salem 0
The Foxes have been on a late-season roll.
Tuesday, they got a big boost from goalie Victoria Darling, who had 10 saves to earn the shutout.
Nicole Johnston, who scored the Foxes’ only goal in their recent 1-0 win over Nyack, again was the only player to score.
North Salem’s Cecelia Diehl and Anastasia Pennacchio each had three saves.
Horace Greeley 3, Ossining 0
Olivia Harris earned the shutout for the Quakers with eight saves and Bernadette Grant, Megan Graham and Sara Jane Weill all scored.
Samantha Attia had two assists and Olivia Green one.
Lucia Tonelli had nine saves for The Pride.
Irvington 1, Hackley 1
Irvington’s Lauren Chafizadeh scored in the first half off a Mallory Toolan assist and Andrea McCree scored unassisted in the second for Hackley.
Aley Longo had four saves for Hackley.
Lakeland 4, John Jay-Cross River 0
In the aforementioned Hornets-Indians game, Steph Scala opened the scoring just five minutes into the first half.
Gab Celentano scored on a penalty stroke and Molly Fitzpatrick on a corner, also in the first half.
The junior Fitzpatrick, known more as a lacrosse than field hockey player but who has been strong all season for Lakeland and has earned praise from coach Sharon Sarsen as being tough, smart and a “finisher,” scored again in the second half.
Freshman Meghan Fahey had the assist on the last Fitzpatrick goal on a nice, one-timer pass.
Brianna Muniz and Felicia Costanzo also had assists for the Hornets.
Alex Halpin faced just the one John Jay shot, which she stopped.
Hayley Martinsens had eight saves for the Indians.
Lakeland out-cornered John Jay 14-2.
Mahopac 5, Carmel 0
Mahopac, the strongest team in Putnam and one of the stronger teams in the tri-county region, blanked its cross-town rival with three goals in the first half and two in the second.
Mikaela DiBello had two goals and Megan Korovich, Sarah Lilley and Julia Stack each scored one.
Sarah Quarto had an assist.
Maggie O’Shaughnessy had seven saves for Carmel.
Mamaroneck 8, Putnam Valley 0
Lizzie Clarke and Kimi Chiapparelli each scored a pair of goals and Heather Gardiner, Katherine Grinnell, Karen Seid and Ellie Seid each had one.
Karen Seid had two assists and Ellie Seid, Sydney Segal and Greta Massey one assist apiece.
Sam Cunningham had 12 saves for Putnam Valley.
North Rockland 3, Clarkstown North 0
Clarkstown North’s already-long season got a little longer as Sam Walker scored twice for the Red Raiders and Kaitlyn Gutenberger once.
Rebecca Fliegel had eight saves for the Rams.
Pearl River 5, Suffern 1
Suffern, last year’s section champ, now finds itself fighting to qualify for post-season play.
Pearl River, meanwhile, has already had a season to remember with nine wins against only two losses and four ties.
There was little chance of a tie Tuesday as the visiting Pirates put three points on the board in the first half, then another two in the second.
Courtney Ocasal, who has been absolutely huge all year for the Pirates, scored four of their five goals. Maggie Davin had the other.
Davin and Jackie Dowling each had two assists.
Annie McBride stopped eight shots for Pearl River.
Sydney Hiller had the Mounties’ goal.
Rye 3, Bronxville 2
Fusine Govaert had two goals and Alex Bennett one as the Garnets kept their perfect season alive.
Briana Alberghine had the Broncos’ two goals, one off a Gretchen Richter assist.
Brenna Smith had four saves for Rye and Chase Judkins four for Bronxville.
Rye Country Day 6, St. Luke’s 0
Emily Duarte again showed she’s one of the area’s best players, this time registering a hat trick.
Sophie Grayer, Charlotte Cooper and Natalie Needle all had single goals for the Wildctas.
Zoe Verni and Mariana Lee had assists.
Melanie Mandell had five saves.
Rye Neck 3, Croton-Harmon 1
Completing the sweep for Rye teams, the Panthers shut out the Tigers behind two goals from Briana Cefaloni and one from Nicole Miller.
Cefaloni and Miller, in fact, were quite the a pair with Cefaloni assisting on Miller’s goal and Miller having the assist on both Cefaloni goals.
Julie Gutterman had two stops for Rye Neck, which also got very solid play from Shelby Hackenberg and Marysol Finkenberg.
Clarkstown South at Nanuet, 4 p.m.
Suffern at Nyack, 4 p.m.
Clarkstown North at Byram Hills, 4:15 p.m.
Hastings at Scarsdale, 4:15 p.m.
White Plains at Irvington, 4:15 p.m.
Edgemont at Pelham, 4;30 p.m.
Panas at North Rockland, 4:30 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow at Ursuline, 4:45 p.m.
Ossining at Rye, 6:30 p.m.