Another marvelous season in the books for Massapequa field hockey

Julia Ruocchio & Natasha Lichtwar, Sports Editor & Staff Writer

The Massapequa Field Hockey team finished the regular season by earning a record of nine wins and three losses. The Chiefs completed their season with a final record of 9-3. As the regular season winded down, the Chiefs were hungry for another County Championship. The Chiefs competed the three-peat, winning their ninth County Championship in the last ten years.

Senior captains Sophia Theodorous, Megan Cook, Kelly Rosenfeld, Ciara O’Connor, and Molly Gerasci led the team through an unforgettable season. Since fourth grade, these five girls have been scoring goals and making memories together as their journey began with the Long Island Field Hockey Association, also known as “LIFA”, which is a field hockey league for girls in elementary school starting in 4th grade. According to voice of Massapequa athletics, Alexander Carmenaty, these five girls are known as the ‘five-headed monster of Massapequa.’ They are nicknamed this for their outstanding teamwork and success on the field.

Forward Gerasci scored a team-leading 10 goals this season with the addition of five assists, and a total of 15 points. Playing midfield, Theodorous, used her remarkable speed for the various breakaways made throughout the season. She totalled two points this season, including one goal and one assist.

Returning All-County outstanding midfielder, Rosenfeld not only scored multiple goals and made many assists this season, but has earned herself a spot on Mercy College’s field hockey and lacrosse team. Kelly is tied with teammate Gerasci for points on the year with 15, as well as leading the team in assists with 10.

O’Connor uses her exceptional skill to aid the team in adding to the score with assisting goals too. Cook was able to strike the ball into the cage on various occasions throughout the season as a result of O’Connor’s outstanding ability to create opportunities for the Chiefs. Cook contributed to the team’s success with seven goals of her own.

A key to the Chief’s success was their unstoppable line of defense which includes Kristi Ruberti, Bridget Rosenfeld, and Carina Ramirez. Sophomore Ramirez led the defense in preventing their opponents from scoring. She is one of the three sophomores on the team. Playing back midfield, Kayla Hassett supports the team with her unbelievable dodging and defensive skills. 

Both Kayla Schuler and Alyson Anderson contributed to the team’s success by scoring multiple goals and making assists throughout the season. Their success proves how deep of a team the Chiefs are, getting contributions from several players throughout the season.

Massapequa Field Hockey is a strong, substantial team that has been working hard both at practice and during the games. They were determined to make a statement this year, and they did.

Alumna Kelly Boylan is a former Massapequa Field Hockey player who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. As a result, Massapequa Field Hockey has set up an alumni fundraiser game and all proceeds go to Kelly as she battles cancer. There is a GoFundMe page set up to help. This game will take place on November 27th, 2019 at 5:00 pm at Berner Middle School. Come and show your support. The girls have already raised over $3,000 for this cause. You can still buy “Kelly Strong” bracelets that are sold for $5; all of the proceeds will go towards this amazing cause.

The Massapequa Field Hockey girls have worked very hard to achieve such an admirable final record of 9-3. Their success didn’t end there, though. The Chiefs brought home the 2019 County title, but unfortunately lost in the Long Island Championship to Sachem East in a heartbreaker. Putting their season-ending loss aside, it was a great season for the Chiefs, who won their third County Championship in a row.

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