CICERO, N.Y. - Alicia Meglio was promoted to the Mamaroneck varsity field hockey her sophomore year and has fond memories of the postseason. Mamaroneck won the second of its four consecutive Section 1 Class A championships and played for the state title.
I couldnt believe it, Meglio said. Going with such an incredible team that year. I dont think anyone, besides us, expected us to go to the state championships. Even though we lost, we enjoyed the experience and it made us want to get back every year.
Mamaroneck is making a berth in the state final four an annual occurrence. The Tigers are back for a third consecutive year and fifth since 2004, when they won the state title.
Mamaroneck, a finalist the last two years, will play Section 3 champ Liverpool, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. in the first New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A semifinal at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. The other semifinal is Greene (Section) 4-Sachem East (Section 11), 11:30 a.m. The semi-final winners meet for the title, Sunday, 10 a.m.
The Tigers, after losing to Greene in the 2009 state final, exacted revenge with a win in the semis last year. Being able to go the farthest we possibly can is what we want, Meglio said. This has been so special. We are such a family that we dont want this to end.
Senior Jessica Gardiner, a member of the 2008 sectional-winning team, was joined by Molly Cohen, Jessica Corbin, Scarlett Fugazy, Nina Kumar, Daniella Torres and Meglio sophomore year. This senior class is the first to win three sectional titles for Mamaroneck.
Meglio said she enjoyed her sophomore year, but realized she and her fellow classmates, who were brought up to varsity for sectionals, were along for the ride. Last year, the state-final loss bothered her even more than in 2009.
Sophomore year was special and it hurt, but last year I was friends with the seniors and that hurt when we didnt win, Meglio said. This is our last year and our motto has been refuse to lose. We have that fire in us and we want to win it for the program and for us.
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