MAMARONECK, N.Y. In past years, the Mamaroneck varsity field hockey team would pack its equipment and head over to Flint Park in Larchmont for practice and games.
Mamaroneck originally had to contend with the muddy fields at Flint Park before a grass-turf surface was installed.
Monday, Mamaroneck opened its field hockey preseason and did not have to make the trip south on Post Road. The Tigers began practice, 4 p.m., on the new multi-purpose field at Mamaroneck High School.
Having this field right next to the high school is awesome, said senior Jessica Gardiner, who recently committed to attend Colgate next fall and play field hockey. This is a nice addition to what has been a positive experience at Mamaroneck High School.
Monday was the first day of practice for all of the fall varsity and junior varsity sports, with the exception of football, which commenced Friday.
The three-time defending Section 1 Class A champions and two-time state finalist did use the field last week, getting the feel of it over a 90-minute period Monday. Mamaroneck coach John Savage has scheduled games for the new field, but will also play some at Flint Park.
Now that Mamaroneck will be playing many of its games on campus, Gardiner said she expects even more support from her peers.
The Tigers began a quest for a trip to the state final four in Syracuse. Since 2004, Mamaroneck has won a state title and been a four-time state finalist.
The past two years weve had some unfinished business, Gardiner said. I cant wait for the season to start. We have so much potential to continue being an incredible program. This is our season to shine.
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