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Miller Ladies to Play for Field Hockey Titles

Tricia Miller and her daughter, Nicole, got their wishes when the Mamaroneck and Rye Neck field hockey teams, respectively, advanced to the Section 1 Field Hockey Championships.

However, mom, who is the Mamaroneck assistant coach and former Rye Neck field hockey stand-out, and daughter, a freshman starter on Rye Neck, will not have an opportunity to watch each other’s games. The Mamaroneck-Ossining Class A final and Rye Neck-Bronxville Class C title game are being played simultaneously at 1 p.m. at Arlington High School.

The Class B championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m. with Lakeland playing Rye. This will be Mamaroneck’s eighth consecutive trip to the Class A final and Rye Neck’s first appearance in a sectional final since the Panthers won the 1998 New York State Class D championship.

“When my mom told me that the A and C finals were going to be played at the same time, I was upset because I like having my mom in the stands guiding and supporting me,” Nicole Miller said. “I do realize she is in a tough situation because she works so hard with her team that she just can’t leave them.”

Tricia Miller will be focused on her team’s game, but will be wondering how her daughter is doing. She will be updated through text messages by her husband, Ben, and sister, Cheryl.

“I am going to do my best to balance both,” Tricia Miller said. “I will make sure I am there for my daughter and my team. John (Savage) has been great, helping with our schedule, so I could attend most of Nicole’s games this year. He is very supportive. I am confident it will all work out.”

The Miller women are also enjoying the rebirth of the Rye Neck field hockey program, under the guidance of former Lakeland star, Niki (Berman) Bolnik and assistant coach, Walter Panas great Amanda Mahncke.

“It feels great,” said Nicole Miller of being in the final. “We have worked so hard in the offseason and during the season. Our coaches are so supportive and have taught us so much throughout the year.”

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