Olivia McKenna Still on State Title Mission, Northport Field Hockey Olivia McKenna takes another win

It was a quick transition from spring to fall. For the Northport field hockey team, he couldn’t have come fast enough.

The team went as far as they could when it won its first Long Island championship in program history in the spring and is now in the midst of an undefeated run with the ultimate goal of the state championship once again.

The Tigers continued their run on Tuesday by defeating Pachogo Medford 6-0 in a Suffolk 1 game.

“As a team, we not only look to the future and prepare for it but also make sure to put all the work into every single day,” said Olivia McKenna.

McKenna had one goal and two assists, Sofia Becca, an athlete last week on Newsday, scored two goals and one assist, Shannon Smith scored two.

With 10 of the 11 rookie players returning from last season, expectations have always been high. So far they have been outplayed by Northport (12-0), allowing only three goals all season.

“This team is always motivated,” said coach Gina Walling. “They feel like they were robbed last year of not being able to go to the state championships and that motive is in their heads at all times. That’s the ultimate goal.”

Both McKenna and senior midfielder Hailey Ruthell said that while the team would not be satisfied with anything less than a trip to the state championship, they continue to pay attention to detail now to better prepare them for post-season.

“We have to be happy with the little things and happy with the things that will lead to bigger things for us when we get into the big games,” said Rothel.

The team was also able to use the second half of some of the games to get more of the roster experience that has already proven invaluable.

“Healey was out with an injury earlier in the season and Emma Fabrizio came in and did a fantastic job,” Walling said. “The more we can get everyone on the field, the better we’ll be in the long run, just in case.”

With only two regular games remaining before the playoffs, confidence is high at Northport that the Tigers will be able to get the job done no matter who is on the field.

“We know if we do it once, we can do it again,” McKenna said.


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