Saturday, October 30, 2010

After coming close, Charlotte Latin finally gets field hockey state title

The Charlotte Latin field hockey team had never won a state championship. Saturday afternoon, the Hawks not only won their first NCISAA state title, but also did in style finishing a perfect 21-0 this season with a 4-0 win over Raleigh Ravenscroft on their home turf (at Latin).

Latin, who has outscored their opponents 102-5 this year, won the championship game in dominant fashion again, shut out all three opponents in the playoffs, including the Ravens, Durham Academy and Cape Fear Academy by a combined 12-0.

“This has never happened to us or me before, but it is a pretty amazing feeling,” Latin field hockey coach Deb Savino said. “All year, we have a total team effort every game. I think that is why this group is so special and so dominant.”

After a scoreless first half in which each team had its chances, Latin proved why they are the best team in the state, early and often in the second.

Just 3:28 in the second half, junior Caroline Kelly opened the scoring with a ripping shot from about 15 yards out, to put the Hawks up 1-0.

Just over two minutes later, last scored again when Kelly found a wipe open Mia Kane in front of the goal for another score a 2-0 advantage.

Then, Latin scored for the third time in a 3:40 span when Callie Kennedy found the left corner of the goal.

“At halftime, we knew we had to pick it up and get our “mojo” going,” Kane said, who was voted all-state along with Kelly, Kennedy and Eva Royther after the game. “We came out ready to go (second half) and we got hot and things just kept going our way.”

Sophomore Becca Jones added the fourth and final goal with just over eight minutes to go in the game to put the game completely away.

But while the offense played well, the defense led by all-state goalkeeper, Myers McGarry. McGarry, a junior, notched her 16th shutout of the season, and got a lot of support from defenders Ann Baynard, Stephanie Coma and Isabel Stein, among others.

“Our defense has been special all year,” Savino said, whose team allowed five goals all year. “I think it fitting that we got a shutout in the finals.”

Latin, as a team, also overcame a big obstacle as they finally won the state title in the 4th attempt. The Hawks had lost in 2004, 2007 and last year (2009) in the final game.

“I don’t know what to do,” Kane said. “We’ve been working towards this (state championship) forever. It’s an honor to be the 1st team at Latin to be the state champions.”

Score By Half

1 2 - Final

Charlotte Latin 0 - 4 - 4

Raleigh Ravenscroft 0 - 0 - 0

Scoring Summary

Goals: Latin: Caroline Kelly, Mia Kane, Callie Kennedy, Becca Jones. Shutout: Latin: Myers McGarry.

Records: Charlotte Latin 21-0; Ravenscroft 16-3.

- Special Correspondent Jay Edwards


Anonymous said...

Evy, not Eva, Royther. Great game -- and season -- Hawks!

Anonymous said...

oops -- also Isabel Steen, not Stein.

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