By Kristen Lincks
At North Shore High School when the words "field hockey" are mentioned an atmosphere of pride is immediately established. There is only one word to describe this amazing group of girls and that is "unity." This program has worked long and hard for the respect they receive on and off the field and it is respect that is most important in sports.
The varsity field hockey team is amongst the best in the county. Their reputation is completely solid, as is their fierce play. The '97 season under coach Patty Lizza, brought the team back to the playoffs playing their first playoff game on Oct. 31 vs. The Carle Place Frogs at Carle Place. The two teams are longtime rivals as the North Shore JV team knows. They "bombed" (toilet paper, etc.) all of the varsity girls' houses on Halloween Eve and decorated the locker room as if it were a prom.
Although the girls lost, their spirit never wavered. Excellent plays were made by seniors Lianne Deveau (All League), Johanna Fairclough (All-Conference), Sue Gebhard, Alicia Martorella (All-Conference), Molly McMahon (All-County), and Jessica Raynor (All-State/All-County) also contributing greatly to the team this season was junior Carrie Moran (All-County), goalie Meg Smirti (All-Conference) and sophomore Amy Seng (All-League).
Both teams would like to not only say thanks to coaches Lizza and Rondeau for their loyal dedication, but would also like to wish their seniors much luck in the future. Congratulations to all of you and your hard work and accomplishments.