Sayville Field Hockey Wins
Heartening Win for Sayville Field Hockey
Suffolk County Class B Champions
Congratulations to our undefeated Sayville Field Hockey team for taking home the well-deserved Class B Suffolk County Championship title after a nail-biting game against Rocky Point that went into double overtime and double strokes. It was an especially sweet victory compared to last year when they suffered their first and only defeat in the playoffs against Shoreham Wading River. Not since 2006 had Sayville taken the crown.
“It was the best field hockey game I have ever seen,” said Athletic Director Dennis Maloney who commended the amazing team. “It was a great game for our Girls, our coach Patty Fedelem, and it was characteristic of their hard work and their energy which they brought to every game. Everyone who attended was very proud of our Girls!”
In the stands, the historic moment was not lost on the fans.
But even more remarkable is what is at the heart of the Sayville Field Hockey traditions—beyond training for the games every season. Special bonding experiences (from creating purple or gold yarn ankle bracelets signifying togetherness, the Coach’s unifying dinners, and even heartwarming speeches before or after the games by teammates) keep them focused, willing to work with and for each other, and give them courage to persevere.
These traditions originate from having heart and having courage which endure the test of time. That is why there is no surprise in seeing the generations of the team’s coaches, Demi Bineares and Betty Martin, joined by Junior Varsity coaches, enthusiastic families of current and past team members, as well as returning Alumni, on the sidelines attending the Field Hockey games to show their unwavering support.
Having heart and having courage paid off. Triumphant and energized from this win, the Girls will meet Class C Champs Babylon for the Suffolk County Small School Champion title on Thursday, and will face off with Garden City for the Long Island Championship at Stony Brook on Saturday.
WOW (Watch Out World)!
(photos courtesy of Rich Minogue)