Cape Gazette

Championship field hockey lives on the edge of the abyss

By Dave Frederick | Nov 22, 2013
Photo by: Dave Frederick Tower Hill coach Robin Adair has experienced the highs and lows of playing and coaching field hockey

Heartbreak ridge - High school tournament field hockey is a sport that turns on a dime when thoughts cost a penny.  A stunned silence and thousand-yard stare after a goal sends a winning team into a jubilation celebration and party pile of bodies. The losers drop to their knees alone.

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Cape lost an overtime 2-1 game in 2000 to Tower Hill. That talented Cape team with all-state players Maren Ford, Brandi Reed, Clara Hollingsworth, Nikki Rhodes in goal and a young Amanda Warrington finished 18-1-1 on the season.

Robin Adair was the Tower Hill coach who won her second state title after losing 3-2 to Cape in 1995 and 2-1 to Milford in 1996.  Robin was on a 1982 team coached by Sue Myers, which lost in overtime to Tower Hill 3-2 on a flick-off with Robin missing the last penalty stroke.  Adair went on to win 10 titles as head coach at Tower Hill, but she has also lost in four finals and a fifth as a player.

Adair, with Cape teammate Donna Peck, went on to Salisbury University where they were part of a 1982 national championship team

There have been a total of 21 championship games decided by a single goal. Four out of five of Cape’s titles were one-goal victories. Cape has lost in the final four times, and three of those were by a single goal.

Carrie Lingo played on a state championship Cape field hockey team, an NCAA National Champion North Carolina team and was captain of the 2008 USA Olympic Team. Carrie was a volunteer assistant coach on the 2013 Cape state championship team. (Photo by: Dave frederick )
Maren Ford was an all-state cape player in 2000 and later an All-Ivy selection while playing for Princeton. Maren became a member of the United States National Team, barely missing the 2012 Olympic Team. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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