Championship field hockey lives on the edge of the abyss
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.