Dallastown repeats as YAIAA field hockey champ
The Wildcats won their fourth title in five years.
Katie Doherty and Caroline Doll remember being at the YAIAA championship game their freshman year and watching the seniors get their medals after winning a second straight league title.
As junior varsity players in 2013, they cheered their varsity teammates on and dreamed of being in their shoes one day.
Well, on Wednesday, they got to do exactly that. Doll scored two goals and Doherty scored one, helping the Wildcats beat Susquehannock, 5-0, to win a league title for the second year in a row. They're two of the team's 14 seniors, and fellow seniors Nicole Crumling and Kiele Fullerton also scored in the win.
The Wildcats received their medals as this year's group of junior varsity players cheered alongside them.
“We just wanted to be just like (the 2013 team). They’re our idols, we still look up to them," Doherty said. "That’s Dallastown field hockey, we look up to the girls that are older and the girls that are younger look up to us.”
Dallastown celebrated the league title the way it always does, singing the 1979 Sister Sledge hit "We Are Family" after taking a team photo. The program has now gotten to celebrate the league title with the song four of the last five years.
A day after struggling through a 2-0 victory in the semifinals, Dallastown scored three goals in the first half to build a quick lead in the championship game.
Coach Jeri Myers saw a different energy in the team as players boarded the bus, she said. It showed when they took the field and played what she calls "Dallastown field hockey."
“It’s called passing, it’s called using everybody on the field," Myers said. "We have eight people that score, everybody has the capability of scoring on our team.”
The Wildcats didn't allow a goal in either game of the tournament, continuing a shutout streak that started during the regular season. Syd Terroro, the team's goalkeeper and another of its 14 seniors, made six saves against Susquehannock while her teammates put 12 shots on goal.
“It starts with 11 people playing defense," Myers said. "We have a really strong goalie in Syd, but it just works its way up. I always tell people, the first line of defense is our attack. It goes from there.”
With a championship in hand, Dallastown's season continues Wednesday with a District 3 Class 3A playoff game against Central Dauphin at Penn Manor. Susquehannock, coming off its best YAIAA tournament finish ever, will face Gettysburg in the District 3 Class 2A playoffs on Wednesday at York Suburban.
YAIAA field hockey tournament champions
2013 : Dallastown
2011: Red Lion
2010: Red Lion