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Lakeland Field Hockey Wins Ninth Staight State Title

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Lakeland players hold up nine fingers after the Hornets won their ninth straight state title. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
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Julianna Cappello makes her move to the goal. The senior scored three goals in the state championship victory. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
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Emma Halderman, left, and Julia Cummings share a moment after the win. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
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VESTAL, N.Y. — Lakeland’s field hockey team held just a one-goal halftime lead in the Class B state championship game, but the Hornets were determined to put the game away in the second half.

Two quick goals from junior Julianna Cappello accomplished that and the Hornets went on to win their ninth straight state title and 12th overall, all under coach Sharon Sarsen, by defeating Section 4 champion Vestal 5-0 in the Class B state title game on Nov. 12 at Maine-Endwell High School.

Cappello, who was an all-tournament selection, netted a hat trick to lead the Hornets.

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“It's incredible,” Cappello said. “Going out on that field with my team is an honor. I'm so happy to be part of a team that is so connected and uplifting. Nine straight is amazing. It shows how Sars (coach Sarsen) is such an outstanding coach and gives everything she has to her players every year. I'm very happy with my play in today's game. It felt great to score three goals in the state final and it's such an honor to win another state title.”

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