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Modified field hockey has enjoyed long reign of dominance

Caz just finished sixth straight undefeated season

Cazenovia’s 2012 modified field hockey team, which just completed another undefeated season. It’s the Lakers’ sixth in a row, and eighth in the past 11 seasons. Overall, Cazenovia is 118-8-15 since starting its modified program in 1999.

Cazenovia’s 2012 modified field hockey team, which just completed another undefeated season. It’s the Lakers’ sixth in a row, and eighth in the past 11 seasons. Overall, Cazenovia is 118-8-15 since starting its modified program in 1999.

— Just take a look at the record – 118 wins, just eight losses, and 15 ties. That’s Cazenovia modified field hockey’s record since 1999.

That incredible run of success continued this fall, as the Lakers just wrapped up its sixth straight undefeated season this fall, and its eighth in 11 years.

“It’s not me building a modified dynasty,” said Carroll, who took the helm in 1999. “It’s the kids being a part of it and just wanting to keep it going. That’s just about who they are and the atmosphere that’s created in the whole program.”

But it’s taken more than that to build this dynasty. Since the 1999 season, the Lakers have dominated the modified landscape. Carroll’s team, composed of seventh and eighth graders, practices and plays home games on the same field as the varsity program — an ordinary, almost humbling setting behind Burton Street Elementary School.

And it’s on that pitch, after walking over after class, that a cohesive group of 13-to-14 year-old girls create something special.

“You try to tell kids that this isn’t normal,” Carroll said. “It’s not common that you should have all these undefeated seasons, but because you have this work ethic in believing in yourself and trusting each other, it’s really special.”

For Caz field hockey, the trust spreads program wide, from the 13-year-old seventh graders to the 18-year-old seniors, but also from Carroll to varsity head coach Lorraine Scheftic.

Of course, the varsity Lakers won back-to-back state Class C titles in 2010 and 2011 before have their dreams of a three-peat derailed in the regional round this fall by eventual champion Greene. Multiple Caz field hockey alumni play Division I collegiately.

Carroll’s modified program has been an integral component to that success. The graduating seniors on this year’s Varsity roster culminated their respective six-year careers with just two total losses. Not many high school athletes can say that.

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