Best of the decade: Hoosick Falls dominates in 2010s


Ed. note: This is the final installment of our "Best Teams of the Decade" series and today we look at field hockey. Teams are listed in reverse chronological order.

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2018 Hoosick Falls

Hoosick Falls couldn't seem to get over the state quarterfinal hump in the 2010s.

That all changed in 2018.

The Panthers took on Section I's Pawling in the Class C quarterfinals and sophomore Ayla Fauler's lone goal was the deciding factor, as Hoosick Falls earned its first state Final Four trip since 2009.

In Williamsville, N.Y. for the state semifinals, Hoosick Falls, unbeaten at 20-0, took on a familiar opponent, Whitney Point, and dropped a high-scoring, 6-3 contest.

Senior Lillian Hickey scored two goals in that game, pushing her season total to 35, which was tops in the area.

Hickey, goalie Zoe Gress and teammates Madison Sprague and Madelyn Kasulinous were named to the Wasaren/Adirondack League first team and Section II all-stars.

2018 Burr and Burton

A rainy loss to Mount Abraham in the Division II state championship couldn't put a damper on what Burr and Burton had done in 2018.

After starting that season at 1-3, BBA rattled off six straight wins to put itself back in strong playoff position.

The Bulldogs finished the regular season at 8-5-1 and then outscored opponents 9-0 across the state quarterfinals and semifinals.

In the state title game against Mount Abe, the Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage.

With rain pelting down on the field, BBA needed to make a move, and with less than seven minutes to play, they finally did.

Celsey McMahon scored and then Arden Wojtach scored three minutes later to tie the contest.

The teams played to a tie in the first overtime period, before Mount Abe's Jalen Cook secured the state title for the Eagles in double overtime.

While the season ended in a loss, BBA could hang its hat on proving the early-season doubters wrong and making its first trip to a state championship game since 2005.

2016 Hoosick Falls

Hoosick Falls took its spot back atop Section II in 2016.

The Panthers took on a familiar opponent, Greenwich, and edged the Witches 3-2 to bring home the sectional title.

Hoosick goalie Kaitlin Backes came up with a huge save late in that contest to secure a place in the state quarterfinals.

Hoosick Falls took a 19-0 record into the state tournament, but fell to Whitney Point 2-1 in the Class C quarterfinals.

Liz Ryan finished her career as the all-time leading goal scorer in Section II history.

2015 Burr and Burton

After falling in the 2005 Division III state championship game, Burr and Burton had won one just playoff game across the next nine years.

The 2015 group offered a bit of promise.

After years of BBA co-coaches Barb Miceli and Julie Fifield rebuilding the program, that year marked the first season since the Bulldogs' 2003 D-III state title that BBA had a winning record.

When the Bulldogs hit the field for the D-II quarterfinals against Woodstock, there was nothing that would stop the BBA from taking home a win.

Goalie Molly Dingley made sure of it.

Dingley made 16 saves in a 2-0 win to secure a playoff win and state semifinal trip.

The Bulldogs came up short in the semifinals against Otter Valley, but the season marked a turning point in BBA's program.

2015 Hoosick Falls

After a pair of sectional championships, Hoosick Falls found its match in 2015 against a team that would become a rival during the latter half of the decade.

The Panthers took on Schuylerville in the 2015 Class C sectional championship game and the Black Horses picked up a 3-1 win to end Hoosick Falls' season.

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Liz Ryan scored her 32nd goal of the season in that game, and at that point, she was the program's all-time leading scorer.

Ryan, along with Ally Burdick, defender Erika Quackenbush and freshman Lillian Hickey, were named as first-team Wasaren/Adirondack League all-stars.

2014 Hoosick Falls

Section III's Cazenovia did it again.

Hoosick Falls and the Lakers met up a year after their regional matchup and the result was the same, with Cazenovia winning 5-1.

The Panthers lone tally in regional matchup came on a Ryan sister connection. Maddy Ryan found Liz Ryan for the score, but the Lakers had too much firepower to keep up with.

The loss ended Hoosick Falls' season in a disappointing way, but the Panthers' 18-2 record and second consecutive sectional title was something the group could be proud of.

Liz Ryan and Ally Burdick both had 21 goals, while Maddy Ryan had a team-high 13 assists.

Erika Quackenbush anchored a dominant Hoosick Falls defense and eighth-grader Lillian Hickey got her feet wet in a key role for the Panthers.

2013 Mount Anthony

Mount Anthony made its fifth state semifinal trip in six seasons during the 2013 season.

MAU edged rival Rutland 2-1 in the state quarterfinals, which set up a showdown with No. 1 seed Essex for a spot in the state championship game on the line.

Led by senior co-captains, Makayla Farrara, Gabby Loomis, Rachel Holland and Leah Holland, the Patriots had a plus-21 goal differential that season heading into the semifinal game.

The top-seeded Hornets came in outscoring opponents 25-0 across their previous five games and Essex didn't slow down against MAU, winning 7-0 to end the Patriots' season in the semifinals for the third straight season.

MAU coach Laura Paro was chosen as the Marble Valley League coach of the year at season's end.

2013 Hoosick Falls

Hoosick Falls made its first state tournament run of the 2010s in 2013, getting revenge for three years previous to win the Class C sectional crown by beating Greenwich.

The Panthers entered regionals with a 19-0 record and took on Cazenovia.

Hoosick Falls' offense rolled throughout the 2013 season, averaging 5.2 goals per game through sectionals. The Panthers had five more goals in nine different games.

Freshman Liz Ryan scored 26 of Hoosick Falls' 93 goals.

Cazenovia was the only team that found a way to stifle the Panthers that fall, shutting out Hoosick 2-0 in the state quarterfinals and ending Hoosick's season.

Eleven Hoosick Falls (19-1) players were honored by the Wasaren/Adirondack League at season's end, led by Liz and Maddy Ryan, Katelyn Harrison and Carsen Williams on the all-league first team.

2012 Mount Anthony

Mount Anthony had its best postseason seed since 1991, when the 2012 group earned the No. 3 seed in the Division I tournament.

MAU topped Burlington in the state quarterfinals with a dominant defensive effort, where it allowed just three shots.

Rachel Holland and Mary Curtin scored for the Patriots to secure the team's fourth state semifinal trip in five years.

MAU couldn't reach its third state championship game in its history, falling to CVU 2-1 in the state semifinals.

Makayla Farrara netted her team-high 13th goal of the year in the losing effort.

Farrara, Lily Taub and Paige Harrington were Marble Valley League Division A all-stars at season's end.

2010 Hoosick Falls

In a decade of dominance, Hoosick Falls started with a bang.

The Panthers had given up just three goals all season long, their lone regular season loss to Greenwich, en route to a Class CC Section II championship.

Unfortunately for Hoosick Falls (17-2), those same Witches reared their head again in the Class CC/C championship and topped the Panthers.

Hoosick Falls senior Amanda Lewsey scored in the game, but Greenwich junior Dani DeGregory netted the overtime game-winner to end the Panthers' season.

Hoosick Falls had a plus-47 goal differential, shutting out every opponent other than the Witches in those two losses.

Amanda Vitro, Carsen Williams, Karley Morin and Sam Skott were league and section all-stars at season's end.


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