SHRUB OAK, N.Y. -- Lakeland is champions of field hockey again.
The school captured its 9th straight New York Class B Championship Sunday after defeating Vestal High School 5-0 in upstate New York. The Hornets finished 22-0 and have not lost to a New York State team since 2008.
The team was greeted by parents and supporters as they were escorted by Yorktown Police and Mohegan Lake Fire Department and Ambulance vehicles last night.
After Julianna Cappello scored at 1:23 of the first period with a Caroline Cahill assist to give Lakeland an early lead, the score remained there through the first half as the Lakeland defense shut down all Vestal attempts at getting close, holding them without a shot.
The Hornets came out with renewed determination in the second half as Cappello scored twice within the first two minutes. Kelsey McCrudden added the fourth goal at 20:42 with an assist by Julia Papanicolaou. Caroline Cahill then made it 5-0 at 19:34.
Cappello, McCrudden and Cahill earned All-Tournament honors. Papanicolaou earned the Sportsmanship Award for the tournament.
Lakeland now has 12 state titles in field hockey.
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