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Championship field hockey lives on the edge of the abyss

Tower Hill coach Robin Adair has experienced the highs and lows of playing and coaching field hockey BY DAVE FREDERICK
November 22, 2013

Heartbreak ridge - High school tournament field hockey is a sport that turns on a dime when thoughts cost a penny.  A stunned silence and thousand-yard stare after a goal sends a winning team into a jubilation celebration and party pile of bodies. The losers drop to their knees alone.

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Vikings Field Hockey: Legacy of Winning

Cape lost an overtime 2-1 game in 2000 to Tower Hill. That talented Cape team with all-state players Maren Ford, Brandi Reed, Clara Hollingsworth, Nikki Rhodes in goal and a young Amanda Warrington finished 18-1-1 on the season.

Robin Adair was the Tower Hill coach who won her second state title after losing 3-2 to Cape in 1995 and 2-1 to Milford in 1996.  Robin was on a 1982 team coached by Sue Myers, which lost in overtime to Tower Hill 3-2 on a flick-off with Robin missing the last penalty stroke.  Adair went on to win 10 titles as head coach at Tower Hill, but she has also lost in four finals and a fifth as a player.

Adair, with Cape teammate Donna Peck, went on to Salisbury University where they were part of a 1982 national championship team

There have been a total of 21 championship games decided by a single goal. Four out of five of Cape’s titles were one-goal victories. Cape has lost in the final four times, and three of those were by a single goal.