Tigers Keep Pace With Division’s Best

NORTHPORT, New York, October 16

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

On Friday, Northport varsity field hockey forward, Noelle Peragine, did what she’s done best this season: score. With two goals coming off of Peragine’s stick in a matchup against Patchogue-Medford (4-7), the Tigers (8-4) maintained their stake as one of the top teams in Suffolk’s Division 1 with a 2-0 victory.

Natalie Langella, a junior forward for Northport, rips a shot here against Patchogue-Medford on Friday.
Natalie Langella, a junior forward for Northport, rips a shot here against Patchogue-Medford on Friday.

Now leading Northport in both goals (10) and points (14), Peragine has been enjoying a nice season with the Tigers as a junior. In the 11 games the Tigers have played, Peragine has recorded at least a point in eight of them. Another forward for the Tigers, senior Corrinne Boyajian, assisted both of Peragine’s goals against Patchogue-Medford in the first half of play.

On defense, the Tigers were stout once again, recording their sixth shutout of the season – and second against Patchogue-Medford. Senior Jackie Waszczak has been handling most of the goalkeeping duties, but eighth-grader Kate Gilligan has also gotten some opportunities to play this season.

But Gilligan isn’t the only young buck on Northport’s roster. Siofra Murdoch has seen significant playing time as an eighth-grader while racking up 4 points and 3 assists in 2014.

Siofra Murdoch may only be in eight grade, but she’s already a midfielder on the Tigers varsity squad.
Siofra Murdoch may only be in eight grade, but she’s already a midfielder on the Tigers varsity squad.

As of press time Tuesday, Northport sat in fourth place in Division I out of 12 teams. With the playoffs drawing ever closer, next up for the Tigers was a date with Ward Melville (9-1) on Tuesday. After a tune-up scrimmage against Smithtown West (4-8) on Wednesday, the Tigers have just two games remaining this season – both at Veterans Park Complex in East Northport. First, Walt Whitman (3-7) will come to town at 1:30 p.m. today and then Bay Shore (3-7) arrives on Tuesday for a scheduled 4 p.m. start.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Record
(Thursday, October 16, 2014;  A26)

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