CRANSTON – The unique sound a field hockey ball makes when it hits the back of the cage is different than anything in sports, especially when it ends a game and in the case of the East Greenwich field hockey team, their quest at winning back-to-back state championships.
“Your stomach just drops,” East Greenwich’s Taylor Butler said. “It’s the worst noise.”
“It’s the worst noise,” EG goalkeeper Allie Leveillee said, “in the world.”
After putting forth their best defensive effort of the season, having a first-half goal waved off and missing out on a couple chances in the first overtime, the Avengers’ season ended when Barrington’s Taylor Rideout hit a shot was saved by Leveillee and somehow, among the bodies in the front of the cage, her teammate Kelly Dolan got enough stick on it to create the sound EG didn’t want to hear with 5:46 left in the game, giving the Eagles a 1-0, double-overtime win in Tuesday’s state championship game.
“When you hear it, you don’t want to believe it,” said EG’s Marielle Kraft of the ball hitting the back of the cage. “… As the team cheers and ours melts to the ground, it sinks in and you figure out the reality.”
The harsh reality was the Avengers played maybe their best game of the season and it wasn’t good enough to beat Barrington, the favorite to win the state title coming into the season.
But EG certainly put its best foot forward.
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