WHITNEY POINT (WBNG) -- The Whitney Point field hockey program is one of the best in all of New York. The Lady Eagles have won three straight state titles (four overall) and five consecutive Section IV crowns.
The varsity program, which is made up of 25 players this season, churns out collegiate talent.
"Whitney Point field hockey is a family," junior midfielder Leanne Bough said.
Since taking over the program back in 2010, seventh-year head coach Nicole Huston has won 119 games and sent 13 players to the next level.
"Whitney Point field hockey is a strong and passionate program with very conscious and humble athletes and parents," Huston added before practice Thursday.
Huston attended Whitney Point back in the late 90s, losing three straight state title games as a player. 12 years later, she returned to her alma mater and has now won three Class C state championships in a row.
"It's a great place to just grow as an individual," senior forward Elaina Burchell added.
Presently, Whitney Point field hockey is a dynasty, looking to add a fourth consecutive state championship banner to the rafters.
"They have one goal," Huston said.
One goal that may surprise you.
"It's not what everybody thinks it is," Huston added.
That one goal is one word: "Communication."
"Having communication is such a big part of it," Burchell said on why the program is so successful.
"Whether it's going good or it's going bad, if they can keep that open mind of communication, they're able to fix it," Huston explained.
But there isn't much to fix with this team.
This season, the Lady Eagles are 18-1 and have already claimed the Section IV title after upsetting top-ranked Afton last Sunday, 4-0.
"We're always there for each other," said Bough. "We're like sisters practically. We always help each other whether it's on the field or off the field, and we're always just picking each other up whether we're having a good day or a bad day. It's always positive. We're never putting each other down."
"Most of these girls will go on to play in college," Huston said in a confident, yet humble tone.
Bough, who's only a junior, has already committed to play at Ohio State. The junior midfielder has tallied ten goals and seven assists in 12 games played this year.
Burchell, who's one of five seniors on the team, will be playing at the University of Albany next year. The forward leads the Lady Eagles with 27 goals and 11 assists in 19 games played this season.
But that's looking a little too far ahead. Right now, the Lady Eagles are simply trying to repeat as best in state.
"Go out there, do your job, and have fun, and I think if we just keep doing that, we should be pretty successful," Burchell said.
The Lady Eagles' quest for a fourth straight state title continues with regional action this Sunday, November 5 against Rondout Valley at 4 p.m. at Dietz Stadium in Kingston, N.Y.