The Charlotte Latin field hockey team went into the 2015 NCISAA state championship game as the underdog to arch rival Charlotte Country Day.
Country Day (15-2) had not only knocked Latin out of the postseason the previous two seasons, but also beat the Hawks 1-0 in the regular season.
But this time, Latin (14-3) rose to the occasion and upset Country Day 3-1 to win the state title.
"There is a whole different energy and feeling around the games when we play Country Day," said Charlotte Latin senior Camille Kane, who led her team with 18 goals and 17 assists last year. "It was intimidating going up against them in the state championship last year. But we really wanted that game, that championship. We got an early lead (on Kane’s goal), kept pushing and came out with the victory."
This season, with nine seniors back -- led by four-year starters Hannah Burlingame, Sabrina Brewer, Corbett Foster, Kane and Isabelle Sumichrast – Latin becomes one of the favorites to win it all, again.
Latin’s senior class wants to go out on top.
"That’s our plan and we know it’s not going to be easy," Kane said. "But with nine seniors, we’ve been motivated to work hard every day since last season ended. We all want to finish our Latin careers with a (state) championship."
Name: Camille Kane
School/Class: Charlotte Latin senior
Sport: Field Hockey
2015 Field Hockey Stats: Led the Hawks with 18 goals, 17 assists.
Why Her?: The all-South Region, all-state pick, University of Virginia commit looks to finish her career by leading Latin to a second straight, NCISAA state championship.
Charlotte Observer Field Hockey Players to Watch
Megan Frost, Myers Park, So.: All-state attacker tied the school record with 13 goals; also had 17 assists as a freshman; is a finalist to make the U17 U.S. National team.
Isabelle Sumichrast, Charlotte Latin, Sr.: Syracuse commit was all-South Region last year; is a two-time, all-state pick and a major force in directing the offense (six goals, six assists) for Latin.
Blair Boyles, Charlotte Country Day, Sr.: All-state midfielder back to lead a Country Day team loaded with talent, led by senior Demi Kleitches and juniors Caroline Jones, Lilly Whitman and Lawson Park.
Grayson Buben, Providence Day, Jr.: All-state midfielder back to lead Chargers’ offense after scoring five-game winning goals last season, while all-state senior defender Abby Scully, leads the Providence Day defense.
Brooke Whipkey, Ardrey Kell, Sr.: All-state midfielder and Qunnipiac University commit is a versatile weapon for Knights’ offense and defense.
Claire Kloiber, Charlotte Catholic, Jr..: 2nd-team, all-state pick back to lead a Catholic team that made it to the NCFHA state semifinals last season.
Charlotte Observer Field Hockey Teams to Watch
Charlotte Latin: The defending NCISAA state champion Hawks have the experience (nine seniors) and talent to repeat, led by all-state performers, Corbett Foster, Camille Kane, Cecelia Monnin and Isabelle Sumichrast.
Charlotte Country Day: The 2014 and 2015 NCISAA state champions want nothing less than to get back on top after finishing as runner-up to arch rival, Charlotte Latin last season, and have the talent to do so.
Myers Park: N.C. Field Hockey Association (NCFHA) state runner-up to eight-time, defending state champion East Chapel Hill takes on the daunting task of trying to get back to championship game and win it all.
Providence Day: The Chargers have plenty of motivation after their 2015 season (16-4) ended with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to rival Charlotte Latin. Providence Day has the talent to be a state contender again this season.
Charlotte Catholic: The Cougars’ season also ended in a tough, 2-0 loss to Myers Park in the NCHFA state semifinals, and this year Catholic looks to go deep in the postseason, again.