WETHERSFIELD — Patsy Kamercia has carried the torch as Haddam-Killingworth’s field hockey coach for 37 years.
Saturday, her Cougars carried her off the field as a state champion.
Freshman keeper Meghan Cerino made a dozen dazzling saves, teammate Taylor Burger stopped a pair of shots on the goal line and H-K won the Class S state title in a 2-0 shutout win against Stonington at Cottone Field.
When it was all said and done, the team lifted its longtime coach in the air with the championship plaque, celebrating the first outright state title for H-K since 1994.
“Yes, that’s a first,” Kamercia smiled after her feet returned to the turf field.