The Chazy Eagles celebrate receiving the 2012 NYSPHSAA Class D championship trophy.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
Middletown In one of the most dominant seasons witnessed in Section VII and state history, the Chazy Eagles captured their sixth New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D state title with a 4-0 win over Section II’s Fort Ann Nov. 18 in Middletown.
“You have a great group of boys that you can all be proud of,” head coach Rob McAuliffe said to fans during the championship trophy presentation. “This may be the best team to have ever played at Chazy.”
The Eagles allowed only nine goals during the season in capturing their sixth title, four in their opening tournament of the season and three to Class B Beekmantown, the only blemish on their 21-0-1 record, which was recorded as a tie but a game Chazy won in a shootout.
“We’re definitely going to go down as one of the best teams in the history of this school,” senior captain Nathan Reynolds, who opened the scoring in the 26th minute when a Nelson Pelton corner kick was cleared back out to Pelton, who crossed it back in, said.
“Everyone talks about the 2005 team as the best one at our school, but this one is definitely in the discussion,” McAuliffe said.
“I know that 2005 was a great team, but I believe that we are the best one,” Nelson Pelton said. “After the bad loss last year, we were all depressed, but I think that was the main motivation for this season, at least it was for me.”
“We went undefeated and outscored every team by at least three goals except two (Beekmantown, Poland). This has to be one of the best ever,” senior captain Brandon Laurin said.
“This is the best team that I have ever been a part of,” Nolan Rogers said. “We have to be one or two.”
“I think that we are there with them,” David Poitras said. “If there was any way to play it, I think that a game with the 2005 team would be a really good one.”