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Jan. 9, 2019 — The case for Sharon Landau

One in a series of posts laying out arguments for the greatest scholastic field hockey player of all time.

Sharon Landau came onto the field hockey scene as a contemporary of Tracey Fuchs, as their careers paralleled on the opposite sides of the Section 1 and Section 11 divide in New York.

On Long Island, Fuchs finished up at Centereach (N.Y.) in the fall of 1983 with 171 goals. It was the target that Landau had for her junior and senior year at Mamaroneck Rye Neck (N.Y.), located in Westchester County, just across Long Island Sound.

Landau was known for her quickness and fitness, traits that helped her to a 53-goal season in 1985, which gave her the national record of 174 goals, a mark she held for a quarter-century.

But from thence, she took the road less traveled.

She matriculated to Harvard, where she played for a team which made its first postseason appearance of the post-AIAW era in her senior season. She would make the national team in field hockey — but it was for the Maccabiah Games, the quadriennial multi-sport athletic competition for Jewish athletes.