A 14-year-old boy who won a battle to play on a Long Island girls' field hockey team has played -- and won -- his first game of the season.
Keeling Pilaro told Newsday on Monday that it was a great relief to be playing the game he loves.
His Southampton High School team won 5-0 against Walt Whitman.
Last spring Pilaro fought for the right to be the first boy to play on the girls' field hockey on Long Island, which has no boys' teams.
He had been denied permission to compete this fall on that basis he was too skilled to play against girls.
In May, an athletics committee determined he could keep playing on the girls' varsity team, at least for one more season.