BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A last-minute surge by New Providence was not enough, Lindsay Gerrato’s seven goals proved to be too much as Governor Livingston edged their bordering rivals in New Providence, 10-9, in both teams' season finales.
The Lady Pioneers got off to slow starts in both halves with tensions and emotions running high on both sides, as they trailed 4-0 early on in the contest in front of a packed crowd at Snyder Field in Berkeley Heights under the lights. Despite the sluggish start, they were able to close the half out on a 6-2 run to even up the score at six heading into intermission.
Kaitlyn Cumiskey and Iris Kaloshi led the Pioneers with three goals a piece, Danielle Arace chipped in with two goals and Sam Scott scored one goal with two assists.
“I think that sometimes the emotions of a game can make you play not as strong or cohesive as you would like,” said New Providence head coach Jennifer Henry. “I think overall that got the best of us and while we made adjustments it just came a little bit too late.”
Governor Livingston did a solid job winning face-offs and controlling the pace in the second half of play, as they were able to never relinquish their lead at any point in the final 25 minutes of play, which ended up proving costly for the Lady Pioneers in the last few minutes of the game.
With 1:19 remaining in the contest, New Providence was able to slash their deficit in half, making the score 10-9 with a chance to tie it on the ensuing face-off.
Despite a faceoff win, an errant shot by New Providence was scooped up by the Lady Highlanders and they were able to run the clock out until the clock struck zero, marking the end of a highly successful, yet bitter ending for New Providence.
“We had a really amazing year,” said Henry after the game. “We definitely would’ve preferred to end with a win but we’ve had a lot of new girls come in and a lot of seniors graduating and they all worked well together.”
The loss caps off a very successful 12-5 season that saw New Providence advance to the semifinals of the Union County Tournament, the semifinals of the North 2, Group 1 Tournament, and at least a share of the NJIGLL Independence South Conference title.