Lakeland Gold Takes Field Hockey Crown

Lakeland Gold’s Cassie Halpin tries to kick the ball away from the net as Lakeland Green’s Cali Cortese looks to block her. Credits: Deena Bell
Lakeland Gold’s Julia Papanicolaou attempts to pass. Credits: Deena Bell

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. — Led by two goals from Mia Lennon, Lakeland Gold (10-0) won the Hudson Valley Summer Field Hockey League title with a 4-3 triumph in the championship game against Lakeland Green and the bragging rights that went along with it on Aug. 8 at Lakeland High School.

“We are a very competitive team with everything we do, so just being able to go out there, play with your friends and obviously at the end of it get to bust their chops was fun,” Lennon said.

Lennon’s first goal tied the game in exhilarating fashion, as she scored with just one second left before halftime to knot the game at 2-2.

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“It was just exciting, I wasn’t expecting it,” Lennon said. “I was hoping to get a goal but I knew we had the second half and when it happened, it was the best feeling ever, honestly.”

Lennon’s second tally put Lakeland Gold up 3-2 in the latter portion of the second half.

“I was just really excited about it,” Lennon said. “We were all working so hard and then we knew we had to capitalize on it. We all just got the ball down the field and were able to thankfully get the ball in the goal.”

Cameron Lischinsky gave Lakeland Gold a key insurance goal when she scored with just 1:32 left in the game, putting her squad up 4-2.

Lischinsky credited Julia Papanicolaou for doing a great job in setting her up for the goal.

“I saw it coming and it honestly was a great pass,” Lischinsky said. “Anyone could have tipped that.”

Lischinksy said the quality of play both teams displayed in the championship game will bode well for the Hornets come the regular season, one they enter as winners of the last seven state Class B titles.

“It definitely means a lot going forward with the season,” Lischinsky said. “Both teams played awesome. As the games have gone on during the summer both teams have displayed growth and it showed in this game.”

Emily Kness (1G) and Cassie Halpin (14 saves) also contributed to the Lakeland Gold victory.

Kelsey McCrudden (1G, 1A), Cali Cortese (1G), Julia Wanamaker (1G) and Kellie Smith (eight saves) were all a big part of the effort for Lakeland Green (8-2).

Yorktown (2-7-1) fell to Walter Panas 3-2 on the same night in the 11th-place contest.

The Huskers fought back after trailing 3-0 at halftime, thanks to goals from Natalie Gammer and Isabella Cicinelli, to make the second half an exciting one.

The night ended with the Blue All-Stars defeating the Red All-Stars 3-2.

Lennon (2G) and Halpin (eight saves) stood out for the Blue while Yorktown’s Olivia Sanchez (five saves) played well for the Red, which were coached by Yorktown coach Bernadette Gannon.

Lakeland’s Jessica Ascencao, Meghan Fahey and Papanicolaou also played for the Blue.

Lakeland’s Cortese, McCrudden, Wanamaker and Caroline Cahill and Yorktown’s Lauren Gammer were members of the Red squad.

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