Lakeland Gold Wins Varsity Field Hockey Title

Lakeland Gold poses for a team photo after winning the Hudson Valley Field Hockey League championship game. Credits: Deena Bell

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. — Lakeland Gold won the Hudson Valley Summer Field Hockey League varsity division championship game at Walter Panas with a 3-0 victory against Lakeland Green on Aug. 3.

“Being it is my last time participating in the Hudson Valley Summer League as a Hornet, this one meant the most to me,” rising Lakeland Gold senior captain Julia Papanicolaou said. “Every year it’s always about the shirt that the winning team gets but this time it was different. It was about the bragging rights to get to say that I won my last summer league championship. So bittersweet, I could not have asked for a better experience.”

The production of Papanicolaou (1G, 1A), Kelsey McCrudden (1G, 1A),  Jenna McCrudden (1G) and Cassie Halpin (6 saves) helped ignite the Gold to victory with Kellie Smith (12 saves) standing out for the Green squad.

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“I think our composure and calmness really helped our team follow through with the win,” Papanicolaou said. “Taking our time on free hits and not rushing our plays. If there was a call against us we quickly redefended and were smart with our decisions. Also, having confidence in our teammates and knowing the opposing teams, playing styles helped us out.”

Papanicolaou added that playing all year-round, including in the Shrub Oak Athletic Club (SOAC), is important in preparing for the regular season.

“If a team wants to be great, then everyone has to work for it. Not only the captains or the seniors but everyone on the team as a unit,” Papanicolaou said. “By going to summer league and participating in the SOAC camp, our team is constantly learning and perfecting our skills. I think playing in the summer builds up the team chemistry and gives the underclassmen more confidence with their game.”

Lakeland Green (8-1) beat Somers in the semifinals 10-0 on Aug. 2, with Caroline Cahill (4G, 1A), Julianna Cappello (2G, 2A), Emma Halderman (1G), Jessica Ascencao (1G), Alex Ryan (1G), Cara O’Shea (1G) and Smith (1 save) leading the way to victory.

In the other semifinal contest the same night, Lakeland Gold (9-0) overcame Rondout Valley 7-1, paced by Kelsey McCrudden (3G, 1A), Emily Kness (2G), Erin Daly (1G), Jenna McCrudden (1G), Papanicolaou (1A) and Halpin (1 save).

Yorktown Green won the 11th-place game with a 4-1 triumph versus Yorktown White on Aug. 3, led by Ellie O’Donnell (2G) and Isabella Cicinelli (2G).

Emma Bilton (1G) and Adeline Araneo (20 saves) performed well for Yorktown White.

Araneo made eight saves for Yorktown White (2-7) in its 8-0 setback against Panas on Aug. 2.

Yorktown Green (3-5-1) was nipped by Hendrick Hudson 5-4, with Katie Vogel (2G), Stephanie Gridley (1G) and Caitlin O’Donnell (1G) producing. 

Hornets I JV (8-0) won the JV/modified championship game 5-2 against Arlington JV on Aug. 2, with Keirra Ettere (2G, 1A), Emma Fon (2G), Frankie Fava (1G) and Miranda Lopes (6 saves) igniting the Hornets to the title.

Hornets II JV (2-5) fell to Arlington JV 4-2 in a semifinal contest on July 31, led by Kristen O’Shea (1G), Lauren Salazar (1G) and Smith (20 saves).

Hudson Valley Extreme defeated Hudson Valley 10-4 in the open division title game on Aug. 2.

Dana Bozek (4G, 1A), Megan Bozek (2G), Kim Monteferante (2G), Nikki Schultz (1G), Valerie Perkins (1G), Kristina Davies (1A) and Miranda Lopes (7 saves) propelled the Extreme to the crown with Cappello (2G, 1A), Bella Pugliese (1G), Sarah Bussell (1G) and Smith (22 saves) doing the honors for Hudson Valley.

Hudson Valley (5-2) defeated Team Fhockers 4-3 in a shootout in the semifinals on July 31. Kelsey McCrudden and Papanicolaou scored and Halpin made two saves in two attempts in the shootout for Hudson Valley.

Cappello (2G), Cahill (1G), Halpin (7 saves) and Smith (7 saves) produced for Hudson Valley with Grace Fitzgerald (2G), Felicia Costanzo (1G), Brianna Muniz (3A) and Alex Halpin (19 saves) doing the job in regulation for Team Fhockers (2-4).

HV Extreme (7-1) beat Pawling 10-2 in a July 31 semifinal matchup, paced by Perkins (3G, 1A), Dana Bozek (2G), Julia Kim (2G), Sayaka Abe (2G), Monteferante (1G) and Lopes (6 saves).

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