CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. — Lakeland Green started off the Hudson Valley Summer Field Hockey League season in fine fashion by defeating Rondout Valley 10-0 on the league’s opening night in varsity division action at Walter Panas High School on July 3.
“It was an amazing start to summer league,” Lakeland Green rising senior midfielder Caroline Cahill said. “We work all year long so summer league is a time to see how we match up against other schools and see what our work has let us accomplish. It also provides the whole team an opportunity to work on perfecting skills.”
Cahill scored a game-high five goals.
“What allowed me to score the goals was really the team’s effort as a whole,” Cahill said. “If the ball got out of our offensive third, we had forwards re-defending and everyone marking so we were on attack most of the game. Without everyone working to their best ability while we were on the field we would not have been as successful.”
Kelsey McCrudden (1G, 3A), Cara O’Shea (2G), Emma Halderman (1G), Frankie Fava (1G) and Sarah Bussell (1A) also got into the box score for Lakeland Green, making a winner out of goalie Kellie Smith.
Cahill said that Lakeland Green played as well as it did because it has the mindset that when it’s on the field, it’s working hard.
“It’s a mentality that we are trying to play up to that when you’re on the field you’re on, we try our best to not take plays off,” Cahill said. “You can really see who follows and plays to that idea because they are the ones working the hardest and having it pay off. It also wasn’t only the offensive players that helped us to score and play as well as we did. Our defense has a huge role in constantly communicating and outletting the ball in a way that lets us look to attack and get below the other team’s defense.”
Cahill tallied another five-goal effort to lead Lakeland Green to a 10-0 victory against Yorktown Green, with Adeline Araneo making 17 saves for Yorktown Green in the July 5 contest.
Cahill finished her red-hot week with six goals in a 10-0 Lakeland Green (3-0) win against Panas on July 6.
Lakeland Gold (3-0) defeated Valhalla 10-0 on July 5, paced by McCrudden (6G, 2A) who also led the Gold to a 9-1 victory on July 6 against Rondout Valley with four goals and an assist.
After trailing 5-0, Maddie Bold scored late in the first half for Yorktown White in its 8-4 loss to Panas on July 5.
“Someone had the ball and I just kept cutting in and then I saw an opening and I shot it,” said Bold, a rising sophomore forward. “We just got our momentum up after that.”
Yorktown White did just that as Krista Dietz scored three consecutive goals in the second half to cut Panas’ lead to 5-4.
“I thought we did a lot better in the second half,” Bold said. “We worked better as a team.”
Araneo made 13 saves for Yorktown White.
“To play in the summer is really important because it gets us ready for tryouts,” Bold said. “It allows us to start playing as a team and get to know each other better.”
Yorktown White won 10-3 against Yorktown Green (0-2-1) on July 6, led by Dietz (8G), Maddie Iavarone (2G) and Araneo (14 saves) with Isabella Cicinelli (2G) and Caitlin O’Donnell (1G) leading Yorktown Green.
Yorktown White (1-2) fell to Somers 6-2 on July 3, led by Alex Bold (1G), Maddie Bold (1G) and Araneo (13 saves).