SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— Lakeland’s field hockey squad blanked visiting Somers 3-0 on Oct. 12, led by Emma Holderman (2G), Kelsey McCrudden (1G, 1A) and Julia Papanicolaou (1A) with Cassie Halpin and Kellie Smith recording the shutout in goal.
The Hornets (14-0) also won at Scarsdale 8-1 on Oct. 10, jumping out to a 5-0 halftime lead.
“Our team worked really well together today against Scarsdale and we were able to connect on our passes and find the open players,” Lakeland junior midfielder Emily Kness said.
Kness (3G), McCrudden (2G, 2A) and Julianna Cappello (2G, 1A) led the Hornets offensively.
“Our teammates set us up with good opportunities to get off strong shots that were in goal,” Kness said.
Alexa Ryan (1G) and Caroline Cahill (3A) also stood out offensively, with Halpin making two saves in goal at Scarsdale.
“Julia Papanicolaou stood out defensively,” Kness said. “She always comes up with big stops and is strong in the backfield.”
Yorktown fell to visiting John Jay-Cross River 7-1 on Oct. 10, led by Izzy Cicinelli (1G), Kelsey McDonnell (1A), Adeline Araneo (3 saves) and Hannah Farley (3 saves).
Yorktown lost 2-0 at Ursuline on Oct. 11, with Araneo (10 saves) and Farley (1 save) doing the job in goal.
Yorktown tied visiting Ossining in its senior game 2-2 on Oct. 12, going up 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Cicinelli, assisted by McDonnell.
“Getting my goal right from the start in the first half was awesome,” said Cicinelli, a junior. “It was exactly what we needed to get the momentum going for the whole entire team. Kelsey McDonnell had an excellent assist to me and I knew I had to be there to tap that ball in for my team.”
Ossining went up 2-1 after halftime before Sophia Traina tied it, off an assist by Katie Vogel.
“After Ossining made the score 2-1 in the beginning of the second half, our coach (Bernadette Gannon) immediately called a timeout. We knew we had to regroup and maintain our focus to stay in this game,” Cicinelli said. “We just got back out there kept our heads high and luckily Katie Vogel was able to get the pass off to Sophia at the post who was there to finish the shot. It was a crucial time in the game and we knew we had to keep pushing until the end.”
Farley recorded a save for Yorktown against Ossining.
“Overall I think the team as a whole played amazing,” Cicinelli said. “Every single person on the field worked hard to the last minute of that game. We knew we couldn’t give up and we played with 110 percent to the end. We were hoping to come out with a win in the end but we left it all out on the field and I couldn’t be happier with the way we played. This game being our senior night we all knew we had to come out strong. We all played this game for our seniors. They have contributed so much to our team and they deserved our full passion and commitment. From our captains Julia Wurzel, Steph Gridley and Katie Vogel, they all told us we needed to come out hard in the game and in the end I think we successfully did that. This game was for our seniors and we left it all out there for them.”
Yorktown (2-9-2) was blanked at Brewster 3-0 on Oct. 14, with Farley registering 20 saves and Araneo three saves.