MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Yorktown’s Hannah Farley had four saves in a 1-0 loss at Mahopac on Sept. 28, as the Huskers shut the host out in the second half of a great back and forth field-hockey contest.
“We had a talk and we all really wanted to win that game,” Yorktown senior defender Julia Wurzel said. “We finished out strong because we all put 110 percent onto the field, all the way to the last second.”
Yorktown sophomore Maddy Marr stood out by really helping out on defense and making great clears towards offense, Wurzel said.
“With Maddy being a young player, there is a lot of future potential for her and our team,” Wurzel said.
Yorktown (1-5-1) played a great first half, tied at 1-1, before falling to visiting Fox Lane 5-1 on Sept. 25.
“We had a lot of energy and our team really wanted to win,” Wurzel said. “We knew we needed to start out the game with a lot of hype. We had a great warm-up and team talk before the game. The other captains, Stephanie Gridley and Katie Vogel, and I, wanted to get the team hyped for the game and start the game strong.”
Izzy Cicinelli started strong, scoring the Huskers’ first-half goal, assisted by Kelsey McDonnell.
“She’s always there at the post and taps the ball into the goal and helps our team out a lot,” Wurzel said. “She scored an awesome goal during the first half. Izzy is an amazing attribute to our team.”
Farley (5 saves) and Adeline Araneo (4 saves) performed well in goal.
Lakeland (10-0), led by Caroline Cahill (3G), Kelsey McCrudden (2G, 3A) and Julia Papanicolaou (1G, 2A), won at John Jay-Cross River 8-0 on Sept. 28.
“All three of us are senior captains and the reason we are able to play so well is because of the experience we’ve had in the past years,” Cahill said. “Our years on varsity helped us to learn about how varsity games are played and how scoring goals and winning games is a team effort rather than an individualized one. It’s a big learning curve to step onto and be able to compete at the varsity level so our experience is a huge factor.”
Defensively, Lakeland was rock solid as well as it’s something its coach Sharon Sarsen harps on.
“Despite being a huge offensive force we do spend a lot of time at practice working on defense,” Cahill said. “Sars stresses the importance of going into every game focused on our team goals rather than the perception of the other team. The defensive work we put in at practice really translates to the game and gets rid of the defensive panic because we practice and plan for a bunch of scenarios. John Jay did get below our defensive half a few times but together we stayed calm and collected which alley us work together to get the ball out and back to offense.”
Lakeland (10-0) jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead and didn’t look back.
“We try our best to focus on the controllable factors so we come out strong and fast every game and take none of the goals for granted,” Cahill said. “We understand that each game is a challenge and each game we have to compete to our best ability, regardless of what our team or our opponents have done in the past.”
Emily Kness (1G), Sarah Bussell (1G), Jessica Ascencao (1A), Julianna Cappello (1A) and Kellie Smith (2 saves) also contributed to the Lakeland victory.