SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Lakeland field hockey is ready to go for its senior night contest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, against one of the top teams in Section 1, visiting Scarsdale.
The Hornets, the No. 20 ranked team in the country, are coming off an eight-day break, with their last game a 6-0 triumph against visiting Brewster on Oct. 2.
“We are really excited to play them,” Lakeland junior Keirra Ettere said of playing Scarsdale. “It’s going to be some good competition. We are going to be ready.”
Lakeland senior captain Emma Halderman echoed Ettere’s excitement.
“We are definitely excited, especially because that’s our senior night,” Halderman said. “We are really looking forward to having a competitive game. In order to be successful, we need to work on playing more together as a team, not trying to be selfish, pass the ball a lot more. We have to try to set our teammates up for success and hopefully work on finishing in front of the goal a lot more because we struggled with that in the beginning of this game a little bit. We need to focus on that in practice and hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to finish.”
Halderman was referring to Lakeland’s contest against Brewster, which was scoreless when Lakeland coach Sharon Sarsen called time out with 15:26 left in the first half.
“It definitely brought us together and changed our mindset,” Ettere said of the timeout. “We were kind of not working as a team in the beginning. So, that timeout definitely put our heads back into the game, to work together as a team.”
Shortly after that timeout, Lakeland went up 2-0 on goals by Mia Smith, off a deflection, and Ettere (1G, 2A), which was assisted by Jenna McCrudden (1G, 1A).
“It was from Jenna hitting it outside and me getting the tip, just being scrappy in front of the goal, I think that’s really important,” Ettere said. “Being scrappy in front of the goal really helps us a lot during games. It’s not going to be a perfect shot, it’s probably going to be ugly, but it’s a goal.”
Brewster eventually did get some time on Lakeland’s end of the field but the Hornets were up to the challenge of keeping the Bears off the scoreboard.
“It was definitely huge because if it goes 2-1 it’s anybody’s game. Even 2-0 is very close, so we really need to work on passing first because we kept dribbling and losing possession and we weren’t hustling back as much as we should’ve,” Halderman said. “We really need to working on hustling back and trying to defend faster and harder, working on getting our passes off instead of having turnovers.”
Halderman made sure not to turn it over when she scored, courtesy of an assist by Lauren Salazar (1G, 1A). That made the game 3-0 and the Hornets didn’t look back.
“I tried to shoot far post. It happened to luckily go in but we really work on trying to get chips in front of the goal, instead of trying to take it ourselves,” Halderman said.
Emma Fon (1G), Erin Daly (1A) and Celeste Pagliaroli (2 saves) also produced for the Hornets (10-1).