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2018-10-11 / Sports

Lancaster field hockey team goes 3-2 in busy stretch

TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Sports Reporter


Nicole Conte of Lancaster boxes out a shot attempt from Alex Black of West Seneca West Friday in a 2-1 win over the Lady Indians. The Lady Legends are now 9-3-1 on the season and close things out with a stretch against three tough Class A teams over the next week 
Photo by Jake French Nicole Conte of Lancaster boxes out a shot attempt from Alex Black of West Seneca West Friday in a 2-1 win over the Lady Indians. The Lady Legends are now 9-3-1 on the season and close things out with a stretch against three tough Class A teams over the next week Photo by Jake French The Lancaster field hockey team is sitting at 9-3-1 after a busy stretch of games. The Lady Legends are coming off a stretch where they played five games in 10 days, winning three and losing two.

On Sept. 26, they saw a four-game win streak come to an end at the hands of Williamsville South, who grinded to a 1-0 win. The game was close throughout with the Lady Billies taking advantage of the one mental lapse that Lancaster had.

“It was a close game back and forth,” Lancaster coach Crystal Schunke said. “We had one breakdown and it was one of those situations where I could see the play evolving ahead of time. It was like ‘oh, no.’ We finished out the game strong, but we weren’t able to capitalize on any scoring opportunities.”

They bounced back Sept. 29 with a 4-2 win over Sweet Home. Goals were scored by Jordan Rokitka, Ashlyn Guarasci and two by Jill Blas. The game was a back-and-forth affair.

“We worked together as a team and communicated very well,” Schunke said. “We tried to pull off some different things. We moved positions and switched up the forward line. We kept the Sweet Home defense guessing where our players were going to be.”

Monday, the team suffered another tough loss, this time to Williamsville East, 2-0. The Lady Flames scored twice early in the game and just cruised to victory from there. The Lady Legends put some pressure on, but could not find the back of the net.

“That was a tough one,” Schunke said. “They scored two quick goals early at the start of the game, one on a defensive corner. After that we stepped up and made a game. We played our game and played really well.

We got down there in the circle. We had chances and were lucky on some of the goals. Their goalie made some really nice saves.”

But the team bounced back Wednesday with a 4-3 win over Hamburg. Lancaster played well despite being on an unfamiliar turf playing surface. The Lady Legends came out hot, running up a 2-0 lead, but Hamburg tied things up at halftime. But the Lady Legends scored twice in the second half to get the win. Goals were scored by Morganne Dee, Lexi Odrobina, Olivia Ringer and Blas.

Friday, the Lady Legends made it two in a row with a hard-fought 2-1 win over West Seneca West. The Lady Indians provided a tough matchup for Lancaster. Blas had both goals.

“We never stopped playing,” Schunke said. “They were very aggressive, but we just kept pushing through and working hard. We kept the offensive pressure on. When we made the passes, we did well. We had some nice give and goes, some nice passes. We were able to capitalize when we needed to.”

The team has just three games left in the season. They took on Williamsville North Wednesday in a match that did not end by press time. They’ll then have Orchard Park Monday and Clarence Tuesday. It will be a difficult slate to close out the regular season.

“At this point at the end of the season, we’re playing all the A schools at one time,” Schunke said. “We’re looking forward to working hard on things we’re working on. We’re trusting our teammates and supporting each other. We’re happy with the successes. When we do those things, we’re successful on the field.”

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