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2017-09-13 / Sports

North field hockey blanks East


Williamsville East’s Madison Kozlowski, left, and Williamsville North’s Lauren Rabinowitz battle for possession of the ball in North’s 2-0 home win Friday. 
Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Williamsville East’s Madison Kozlowski, left, and Williamsville North’s Lauren Rabinowitz battle for possession of the ball in North’s 2-0 home win Friday. Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Williamsville North’s field hockey team battled Williamsville East for 60 minutes Friday and pulled out a 2-0 home victory.

“Both sides came out hard for the full 60 minutes, never gave up and continued to go hard,” North coach Andrea Maslowski said.

Goalie Sam Mallare recorded nine shots on cage for the shutout.

“She had great help from her field players,” Maslowski said. “Everyone recovered hard and attacked the ball non-stop. She also had amazing help from Emily Reynolds on a beautiful defensive save. Her controlled, consistent play for the full 60 seconds on the field did not go unnoticed.”

Lauren Rabinowitz scored with seven minutes left in the first half, assisted by Jordan Cooper.

Jenna Piotrowski scored North’s second goal, assisted by Danielle Batz.

A corner was called with seconds left on the clock.

“The buzzer sounded and the ball was in the cage,” Maslowski said. “It was an amazing goal and well deserved.”

East coach Erin Rajczak said her team turned on the pressure in the second half but could not squeak a goal by. Rajczak said Morgan Hjemdahl-Monsen and Madi Kozlowski had strong games for her team.

Maslowski said it is always a pleasure to play against East and coach Rajczak, who she played with at Lancaster and Brockport State College.

“It is wonderful to coach by her side now,” Maslowski said. “This will always be a fun game played and no one walks away with their head down.”

North opened its season with a 6-1 home win over Pioneer Sept. 6.

“We played as a team and never let up,” Maslowski said. “As our first game, we had some first-game jitters until our first goal went in.”

Jordan Cooper tallied a hat trick and Catherine Angiers added two goals and an assist.

Erin Roland scored the first goal of the game, assisted by her sister, Emma.

Emma Roland finished the game with five assists.

“Emma was not scared to take the ball down the field and feed her teammates with the ball,” Maslowski said. “She showed everyone what it takes to be a team leader by her play.”

North (2-0) hosted Sweet Home Monday, but information about the game was unavailable before press time. They travel to Williamsville South at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Williamsville East

East won its season opener over Starpoint, 6-0, Sept. 6 at Country Parkway.

Holly Schmelzer led the offense with three goals and two assists. Two of her goals came in the first half.

Her first goal was assisted by Grace Pogorzala, and the second goal was assisted by Heather Greenway.

CJ McDermott scored East’s third goal of the half.

Schmelzer picked up where she left off and scored in the first minute of the second half off an assist from Jenna Cavalieri.

Chelsea McNamara also tallied and Emily Turton scored off a deflection on a corner to complete East’s scoring.

Rajczk said Autumn D’Amico played an amazing defensive game for East.

“She stopped many attempts to even come across our 25 and ended up bringing the ball into their offensive end,” she said.

Maddy Lane and Haley Metcalf had great games in the midfield, she said.

East travels to West Seneca East at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday and hosts Williamsville South at 5 p.m. Friday.

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