Last updated: September 05. 2013 2:42PM - 943 Views
By JOHN MEDEIROS jmedeiros@timesleader.com

Hanover Area's Megan Milford looks to shoot against GAR goalkeeper Brittany Vital in WVC field hockey action Wednesday afternoon in Hanover Township.
Hanover Area's Megan Milford looks to shoot against GAR goalkeeper Brittany Vital in WVC field hockey action Wednesday afternoon in Hanover Township.
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HANOVER TWP. — GAR had plenty of players trying to break through for a winning goal.

Brea Seabrook was the Grenadier who did break through, scoring her second goal of the game in a 2-1 victory over Hanover Area in Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey Wednesday.

“We lost to them by a goal each time (we played) last season,” GAR coach Sue Woznock said. “We had a lot of good play out there today. Kristen Drozda on right wing, Catherine Luckey, Avery Harris, our defense, they did a great job today.

The Hawkeyes had won nine of the past 10 meetings between the teams, including both games a season ago. But the Grenadiers had the more veteran squad, from goalkeeper Brittany Vital, who made six saves, through Seabrook.

No wonder Woznock was happy to mention every one of her players.

Luckey started the rush that led to GAR’s first goal charging into the Hanover Area circle and centering the ball to Seabrook. The junior took the ball near the offensive left post and lifted a reverse-stick shot into the Hawkeyes’ cage.

The first shot since Seabrook’s effort 10 seconds in for the Grenadiers gave them a 1-0 lead.

The Hawkeyes leveled the score on a nice penalty corner set in the 25th minute, as Michaela Halesey sent the injection pass to the top of the circle for Marissa Keegan, who looked to her right for Brittany McNair. It was a blast off the stick of McNair from about 12 yards out that rattled the backboard of the goal to bring the teams to halftime tied at 1.

GAR piled up seven corners in the second half trying to break through, but struggled to get the ball on goal. When the Grenadiers did, they found Haylee Bobos, the second of two sophomore keepers for the Hawkeyes, making saves. Bobos and Regina Deno split cage duties, each keeping Hanover Area in the game with saves.

“And we did just work on that yesterday,” Woznock said of her team’s corners, which generated just three shots in 10 chances, and only one on goal. “We have a lot of strong combinations on our corners.”

“They are both first-time varsity players,” Hanover Area coach Jocelyn Holodick-Reed said of her goalies. “They are both really good, too. In the next three years, they’ll be girls to watch.”

Seabrook finally found an opening in the 47th minute, stepping in front of a Hanover Area free hit and sprinting up the right wing. She let a blast go that went elbow-high into the long side of the goal for the game-winner.

“We played as a team really well,” Holodick-Reed said. “We had a couple of breakdowns. We have to be more consistent with our formations. But it’s a big jump from junior high to varsity. And 50 percent of our players are new to the varsity level.”

Hanover Area had a couple of late chances, but two corners with four minutes to play came up empty and a final offensive foray into the GAR circle was pushed back with 70 seconds remaining.

GAR 2, Hanover Area 1


Hanover Area`1`0`—`1

First half — 1. GAR, Brea Seabrook, 12:04; 2. HAN, Brittany McNair (Marissa Keegan), 25:25. Second half — 3. GAR, Seabrook, 16:28.

Shots — GAR 7; HAN 7. Saves — GAR 6 (Brittany Vital); HAN 5 (Regina Deno 2, Haylee Bobos 3). Penalty corners — GAR 10, HAN 7.


Berwick 2, Elk Lake 1, OT

Allie Katsock and Alexis Steeber had a goal each in Berwick’s overtime win.

Brittany Myers scored the only goal for Elk Lake.

Pittston Area 2, Northwest 0

Emily Herron scored both goals for the Patriots in a win against the Rangers.

Katrina Mikitish contributed an assist for Pittston Area and Lea Garibaldi made three saves for the shutout.

Wyoming Seminary 2, Lackawanna Trail 0

Mallory Lefkowitz had a goal and an assist in Wyoming Seminary’s shutout victory on Tuesday evening.

Kerrigan Buck had 15 saves in the net for Lackawanna Trail. McKenzie Gagliardi made three saves for Sem to earn the shutout.


Berwick 2, Elk Lake 1, OT

Elk Lake`1`0`0—`1


First half — 1. BER, Allie Katsock, 26:00; 2. ELK, Brittany Myers, 15:00. Overtime — 3. BER, Alexis Steeber (Kirsten Bertollo), 9:00

Shots — ELK 5 ; BER 17. Saves — ELK 10 (Brooke Seamans); BER 4 (Lizzie Dyer). Penalty corners — ELK 3; BER 9.

Pittston Area 2, Northwest 0

Pittston Area`1`1`—`1


First half — 1. Emily Herron (Katrina Mikitish), 00:02. Second half — 2. Herron, 14:00.

Shots — PIT 8 NW 5. Saves — PIT 3 (Lea Garibaldi); NW 8 (Olivia Piestrak). Penalty corners — PIT 12; NW 5.

Wyoming Seminary 2, Lackawanna Trail 0

Wyoming Seminary`0`2`—`0

Lackawanna Trail`0`0`—`0

Second half — 1. Mallory Lefkowitz, 22:02; 2. Nora Fierman (Lefkowitz), 17:33.

Shots — SEM 24; LT 4. Saves —SEM 3 (McKenzie Gagliardi); LT 15 (Kerrigan Buck). Penalty corners — SEM 10; LT 3.

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