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WRIGHT TWP. — Marissa Surdy and her Comets teammates aren’t resting on last year’s accomplishments.

Crestwood piled up 29 shots and pulled off a few highlight-reel plays in a 4-1 victory over Holy Redeemer in Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey Wednesday.

“You have to put the season before behind you,” said Surdy, who finished with two goals and an assist. “You have to stay focused in the moment. We accomplished a lot last year, but you can’t look back.”

It was a game which featured the top-two teams during the regular season a year ago, both of which were unbeaten entering play. But once the game started, the defending state champions had the field tilted in their favor.

“Overall, I’m happy with the result,” Crestwood coach Elvetta Gemski said. “But there’s still things to work on. We expected a tough contest and that’s exactly what we got from Holy Redeemer.”

The Comets held the Royals without a shot for the first 23 minutes of play while generating their own opportunities at the other end of the field. Crestwood broke through with two goals in 1:36 midway through the first half.

Elizabeth Dessoye fired a shot at the Redeemer goal, only to have keeper Holly Slowik kick it out with her left boot. The rebound was found by Crestwood’s Casey Cole, who set up Morgan Kile for another shot. This time, the ball got lost in traffic in front of the goal before Surdy found it and slid it into the goal for a 1-0 lead.

Redeemer looked to answer right back by earning its first penalty corner of the match, but the Comets capitalized instead. Dessoye intercepted the injection pass and played it across the 25-yard line to Maury Cronauer, who brought the ball to midfield before sending a long lead pass up the right wing. Surdy sprinted to the ball just a few yards ahead of the end line and rifled a centering pass into the circle, where Kile made the goal look easy, extending the Crestwood lead to 2-0.

“This team has the potential to make those connections,” Gemski said. “It was a beautiful play.”

Redeemer did answer this time, as Melanie Kusakavitch circled around the Crestwood defense toward the right wing, then send a shot toward the cage. Jenn Ringsdorf was in front to tip home the shot and cut the Comets lead in half with 6:46 left in the half.

“The momentum did change,” Royals coach Juliann DeFalco said. “We worked on a couple of things yesterday and we actually did it today.”

Crestwood, though, turned the pressure back up in the second half with more pinpoint setups. Cole was outside of the circle when she sent a ball across the field to the far post. Ashleigh Thomas slammed it home six minutes into the second half.

“Crestwood’s speed was just too much,” DeFalco said. “We knew that coming in.”

The lead reached 4-1 on a rocketed reverse stick shot by Cole that Surdy bunted home from in front of the goal.

“It’s my job to stay in front of their goal,” said Surdy, who was jostled a couple of times in traffic in the goal mouth. “I’ve just got to take it for the team.”

Ringsdorf was denied twice by Crestwood’s Dallas Kendra, while opportunities for Greta Ell and Rachel Platko also came up empty. Meanwhile, Slowik had 15 saves, some of the spectacular variety, and Ana Turosky had a defensive save for Redeemer.

Crestwood 4, Holy Redeemer 1

Holy Redeemer`1`0`—`1


First half — 1, CRE, Marissa Surdy, 15:53; 2. CRE, Morgan Kile (Surdy), 14:17; 3. HR, Jenn Ringsdorf (Melanie Kusakavitch), 6:46. Second half — 4. CRE, Ashleigh Thomas (Casey Cole), 23:40; 5. Surdy (Cole), 5:36.

Shots — HR 7; CRE 29. Saves — HR 15 (Holly Slowik); CRE 3 (Dallas Kendra). Penalty corners — HR 5; CRE 10.


Dallas 7, Nanticoke 0

Vanessa Parsons opened the game with three goals and Michelle Thompson added two more and two assists as Dallas posted a shutout.

The Mountaineers outshot Nanticoke 16-2.

Wyoming Area 5, Delaware Valley 2

Sally DeLuca, Bree Bednarski and Grace Angelella recorded a goal and an assist each in the Wyoming Area victory.

Grace Farrell assisted on both Del Val goals.

Coughlin 3, Lackawanna Trail 1

The Crusaders scored three goals in the first half from Kyra Castano, Brigid Wood and Kelsey Gabriele and held on to win the game.

Daria Lewandowski scored the only goal for Lackwanna Trail.

Wyoming Valley West 2, Lake-Lehman 1

Down by a goal at halftime Danielle Grega scored two goals in the second half to help the Spartans earn the win.

Korri Wandel recorded the only goal for Lake-Lehman.

Hazleton Area 1, Abington Heights 0

The Cougars earned 18 penalty corners and took 18 shots, but managed to score just once against the Comets.

Hazleton Area 1, Abington Heights 0

Hazleton Area`1`0`—`1

Abington Heights`0`0`—`0

Shots — HAZ 18; AH 3. Saves — HAZ 2; AH 10. Penalty corners — HAZ 18; AH 4.

Coughlin 3, Lackawanna Trail 1

Lackawanna Trail`0`1`—`1


First half — 1. COU Kyra Castano (Savannah Robinson), 14:41; 2. COU Brigid Wood, 25:27; 3. COU Kelsey Gabriele, (Kyra Wozniak) 9:22; Second half — 4. LT Daria Lewandowski (Jordan Laytos), 2:09

Shots — LT 4; COU 14. Saves — LT 7 (Kerrigan Buck); COU 3 (Allison, Novak, Megan Novak). Penalty corners — LT 6; COU 10.

Dallas 7, Nanticoke 0



First half — 1. DAL, Vanessa Parsons, 23:39; 2. DAL, Parsons, 13:15; 3. DAL, Parsons (Kimi McGee), 10:05; 4. DAL, Michelle Thompson (Kalia Thomas), 0:08. Second half — 5. DAL, Thompson, 26:17; 6. DAL, Morgan Morris (Thompson), 23:18; 7. DAL, Abby Downs (Thompson), 10:47.

Shots — NAN 2; DAL 16. Saves — NAN 8 (Maddy O’Donahue); DAL 2 (Lily Amadio). Penalty corners — NAN 0; DAL 13.

Wyoming Area 5, Delaware Valley 2

Wyoming Area`2`3`—`5

Delaware Valley`2`0`—`2

First half — 1. DV Peyton Padgett (Grace Farrell), 20:03; 2. WA Grace Gober, 11:33; 3. WA Sally DeLuca (Bree Bednarski), 1:40; 4. DV Jess Quinn (Farrell), 00:54; Second half — 5. Bednarski (Grace Angelella), 20:43; 6. Angelella (DeLuca), 6:32; 7. WA Victoria Braccini (Abby Thornton), 3:12.

Shots — WA 14; DV 9. Saves — WA 7 (Christina Granteed); DV 9 (Eileen D’Auria). Penalty corners — WA 10; DV 6 .

Wyoming Valley West 2, Lake-Lehman 1

Wyoming Valley West`0`2`—`2


First half — 1. LL Korri Wandel (Tracy Snyder), 13:08; Second half — 2. WVW Danielle Grega (Alex Gonda), 19:23; 3. Grega, 12:54.

Shots — WVW 9; LL 7. Saves — WVW 6 (Jocelyn Polney); LL 7 (Tiffany Malinowski). Penalty corners — WVW 9; LL 6.


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