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Hazleton Area's Gabrielle Ator starts a rush upfield against Wyoming Valley West on Monday night in Hazleton.
Hazleton Area's Gabrielle Ator starts a rush upfield against Wyoming Valley West on Monday night in Hazleton.
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HAZLETON — Talk about giving your team a lift.

Call them aerials, call them throws, call them whatever you want, but Wyoming Valley West used a high-flying passing game combined with some impressive speed to knock Hazleton Area from the top spot in WVC Division 1-3A with a 5-1 victory in field hockey action Monday night.

“We’ve been practicing our passing a lot,” said Spartans senior Alex Gonda, who had two goals. “We’re really confident with each other out there. We know where each other is going to be. This was probably the best we’ve been so far with our passing game.”

The win moves Coughlin back in front of the Class 3A group with a 6-1 league mark. The Crusaders defeated Dallas 1-0 in overtime earlier Monday. The Spartans are now 6-2 in WVC action and Hazleton Area stands at 5-2.

Gonda struck twice in the first seven minutes of the second half to break a 2-1 game open. The Spartans used long aerials from its defensive backs to start its transition offense.

Then, in a fast-break style reminiscent of the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers, the ball was quickly worked upfield by the forwards in a combination of lead passes and crosses that found seems in the Cougars defense.

“Our defense is one of our strong points,” Gonda said. “The aerials (from Haley Gayoski and the defense) help get us the ball quickly. We couldn’t run those (passing) plays like that if the defense doesn’t get us the ball upfield.”

The first goal came on a give-and-go with Danielle Grega, and the second, her sixth of the year, came off a centering pass by Megan Kane.

Trailing by a goal, Grega gave a great individual effort to knot the score midway through the first half. The senior went the final 30-plus yards after taking a lead pass from fellow senior Gonda. Grega dodged a pair of Cougars defenders, going to the right around one, then the left side of another. She finally went around keeper Kaitlyn McHugh to the glove side and fired a shot into the vacated goal.

Julia Usefara followed with her second goal of the season, which stood as the winner. She redirected a shot by Kane five minutes after the Spartans got on the board to make it 2-1.

“After they got that lead, we knew we had to push harder,” Gonda said. “They’re a really good team.”

Hazleton Area got the start it wanted, taking the early lead at home. The Cougars converted a penalty corner in the seventh minute as Kara Sanford scored her ninth goal of the year by slamming a rebound home.

“It seems when we need to come up with a goal, Kara has usually pulled it out for us,” Hazleton Area coach Mary Kelly said. “Tonight, she was there to get us started.”

The Cougars had other chances that Valley West keeper Alicia Moore left to a goalie’s best friends. Selena Garzio’s blast from the top of the circle clanged off the glove-side post late in the first half, while her reverse-stick shot with 11 minutes to play ricocheted into the air off the crossbar.

“Hazleton did not give up,” Kelly said. “I’m thrilled with that. They played through to the end. That’s a credit to them. We just couldn’t match up with their speed.”

Wyoming Valley West 5, Hazleton Area 1

Wyo. Valley West`2`3`—`5

Hazleton Area`1`0`—`1

First half — 1. HAZ, Kara Sanford, 23:36; 2. WVW, Danielle Grega, 13:39; 3. WVW, Julia Usefara (Megan Kane), 8:38. Second half — 4. WVW, Alex Gonda (Grega), 28:51; 5. WVW, Gonda (Kane), 23:17; 6. WVW, Grega, 11:06.

Shots — WVW 10; HAZ 7. Saves — WVW 5 (Alicia Moore); HAZ 4 (Kaitlyn McHugh). Penalty corners — WVW 5; HAZ 5.


Wyoming Seminary 3, Holy Redeemer 0

Becca Schulman got the Blue Knights on the board, then Gabby Grossman scored twice as Sem stormed to victory by getting all three goals in the first half. Mackenzie Gagliardi made 10 saves in the crease to record the shutout.

Lackawanna Trail 2, Nanticoke 1

Madison Lee tied the game with a goal in the second half, then Daria Lewandowski scored the winner with little more than six minutes to play to lift Trail.

Savannah Oliver’s goal give Nanticoke the lead little more than 10 minutes into the game. Maddy O’Donahue made nine stops in goal for the Trojans.

Coughlin 1, Dallas 0, OT

Kelsey Gabriele ended the scoreless drought with a game-winning goal with 8:18 remaining in overtime. Kyra Castano assisted the play to advance the Crusaders.

Lily Amadio made five stops for Dallas. M’Kensie Lee thwarted 19 Mountaineer attempts.

Wyoming Area 3, Honesdale 1

Drew Bednarski scored two goals, including the insurance marker, for the Warriors. Grace Angelella supplied a goal and an assist. Carrie Pozaic let up one goal on 12 shots.

Ally Meyer tallied the only goal for the Hornets.

Crestwood 8, Wallenpaupack 1

Crestwood’s Marissa Surdy scored two goals in the game’s first three minutes. Surdy had three goals and an assist, and Ashleigh Thomas finished with two goals and an assist. Samantha Geroski had one score. Hunter Pitman enjoyed a two-goal affair.

Jamielee Egli found the back of the cage for the Buckhorns.

Lake-Lehman 5, Abington Heights 0

Korri Wandel scored a hat trick for the Black Knights. Taylor Alba added a goal. Carey Ann Keiper and Sarah Sabaluski each manufactured an assist.

Tiffany Malinowski made three saves for Lake-Lehman. The Comets’ Claire Notarianni prevented 21 shots from going in.


Wyoming Seminary 3, Holy Redeemer 0

Holy Redeemer`0`0`—`0

Wyoming Seminary`3`0`—`3

First half — 1. SEM, Becca Schulman (Molly Turner), 2:46; 2. SEM, Gabby Grossman (Becca Weinstock), 17:38; 3. SEM, Grossman (Natalie Lefkowicz), 19:26.

Shots — HR 11; SEM 27. Saves — HR 7 (Holly Slowik); SEM 10 (Mackenzie Gagliardi). Penalty corners — HR 5; SEM 12.

Lackawanna Trail 2, Nanticoke 1


Lackawanna Trail`0`2`—`2

First half — 1. NAN, Savannah Oliver (Amber Grobowski), 19:36. Second half — 2. LT, Madison Lee (Nicole Rosa), 14:12; 3. LT, Daria Lewandowski (Gabby Truesdale), 6:07.

Shots — NAN 6; LT 14. Saves — NAN 9 (Maddy O’Donahue); LT 3 (Kerrigan Buck). Penalty corners — NAN 4; LT 12.

Coughlin 1, Dallas 0 (OT)



Overtime — 1. COU, Kelsey Gabriele (Kyra Castano), 8:18.

Shots — DAL 24, COU 10. Saves — DAL 5 (Lily Amadio); COU 19 (M’Kensie Lee). Penalty corners — DAL 10, COU 5

Wyoming Area 3, Honesdale 1

Wyoming Area`2`1`—`3


First Half — 1. WA, Drew Bednarski (Bree Bednarski), 14:45; 2. WA, Grace Angelella (Maddy Mulhern), 2:22. Second Half — 3. HON, Ally Meyer (Bailey Martin), 16:58; 4. WA, D. Bednarski (Angelella).

Shots — WA 15, HON 12. Saves — WA 11 (Carrie Pozaic); HON 12 (Mackenzie Jackson). Penalty corners — WA 6, HON 6

Crestwood 8, Wallenpaupack 1



First Half — 1. CRE, Marissa Surdy (Maury Cronauer), 29:02; 2. CRE, Surdy, 27:11; 3. CRE, Ashleigh Thomas, 22:10; 4. CRE, Thomas, 12:11; 5. CRE, Samantha Geroski (Hunter Pitman), 8:40. Second Half — 6. CRE, Surdy (Thomas), 28:20; 7. WAL, Jamielee Egli (Anthony Busseli), 22:33; 8. CRE, Hunter Pitman, 4:40.

Shots — CRE 27, WAL 2. Saves — CRE 1 (Dallas Kendra 1, Kellie Kalada); WAL 13 (Laura Bibbs). Penalty corners — CRE 10, WAL 2

Lake-Lehman 5, Abington Heights 0


Abington Heights`0`0`—`0

First Half — 1. LL, Korri Wandel (Carey Ann Keiper); 2. LL, Wandel (Sarah Sabaluski). Second Half — 3. LL, Wandel; 4. LL, Taylor Alba; 5. LL, TEAM.

Shots — LL 20, AH 3. Saves — LL 3 (Tiffany Malinowski 3, C. Edwards); AH 21 (Claire Notarianni). Penalty corners — LL 12, AH 3

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