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JOE BARESS For The Times Leader

Holy Redeemer senior Melanie Kusakavitch dribbles the ball while being pursued by Hazleton Area's Selena Garzio during their game Tuesday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre.
Holy Redeemer senior Melanie Kusakavitch dribbles the ball while being pursued by Hazleton Area's Selena Garzio during their game Tuesday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre.
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WILKES-BARRE With the match knotted at zero and 15:47 remaining in the second half, Hazleton Area field hockey coach Mary Kelly called a timeout.

The Cougars stormed out of the timeout, scoring three goals in the final 15 minutes to secure the 3-0 win over Holy Redeemer at Hollenback Park Tuesday.

“We had been down in the offensive circle for so long and we just weren’t finishing our shots,” Kelly said. “During the timeout, I just told them to go back out there and pour it on even stronger, and that’s what they did.”

Shortly after the timeout, Hazleton Area picked up the tempo, forcing a penalty stroke when Redeemer’s Audrey Zavada saved an open-net shot that bounced off her body.

Selena Garzio laced the penalty stroke past Redeemer goalie Holly Slowik to secure a 1-0 lead with 14:46 remaining in the second half.

“It was the first shot and I knew I had to get it,” Garzio said. “I had a lot of pressure, but I like doing strokes.”

Garzio’s penalty stroke marked her team-leading sixth goal of the season.

“That stroke was what we needed,” Kelly said. “We needed to break the ice with scoring and I had every confidence in Selena that she was going to make that. That just fired us up even more.”

About a minute and a half later, Hazleton Area continued its relentless attack when Hannah Plaza found Madison Reed for the game’s second goal at the 13:17 mark.

Lauren Blakeslee added an insurance goal late in the second half off an assist from Kara Sanford.

“We did amazing today,” Garzio said. “We played 110 percent and we put everything out there. It was definitely a different Hazleton team than before.”

Kaitlyn McHugh secured her sixth shutout of the season, stopping six shots on goal for Hazleton Area. McHugh headed up a defense that was under immense pressure throughout the game but never seized a goal.

“We’ve been working really hard on defense and cleaning up our man-to-man and making that tighter,” Kelly said. “I just felt that when one of them got burned there was another defender there ready to step in and we did really well with that today.”

On the other side of the ball, Redeemer failed to capitalize on 16 shots on goal and seven corners.

“We can’t finish and it has been our nemesis since our first game of the season,” Redeemer coach Juliann DeFalco said. “We’re squaring up on these teams like crazy, but we can’t score.”

Hazleton Area 3, Holy Redeemer 0

Hazleton Area`0`3`—`3

Holy Redeemer`0`0`—`0

Second half — 1. HAZ Selena Garzio (Penalty stroke), 14:46; 2. HAZ Madison Reed (Hannah Plaza), 13:14; 3. HAZ Lauren Blakeslee (Kara Sanford), 3:20.

Shots — HAZ 9; HR 16. Saves — HAZ 6 (Kaitlyn McHugh); HR 5 (Holly Slowik). Penalty corners — HAZ 8; HR 7.

Pittston Area 3, Meyers 2 (OT)

Alana Platukus scored the game-winning goal in overtime off an assist from Alexa Danko to secure the victory for Pittston Area over Meyers.

Dana Maurizi led Pittston Area with two goals, while Danko finished with two assists.

Bri DiMaggio and Betsy Macko scored a goal apiece for Meyers in the loss.

Dallas 5, Lackawanna Trail 1

Vanessa Parsons figured in on the Mountaineers’ first four goals to finish with two scores and two assists. Michelle Thompson added a goal and an assist in the home win.

Nicole Rosa had the lone marker for the Lions.

Delaware Valley 2, Honesdale 0

Grace Farrell recorded a goal and an assist in Delaware Valley’s shutout victory over Honesdale.

Kat Casey added a goal for Delaware Valley, while Jillian DeGraw chipped in an assist.

Eileen D’Auria secured the shutout with nine saves, while Honesdale’s Mackenzie Jackson logged six saves in the loss.

Nanticoke 2, Wallenpaupack 1

Sarina Kinlaw and Becca Morgis scored one goal apiece to lead a second-half surge that gave Nanticoke a one-goal victory over Wallenpaupack.

Amber Grohowski added two assists for Nanticoke in the victory.

Anna Hehir recorded the lone goal for Wallenpaupack off an assist from Anthony Bouselli in the first half.

Lake-Lehman 2, Coughlin 1 (OT)

Alyssa Adams scored two goals, including the game winner in overtime to lead Lake-Lehman to a victory over Coughlin.

Taylor Alba and Tracy Snyder added an assist apiece in the win, while Tiffany Malinowski logged 12 saves to secure the victory for Lake-Lehman.

Kelsey Gabriele tied the game in the second half for Coughlin off an assist from Brigid Wood.

Wyoming Area 3, Abington Heights 0

Abby Thornton netted two goals to lead Wyoming Area to a shutout victory over Abington Heights.

Grace Angelella added three assists for Wyoming Area, while Sally DeLuca chipped in a goal in the victory.


Pittston Area 3, Meyers 2 (OT)


Pittston Area`1`1`1`—`3

First half — 1. PA Dana Maurizi, 7:43. Second half — 2. PA Maurizi (Alexa Danko), 13:33; 3. MEY Bri DiMaggio, 11:48; 4. MEY Betsy Macko, 7:01; Overtime 5. PA Alana Platukus (Danko), 7:11.

Shots — MEY 10; PA 21. Saves — MEY 7 (Sabrina Robertson); PA 7 (Lea Garibaldi). Penalty corners — MEY 9; PA 16.

Dallas 5, Lackawanna Trail 1

Lackawanna Trail`0`1`—`1


First half — 1. DAL, Michelle Thompson (Vanessa Parsons), 25:20; 2. DAL, Parsons, 9:59; 3. DAL, Jenny Cave (Parsons), 6:08. Second half — 4. DAL, Parsons (Thompson), 19:29; 5. LT, Nicole Rosa (Shelby Croasdale), 17:12; 6. DAL, Calli Amadio (Kayla Thomas), 15:53.

Shots — LT 4; DAL 19. Saves — LT 13 (Kerrigan Buck); DAL 3 (Lily Amadio). Penalty corners — LT 3; DAL 9.

Delaware Valley 2, Honesdale 0


Delaware Valley`1`1`—`2

First half — 1. DV Grace Farrell (Jillian Degraw), 25:50. Second half — 2. DV Kat Casey (Farrell), 18:35.

Shots — HON 10; DV 8. Saves — HON 6 (Mackenzie Jackson); DV 9 (Eileen D’Auria). Penalty corners — HON 12; DV 7.

Nanticoke 2, Wallenpaupack 1



First half — 1. WAL Anna Hehir (Anthony Bouselli), 16:12 . Second half — 2. NAN Sarina Kinlaw (Amber Grohowski), 16:56; 3. NAN Becca Morgis (Grohowski), 10:16.

Shots — WAL 9; NAN 10. Saves — WAL 2 (Laura Bibbs); NAN 4 (Maddy O’Donahue). Penalty corners — WAL 1; NAN 5.

Lake-Lehman 2, Coughlin 1 (OT)



Second half — 1. LL Alyssa Adams (Taylor Alba), 15:33; 2. COU Kelsey Gabriele (Brigid Wood), 12:39. Overtime — LL Adams (Tracy Snyder), 7:10.

Shots — COU 13; LL 13. Saves — COU 11 (M’Kensie Lee); LL 12 (Tiffany Malinowski). Penalty corners — COU 8; LL 11.

Wyoming Area 3, Abington Heights 0

Abington Heights`0`0`—`0

Wyoming Area`2`1`—`3

First half — 1. WA Abby Thornton (Grace Angelella), 8:20; 2. WA Thornton (Angelella), 7:25. Second half — 3. WA Sally DeLuca (Angelella), 15:48.

Shots — AH 5; WA 16. Saves — AH 11 (Melanie Fricchione); WA 5 (Christina Granteed). Penalty corners — AH 3; WA 7.

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