Wyoming Seminary’s Maxwell, Wesneski star in key field hockey victory

By Paul Sokoloski - [email protected]
Wyoming Seminary’s Alex Wesneski celebrates with teammate Aubrey Mytych (23) on Thursday after a goal by Wesneski sealed a 4-0 victory over Wyoming Valley West and goalie Sydney Rusnock at Klassner Field in Kingston. - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader
Wyoming Seminary’s Dani Reiser drives down the field during a field hockey game against Wyoming Valley West in a battle of Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 unbeatens Wednesday at Klassner Field. - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader
Wyoming Seminary’s Alex Wesneski searches for a pass against Wyoming Valley West in Kingston. - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

KINGSTON — Sitting in the classroom at Wyoming Seminary, Hannah Maxwell found it hard to keep her mind on her studies.

Her focus was already on the field hockey field.

“There were some butterflies,” Maxwell said. “I was focusing in school about the game. I know everyone else was, too.”

Maxwell may have had as much motive as anyone to let her mind wander a bit.

A former player in the Wyoming Valley West school system, Maxwell made yet another mark in the storied rivalry by turning a playoff-type game into her personal playground with two goals and an assist Wednesday, lifting Sem to a 4-0 victory in a battle of unbeaten Wyoming Valley Conference teams that played in state title games last season.

“I think we just had to come out very strong, knowing this was going to be one of our biggest games so far,” Maxwell said. “We just kept the tempo up.”

The tempo was torrid on both sides and the battle fierce from the start between defending PIAA Class 2A silver medalist Valley West and defending state Class A runner-up Sem. Both teams refused to back down in a clash that went scoreless for nearly 23 minutes in front of a packed Klassner Field that had fans four-deep in spots.

“It was a fun game to watch,” Wyoming Seminary coach Karen Klassner said. “I think you’re nervous for a game like this. There was a big buildup for the game, it went to overtime last year. Valley West is a great team, they went to the state championship, as well.

“It was really kind of a crowd-pleaser.”

Then Maxwell started pleasing the Blue Knights.

She cracked the ice with 7:10 remaining in the first half, starting a surge where Sem scored four times in a span that lasted just over 20 minutes and covered the end of the first half and start of the second.

“Hannah Maxwell, it’s hard to keep her from scoring. She played an amazing game,” Klassner said. “then deflected home a back-breaking goal as time ran out in the first half off an insert from fellow former Valley West grade schooler Alex Wesneski for a 2-0 Sem lead at the break.

“I saw Alex and Aubrey (Mytych) were on and give-and-go, so I went to the post,” Maxwell said. “We’ve been preparing for a whole week now. We got ready this week. We weren’t going to take them any easier than our other opponents.”

Even if some old friends were standing across the way.

“I mean, knowing I used to play for them, it’s kind of a big game for me,” Maxwell said. “They were my teammates, and they’re still my teammates and friends off the field.”

With friends like these …

After Aubrey Mytych scored from the right side of the cirlce seven minutes into the second half, Wesneski and Maxwell stung their old Spartans team again.

Maxwell double-clutched on a passing attempt, but recovered quickly enough to find Wesneski — who rifled a shot into the back of the cage for a 4-0 Sem lead with 17:13 remaining.

“I just kind of missed it, then hit it,” Maxwell said. “It was just messed up.”

Hardly.

Maxwell, who lives just a few blocks from Valley West’s home turf at Spartan Stadium, wound up with her second game-winning goal in three years against her old school. As a freshman for Sem in 2016, Maxwell’s second-half score lifted the Blue Knights to a 2-1 victory.

This performance may have been even more damaging to Valley West, as it dropped the Spartans to 4-1 and out of first place while keeping Sem tied at the top of the WVC Division 1 with fellow 5-0 team Wyoming Area, just ahead of 4-0 Lake-Lehman.

“Yes, it puts us in the driver’s seat a little bit,” said Klassner, whose defending Division 1 champ Blue Knights extended their WVC unbeaten streak to 19 consecutive games. “But on any given day in this league, anyone can beat anyone. I really feel Valley West is probably one of the best teams in the area. They’re in the top two, I think.”

Wyoming Area 3, Crestwood 1

The Warriors continued their unbeaten run to open the season as Toni Minichello scored what proved to be the game-winner early in the second half.

Kayla Kiwak assisted on the goal and added an insurance marker late in the game. Lauren Parente also scored for Wyoming Area. Emma Janosczyk ended the shutout bid with a goal in the final three minutes.

Lake-Lehman 2, Hazleton Area 0

Ava Radel scored off a corner in the first half and Nicole Leo added another goal in the second half as Lake-Lehman prevailed.

Jaden Kolb assisted Radel while Katie Roberts had the assist on Leo’s score.

Keeper Amy Supey made seven saves.

Northwest 2, Berwick 1

Sydney Franchella broke a tie with 17:20 remaining as Northwest went to 3-0 and won a battle for first place in the WVC Divison 2 with 3-2 Berwick.

Berwick struck first when Alexis Nevel scored early in the first half, but Emily Culver tied the game for Northwest eight minutes later.

Berwick’s Jackie Nevel stopped 12 shots in the loss.

Coughlin 1, Pittston Area 0

Jolene Ulichney’s goal in the first half stood up the rest of the way as the Crusaders edged the Patriots.

Briannah Lee made four saves for the shutout while Pittston Area counterpart Sage Weidlich finished with 17.

Dallas 3, Holy Redeemer 0

Hannah Yanovich figured in on all three Mountaineers’ goals, scoring the first and setting up Maddie Pertl and Grace Young for the others.

Amanda Puza had three saves for the shutout.

Lackawanna Trail 5, Meyers 0

Sam Baltrusaitis and Alyssa Fowler scored two goals each as the Lions defeated visiting Meyers.

Abington Heights 3, Wallenpaupack 1

Dani Beamish started the scoring just under six minutes into the game as the Comets picked up a victory.

Shaelyn Kobyrnich and Magehan VanWert also scored for Abington Heights. Maddie Schmalzie had the lone goal for Wallenpaupack.

Lake-Lehman 4, Crestwood 1

Kate Roberts had a hat trick and goalie Amy Supey made 10 saves as the Black Knights remained unbeaten in a game played Tuesday.

Roberts scored twice in the first half to give Lehman a 3-0 lead, then added the only goal of the second half just under three minutes in.

Ava Radel also scored for Lehman. Chloe Greene pulled Crestwood within 3-1 before halftime with the lone goal for the Comets.

Wyoming Sem 4, Valley West 0

Valley West`0`0 — 0

Wyoming Sem`2`2 — 4

First half — 1. SEM, Hannah Maxwell, 7:10; 2. SEM, Maxwell (Alex Wesneski), 0:00. Second half — 3. SEM, Aubrey Mytych, 23:11; 4. SEM, Wesneski (Maxwell), 17:13.

Shots — WVW 1; SEM 11. Saves — WVW 7 (Sydney Rusnock); SEM 1 (Mia Magnotta). Penalty corners — WVW 3; SEM 5.

Wyoming Area 3, Crestwood 1

Crestwood`0`1 — 1

Wyoming Area`1`2 — 3

First half — 1. WA, Lauren Parente, 24:34. Second half — 2. WA, Toni Minichello (Kayla Kiwak), 19:45; 3. WA, Kiwak, 3:50; 4. CRE, Emma Janosczyk (Mackenzie Kile), 2:44.

Shots — CRE 8; WA 11. Saves — CRE 7 (Maddie Palmiero); WA 4 (Ellie Glatz). Penalty corners — CRE 2; WA 6.

Lake-Lehman 2, Hazleton Area 0

Lake-Lehman`1`1 – 2

Hazleton Area`0`0 – 0

First half: 1. LL, Ava Radel (Jaden Kolb), 4:15; Second half: 2. LL, Nicole Leo ( Katie Roberts), 7:30.

Shots: LL 15, HA 8. Saves: LL 7 (Amy Supey), HA 12 (Jenna Corra). Corners: LL 13, HA 3.

Northwest 2, Berwick 1

Berwick`1`0 — 1

Northwest`1`1 — 2

First half — 1. BER, Alexis Nevel, 22:16; 2. NW, Emily Culver (Irelyn Kishbaugh), 14:24. Second half — 3. NW, Sydney Franchella (Ariana Walker), 17:20.

Shots — BER 4; NW 15. Saves — BER 12 (Jackie Nevel); NW 3 (Aleigha Parnell). Penalty corners — BER 3; NW 14.

Coughlin 1, Pittston Area 0

Pittston Area`0`0 — 0

Coughlin`1`0 — 1

First half — 1. COU, Jolene Ulichney, 11:12.

Shots — PA 4; COU 19. Saves — PA 17 (Sage Weidlich); COU 4 (Briannah Lee). Penalty corners — PA 7; COU 5.

Dallas 3, Holy Redeemer 0

Holy Redeemer`0`0 — 0

Dallas`1`2 — 3

First half — 1. DAL, Hannah Yanovich 20:48. Second half — 2. DAL, Maddie Pertl (Yanovich), 22:36. 3. DAL, Grace Young (Yanovich), 16:39.

Shots — HR 3; DAL 9. Saves — HR 6 (Baird); DAL 3 (Amanda Puza). Penalty corners — HR 4; DAL 9.

Lackawanna Trail 5, Meyers 0

Meyers`0`0 – 0

Lackawanna Trail`2`3 – 5

First half: 1. LT, Sam Baltrusaitis, 9:50; 2. LT, Alyssa Fowler (Jordan Spencer), 4:05; Second half: 3. LT, Baltrusaitis (Liz Litwin), 17:29; 4. LT, Fowler, 10:55; 5. LT, Belle Coleman (Bella Judge), 10:08.

Shots: Mey 0, LT 21. Saves: Mey 14 (Olyvia Jackson), LT 0 (Lilly Rejrat). Corners: Mey 3, LT 10.

Abington Heights 3, Wallenpaupack 1

Abington Heights`2`1 — 3

Wallenpaupack`0`1 — 1

First half — 1. AH, Dani Beamish (Ellie Emith), 24:08; 2. AH, Shaelyn Kobyrnich, 12:26. Second half — 3. WAL,

Maddie Schmalze, 26:36; 4. AH, Meghan VanWert, 16:11.

CORNERS: AH 6, W 9

SAVES: AH (MaKenna Thorpe) 14, C (Madison Kier) 7

SHOTS: AH 10, C 14

TEAM, Scorer (assist), time. TEAM, Scorer (assist), time.

Shots — AH 10, WAL 15. Saves — AH 14 (MaKenna Thorpe); WAL 7 (Madison Kier). Penalty corners — AH 6; WAL 9.

Lake-Lehman 4, Crestwood 1

Crestwood`1`0`— 1

Lake-Lehman`3`1 — 4

First half — 1. LL, Kate Roberts Kate Roberts (Madeline Newman), 26:41; 2. LL, Ava Radel (Hunter Kline), 23:08; 3. LL, Roberts (Ava Radel), 4:57; 4. CRE, Chloe Greene (Sarah Richards), 2:53. Second half — 5. LL, Roberts (Coley Leo), 27:33.

Shots — CRE 11; LL 16. Saves — CRE 7 (Maddie Palmiero 0, Becca Buddinger 7); Penalty corners — CRE 6; LL 6.

First half — 1. TEAM, Scorer (assist), time. Second half — 2. TEAM, Scorer (assist), time.

Shots — VIS x; HOM x. Saves — VIS x (name); HOM x (name). Penalty corners — VIS x; HOM x.

Wyoming Seminary’s Alex Wesneski celebrates with teammate Aubrey Mytych (23) on Thursday after a goal by Wesneski sealed a 4-0 victory over Wyoming Valley West and goalie Sydney Rusnock at Klassner Field in Kingston.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL092018FHWVWSem-5d3.jpgWyoming Seminary’s Alex Wesneski celebrates with teammate Aubrey Mytych (23) on Thursday after a goal by Wesneski sealed a 4-0 victory over Wyoming Valley West and goalie Sydney Rusnock at Klassner Field in Kingston. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

Wyoming Seminary’s Dani Reiser drives down the field during a field hockey game against Wyoming Valley West in a battle of Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 unbeatens Wednesday at Klassner Field.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL092018FHWVWSem1.jpgWyoming Seminary’s Dani Reiser drives down the field during a field hockey game against Wyoming Valley West in a battle of Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 unbeatens Wednesday at Klassner Field. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

Wyoming Seminary’s Alex Wesneski searches for a pass against Wyoming Valley West in Kingston.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL092018FHWVWSem2.jpgWyoming Seminary’s Alex Wesneski searches for a pass against Wyoming Valley West in Kingston. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader
Maxwell leads Blue Knights over Valley West in a battle of defending state finals teams

By Paul Sokoloski

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Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski

Reach Paul Sokoloski at 570-991-6392 or on Twitter @TLPaulSokoloski