LADY MARAUDERS CLAIM CLASS D SECTION III FIELD HOCKEY CROWN
NY Mills Lady Marauders 2012 Class Section III “D” Field Hockey Champs!
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
For the fourth time in as many games the New York Mils Lady Marauders won a game by the score of 1-0. For the second time in three years, the Lady Marauders claimed the Section III, Class “D” Field Hockey title.
Today, on the cold, wet, wind driven playing surface of Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Carly Dziekan knocked in the game winning goal just 3:32 into overtime to propel the Lady Marauders to the Section III Final Game win over Morrisville-Eaton.
New York Mills, the #2 seed in this season’s playoffs, reached the final by defeating Mohawk by a score of 1-0 in the semi-final round.
This afternoon’s win represents the fifth shutout in a row for New York Mills (their eight shutout win this season).
In fact, the Lady Marauders defense was so disruptive this afternoon, Morrisville-Eaton did not manage a single shot on Mills goalie Amanda Maciol.
Fourth seeded Morrisville-Eaton defeated Herkimer in the opening round of the playoffs and then upended #1 seed Mt. Markham by a score of 4-0 to reach this afternoon’s final.
The first half of this match up saw both teams play a relatively tentative style of play.
So much so that New York Mills received a relatively stern wake up call during a timeout from Head Coach Andrea Dziekan, who told her girls that they were playing “scared” and not playing to win.
New York Mills held a 4-0 advantage in shots on goal after the first twenty minutes of play, but the score remained 0-0.
The Lady Marauders ramped up their offensive pressure in the second half, gaining four penalty corners.
Carly Dziekan had what appeared to be the best chance for Mills to break the ice in the second half, when she had an open look at the cage with 13:31 remaining in the second half.
Dziekan misfired on the wet surface however,and Morrisville-Eaton was able to clear the ball from their zone.
Regulation time ended after sixty minutes of scoreless play with New York Mills holding an 8-0 advantage in shots on goal.
With 6:28 remaining in the first sudden death overtime period, Dziekan found herself alone with Morrisville-Eaton goalie Jesse Woodruff and the seasoned senior cashed in, diving for a loose ball and knocking it into the back of the cage to give her team the Section III, Class “D” Championship. It was Carly’s 10th goal of the season.
The Mills girls improve to (12-4-3) with the win and will advance to play for the Class “C” Section III Title next Tuesday at RFA.
Since the New York State Public High School Athletic Association does not recognize Class “D” for its coveted state playoff system, New York Mills will now need to defeat Cazenovia, the Section III, Class C Champion with a record of (18-0) in order to advance to State playoff action.
Morrisville-Eaton ends a great season at (9-9-1).
For what it’s worth, New York Mills has an enrollment of 161 students in its high school this school year, while Cazenovia enjoys an enrollment of 705 students as of today. Fair?
Congratulations to both New York Mills and Morrisville-Eaton on a very entertaining game this afternoon, once again in some nasty weather conditions.
Best of luck to New York Mills on your further post season pursuits!
Head Coach Andrea Dziekan “I did tell the kids part way through the first half that they were playing timid, not nearly aggressive enough to win this game. I am so proud of their effort in the second half the way they kept up the pressure and my daughter Carly for finally scoring that goal in overtime”
Hannah King “Coach definitely challenged us at halftime,and we responded in the second half,and Karley was just great when she bounced back from missing the penalty shot, then staying so focused in the overtime to score that goal, I’m just really proud of all of our girls”.
Carly Dziekan: The win feels fantastic…I felt the reality that this could be the last game of my career and just tried to step it up late in the game when were tied, we just kept fighting for every ball and I am just really glad I had the chance in overtime and made it happen”.
New York Mills 1 Morrisville-Eaton 0
1 2 OT Total
Morrisville-Eaton 0 0 0 0
New York Mills 0 0 0 1