FIELD HOCKEY: BLACK KNIGHTS TO FACE UNBEATEN MAMARONECK IN STATE SEMIFINAL
By ROB CENTORANI
Broome County East Sports Report
Step 1 in what Windsor's field hockey team hopes to be a two-step process begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Centereach High in Long Island.
The Black Knights (15-3) will face Section 1's Mamaroneck (20-0-1) in a Class A state semifinal. Both teams won convincingly in their quarterfinals, Windsor a 2-0 win over Rome Free Academy and the Tigers advanced with a 4-0 triumph over Kingston.
Windsor set up for 21 corners in its quarterfinal and Mamaroneck had 14.
The winner will play two-time defending state champion Northport of Section 11 or Orchard Park of Section 6 in the title game at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, back at Centereach.
Mamaronek at a glance: The lone blemish on the Tigers' record came in a 0-0 tie against Greeley on Sept. 9.
Mamaronek earned a 3-2 victory over Lakeland during the season. Lakeland has won 13 state championships.
In the win over Kingston, Catherine D'Arcy had two goals, Lexi Suman had a goal and an assist, and Lucy Kaplan also scored. In its first state playoff game, Mamaroneck defeated Guilderland, 3-0. Juliette Patricot, Lily Brinkman and Kaplan had the goals.
"They love to play on the right side of the field," Windsor coach Taylor Lippolis said. "They're very offense dominant. They really haven't been challenged defensively. From a scouting perspective, it's been hard to see how they play defensively on defensive corners, because the game I watched they didn't have any.
"It makes us more optimistic because if they're not getting a lot of defensive corners, they're not getting a lot of practice at defensive corners. We're really going to try to challenge them and have them back on their heels."
Windsor at a glance: All three of the Black Knights' losses this season have come against two-time defending Class C state champion Whitney Point. Two of those losses came after the clock hit zeros in regulation.
The Black Knights are coming off a pair of 2-0 victories, the former against Maine-Endwell in the Section 4 final. Elsie Conway and Vienna McCombs, a pair of middle-schoolers scored in that one.
Sophomore Makayla Vanderpool and senior Anna Finn scored against RFA. Finn, the school's all-time leading goal score, has 26 goals on the season. Vanderpool has scored 11.
Of the 21 corners the Black Knights generated against RFA on Saturday, one led to goal -- Finn's second-half goal.
"(Penalty corners are) mainly what we've worked on this week," Lippolis said. "We have the execution down, our passing is good, our corner plays are working, but it's the rebounds we have to make sure we're getting. We need to make sure we're not shooting right into the goalie's pads. We've not been making drastic changes, but just tightening up our game."
Section 4 released its Division I all-stars. Finn, Sydney Angelo, Allie Greene and Claire Beattie made the first team for Windsor. Ella Stonehouse, Gaby Ackley and Conway made the second team.
"We'll definitely be facing some tough competition," Finn said. "I think Section 4 has some pretty tough teams, so I think we're ready to face any other section. We're going to go into the game with a positive attitude and we'll fall back on things we've worked on in practice."
Other semifinalists: Northport (17-1) had a 68-game winning streak snapped in a 3-0 loss to Ward Melville on Oct. 16. Northport avenged that loss with a 2-1 overtime win in the Section 11 final.
Northport's most recent game was a 5-0 quarterfinal win over Massapequa.
Orchard Park (14-4) rallied from a goal down in the last 63 seconds to defeat Clarence, 3-2, in the Section 6 final. Halle Senfield tied the score with 1:03 left before Sadie Bellinger scored the winner with .6 seconds left.
Orchard Park followed that with a 2-1 overtime win against Webster Thomas in a state quarterfinal.
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