Panthers finish season perfect
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The senior members of the Hoosick Falls Central School field hockey team couldn't have dreamed their final season would have gone like it has so far.
The six -- Carsen Williams, Ashley St. Onge, Katelyn Harrison, Brooke Davendonis, Elise North-Kirkman and Olivia Schneider -- walked off the Panther pitch on Wednesday unbeaten at 16-0 after a 7-0 shutout of North Warren.
"It feels amazing, there's no comparison with how this feels," said North-Kirkman. "We worked so hard the entire season, now it's paying off. We're the top seed, we'll have sectionals next week and be at home."
Caytlyn Springer led the way with a hat trick, while freshman Ally Burdick added two goals.
Freshman Liz Ryan scored less than three minutes in to tie the school record for goals in a season at 23. She equaled both Sam Skott's mark from 2009 and coach Denise Campbell's mark from 1990.
"It's pretty amazing, not sure how to describe it. I cant believe it, but it's not possible without my team though," Ryan said. "It was kind of a surprise, I got a good pass from Olivia [Schneider] and I just put it in."
Campbell said they kept the accomplishment low key for a reason.
"It's a team that's been unselfish and we want to keep it that way," Campbell said. "It's an awesome accomplishment, especially only as a freshman."
Burdick quickly added her two goals, scoring less than 30 seconds apart off feeds from Ryan to make it 3-0 10 minutes in and looking every bit like an undefeated team.
"Every game we go in, we need to have communication, we work on passing, having our sticks down and making our shots count," Campbell said. "We've tried to be consistent with that and we have, especially the past few games."
Eight minutes later, Springer scored her first on a scramble in front of the North Warren goal for a 4-0 lead, then added the next tally with five minutes left in the first half off an assist by Williams.
"They're very aggressive, they go for the ball, intercept passes," said North Warren coach Lynn Lewis. "The gameplan is try to shut them down."
In the second half, Campbell subbed liberally as Springer earned the hat trick with a goal halfway through with another assist by Williams.
"It's the second [hat trick] for Caytlyn, but we have multiple scorers," Campbell said. "It's nice having the younger girls put up some numbers this year."
Williams finished off the scoring herself, adding the last goal with 12:45 left to play.
Hoosick Falls out-cornered North Warren 19-1 and outshot them 18-0.
A number of team records were neared or broken in the final game of the regular season:
-- The seven goals against North Warren gives the Panthers 81 on the year, topping the old mark of 78 from 1990 -- with at least one sectional game to go. The total is sixth in Section II history as well.
-- They finished the season allowing only five goals, tied for the third lowest total in program history.
It was the first time since 2001 that the Panthers were undefeated through league play.
"It's always impressive to go a full season without losing," Campbell said. "But that's in the past. It's time to move on to sectionals and start refocusing on our next challenge, winning Section II.
"We cant let down, we still need to work hard," North-Kirkman said. "We can't think it'll be easy, it's a tough road to states."
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