Hoosick Falls loses in sectional final

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. — After losing a whole slew of seniors, a pair of which went on to play Division I field hockey this fall, not many people thought the Hoosick Falls field hockey team would be in the position it found itself Monday night — playing for another Class C sectional championship, taking on undefeated Schuylerville.

The Panthers outdid expectations throughout the year coming in with just one loss, but as strong as their play was in 2017, they just ran into a stronger opponent Monday night at Black Horses Field. The Black Horses scored early and Hoosick Falls couldn't recover falling 5-0 to Schuylerville.

The Black Horses scored two of their five goals in the first 10 minutes, one by Alice Voell-White and the other from Grace Hanehan.

Schuylerville added two more before the half from Morgan Gunter and Ali Burnham, before adding some insurance in the second half with another Gunter goal.

Despite the results of Monday's contest, Panthers coach Denise Campbell could not be more proud of her girls and the fight they showed this season.

"This was a huge accomplishment for us after losing eight or nine seniors last year," Campbell said. "The work these girls put in all season long to get better and better. If you were to ask us at the beginning of the season if we would be here, we'd probably say no. These girls put in a lot of time and dedication and they believed in each other."

Hoosick Falls is losing just four seniors — Mackenzie Sprague, Cecilia Vincent, Tayla Conway and Eliza Whitman. They are returning their leading scorer in Lillian Hickey.

The Panthers ended the year at 16-2.

Campbell believes the future of the program will depend on the work her girls are willing to put in.

"It's gonna depend on how much time and effort they want to put into it," Campbell said. "If they decide they want to be a championship team, we're gonna have to work harder."

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