Bad weather and a 10-day rest did not keep the Cazenovia field hockey team from taking out Glens Falls in last Saturday's Class B regional final.
But a hot goalie did.
Paced by the brilliant play of netminder Sarah Rios, the Section II champion Indians edged past the Lakers, 1-0, last Saturday at Rome Free Academy Stadium, denying Cazenovia a chance at its first-ever trip to the state final four.
"We had our chances," said head coach Lorraine Scheftic. "We played a great game and did all we could, but she (Rios) was amazing."
Officially, Rios was credited with seven saves, but every one of them was vital in a game where Cazenovia tried to overwhelm Glens Falls with numbers in the attack, and the Indians used a possession-oriented counterattack.
First, though, they all had to wait. The game's start was pushed back nearly an hour by lightning in the area. Eventually, it went away, but the rain would remain present all game long.
This delay only made the Lakers more anxious. Cazenvoia had secured its first-ever Section III Class B title in that overtime classic over Holland Patent back on Nov. 1, so it had to wait a week and a half to get back on the field, its longest break of the season.
Understandably, the rust showed early, as Glens Falls dictated the pace and had its share of opportunities. Margaux Hoagland would turn them away, eventually gaining six saves on the afternoon.
Midway through the first half, the Lakers swarmed the Indians' net, a flurry that lasted for several minutes. One shot went in, but since it was outside the 20-yard circle, it did not count. Rios stopped everything else.
Attacking again, Glens Falls broke through when, with 4:43 left in the half, a shot by Lauren Winchell trickled across the goal line past Hoagland.