The Warriors finish at 13-4-1, with three of those losses coming to B'ville. Just five seniors depart, though they include Caluwe, Kim Murphy and Ally Zywicki, so a chance at that elusive first outright championship since 2001 looms next fall.
CNS had a good feeling going into its semifinal against F-M. After all, it had beaten the Hornets 1-0 on Oct. 4 at Swan Pond. But a month later, F-M was a more confident bunch, thanks in large part to its AA quarterfinal upset of no. 2 seed and defending
champion CBA, also a 1-0 decision (and revenge for losing the 2009 final to the Brothers).
For a while, though, it looked to be a duplicate of the first game, as they went 0-0 through the first half. Miranda Tanner turned everything back on her way to 10 saves for the night, but F-M's Nina Quigley (eight saves) was doing the same.
It all turned, though, when Bri Dolan scored early in the second half to put the Hornets ahead 1-0. Dolan would score again,
with Allison Baynes and Brenna Kincaid also converting, as the game got out of CNS's reach. Ellen Traub would get a late goal to help her side avoid the shutout.
Having finished its season with a 10-5-3 mark, CNS now sees six seniors depart, including Rachel Bowles, Aubrey Harris, Taylor Zelenyak and Alyssa Elwood.
Tanner and Traub leads a stellar returning cast for 2011 that includes Stephanie Liberati, Erika Falinski, Aly Falinski, Jill Goettel, Reid Garner and Marissa Puma.