Field hockey Lakers dominate NY Mills, 7-0

Eight minutes - that's all it took.

In that short span during the middle portion of the first half, the Cazenovia field hockey scored four times and put away New York Mills in Saturday's Section III Class C/D state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

The Lakers eventually beat the Marauders 7-0 in one of the most lopsided games in sectional playoff history, earning yet another chance at reaching the state final four - a place to which it has never advanced in four previous tries.

So much of what happened against Mills was a natural reaction to Cazenovia's previous outing, a 1-0 decision over Holland Patent in the Class C finals. Simply put, Cazenovia did not want to wait nearly the length of regulation to get on the board, as it had to against the Golden Knights.

Head coach Lorraine Scheftic said that, after the HP game, her team worked on penalty corners, making subtle changes to the formations to give more players chances. Also, she said, they worked on taking better shots, not harder ones.

To say the least, it worked.

The Lakers attacked the Marauders (who beat Morrisville-Eaton 1-0 for the Class D title) right from the start. In less than two minutes, it had a penalty corner, and Jillian Vogl's long run set up another one at the six-minute mark, which led to a disallowed goal (deflected too high) and Victoria Swider making a nice kick save.

All these tries yielded no goals. Just eight seconds after the 10-minute mark, though, Abby Eschen fit a shot from the left side just inside the right post after a well-timed feed from Vogl, the most active Laker attacker in the early going.

"Our passing was more efficient and our give-and-go (passes) worked better," Eschen said.

And so the rout began. The chances kept coming, wave by wave, as off a penalty corner less than four minutes after Eschen's tally, EmmaJean Spear blasted a point-blank shot past Swider to make it 2-0.

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