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Field hockey Lakers dominate state semifinals

Cazenovia continued its pursuit of a Class C state field hockey title with an impressive 4-0 win over Briarcliff of Section 1 in the state semifinals Friday at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

The Lakers advanced to their first-ever state championship 10 a.m. Saturday at CNS. They will play Pierson/Bridgehampton from Section XI.

Jillian Vogl scored a pair of first-half goals to lead the Lakers high-powered attack - which wasn't too surprising, given what the Lakers have done so far this fall.

Cazenovia came into the state semifinal as the most prolific offensive team in Section III history. The Lakers (19-2) set a Section III record for most goals in a season as its 103 goals so far in 2010 eclipsed Rome Free Academy's record of 92 goals in 1994.

Vogl got the offense cranking early with an unassisted goal at the 25:08 mark. She added another marker eight minutes later, also unassisted. Cazenovia, the five-time defending sectional champs, averaged 4.9 goals per game before Friday.

Cazenovia coach Lorraine Scheftic said her team was ready to play against the Bears (15-3-2).

"It all just worked today," she said.

Four-year varsity veteran Tori Widrick continued the offensive onslaught with a high blast into the box for the Lakers third goal. Widrick said good communication keeps her offense clicking.

"It's chemistry one and second it's communication," Widrick said. "Communication out there on the field is huge. We talk out there."

"It's almost like telepathy," Scheftic said. "They know where each other are. Everyone just really stepped up."

The Lakers tacked on a third goal at 13:30 in the second half. Abby Eschen tipped in a ball off the stick of Widrick for a 3-0 lead. Widrick capped off the scoring with a bullet into the box with 3:15 remaining.

Cazenovia dominated Briarcliff in shots (21-2) and penalty corners (13-3). The Lakers also contained the Bears top scorer, Melissa Colton, who came into the game with 23 goals.

Cazenovia have won six in a row since losing to Class A Rome Free Academy on Oct. 23. The Lakers only other blemish is a loss to Class B Camden.

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