Cazenovia wins state field hockey championship

Before the season started, Jillian Vogl and her Cazenovia field hockey teammates made it clear what their field hockey goal was for the upcoming year.

"From day one in preseason we have goal cards and everyone wrote "Win state championship," Vogl said.

The Lakers fulfilled their season-long objective as Vogl knocked in the winning goal in overtime to help Cazenovia win its first-ever Class C state championship (and the first by any Cazenovia team, period) with a dramatic 1-0 win over Pierson/Bridgehampton on Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

After Vogl's thrilling game-winner, a frenzied celebration scene followed. Vogl jumped into the outstretched arms of senior Tori Widrick before teammates piled on top of them at the 10-yard line.

"Tori was the first person I saw," Vogl said. "I was like "Oh my gosh!"

Cazenovia's potent attack was held at bay for most of the game thanks to the outstanding play of Pierson goalie Catherine Musnicki. But Vogl finally broke through with the winning goal at the five-minute mark in sudden death.

"EmmaJean (Speer) reversed hit it and I just saw it out of the corner of my eye," Vogl said. "I just hit it and closed my eyes and hoped for the best."

"That last play, they were just passing it around me and someone was on post," Musnicki said. "It was a good shot I'm not going to lie."

Vogl finished with 21 goals for the year but none were bigger than her state championship game-winner. But the modest Vogl downplayed the significance of being the team hero.

"It was amazing (to score the game-winner)," Vogl said. "But we won as a team. Everyone's effort helps."

Defender Ellen Burr said the overtime win for the state crown was a perfect Hollywood ending to the Laker season. It was Cazenovia's 15th shutout of the year.

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