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Field hockey Lakers lock up OHSL title

While the Cazenovia field hockey team tore through the Onondaga High School League once more, only Cortland had been able to keep up, adding increased meeting to their clash Tuesday on the Purple Tigers' home turf.

So the Lakers went out and impressed in all phases of the game, beating Cortland 4-0 to both lock up the OHSL title and, at the same time, extend its league win streak to an astonishing 59 straight games.

They had first played Sept. 23 at Burton Street, with the Lakers winning by a 5-0 margin as Tori Widrick led the way with two goals and one assist. Nearly a month later, Widrick and Abby Eschen made sure that the rematch at Cortland followed the exact same path.

With a steady attack that produced 20 shots, Cazenovia worked its way to a 2-0 lead by halftime, then continued to spend large chunks of time in the Purple Tigers' end in the second half while doubling its margin.

Through it all, Eschen scored twice, the passes coming from Widrick, who produced a pair of assists to go with her lone goal. Belle Hoagland notched the other goal, with Mary Kate Conley also contributing an assist.

Cazenovia's strong defense also played an active role, holding Cortland to just two shots all game as Molly Hudson, Ellen Burr, Rachel Nourse, Raeanne Clabeaux and SarahRose Gabor effectively formed a wall around goalie Emily Mastropaolo.

With that test complete, Cazenovia got one more big challenge Saturday night when it played at defending Class A champion Rome Free Acacdemy. And for a half, the Lakers were brilliant - but the Black Knights still rallied to beat them 3-2.

During that first half, Widrick and Hoagland both scored, pushing Cazenovia to a 2-0 lead. Somehow, RFA regrouped and, after the break, rallied behind Stacie Skidmore, who had two goals and assisted on Kaysie Gregory's tally.

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