Cicero As it worked out, the Cazenovia field hockey team’s 2011 season began in the same spot where last season concluded – but with a far different outcome.
The Lakers, who are reigning state Class C champions, got an abrupt greeting to the new season from Cicero-North Syracuse, who beat them 2-1 last Tuesday night at Bragman Stadium.
Nine months earlier, on that same CNS turf, Jillian Vogl knocked in an overtime goal that beat Pierson/Bridgehmapton 1-0, giving Cazenovia the first state team title in the school’s history, with two more (ice hockey and boys lacrosse) to follow before the school year was out.
From that remarkable team, 10 seniors are gone, including big stars like Tori Widrick, Belle Hoagland, Abby Eschen, Ellen Burr, Kara Stalder, Raeanne Clabeaux and goalie Emily Mastropaolo.
Vogl is still around, as are other players like Mary Rose Gabor and Rachel Nourse, but it’s clear that Cazenovia has lots of work to do just to keep its streak of five straight sectional titles alive, much less anything deeper.
CNS, who went 8-6-2 a season ago and plays in the Class A ranks, offered further proof. The Northstars played the Lakers to a 1-1 first-half draw, Cazenovia getting on the board with Emily Willard’s goal, and inched ahead in the second half.
Brittany Murphy and Kristi Thompson scored for CNS, as Cazenovia was left with an 0-1 mark. But the Lakers returned home to its field at Burton Street Elementary School and, in the Onondaga High School League opener, took out Cato-Meridian 6-0.
This continued a remarkable streak. Dating back to 2005, Cazenovia has beaten 62 consecutive league opponents. The Blue Devils were the latest victim, having arrived at a bad time as the Lakers were bent on recovering from the CNS defeat.
Scoring three times in each half, Cazenovia saw Vogl step up, earning two goals in a well-balanced attack. Maggie Carpenter, MaryKate Conley, Emily Willard and Jessy Silfer all converted, too, while Rachel Nourse picked up an assist.
Cazenovia will visit Port Byron Tuesday and, after hosting Weedsport on Thursday, it will play six straight times on the road, not playing at Burton Street again until Oct. 5 against East Syracuse-Minoa.