ESM field hockey stopped in Class B regional

Maine-Endwell sweeps past short-handed Spartans 4-0

— Throughout the second half, ESM got more runs, but even those were sporadic and overshadowed by M-E’s overwhelming speed and skill. Only the work of goalie Rachel Aird, who made several point-blank stops, kept it from getting more lopsided until Stein scored her second goal in the game’s final minutes.

Unable to get any real scoring chances, ESM saw its season conclude, one in which it reclaimed its long-lost place among the elite programs in Central New York in just its third season since coming back to the varsity ranks in 2010.

“Winning the sectional title was our goal,” said Sergi. “And everything after that was a bonus.”

And it could still get better. Just four seniors - Hennessey, Alyssa Gaffney, Makenzie Gabriel and Marisa Casciano - graduate. Standouts like Aird, Judi Neff, Brittany Evans, Danielle Ventrone, Melissa Koch, Tiffany Evans, Amy Loder, Stephanie Edmonds and Heidi Reichert all return in 2013.

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