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Field hockey Lakers' title run ended by Greene

Section IV power stops Caz 40-game win streak

Cazenovia midfielder Nicole Chiarello (15) brings the ball up the field in Saturday's Class C regional final against Greene. The Lakers' quest for a third consecutive state championship ended with a 4-0 defeat to the Trojans.

Cazenovia midfielder Nicole Chiarello (15) brings the ball up the field in Saturday's Class C regional final against Greene. The Lakers' quest for a third consecutive state championship ended with a 4-0 defeat to the Trojans. Scott Schild

— “That was a big goal,” said Scheftic.

The Lakers tried to get something going in the second half, only to meet more Trojan resistance, and Greene continued to use it superior stick skills to put Cazenovia away.

At the 9:39 mark of the second half, Driscoll carried the ball deep into the Lakers’ end, giving a timely feed to Gascon, whose shot beat Devine, and made it 3-0.

It took more than 40 minutes for Cazenovia to earn a penalty corner, and two of those chances came up empty, snuffing out whatever slim chances the Lakers had to come back.

Just to be sure, Greene’s Emma Anderson tacked on a goal with 7:57 left, fed by Katherine Klecha.

Even though another state title proved elusive, Scheftic said her players, including eight departing seniors (Devine, Nicole Chiarello, Emily Willard, Rachel Nourse, Maggie Carpenter, Jessy Silfer, Maggie Namy and Annika Christensen), could boast of a lot of accomplishments.

“We’ve had a target on our back the last two years, and we’ve handled it well,” she said. “I’m proud of how far this program has come.”

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