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Caz field hockey survives RFA in overtime

Lakers also extend league win streak to 81 straight

Now the Cazenovia field hockey team is three-for-three against Section III Class A opponents in 2012, all of it done within a 10-day span and all of it on the road.

That effort climaxed in last Tuesday night’s visit to Rome Free Academy, where the undefeated Lakers were pushed into overtime for the second time this fall, only to prevail again by a 3-2 margin.

This Class A tour had started Sept. 29, when Cazenovia held off Fayetteville-Manilus 2-1 in the finals of the O’Connor Classic at Camden. It continued a week later when late goals by Nicole Chiarello and Jessy Silfer produced a 2-0 shutout of defending sectional champion Liverpool.

And now it was RFA’s turn, in a game pushed back a month from its original Sept. 8 date due to bad weather.

Despite a 4-7 record, the Black Knights kept right with the Lakers throughout regulation. They played to a 1-1 first-half draw, and again traded goals in the second half, the two goals the most Cazenovia’s defense has surrendered in any game this season. RFA’s Meghan McCormick had one goal and assisted on the other, by McKenzie Smith.

But when it went to the seven-on-seven overtime format, the Lakers, just as it had done at East Syracuse-Minoa on Sept. 19, put in the decisive goal. Silfer, Emily Willard and Sarah Willard each scored, while Chiarello gained an assist. Each of Lauren Devine’s five saves proved important.

So ended Cazenovia’s four-game road swing, as less than 24 hours later it finally found itself back at Burton Street, facing Cato-Meridian as it resumed Onondaga High School League play.

Not showing any fatigue, the Lakers bashed the Blue Devils, 9-0, and by doing so reached the mark of 80 consecutive league victories. Glad to be home, Cazenovia scored six times in the first half and took 26 shots overall.

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