The Cazenovia field hockey team earned its eighth consecutive Section III title last Wednesday night at New Hartford High School, sharing it with Holland Patent and advancing in penalty strokes to the state qualifier Saturday at Rome Free Academy Stadium, where it beat Class D champion Morrisville-Eaton 4-1.
Still trailing at halftime, Cazenovia adjusted its attack - and it would immediately pay off. Less than five minutes into the second half, McLaughlin, off a feed from Willard, beat M-E goalie Jessica Carroll to tie it, 1-1.
Charged up by that goal, the Lakers continued to build its attack, and McLaughlin returned to put in the go-ahead goal with 18:30 left. Less than 90 seconds later, it was 3-1, Kent finding the net.
Not letting up one bit, Cazenovia sealed the victory in the final minutes with its fourth unanswered goal as Willard beat Carroll, ensuring another week of practice and at least a chance at a third state title in four years.