C-NS field hockey takes first place, tops F-M

Northstars get crucial goals from Towers, Kennedy

— As time wound down during the half, C-NS forced a penalty corner. Taking a perfect feed from Megan Caveny, Maggie Kennedy, who had missed time in 2012 with a knee injury, drilled a hard shot past Hockenberger with 14.4 seconds left.

Northstars Head coach Pat Kennedy said his team's attack has evolved during the season. Instead of long runs and "home run" passes, as he put it, C-NS had to settle for smaller passes, especially with defenses laying back to stop them.

Essentially, that's how the Northstars protected its one-goal lead in the second half, rarely letting F-M clear the ball out of its own end, even if it could not add to that slim margin.

With six minutes left, F-M got a penalty corner and nearly put in the tying goal, with senior defender Alana Lorraine turning away the ball at the last moment.

Lorraine, along with fellow defenders Emily Blidy, Marissa Felasco, Samantha Mallory and Shannon Dengos, limited the Hornets' chances throughout the night.

C-NS still had to get through two more league games next week, at Baldwinsville and Auburn, in order to win the outright league title.

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