Cazenovia It took two tries, a full week and a weather postponement, but as the clock ran out on a chilly, wet Friday afternoon at Burton Street Elementary School, Cazenovia field hockey coach Lorraine Scheftic could, at last, celebrate the 200th win in her coaching tenure.
To get to Scheftic's milestone, the Lakers had to beat Weedsport, one of the top sides in the Onondaga High School league, and it took all 60 minutes for Cazenovia to battle on both ends and earn a 2-0 decision over the Warriors.
The week started with Scheftic sitting on 199 wins. Last Monday night, at Cicero-North Syracuse, the Lakers struggled with the Class A power Northstars, rarely getting possession of the ball and taking a 1-0 defeat to the Northstars.
The plan, originally, was to face Weedsport on Wednesday afternoon. But a heat index near 100 degrees, combined with thunderstorms that rumbled through the area, caused the game to be pushed back to Friday.
By that time, it was 40 degrees cooler, and a constant rain and mist added to the difficulty on the Burton Street grass field. So did Weedsport, a team that had roared to a 5-0 start that included victories over two Class A opponents, Baldwinsville and Liverpool.
Confident in its approach, the Warriors controlled the flow of play in the early going, getting a series of penalty corners but not converting against a Cazenovia defense that, again, made it difficult to get anything past them.
Then, midway through the half, the Lakers forced its own penalty corner. Passes by Colleen Stalder and Sarah Willard gave Josie Chiarello an open shot, and she didn't miss it, ripping one past Weedsport goalie Abby Marsden to put Cazenovia in front 1-0.
And it stayed that way the rest of the half, even though the Warriors got three more penalty corners that the Lakers had to stop, one of them on a clutch save by Kimber Nourse, one of five she made on the afternoon.