Cazenovia field hockey players unveil a banner congratulating head coach Lorraine Scheftic (middle) after she won her 200th career game Friday afternoon at Burton Street Elementary School, the Lakers defeating Weedsport 2-0.
continued Throughout the early portion of the second half, the Lakers controlled the possession, nearly getting an insurance goal twice. Again, it had to wait until the middle portion of the half for a payoff.
Rachel McLaughlin, who had slipped on the wet grass on one of those second-half opportunities, returned with 13 minutes left and, taking Stalder's pass on a penalty corner, beat Marsden (who finished with nine saves) for Cazenovia's second goal.
Not content with that margin, the Lakers stayed aggressive to the end, rarely letting Weedsport organize an attack and clinching the big win for its two-time (2010 and '11) state Class C championship coach.
Hardly tested in its first three games (all wins), the Lakers found itself in a defensive mode against C-NS at Bragman Stadium, but still hung in there to have a chance at the end.
Throughout the game, the back line of Maureen Milmoe, Holly Gamlen, Hannah Light-Olson and Sarah Liddell continually broke up C-NS possessions and scoring opportunities, and Nourse was superb, recording nine saves.
That kept the game 0-0 until, 1:21 into the second half, Marie Aloi sent a screaming shot from the right point that Nourse had no chance of stopping.
In each of the two halves of play, C-NS controlled matters early, only to have the Lakers pressure late. That was especially true in the last two minutes when, using both time-outs, Cazenovia again tried to pull even, but saw the chances get turned back.
So Scheftic had to wait until Friday to clear the 400 hurdle – and just in time, for another set of tough games loomed, including Wednesday night’s visit to defending Class B champion East Syracuse-Minoa and an appearance next weekend at the Camden Tournament.