Cocalico clinches fifth-straight title
The Cocalico field hockey team wrapped up its fifth-straight section title this past week, and will look to put the finishing touches on another near-perfect regular season Wednesday afternoon at home vs. Manheim Central.
Monday afternoon in Denver, the Lady Eagles got through their 49th consecutive Section Two match without a loss as Carissa Witmer and Emily Johnson both scored second-half goals to break a 1-1 half-time tie and give Cocalico a 3-1 victory over visiting E-town.
Chloe Lucky scored Cocalico’s other goal while both Johnson and Carrie Sensenig added assists in the victory. Cocalico, which last suffered a section loss back on Sept. 22, 2009, will look to complete its third-straight season undefeated in league play with a win over the Barons Wednesday. The lone blemish this season was a 1-1 tie vs. Garden Spot on Oct. 5.
The Lady Eagles (10-0-1 section, 12-3-1 overall) have already clinched Section Two’s top seed in the upcoming L-L League playoffs and will face the second place team from Section Three in Saturday’s first round to be played at either Ephrata or Penn Manor, beginning at either 10 or 11:30 a.m. The semifinals will be set for Tuesday at Warwick (5:30 & 7 p.m.) with the finals on tap next Thursday at Manheim Township (7 p.m.)
This past Friday at Solanco, Cocalico earned a 3-0 victory over the Mares as Lucky, Witmer and Johnson all scored. Allie Stauffer added an assists for the Lady Eagles, who led in shots (21-3) and corners (11-4).
And last Thursday in a non-league home game vs. defending State champion Hempfield, the visiting Black Knights got a hat trick from Sarah Hegelson en route to a 4-0 victory over the Lady Eagles.
Kelsey Nolan also scored for Hempfield, which out-shot Cocalico 16-7 and out-cornered them, 9-6.
While Cocalico heads to the post-season, so too will Ephrata as the Lady Mounts clinched a berth with a 5-1 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg last Wednesday.
The Lady Mounts (12-5-0) are currently tied for second place with E-town at 7-4, and those two teams will square off Wednesday in the regular season finale to determine the second and third seeds from Section Two. If Ephrata wins Wednesday, the Lady Mounts will face the second place team from Section One in Saturday’s first round. Should E-town prevail, Ephrata will battle the Section One champion Saturday.
But this past week was a good one for the Lady Mounts, who won three games in four days beginning with Wednesday’s win over L-S.
In that one, which was Senior Night at Mountaineer Field, all three seniors scored as Mackenzie Ruth had a pair while fellow classmates Moriah Pfautz and Hannah Reimel also found the back of the cage. Kirsten Ueberroth added the fifth Ephrata goal as the Lady Mounts held a 22-6 advantage in shots.
Friday afternoon at home in a non-league contest vs. Warwick, Ephrata took a 3-1 lead into the half and held on for an exciting 3-2 win over the Warriors.
Reimel scored a pair of goals while Ruth also tallied in the win. Ephrata keeper Katie Hammaker made nine big stops to earn the victory in goal.
Ephrata then followed up that win with a 3-2 overtime triumph over Berks County power Oley Valley Saturday night in a non-league game played in Oley.
The Lady Mounts held a 2-1 lead late before the Lynx tied it with less than three minutes left in regulation to send it to OT.
In the extra session, Pfautz got the game winner in the final minute of play off an assist from Brooke Overly.
For the game, Pfautz scored a pair of goals while Ueberroth also tallied for Ephrata. Pfautz and Reimel each had an assist while Hammaker made 10 stops in the win.
Ephrata could have clinched second place in Section Two Monday night at home but visiting Manheim Central surprised the Lady Mounts, 1-0 in overtime.
After 60 minutes of scoreless play, the Barons’ Mattie Berger took a feed from Katelyn Grazan and scored the game winner with just 2:23 gone in the extra session. More FIELD HOCKEY, page B-5