Greene shakes off rust to win section title

Field Hockey

Greene 4, Whitney Point 1

CORTLAND – Greene shook off the rust in the first half, and was in prime-time form in the second half to win its third straight field hockey championship over Whitney Point, Saturday at Cortland.

The Trojans, coming off an 18-day layoff, matched goals with Point early in the game, but dominated throughout the 30-minute second half. “It was a big concern,” said Greene coach Sue Carlin of the time off. “We had done some scrimmaging last week with Afton and Maine-Endwell, and that helped. But it took a little of time to get going.”

Greene drew a penalty corner in the first four minutes, then immediately was awarded with a penalty stroke following heated action in front of the Whitney Point cage. Stephanie Stahl cashed in the stroke at 26:12.

Whitney Point took advantage of a Greene defensive breakdown to tie the contest at 20:05. McKay Ross sent a crossing pass in the penalty circle to Molly Hurd, who tied the game up.

Andrea Day unlocked the tie on a penalty corner after an Erin Smith pass later in the half, and Greene raised the bar over the final 30 minutes tacking on two more goals. Christine Conroe and Anna Crumb were credited with tallies.

The Trojans finished with 22 shots and 15 penalty corners, while the Golden Eagles had eight and four respectively.

“We had a great week of practice, and we were able to tweak some things,” Carlin said. “Those things started to come together, and we played really well in the second half. Our passing game was good and our midfield played great.”

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