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The first field hockey story of the season that appeared in the paper was the Floral Park vs. Sewanhaka game on Sept. 14. Despite Floral Park pulling out the 4-3 win in double-overtime, Sewanhaka was the focus in the piece because it was their first varsity game since 1978. Because of space restraints in the newspaper, we didn’t have the room to expound of their history and load up on game details to give the Knights their due. So I’ll try to make up for that here.
The game was won by Hannah Schlechter, whose third goal ended it with 5:21 left in the extra, extra session. And what led up to that…
Schlechter opened the scoring at 18:59 in the first half. Off a pass from Kaitlin Lauria, she tapped the ball in from about 10 feet to the right of the goal and got it just inside the right goal post.
The Knights took that 1-0 lead into the half, despite being Sewanhaka having an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal. And that was the key talking point during the Indians halftime pep-n-tutorial talk. What was a good ol’ game back and forth game in the second half, with each team going long stretches in the other’s circle.
Sewanhaka tied it at 27:55 when Michelle Mongiello, a lefty who has learned to play with the right-handed sticks, scored her first goal from right in front of the goal, about five feet back. She slapped the ball in just to the left of goalie Francesca Nargentino (seven saves).
Floral Park answered less than three minutes later when Schlechter, off a corner pass from Allyson Bostrom, knocked the ball into the right of goalie Rannia Alcindor (five saves). The Indians knotted it again 17:29 on Courtney Pons’ score – assisted by Domonique Masterson.
Floral Park retook the lead, 3-2, just 35 seconds later when Kayla Vargas scored off a pass from Schlechter. The Knights had bunched the area around the goal and the ball changed possession several times, but the Indians couldn’t clear. It eventually reached Schlechter, who passed left to Vargas and she tapped it in from about five feet away.
The action slowed a little for a while as the players appeared to tire, but Mongiello struck again from in front of the goal at 10:41 off a pass from Nicole Sorrentino.
The Knights spent much of the last five minutes of regulation in Sewanhaka territory, but the Indians defense stiffened and they held on for overtime.
The first overtime featured some near misses. Literally. Floral Park’s clooked to have the would-be winner lined up but the shot was wide left by a couple feet. Late in the session, with the clock at that point a factor, Mongiello, on a 1-on-1 breakaway, shot wide right. This, of course, set the stage for the double-OT excitement.
“I was camped in the left post and then I got the pass [from Vargas],” Schlechter said of her winning goal. “I just squared up and then shot it between [the goalie’s] legs.”
Schlechter got a 2-in-1 on that goal. The sophomore gave her team a season-opening victory and herself the first hat trick. Of the accomplishment, she said: “Yeeeeeeeah... It’s exciting.”
/extra E’s to convey how it was said
//scoring a game-winning goal while notching your first hat trick is worth going long on the “yeah.”
Extra points: Sewanhaka wore black uniforms with gold lettering. Those will not be the home uniforms. The new ones, coach Deirdre Kelly said, had not arrived as of game time. Those will have white tops and black skirts… There were 23 people in attendance at Anthony M. Dwyer Memorial Field to watch the game.
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Tags: field hockey , floral park , sewanhaka , Hannah Schlecter , Kaitlin Lauria , Michelle Mongiello , Francesca Nargentino , Courtney Pons , Rannia Alcindor , Allyson Bostrom , Domonique Masterson , Kayla Vargas , Nicole Sorrentino , Nicole Sorrentino , Deirdre Kelly