Needing a win ahead of a crucial two-game stretch, Lindenhurst delivered in a big way with a strong performance on both ends of the field.
Brittney Anderson scored three goals and senior Jen Grimes led the Bulldogs' defense, which did not allow a shot on goal, as visiting Lindenhurst defeated Half Hollow Hills, 5-0, in a Division I field hockey game Tuesday afternoon.
"It's great," Lindenhurst coach Jessica Scheno said. "It keeps the momentum going ahead of the big game at Bay Shore Saturday."
After traveling to Bay Shore, Lindenhurst (2-1) will host undefeated Ward Melville next Tuesday.
Against Half Hollow Hills, Anderson was the catalyst for the offense, as the junior left wing scored three goals in the first half for Lindenhurst, which took a 4-0 halftime lead.
"She really brought the ball up the left wing really well," Scheno said. "We wanted to set the tone early."
Anderson got help on the opposite flank from senior right wing Paige Gillespie. "She basically carried the ball up the right side and crossed the ball for Brittney Anderson to pop in for two perfect goals," Scheno said.
Half Hollow Hills forwards found less success, thanks to a strong performance from the Bulldogs defense.
"Our sweeper, Jen Grimes, came up really big today," Scheno said. "She prevented the ball from even getting into the circle."
With Anderson and Gillespie leading the front line and Grimes delivering a strong performance at the back, junior Catherine Casella dominated the center of the field.
"She basically controlled the entire midfield," Scheno said of Casella, a junior center midfielder.
Kayla Rhodes had one goal and one assist, and Katie Hoffman added a goal for Lindenhurst.
Emily Wilk made seven saves for Hills (0-3).