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Ward Melville field hockey hopes to keep rolling after big victory

Ward Melville defenseman Shawn Davenport (6) strips Garden

Ward Melville defenseman Shawn Davenport (6) strips Garden City forward Margo McTiernan (23) of the ball at midfield in a game Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Credit: George A. Faella

Ward Melville field hockey's momentum has been tough for teams to stop. But Mother Nature did it Friday by raining out a game against Connetquot, which will visit the Patriots Saturday at 3 p.m. instead.

Ward Melville coach Shannon Watson said her team hopes a huge victory will carry over into the second half of the season. The first half ended with the Patriots beating Northport, which had been making a name for itself around the county.

Ward Melville sophomore midfielder Kate Mulham said news traveled quickly after Northport handed Sachem East its first regular-season loss Since Oct. 24, 2011.

She admitted there were nerves leading up to the game Tuesday, but they vanished once Mulham scored on a penalty corner with 27:52 left in the first half to give Ward Melville (6-1) her team the opening goal in a 5-1 win.

"That first goal [gave us] confidence," said Mulham, who scored two goals. "We couldn't stop playing because we knew Northport wouldn't stop."

Senior defender Shawn Davenport scored the second goal of the game on a penalty stroke in the first half, and her team led 3-0 at halftime. Hannah Lorenzen and Lexi Reinhardt each scored a goal in the second half.

Northport was 6-0 with three consecutive shutouts heading into the game. That's why Watson said her team knew "trying to score first was going to be huge."

"It was just a full team effort on all ends," Watson said. "They were all so mentally and physically invested in the game. We're young, but these guys want to make sure they get the most out of their season. They're on a mission."

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