RACHEL LAPAR prepares to backhand the ball into the offensive zone in action against Bishop Brady on Oct. 7.
Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 14, 2013WOLFEBORO — Not only did the Kingswood and Bishop Brady field hockey teams have to do battle with each other, they also had to battle against Mother Nature on Monday, Oct. 7.
The game started in sunshine before the clouds moved in, then the wind and rain came blowing through before the sunlight returned again.
In the end, the Knights won out over both obstacles, as they ran away for a 6-0 win.
"They're continuing things from practice and things from game to game and not letting up," coach Kaitlin Reilly said. "Today was the kids just playing a full game, our game with no let ups.
"It was staying composed and working for a full game," Reilly continued. "And they did that today."
The Knights wasted little time in turning on the offensive pressure, as they came out of the gate with some quick chances in the offensive zone, including a couple of penalty corners right out of the gate. Rachel Samia, Emma Danais and Kayla McEvoy led the offensive charge, but they were unable to get the ball past the Brady keeper.
The Giants went back down the field and actually had the ball in the zone, but the Kingswood defense stepped up and turned the ball around to get the offensive chances at the other end. Danais, Julia St. Germain, Lapar and McEvoy all had good chances. Lapar also had a shot go sailing wide of the net. Danais was stopped by the Brady keeper and St. Germain was stopped by the Brady defense.
The Knights finally got on the board, as Lapar fired home a shot that found its way through the Bishop Brady defense and into the cage for a 1-0 lead for the Knights 15 minutes into the game.
Zoe Reed, Lily Greene and Delaney Hutchins turned in strong defensive play for the Knights to keep Brady from getting the tying goal.
The Knights came right back down the field and got a penalty corner and Lapar netted her second goal of the game, as she ripped home a shot to the back of the cage six minutes after her first goal for a 2-0 lead for the Knights.
Kingswood continued the pressure and actually had four corners in the final few minutes of the half, including two after the clock had expired. However, they couldn't convert on any of the chances and the game went to the halftime break with the Knights up 2-0.
The Knights had little trouble putting the ball in the net in the second half, however, as they netted four goals in the final 30 minutes.
After some early looks from Mikayla Osgood, St. Germain and Lapar, Abby Dubel got the Knights back on the board just more than seven minutes into the half for a 3-0 lead.
Kingswood continued pressure with a few more penalty corners. Lapar and Osgood continued the offensive assault, but they were unable to convert.
With 14:32 to go in the game, the Knights added the fourth goal of the game, as McEvoy took a feed from Dubel and popped it home for a 4-0 lead for the Knights.
Kingswood continued to get good chances, with McEvoy, Lapar and Keely Rodgers getting scoring chances, but the chances didn't find the back of the net.
McEvoy netted her second goal of the game with 7:26 to go in the contest when she tipped the ball past the Brady goalie for a 5-0 lead for the Knights.
Kingswood managed to work two corners in the final few minutes of the game and they were able to capitalize on the second one, as Dubel put home a rebound of a St. Germain shot with 3:47 to go to up the score to 6-0 and the Knights closed out the game from there.
Reilly noted it was important for her team to come out strong in the second half.
"Two goals is still anyone's game," Reilly said. "Going to the second half, it was so important to stick to the game plan," Reilly said. "They didn't settle for what it is."
Reilly noted that at this point in the season, the goal remains to find a way into the playoffs.
"It's just about getting in at this point," Reilly said. "We're going to fight for every game to slide in.
"It's about building game to game," she continued. "We have to fight through every minute of the game and stay the course."
The Knights got another win on Friday, Oct. 11, as Lapar scored all three goals in a 3-0 win over Bow.
The Knights finished up their regular season action after deadline on Tuesday. The Division II tournament begins on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. at the home of the higher seed.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or email@example.com