Sam Gaumer and the Plymouth Bobcats got by Portsmouth in the first round of the Division II tournament on Oct. 24. RC Greenwood. (click for larger version)
October 28, 2013PLYMOUTH — The way the brackets fall, the eighth seed usually will get the top seed in the second round of the playoffs.
This year, Division II field hockey went to a 12-team tournament, which meant that the top four teams had a bye. So the Plymouth field hockey team went into its quarterfinal game against top-ranked Windham on Sunday, Oct. 27, knowing the Jaguars hadn't played in a while.
"We kind of dominated that first half," coach Ashley Laufenberg said. "They were shocked to see the intensity we came in with."
However, the chances the Bobcats had in the first half didn't result in a single goal and the two teams went to the half in a scoreless game.
"We had the chances in that first half, but we just couldn't capitalize," Laufenberg said.
Playing on a field that was in rough shape after a football game the previous day, the Bobcats found themselves behind early in the second half, as the Jaguars finally got a ball in the cage past Bobcat keeper Amelia Karntakosol.
"That didn't take the wind out of our sails," Laufenberg said. "But it did serve as a wake-up call that we needed to score."
However, the Jaguars came back and scored in the final six minutes of the game to get a little insurance for the 2-0 win.
Laufenberg praised her team for its hard work throughout the season.
"The girls came out battling and they left it all out there," Laufenberg said.
The Bobcats took a measure of confidence into the game, as they had beaten Portsmouth in the first round and the Clippers were the lone team to defeat the Jaguars in the regular season.
"It helped having beaten Portsmouth," Laufenberg said. "And it helped not seeing them in the regular season, we didn't have any preconceived ideas of what they had."
After an 8-5-1 regular season, Laufenberg said that losing to the top-seed in the playoffs wasn't a disappointment.
"To go out against the number one seed, you've got to be proud of the girls, no matter what," she said. "They battled all the way to zeroes on the clock."
The Bobcats and Clippers took to the field in Plymouth for the first round game on Thursday, Oct. 24, and played through a scoreless first half, before the Bobcats finally broke through in the second half.
Shelby White had the first goal for the Bobcats, finishing off a feed from Angelina Stewart. Stewart added the second goal on a breakaway, where she faked out the goalie and buried the shot. Nora Healey got the assist on the tally.
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