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Berlin stickers are Division III runners up



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After the game the Berlin girls walked down the field arm in arm with pride Jonathan Benton. (click for larger version)
November 03, 2010
BEDFORD — The Berlin Stickers had a rough finish to their season falling to the undefeated Derryfield Cougars 2-0 in the final round of the Division III playoff tournament Sunday.

The second seeded Mounties finished their season with a record of 15-2 with their only two losses to 2010 field hockey champions: the top seeded Derrryfield and to Kennett recent Champion of Division II.

"(Derryfield) did a good job not allowing any quality shots and we didn't capitalize on opportunities we had," said Berlin Coach Nicole Arguin. "We haven't seen a stroke in all season so surprised to see two."

Derryfield started off with the ball in a back and forth battle for the first eight minutes of the game. Things almost took a negative turn for the Mounties early on when a diving save from Felicia Arsenault was whistle blown for covering the ball and Derryfield was allowed a free penalty stroke which slipped harmlessly out of bounds.

Berlin had the best scoring opportunities midway through the first half with hard runs and shots from Marisa Lemoine and Moriah Arsenault that bounced off the goalie's pads.

The game stayed a scoreless stale mate until 7:51 left in the first half when the Cougars were awarded another penalty stroke on the call that a Mountie defender blocked a goal with her foot. Berlin wasn't as fortunate the second time around and Tayla Satkwichen scored to put the score 1-0 at halftime.

There was an apparent advantage on the Cougars' part, being used to the momentum building AstroTurf while Berlin only has had the option of playing on grass until playoff time.

The Cougars forced a buffer zone score with 23:26 left in the game from Ann Dipastina with the assit from Satkwichen. Dipastina was the biggest threat to the Mounties as the Cougars best player covering the whole field and difficult to interrupt when on a rush dribble.

Berlin was able to stem a third goal when Derryfield tried to circumvent around Felicia Arsenault for a shot on an open net, but Molly Thagouras stood fast at the post to deflect it.

From about 15 minutes until the final whistle the Mounties constantly attacked the Cougars' side of the field, but Derryfield was dug in hard and broke up much of Berlin's teamwork.

Berlin actually out shot Derryfield nine to four for the game and one extra penalty corner, eight to their seven.

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