Sunday, February 25, 2024

Field Hockey: Grafton Clips Lakeland in Overtime

Erin Malone scored the game-winning goal in overtime for Grafton. (file photo)
Erin Malone scored the game-winning goal in overtime for Grafton. (File Photo)

An overtime game-winning goal by Erin Malone lifted Grafton to victory 1-0 at home against Lakeland on Wednesday.

Grafton heavily controlled the pace of play throughout the game. Perhaps the most telling statistic from the game is Grafton goalkeeper Laurel Nicks not having to record a single save to earn the shutout.

While Grafton held Lakeland scoreless through the 60 minutes of regulation, Lakeland returned the favor and kept the Clippers off the board, as well.

In overtime, Liv Lilygren sent a pass to Malone, who placed her shot past Lakeland goalie Delean Scott for the game-winning goal.

Wednesday’s win marked the third consecutive game Grafton has played in an overtime period. The Clippers are 2-1 in overtime games this season.

Grafton (6-6) will continue its season Monday on the road against Jamestown.

Grafton 1, Lakeland 0

Goals: Grafton (Erin Malone)
Assists: Grafton (Liv Lilygren)


Warhill Runs Past Kecoughtan

Jessica and Kayla Cooke each scored a goal and logged an assist during Warhill’s 3-0 win at home against Kecoughtan on Wednesday.

Warhill’s first goal came from some sisterly teamwork as Kayla Cooke assisted Jessica Cooke in the first half.

The tables were turned when, later in the first half, Jessica Cooke assisted on a Kalya Cooke goal that put the Lions up 2-0. Warhill carried its 2-0 lead into halftime.

Out of the break, Haley Smith scored an unassisted goal to conclude the game’s scoring.

On Saturday, Warhill (5-2) will travel to take on New Kent, which has won three of its last four games.

Warhill 3, Kecoughtan 0

Goals: Warhill (Jessica Cooke, Kayla Cooke, Haley Smith)
Assists: Warhill (Kayla Cooke, Jessica Cooke)


Jamestown Stifled by Smithfield

Jamestown struggled to find offense during Wednesday’s 3-0 road loss against Smithfield.

The Eagles finished the game with one shot on goal, which came from Abby Smith.

Smithfield opened with a strong first half, jumping out to a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Maddie Erickson, Libby Darden and Emma Stewart.

Jamestown’s goalies Hannah Gaul and Sam Tiffany combined to record seven saves on the night.

The Eagles (3-6-1) will host Grafton on Monday and look to get back into the win column.

Smithfield 3, Jamestown 0

Goals: Smithfield (Maddie Erickson, Libby Darden, Emma Stewart)

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