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Field hockey wins big on senior night

Lady Blazers overcome Northwood, 7-0

By Molly Nicholson, Online Features and Food Editor
October 21, 2010
BLAZER STADIUM, Oct. 20 -

The girls' varsity field hockey team (7-5) defeated the Northwood Gladiators (3-8) on senior night by a score of 7-0. Consistent teamwork helped the Lady Blazers secure a strong victory.

In the first half, senior co-captains Miranda Bernard, Blake Morgan-Gamber and Janet Henkai and senior Lyla Shapiro scored four goals.

Senior co-captain Janet Henkai lunges forward to stop the Northwood offense. Colin Wiencek
Senior co-captain Janet Henkai lunges forward to stop the Northwood offense.
Junior Edie Hopkins, senior Laura Gagliardo and Morgan-Gamber proceeded to score three goals in the second half, demonstrating the Blazers' steady offense.

Head coach Christine Denny said the team had been having trouble scoring throughout the season, but noticed improvements in their play against Northwood. "They did well at following through," Denny said.

Teamwork was an important factor in Blair's multiple goals. According to Denny, the team has been practicing connecting on defense, midfield and offense more cohesively. Gagliardo noted the Blazers improvements in teamwork. "Knowing the juniors and sophomores were there to back us up, it felt really good," Gagliardo said.

During the game Gagliardo scored her first goal of the season, having moved up to offense from her usual position on defense. "It was really surprising because I'm used to being on the defensive end," Gagliardo said.

Senior co-captain Janet Henkai prepares to maneuver around a Northwood defender. Colin Wiencek
Senior co-captain Janet Henkai prepares to maneuver around a Northwood defender.
According to Denny, Gagliardo as well as all of the seniors played to the peak of their abilities. "It's senior night," Denny said. "It's their time to shine."

According to Denny, the team came into the game with a sense of excitement and confidence from their play in their previous game against Clarksburg. Blair lost a thrilling game to Clarksburg in double overtime on Monday. "That loss was the best game of the season for the team," Denny said.

According to Denny, the team still has a lot to work on for upcoming playoffs. The Blazers are ranked fifth out of eight teams; the first four receive a bye in the first round of playoffs, but Blair will be put into a lottery to receive their ranking.

Editor's Note: Blake Morgan-Gamber is Features and Sports Editor for Silver Chips Online.

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