Elks over­come slow start to top Tigers in field hockey

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Elkton field hockey team started slow and sur­ren­dered the first goal in both halves. For­tu­nately for the Golden Elks, they quickly shook their slow starts and were dom­i­nant the rest of the way.

Ris­ing Sun scored in the game’s open­ing min­utes T ues­day, but Elkton re­sponded with three­straight goals be­fore half­time. The Tigers struck again out of the break, only to sur­ren­der the fi­nal two goals of the af­ter­noon. The Elks earned the 5- 2 non­di­vi­sional win.

“We knew that we had to pick up the in­ten­sity, we started off a lot slower than we wanted to. But Ris­ing Sun is a great team and we knew that they would cap­i­tal­ize on ev­ery mis­take that we made,” Elkton coach Re­nee Dunn said. “We just had to pull it to­gether and stop the silly mis­takes and re­ally start mak­ing smarter plays to over­come that.”

Ju­nior Vanessa Dunn tal-

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lied all three of her team’s first- half goals. Se­nior Erin DePaul as­sisted each of the first two.

Ju­lia Her­rmann scored the open­ing goal for the Tigers off of an as­sist from Tay­lor Knight. The Tigers (1-1) be­gan the sec­ond half with more in­ten­sity and con­trolled pos­ses­sion for the open­ing min­utes. Daija Kry­gier fin­ished a Biz Hurm as­sist to close the gap to one, 3- 2.

“There weren’t any changes other than just light­ing a fire un­der them at half­time,” Ris­ing Sun coach Katie Keyes. “I think they had a lit­tle bit of a break and re­al­ized we still have a whole half to play. I think it gave them some con­fi­dence – com­ing out strong in the sec­ond half.”

Ni­cole Baldino tipped in an as­sist from Dunn in re­sponse to dou­ble Elkton’s lead. Ke­mu­nto Okindo rounded out the scor­ing with a goal off of another Dunn as­sist.

Keyes felt Tues­day’s loss ex­posed a weak­ness in her team.

“We have some things to work on. We’ve been work­ing on tran­si­tion, when the other team is tran­si­tion- ing and we go from at­tack to de­fense. We ob­vi­ously still need to work on that a lit­tle bit,” she said. “I think we just had some break downs in where peo­ple are sup­posed to be and who they’re sup­posed to be cov­er­ing.”

The Elks (2-0) opened their sea­son by beat­ing Perr yville for the first time since 2006. Their next sched­uled game was can- celed, leav­ing more than a week be­tween games one and two. Coach Dunn loves what she’s seen so far.

“I couldn’t be hap­pier. The at­ti­tudes are great,” she said. “Ev­ery­one works so hard and that’s what I love. They give me ev­ery­thing they have. I couldn’t be hap­pier with this team.”

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GROGAN

Elkton ju­nior Vanessa Dunn, right, scored three goals and had two as­sists dur­ing her team’s 5-2 win over vis­it­ing Ris­ing Sun in non-di­vi­sional field hockey ac­tion on Tues­day.

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