Ea­gles take ad­van­tage of re­bounds in field hockey win


Spe­cial to the Whig

— Bo­hemia Manor spends time in each prac­tice work­ing on what to do when its shots are blocked by the goal­tender, cre­at­ing re­bound op­por­tu­ni­ties in front of the cage.

That prac­tice paid off for the Ea-


gles on Tues­day as they scored both of their goals on re­bound op­por­tu­ni­ties in their 2-0 vic­tory over vis­it­ing North East in Susque­hanna Divi­sion field hockey ac­tion.

Af­ter the In­di­ans con­trolled the ac­tion for the first 15 min­utes of the game, the field tilted to the other side as Bo Manor took con­trol. The Ea­gles then broke through in the 19th minute of the first half when Reghan Dunn put the ball into the cage off of a re­bound to make it 1-0.

“We were on an of­fen­sive cor­ner, so we were at an ad­van­tage. In my mind, ev­ery cor­ner should be a goal. I took an ini­tial shot, and the goalie kicked it out,” Dunn said of her goa­head tally. “We prac­tice re­bounds at prac­tice just to make sure as soon as the ball comes out, we’re tak­ing an­other shot. I took an easy push pass just so I could get it off my stick. A lit­tle lift, and it went right in.”

Bo Manor (2-3 over­all, 2-0 divi­sion) rode the mo­men­tum of its first goal and con­tin­ued to pres­sure North East’s de­fense. It paid off just four min­utes later, as Daniella Vib­ri­esca col­lected an­other re­bound and put the ball in the back of the cage to dou­ble her team’s ad­van­tage.

The Ea­gles con­trolled the game from that point, pos­sess­ing the ball for large chunks of time. Even though they did not score, they cre­ated chances while pre­vent­ing the In­di­ans (1-4, 1-1) from get­ting the ball.

Bo Manor used a tight man-to-man de­fense to pre­vent the op­po­si­tion from push­ing the ball up­field con­sis­tently.

“I think once we got con­trol of the ball and got that first goal, that got our mo­men­tum go­ing,” Ea­gles coach Ash­ley Christy said. “Thank­fully we were able to keep it go­ing for the rest of the game.”

North East’s strong start to the game was a re­sult of the team com­ing into the con­test with an ag­gres­sive at­ti­tude.

“We just came out re­ally [ag­gres­sive]. I think the girls re­ally took to the ball, and they knew we had to step to the ball early and keep pos­ses­sion,” In­di­ans coach Kendie Hud­son said. “I think in the first 10 min­utes, it was awe­some. We had pos­ses­sion of the ball for 90 per­cent of the time.”

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