Elks stay un­beaten with win over Co­bras


Spe­cial to the Whig

Elkton knew that it would have to com­mu­ni­cate and pass well to over­come the phys­i­cal style of play that Har­ford Tech pre­sented dur­ing Mon­day af­ter­noon’s Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion field hockey show­down.

The Golden Elks did just that as their of­fense en­abled them to con­trol the ball the ma­jor­ity of the game in a 3-0 home vic­tory over the Co-


bras. With the win, the Ce­cil squad re­mained un­de­feated on the sea­son.

“We prac­tice on our pass­ing and hav­ing more ac­cu­rate drives, and we knew Har­ford Tech would not be an easy game, even back when I played. We made sure that ev­ery­one wouldn’t take them lightly,” Elkton coach Re­nee Dunn said. “We knew we had to come out and re­ally work dodg­ing and hav­ing nice drives to get it down the field. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a big part of that, as well.”

Af­ter Har­ford Tech had the ball for the first two min­utes of ac­tion, the Elks took con­trol and kept the ball on their at­tack­ing half for the re­main­der of the half, us­ing strong passes that re­sulted in sev­eral scor­ing chances.

Elkton (6-0 over­all, 3-0 di­vi­sion) fi­nally broke through mid­way through the first half when Vanessa Dunn took a shot that bounced off the knee pad of the Co­bras goal­tender, be­fore Ni­cole Baldino put in the re­bound to make the score 1-0.

The Elks added to their lead early in the sec­ond half when Baldino po­si­tioned her­self next to the goal post and placed a pass from Dunn into the back of the cage to dou­ble her team’s lead.

Elkton then put the game out of reach with 11:04 left in the game when Mad­die Rzu­cidlo put a Maia Gi­afes pass into the cage to make it 3-0, cap­ping a hard-fought win.

“It was def­i­nitely hard. It was a very phys­i­cal game, but we kind of kept our com­po­sure and played the best that we could,” Baldino said. “I think it was due to com­mu­ni­ca­tion and talk­ing to each other, which is def­i­nitely a big part of be­ing on a team.”

The win marked the Elks’ sixth-straight vic­tory to start the sea­son.

“Af­ter we win, we get ex­cited be­cause we’re so happy, and we just re­mind the girls that you have to keep prac­tic­ing and keep work­ing hard to keep win­ning,’” Re­nee Dunn said. “It’s great, but we have to take it one game at a time and every one has to con­trib­ute.”

The Co­bras fall to 2-5 over­all and 0-2 in the lower di­vi­sion.


Elkton’s Ju­lia Mat­sen con­trols the ball dur­ing the Golden Elks’ 3-0 Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion field hockey vic­tory over vis­it­ing Har­ford Tech on Mon­day.

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