Mount eases to win over Basil

The Review - - Sports - ByDen­nisC. Way dway@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

The field hockey team of Mount Saint Joseph has set a goal for this sea­son.

“We­want to­gounde­feated,” said GraceWal­lis. “We feel we have the tal­ent to do that.”

You won’t get an ar­gu­ment from Sept. 12’s vic­tim, Saint Basil’s, af­ter the Magic de­stroyed the Pan­thers, 12-0, at theMount.

Wal­lis scored four times and El­lie Maran­sky scored twice as the Magic built an 8-0 half­time lead and cruised to the easy vic­tory.

“We just stuck to our game plan, which is to move the ball around,” Wal­lis said af­ter the car­nage had been com­pleted. “We’re still un­de­feated (4-0-1), so we’re still do­ing that.”

TheMount wasted lit­tle time in the blowout vic­tory, scor­ing four times be­fore the con­test was 7:00 old, as Wal­lis, Maran­sky (twice) and Ju­lianna Kratz opened the scor­ing shortly af­ter the con­test be­gan.

“We have very strong and skilled girls this sea­son,” said co-head coach Jean­nie Wal­lis, af­ter the smoke cleared.

“Basil typ­i­cally, strug­gles to field a strong team,” said Mount’s other coach, Mary Beth Ste­fanow­icz. “Their coaches were telling us they have two girl­swho held a stick for the first time four weeks ago.”

Af­ter the early blitz the Magic shifted into sec­ond gear.

Rory Wl­l­liamson, Wal­lis (twice) and Ha­ley Cliggett fin­ished off the first-half scor­ing, mak­ing the Pan­thers chase eight goals en­ter­ing the sec­ond half.

“Iwatch and I watch,” said Pan­thers co-head coach Sue John­son. “You know what you can do and what you can’t. You have to pick and choose your bat­tles. You come in here and you knowyou’re not go­ing to win.

“But the im­por­tant thing is­mak­ing sure the girls are play­ing hard, and I thought we did that to­day.”

TheMount took it easy on its foe in the sec­ond half, al­thoughWal­lis got her fourth goal early and Nora Den­ton and Brid­get Boyle pol­ished off the scor­ing.

“You take the vic­to­ries you feel you can win, and con­cen­trate on those,” John­son said. “The im­por­tant thing is that the girls love it, that they en­joy them­selves.”

“We have a wide range of tal­ent, from the girls who have played since they were small to the ones who just took up the game amonth ago.

“Nei­ther of our goalies have held a stick their whole lives.

“But again, the im­por­tant thing is hav­ing fun and learn­ing the game. And I think we have a lot of good play­ers in that re­gard,”

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