Sunday, August 14, 2022

Burn Hills-Bolston Lake Field Hockey wins 9th straight Section II Class B crown

SCHUYLERVILLE – Burn Hills-Bolston Lake didn’t come up with a multi-goal championship game win like it had many times before, but a quick swipe by Grace Todd proved enough.

Todd scored on a penalty corner in the second quarter, and Burnett Hills pinned top-seeded South Glens Falls with a skimpy defensive performance to capture a ninth consecutive Section II Class B field hockey title at Schuylerville High School on Sunday morning. did.

“We allowed a lot of possession,” said Burnt Hills coach Kelly Woman as her team won a one-goal game for only the second time during their title game streak. “It was scary at times.”

But almost every time a Bulldog got the seam, the Spartans collectively closed it in a 1–0 victory that involved only two opposing shots on goal.

“They had girls with good stick skills, and we were able to pull them off,” said Todd, a senior middle back. “When one girl was beaten up, so was the other girl.”

Burnt Hills goalkeeper Katherine Jensen blocked two shots, while Todd, Caroline Kogat, Amelia Landry and Edison Napik anchored the Burnt Hills defense that posted the program’s seventh shutout in nine title game wins.

Only Sunday’s game and a 1–0 win over Queensbury in 2016 were decided by a one-goal margin.

“It was really tough. He kept getting the brakes fast, but we did a good job together,” Kogut said, a sophistication. ‘It was really important to get the ball out there. I think we did very well,’ he said. did.”

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Burnt Hills players were eyeing the talented Willis sisters, Lillian and Jillian, who played a major role in the Bulldogs’ Foothills Council banner, reaching the title game and coming 15–1 points. Lillian Willis scored both goals in 2. -0 semi-final win over Scotia-Glenville.

“We don’t have Willis girls on our team,” said Woman. “We have a team.”

Todd played a key role at both ends to help Burn Hills (number 2 seed, 15-3) advance into the regional game against the Section III Class B champions at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill next Sunday.

“Grace put a lot of effort into this game,” Woman said. “She made big plays in the middle and reconciled with the Willis kids.”

Todd also scored the only goal Burn Hills needed after starting a penalty corner with an insert pass and then sliding to the left post.

“Joseline” [Hild] Was a good hit,” Todd explained. “[Ameila] Landry deflected it and I threw it into the net.

“It felt great that I literally broke into teams,” said the four-year varsity veteran. “I knew it would take us one step closer to sustaining it” [championship]”

Todd scored the first goal in Burnett Hills’ 6–0 semifinal win over Queensbury, also coming on a corner game from close range.

“It was huge,” Kogat said of Todd’s goal, who had 8:45 left in the second quarter. “It gave a spark to all of us. It set the tone for us to move on and come out with a win.”

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“We will now celebrate and work on the things we need for the regional people,” said Woman.

Hild drew a yellow card for kicking the ball during stoppage with a 2:38, and Burne Hills was a player for the remainder of the fourth quarter, as South Glens Falls pressed for a tie.

“We had to make sure nothing came of it,” Woman said.

Burn Hills won their 22nd consecutive Division II tournament game going back to the 2012 season. There were no sectional or state field hockey games in the last school year due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s always stressful going into a sport that could be your last,” Todd said. “We wanted to play well and keep going.”

Before Burnt Hills’ record-setting Section II title run, Germantown (Class C 1982–87) and Hosick Falls (Class B 1986–87, Class C 1988–91) both held six consecutive championships together.

Burn Hills 0 1 0 0 – 1

South Glens Falls 0 0 0 0 – 0

Burn Hills Scoring: Todd 0-1, Landry 0-1. South Glens Falls Scoring: None. Goalkeeper: Bern Hills, Jensen, 2 saves. South Glens Falls, Reynolds, saves 4.

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