Burn Hills – as much as they have dominated Section II Class B field hockey – winning the last eight field championships – the suburban council regular-season title has rarely been a prime target for coach Kelly Woman’s Burn Hills-Bolston Lakes program.
This is simply the reality for a Spartans squad that competes in a league full of large, Class A teams, all regular season long.
However, this season was different.
“You know, we’ve never taken it [the league title] as our goal, ”said Woman. “But, as it was getting closer and it seemed a little possible, we started reaching that goal.”
Burn Hills–Bolston Lake, which had fallen last in the suburban council championship game – and did not have a chance to defend their Division II title with the region’s playoffs canceled – won the suburban title outright in their regular season on Friday. shut down. 6–0 win over Bethlehem to end the 13–1 league campaign.
“Me and four other seniors, we’ve been here since we were new, and we’ve worked our way up,” said Spartans senior Grace Todd. “We don’t have numbers that these schools like Saratoga and [Shenendehowa] Doing. We really work for what we have. We put in a ton of effort. It’s like our little ragtag group, and we pulled it off.
Woman said, “Every game counts till the end.” “The girls put their best foot forward, and here we are with a suburban championship.”
Burnt Hills-Bolston Lake (13–3 on aggregate) got a hat-trick from Jocelyn Hild, two goals from Todd and one goal and one assist from Molly Pokobradsky. The Spartans scored two goals in each of the first three quarters as they skillfully took care of business to wrap up their title.
“We definitely need to finish what we started with,” Woman said, “and then prepare for the sectional.”
The Spartans will learn their way to the Class B tournament when the seeds are released on Saturday, with them and South Glens Falls expected to lead the field.
“We’ve got an eight-peat,” Todd said. “Going at nine.”
Bethlehem 0 0 0 0 – 0
BH-BL 2 2 2 0 – 6
Bethlehem Scoring: None. Burn Hills-Bolston Lake Scoring: Todd 2-0, Hild 3-0, Pokobradsky 1-1, Connelly 0-2, Mastrella 0-2, Kogut 0-1. Goalkeeper: Bethlehem, Rosenkrans, 9 saves. Burn Hills-Bolston Lake, Jensen, saves 2.
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