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Field hockey Lakers' title run ended by Greene

Section IV power stops Caz 40-game win streak

Cazenovia midfielder Nicole Chiarello (15) brings the ball up the field in Saturday's Class C regional final against Greene. The Lakers' quest for a third consecutive state championship ended with a 4-0 defeat to the Trojans.

Cazenovia midfielder Nicole Chiarello (15) brings the ball up the field in Saturday's Class C regional final against Greene. The Lakers' quest for a third consecutive state championship ended with a 4-0 defeat to the Trojans. Scott Schild

— In a few swift strokes, Cazenovia’s two-year reign as state Class C field hockey champions, along with its 40-game win streak, all ended.

Greene, from the Section IV ranks, controlled matters from start to finish against the Lakers, leading to a 4-0 defeat in Saturday’s regional final at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

“We expected (Greene) to be that good,” said Cazenovia head coach Lorraine Scheftic. “Their stick work and passing was excellent. We did all the right things, but I didn’t detect any weakness on their team.”

This was no ordinary regional opponent. Greene spent two decades in the Class A and B ranks, winning six state titles (the latest in 2009), before getting moved down to Class C this fall, just in time to end the Lakers’ championship reign.

The Trojans took control from the start with two penalty corners in the first four minutes, setting a quick and aggressive tempo. On the third try 6:58 into the game, Jahna Driscoll’s point-blank shot zipped past Lauren Devine, the first goal the Lakers had allowed in the entire post-season.

Even this didn’t arouse Cazenovia, who took a time-out three minutes later. And for a brief while, the Lakers started to attack and also settled down on the defensive end, doing a better job breaking up Greene’s charges.

Rarely, though, did Cazenovia really get close to the Greene net, courtesy of a tough and efficient Greene defense that deflected away balls before t hey got near the net. Only once did Trojans goalie Julia Amell have to make a stop.

Seconds before halftime came a pivotal moment. Greene’s Emily Gascin charged up from the right side, feeding it to Driscoll, who sent another one of her bullet shots into the cage.

Instead of a manageable one-goal margin, Cazenovia was down 2-0 at the break, a position it was not used to.

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