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JOHN MEDEIROS jmedeiros@timesleader.com

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Meyers is having a great start under first-year coach Allison Banks, as the Mohawks lead WVC Division 2 and have yet to lose in league play.

Meyers has had great play across the board, scoring at least two goals in each of its divisional games while allowing just five goals in six games.

“As a new coach, I came in not knowing anyone and trying to give everyone a chance,” Banks said. “This team has really played well together. The defense has been doing a great job with talking to each other and making plays. And (goalie) Sabrina (Robertson) has been just great for us.”

That defense and the first-year starter in the net have helped Meyers reduce its goals against from 1.65 in 2012 to 1.14 so far this season.

YOUTH STEPPING UP: Every year, teams have to find new players to replace those who have graduated.

Wyoming Area has done a nice job transitioning in new players this season, especially a pair of freshmen.

Grace Angelella and Emilie Wanko are among the team’s leaders offensively in theirf first season with the Warriors’ varsity.

“We’re really young up front,” Wyoming Area coach Lunda Comiskey said earlier this season. “Grace and Emilie are both freshmen out there srarting for us. (Getting playing time) will just spill into when they get into crunch time later this year.”

Wanko had a great start, with a goal and two assists in her first three games. She is currently out of the lineup due to injury.

Angelella didn’t dent the scoresheet until the seventh game of the season at Delaware Valley. Yet she stands tied for the team lead in goals (2), assists (3) and points (7) for Wyoming Area even after the delayed start in accumulating stats.

KEY ADDITION: Maybe Kara Voyton doesn’t show up in the scoring summaries after Nanticoke games, but she has been part of the team’s improved play early on.

The defender gives all she can when she’s on the field with the Trojanettes.

“Kara never played field hockey before coming in last year and playing varsity,” Nanticoke coach Lori Dennis said. “She’s tough as nails. She’ll run through a wall for you.”

Nanticoke is seeking a third consecutive trip to the District 2 tournament with a defense that has been anchored by Voyton, Sam Garvey, Kayla Gronkowski and Jennifer Lopez, as well as goalie Maddy O’Donahue.

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