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JOHN MEDEIROS jmedeiros@timesleader.com

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WILKES-BARRE — In a meeting of Division 1 leaders, Crestwood maintained its perfect Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey mark.

Marissa Surdy had a goal and an assist, Maury Cronauer added a goal and Dallas Kendra posted a shutout in the Comets’ 2-0 victory over Class 3A leader Coughlin on Friday.

“We absolutely expected a challenge,” Crestwood coach Elvetta Gemski said. “I was pleased with the way we worked out our problems.”

The game was the battle expected from two of the league’s top teams (Crestwood 9-0 in WVC, Coughlin 7-2), as play went up and down the field, with plenty of offensive chances, though not a lot of the prolonged pressure inside the opposition 25 that these teams are used to.

The intensity and physicality grew as the game wore on, but at the end, there were plenty of smiles shared between friends in opposing colors.

“We have been struggling to score,” Coughlin coach Colleen Wood said. “You can’t win if you’re not scoring.”

Surdy opened the scoring three minutes in, pouncing on a rebound for her 10th goal of the season — including eight in her last five WVC starts.

It was just the cushion Kendra and the defense needed. Coughlin earned the next six penalty corners and had seven of the next 12 shots, putting a strain on the Crestwood defense.

“The (grass) field is bouncey compared to ours,” said Kendra, who was credited with five saves. “It took a little time to adjust but we did. We knew they were a really good team. We expected them to challenge us.”

Kendra had a number of big saves. Coughlin’s Kaitlyn Lukashewski charged toward the goal from the end line seven minutes in and had her shot deflected into the air. Kyra Wozniak was in front and batted the knuckling ball toward the goal, only to have Kendra extend herself to swat the ball away.

“Today, I think anything in the circle was dangerous,” Gemski said. “They had some opportunities.”

The goalie knocked down a waist-high ball bunted by Keighlyn Oliver, and made a big save on a Coughlin corner that featured passes between Katie Colleran, Kyra Castano, Kalie Reed, Lukashewski and Brigid Wood. Wood finished with a tricky reverse-stick shot from in close that Kendra solved.

Wood’s attempt was one of only two shots generated by Coughlin on its nine corners.

“We get in there and we talk about whose getting who,” Kendra said of her team’s corners. “Lizzie (Dessoye) and Morgan (Kile) are very good coming out (as flyers) and knowing who they’ve got. Casey (Cole) and Megan (McCole) work together (with me) to pick up the players in front of the goal. We all just communicate and trust in each other to make plays.”

Meanwhile, the Comets extended their lead as Surdy got the ball from Elizabeth Dessoye in traffic and found Cronauer open. Cronauer spun away from the scrum and fired home her fourth goal of the WVC season.

“It’s not good to lose,” Colleen Wood said. “We had opportunities, and against a team like this, you don’t get a lot.”


Crestwood 2, Coughlin 0



First half — 1. CRE, Marissa Surdy, 27:00. Second half — 2. CRE, Maury Cronauer (Surdy), 26:34.

Shots — CRE 18; COU 9. Saves — CRE 5 (Dallas Kendra); COU 11 (M’Kensie Lee). Penalty corners — CRE 8; COU 9.


Wyoming Seminary 3, Delaware Valley 0

The Blue Knights were led by a goal and an assist from Mallory Lekfowitz in the win.

Nora Fierman contributed two assists for Sem.

Wyoming Valley West 6, Wallenpaupack 1

Megan Kane scored four consecutive goals to help the Spartans defeat the Buckhorns on the road. Daniella Grega finished with four assists.

Anthony Busseli had the lone marker for Wallenpaupack.

Holy Redeemer 4, Lackawanna Trail 0

Melanie Kusakavitch finished with a goal and two assists as the Royals scored four times in the first half in a road win.

Redeemer held the Lions to just three shots on goal as Holly Slowik picked up the shutout.

Dallas 6, Honesdale 1

Cortlyn Van Deutsch scored two goals, and Vanessa Parsons added a goal and two assists in the Dallas win.

Olivia Frigoletto had the only goal for Honesdale.

Nanticoke 1, Abington Heights 0

Carly Grabowski scored the game’s only goal with an assist from Kayla Gronkowski in the Trojanettes shutout win.


Dallas 6, Honesdale 1



First half — 1. DAL, Cortlyn Van Deutsch (Kelsie Sincavage), 27:05; 2. DAL, Jenny Cave, 25:05; 3. DAL, Van Deutsch (Vanessa Parsons), 10:17; 4. DAL, Kami McGee; 5. DAL, Parsons (Kalia Thompson), 3:11; Second half — 6. HON, Olivia Frigoletto (Ally Meyers) 9:33; 7. DAL, Calli Amadio (Parsons), 3:18

Shots — DAL 29; HON 9. Saves — DAL 8 (Lily Amadio); HON 17 (Mackenzie Jackson). Penalty corners — DAL 6; HON 11.

Wyoming Seminary 3, Delaware Valley 0

Delaware Valley`0`0`—`0

Wyoming Seminary`2`1`—`3

First half — 1. SEM, Morgan Malone (Nora Fierman), 4:21; 2. SEM, Mallory Lefkowitz (Fierman), 6:20; Second half — 3. SEM, Alexis Quick (Lefkowitz), 20:22.

Shots — DV 1; SEM 27. Saves — DV 12 (Eileen D’Auria); SEM 1 (Mackenzie Gaglardi). Penalty corners — DV 0; SEM 9.

Holy Redeemer 4, Lackawanna Trail 0

Holy Redeemer`4`0`—`4

Lackawanna Trail`0`0`—`0

First half — 1. HR, Elena Martin (Greta Ell), 21:56; 2. HR, Melanie Kusakavitch (Mallory Kusakavitch), 20:59; 3. HR, Abby Shorts (Mel. Kusakavitch), 11:38; 4. HR, Rachel Platko (Mel. Kusakavitch), 3:58.

Shots — HR 16; LT 3. Saves — HR 2 (Holly Slowik); LT 9 (Kerrigan Buck). Penalty corners — HR 7; LT 3.

Nanticoke 1, Abington Heights 0


Abington Heights`0`0`—0

First half — 1. NAN Carly Grabowski (Kayla Gronkowski), 18:26.

Shots — NAN 5 ; AH 7 . Saves — NAN 6 (Maddy O’Donahue); AH 4 (Claire Notarianni). Penalty corners — NAN 6 ; AH 8.

Wyoming Valley West 6, Wallenpaupack 1

Wyoming Valley West`3`3`—`6


First half — 1. WAL, Anthony Busseli (Annalyn Hehir), 27:08; 2. WVW, Gabby Griffin, 12:13; 3. WVW, Alex Gonda (Danielle Grega), 9:23; 4. WVW, Megan Kane (Grega), 4:14. Second half — 5. WVW, Kane (Grega), 12:49; 6. WVW, Kane (Grega), 7:07; 7. WVW, Kane (Gonda), 6:22.

Shots — WVW 23; WAL 10. Saves — WVW 9 (Alicia Moore); WAL 16 (Laura Bibbs). Penalty corners — WVW 10; WAL 2.

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