Pittston Area saw one of its best seasons in school history come to an end in the quarterfinals of the District 2 Class AA field hockey championships Tuesday night against Crestwood.
Crestwood’s Maury Cronauer scored the first two goals of the game en route to a 9-0 victory over Pittston Area. At the half, the Comets held a 7-0 lead and were a dominate force on offense.
Pittston Area came into the game on a high note after winning their first Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 title in school history and a 9-3-1 season.
“It meant a lot for everyone, especially our seniors,” Pittston Area head coach Caitlin Hadzimichalis said. “That group were freshmen when I came in and they wanted (to win a title) in their time. For them to put in the work each year and improve upon what they did before, it’s a spectacular achievement.”
The Patriots were awarded the automatic No. 8 seed by way of the division title and were matched up with No. 1 seed Crestwood, who is a perennial powerhouse in high school field hockey.
Hunter Pitman added a goal and two assists for Crestwood, while Marissa Surdy and Casey Cole each chipped in a goal and an assist in the win.
“I thought our defense was spectacular,” Hadzimichalis said. “They had a lot of strong defensive stands. It was nice for next year’s returners to see that they can compete with Crestwood.”
Lea Garibaldi had 16 saves in goal for Pittston Area. She was constantly harried in her own zone and around the cage. The Comets got 39 shots off in the win. The Patriots were also awarded no corners to Crestwood’s 18.
“I can’t even put into words how good she was,” Hadzimichalis said of Garibaldi. “That performance was awesome and to see her progress from the time she was a freshman is just amazing.
“We had the support of the community the whole time. We had a lot of people around at every game. We’re appreciative of that.”