WILKES-BARRE – Four days after the season opened, Holy Redeemer got just the kind of start to its season it had been waiting for.
Playing in their opener, the Royals scored twice in the first 10 minutes and scored the game's final two goals in a 4-2 win over Wyoming Valley West in high school field hockey Tuesday at Hollenback Park.
"I couldn't even take it in school today," sophomore Greta Ell said. "I was shaking waiting for this. We even got cornrows we were so excited."
Ell saved all that excitement for the field, though, posting a goal and an assist for Redeemer (1-0 WVC). She set up the first goal of the game with a 30-yard pass right onto the stick of Marnie Kusakavitch in the seventh minute.
Kusakavitch fired a blast from just inside the circle into the goal for a 1-0 lead.
"As soon as I got the ball, I saw their left side was very strong," Ell said. "So I looked to our left side and Marnie was there, so I fired it up to her. She dribbled into the circle and took a fantastic shot."
Less than three minutes later, Stephanie McCole ended up behind the goalkeeper on a set-up by Melanie Kusakavitch for her first goal of the season, staking the Royals to a two-goal lead.
But the Spartans (1-1 WVC) came roaring back. A trio of penalty corners established pressure, and a flurry of shots on the last corner – a blast by Nicole Sott, followed by Sott dishing to Alex Gonda and Maura Anistranski trying to put the rebound home -- led to a penalty stroke.
"It was a tad bit different of a game, but we adjusted to it," Spartans coach Linda Fithian said.
Anistranski went low to the stick side to beat Selina Malacari on the stroke for her fourth goal of the season.
Six minutes later, Anistranski set up Gonda for her second goal of the season on a tip-in from a corner to knot the game at 2.
"It was a very good game," Fithian said. "We could have scored more, but the goals just weren't falling for us. It wasn't from a lack of effort."
Valley West continued to attack, but Malacari was up to the task. Anistranski had her blast from the circle on a corner deflect toward the top corner of the goal.
Malacari reached over her head to swat down the high shot.
Ell cashed in a rebound of a Melanie Kusakavitch shot with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.
"(Melanie) had a very hard low shot and the goalie kicked it right out at me," Ell said. "The ball was right there, so I lifted it over the goalie (Jocelyn Polney)."
Chelsea Skrepenak tapped home a drive by Marnie Kusakavitch in the 52nd minute to establish a second two-goal lead.
Valley West battled, but was turned away by the Royals defense the rest of the way.
Lily Shemo had a defensive save on a first half corner for the Spartans and Haley Gayoski turned aside a rebound attempt in the second half in support of Polney.
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First half: 1. HR, Marnie Kusakavitch (Greta Ell), 23:18; 2. HR, Stephanie McCole (Melanie Kusakavitch), 20:36; WVW, Maura Anistranski (penalty stroke), 13:33; 4. WVW, Alex Gonda (Anistranski), 7:33; 5. HR, Ell, 1:59.
Second half: 6. HR, Chelsea Skrepenak (Mar. Kusakavitch), 8:28.
Shots: WVW 12, HR 13; Saves: WVW 5 (Jocelyn Polney), HR 8 (Selina Malacari); Corners: WVW 13, HR 3.
Vanessa Parsons scored four goals to lead Dallas over Lake-Lehman. Michelle Thompson contributed with two assists.
Carly Gromel netted one goal for Lake-Lehman.
First half: 1. DAL, Vanessa Parsons (Michelle Thompson), 24:58; 2. DAL, Parsons, 2:35.
Second half: 3. LL, Carly Gromel (Kait Yoniski), 16:15; 4. DAL, Parsons (Evonna Ackourey), 14:51; 5. DAL, Parsons (Thompson), 1:35.
Shots: DAL 11, LL 6; Saves: DAL 5 (Lily Amadio), LL 7 (Tiffany Malinowski); Corners: DAL 6, LL6.
Molly Turner, Morgan Malone and Mallory Lefkowitz scored two goals apiece as Wyoming Seminary cruised to a victory over Lackawanna Trail.
Mara Stella and Julia Grosek both added a goal for the Blue Knights.
First half: 1. SEM, Molly Turner (Alexis Quick), 2:07; 2. SEM, Morgan Malone (Turner), 6:40; 3. SEM, Malone, 17:50.
Second half: 4. SEM, Turner (Mallory Lefkowitz), 1:23; 5. SEM, Lefkowitz (Turner), 2:37; 6. SEM, Mara Stella (Malone), 7:57; 7. SEM, Lefkowitz, 8:47; 8. Julia Grosek (Nora Fierman), 27:40.
Shots: LT 7, SEM 30; Saves: LT 5 (Courtney Ditchey), SEM 5 (Hannah Dresler, Mackenzie Gagliardi, Cheyenne Kimble); Corners: LT 3, SEM 4.
Madysen Jones and Kyra Castano each scored twice to lead Coughlin to the victory, while Kaitlyn Lukashewski also found the back of the cage and notched an assist.
Kelsey Gabriel added a pair of assists for the Crusaders.
First half: 1. COU, Kaitlyn Lukashewski, 25:22; 2. COU, Madysen Jones (Kelsey Gabriel), 11:35; 3. COU, Kyra Castano (Gabriel) 5:55.
Second half: 4. COU, Jones 24:36; 5. COU, Castano (Lukashewski) 19:22.
Shots: COU 18, WALL 6; Saves: COU 3 (Paige Tedik), WALL 13 (Kennedy Thomas); Corners: COU 6, WALL 1.
Amber Gronkowski scored the lone goal of the game off a pass from Carly Grabowski to help Nanticoke in the shutout.
Nanticoke keeper Bridget Kinlaw helped preserve the shutout by making 20 saves.
First half: 1. NAN, Amber Gronkowski (Carly Grabowski).
Shots: NAN 6, WYO 18; Saves: NAN 20 (Bridget Kinlaw), WYO 5 (Lexi Coolbaugh); Corners: NAN 1, WYO 9.
Casey Cole scored three goals in the first half to help secure Crestwood's shutout victory over Delaware Valley. Ashleigh Thomas added one goal and two assists for Crestwood.
First half: 1. CRE, Casey Cole, 19:49; 2. CRE, Cole (Ashleigh Thomas), 9:08; 3. CRE, Cole (Thomas), 1:43.
Second half: 4. CRE, Thomas (Morgan Kile), 26:03; 5. CRE, Marissa Surdy (Maury Cronauer), 21:11; 6. CRE, Cronauer (Chandler Ackers), 20:21; 7. CRE, Kailee Krupski (Angela Teberio), 6:49.
Shots: DEL 3, CRE 29; Saves: DEL 27 (Grace Cadigan), CRE 1 (Dallas Kendra); Corners: DEL 1, CRE 19.
Mary Martin chipped in on each of Honesdale's three goals with two tallies and an assist. Jamie Rosencrase scored a goal for the Hornets.
Kara Sanford made seven stops for the Cougars.
First half: 1. HON, Mary Martin, 27:05; 2. HON, Jamie Rosencrase (Martin), 17:14; 3. HON, Martin, 2:33.
Shots: HAZ 5, HON 22; Saves: HAZ 7 (Kara Sanford), HON 5 (Nicole Cush); Corners: HAZ 1, HON 4.