Adjustments Lead To Win And Field Hockey Team Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Published: Oct 15, 2022 07:00 AM

October 6 was once moderately an evening for the Newtown High School box hockey program, which used changes to seek out its goal-scoring tactics at the box and raised cash for breast most cancers consciousness off the sector. The Nighthawks put 4 consecutive video games with no target at the back of them with an early strike and a second-half end on find out how to a 2-0 blanking of Weston, at Blue & Gold Stadium.

The avid gamers wore purple socks in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fundraising efforts via participant households, together with donations, raffles, and concessions, pulled in about $1,600, which will probably be donated to each the American Cancer Society/Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and to Play 4 The Cure.

Against Weston, Reese Lischuk was once assisted via Shannon Hegarty on a play additionally arrange via Summer Harrell, just a few mins from the beginning, and Annika Bozentko was once assisted via Harrell in the second one 1/2.

“This was a competitive game. We played one of our best offensive games we’ve played,” stated Coach John Savage, including that the staff did a excellent process of transferring the ball up the sector from the protection during the midfield to the assault.

Some lineup changes ended in Newtown’s newfound offense. Savage moved middle midfielder and slick stick-handler Summer Harrell up most sensible, a dangerous transfer leaving large footwear to fill in a difficult offense/protection midfield place — however a transfer that paid off with Harrell factoring in on each tallies. Jenna Lagan slid up from protection to fill that middle mid void. “Jenna made a big adjustment. She’s doing a good job,” Savage stated.

“He’s doing what he can to make the team better and it’s working out well,” Harrell stated of the Newtown trainer’s efforts.

Strong protection has been there all alongside, led via goaltender Riley Alesevich, at the back of the again line of sweeper Jules Battaglia in addition to Brooke Bulkley, Nella Walsh, and Mo Murphy. Culminating with the Weston sport, Newtown held seven immediately fighters to 1 or no targets.

“I’m really happy with the progress of these kids,” Savage stated after the win over Weston.

Newtown fell 2-1 at Branford on October 8 and edged host Brookfield 3-2 on October 11. The Hawks carried a document of 4-5-2-1 and 4-1-1-1 in South-West Conference motion (wins, losses, ties, extra time losses) into the overall 4 regular-season tilts. Harrell scored two times and Rachael Albrecht had a target in opposition to Brookfield. Murphy and Hegarty had the assists. Bulkley performed stellar protection and Alesevich made six saves of which 3 have been sport savers, Savage stated.

The breast most cancers consciousness efforts are necessary to all, and hit with regards to house for some concerned with this system.

“Just getting to come out here and play for a bigger cause than field hockey is awesome,” Harrell stated.

“I think it’s very important. So many people support us and I feel like we should support other things,” Lagan added.

Kris Powers, who has two youngsters at the staff — Alison and Jessica — has been impacted considerably via breast most cancers.

“I’ve lost friends and, most recently, my mom went through breast cancer treatment. Her prognosis is good so we’re all very positive, but it’s a terrible disease,” stated Powers, including that it’s encouraging to peer the development that has been made with remedy.

Sports Editor Andy Hutchison will also be reached at andyh@thebee.com.

Summer Harrell makes use of her velocity to transport up the sector in opposition to Weston on October 7. Harrell moved up from midfield to offense and that clicked with a couple of assists in a 2-0 win. —Bee Photos, Hutchison

Rachael Albrecht, left, defends as Weston strikes the ball ahead.

Francesca Glazer, left, places a transfer at the Weston protection.

Alison Powers heads alongside the sideline with ownership.

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