Play for State Championship This Saturday

It took nearly 16 minutes of play for the semi-final to be decided last night. Shannon Hynes scored an unassisted goal to give Auburn a 1-0 lead that was never compromised. While the Rockets would add 3 more points, the Falcons remained scoreless.

The efforts of the Smith Academy team cannot be easily dismissed. For the better of the first half, they made crisp, hard passes that were difficult to interrupt. The Falcons were quick to block Auburn’s efforts until the 14:08 mark when Shannon’s shot went through a crowd and bypassed goalie Lauren Bradford. At 3:21, Jamie McNamara scored with a Jordan Lavallee assist giving the home team a 2-0 lead.

In the second, Shannon Hynes scored again with Lyndsey Gabrielian assisting, and McNamara earned her second point unassisted. The Rockets increasingly captured passes from the Falcons, and they shifted into an all-defense mode at times. This made a big difference as Smith’s Danielle Duseau worked the ball with great skill and took 9 shots on net.

The Rockets had 8 corners to the Falcons’ 4. Lauren Bradford had 7 saves for Smith while Abby Lucas had 3 saves and earned the shutout. After the game, Coach Bethann Cormier said, “I’m numb, and not because of the cold.” She added, “I wouldn’t mind seeing Watertown again.” Auburn lost to Watertown in the 2010 state finals.

On Saturday at 10am, at WPI, Auburn (24-0) will get their second shot at Watertown.  It will be a tough test, maybe the Rockets’ toughest yet.  Led by the 2013 National Field Hockey Coach of the Year, Eileen Donahue, Watertown has won the D2 state field hockey title the past four years.  Watertown Field Hockey has not lost a game in 5 years – Nov 12, 2008  was their last loss.

This time, however, Auburn is determined to bring home the trophy.