By John Anderson

The pace and energy of the game's second half is apparent as Tayla Foulkrod and Jordan Lavallee anticipate the ball movement by Jackie Clark. ©John R. Anderson

The pace and energy of the game’s second half is apparent as Tayla Foulkrod and Jordan Lavallee anticipate the ball movement by Jackie Clark. ©John R. Anderson

Last night’s semi-final field hockey game against Quaboag was a contrast in halves to say the least. The first half was rather flat for both teams although both defenses kept the offenses scoreless. Both teams lacked energy and just weren’t pushing, but the halftime break changed things.

Ten minutes into the second half, Shannon Hynes caught the rebound of a Carly Zona bullet and send it back towards the goal. Younger sister Kileigh Hynes shot the ball into the net behind the Couger’s goalie. Quaboag came back quickly to tie the score, but minutes later the Hynes girls did it again to give the Rockets the lead.

Tension was in the air as Auburn held on for the win. The Quaboag defenders like to drive the ball from their end, but the Rockets picked up on it and got in the way. They knocked down numerous shots and kept the ball securely near the Cougar net most of the time. When the ball was headed towards Auburn’s end, the defense did a magnificent job.

Captain Jordan Lavallee said, “We really came together in the second half and worked as a team with great passes.” Captain Carly Zona added, “We really connected and had each other’s backs.” Captain Casey Gurlitz commented, “I can’t stop smiling. I’m really excited about this win.”

The Rockets will face #1 Hopedale at 7:15pm on Thursday night in Grafton. If they play like they did in last night’s second half, they will have little difficulty winning the Central Division 2. Go Rockets!