After its initial two games of 2019, the Elizabethtown Area High School field hockey team has to be feeling better about where they are compared to last season. True, the Lady Bears dropped both contests. But they fought hard to the bitter end in each of them, and that effort will definitely help them further down the line.
The team kicked off the year at Warwick on the morning of Friday, Aug. 30. It was a tight game early on before senior Meghan Quinn found the net for the Warriors. Fellow senior Julia Eshleman would do the same seven minutes later to give them a 2-0 advantage.
Unlike last season, Elizabethtown refused to fade away, with senior Mackenzie Hammaker scoring just over a minute after Eshleman’s goal. The latter would find Quinn on a fastbreak goal shortly afterward, but Hammaker almost immediately answered again, this time off an assist from junior Alisia Alvarez.
However, Warwick was able to give itself a cushion late in the first half when junior Sarah Van Scoten scored off a corner opportunity, putting the Warriors up 4-2 at the break. They tacked on an insurance goal from junior Emily Behn with just under 11 minutes to go as well, eventually winning 5-2.
Behn led all players with 2 assists for Warwick. Eshleman and junior Lamya Mejias had assists as well. Senior goalkeeper Julia Healy had no saves for the Warriors since Hammaker’s goals were Elizabethtown’s only shots on goal. Senior Mackenzie Atticks (4 saves) and sophomore Alaina Telenko (6 saves) split the game in the net for the Lady Bears.
The Lady Bears had their home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 3, in a non-league game vs. Mechanicsburg. It was a tight first half, as the two sides combined for nine corner opportunities (six for Elizabethtown, three for the Wildcats) and 14 shots on goal (nine for the Lady Bears, five for Mechanicsburg). However, Telenko and Wildcats sophomore goalie Emily Kraber stopped all of them, and both defenses slowed the opposition down as well, keeping the score at 0-0.
Unfortunately for Elizabethtown, that offensive firepower went away in the second half; the Lady Bears had no shots on goal. The Wildcats, meanwhile, had nine, and they finally broke the ice with just under 11 minutes to go when freshman Gracyn Catalano scored off an assist from junior Arden Patterson. Elizabethtown had a corner try late to potentially tie, but Mechanicsburg held firm to escape with the victory.
Atticks had 8 saves in the net for the Lady Bears, while Telenko had 5. Kraber finished with 9 stops for Mechanicsburg.
Elizabethtown (0-2) will host Lampeter-Strasburg on Thursday, Sept. 5, as well as Cocalico on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The Lady Bears will also take part in a tournament at Milton Hershey on Saturday, Sept. 7. In addition to the host team, Newport and Shippensburg will be in attendance.