Big second half leads Lackawanna Trail over Abington Heights in field hockey


By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com



Abington Heights’ Shaelyn Kobrynich, who scored two goals, plays the ball in front of Lackawanna Trail’s Allison Strauch during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23.


Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

From left, Lackawanna Trail’s Elizabeth Rodenbach and Abington Heights’ Nina Kozar battle for possession of the ball during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23.


Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

Abington Heights’ Dani Beamish controls the ball in front of Lackawanna Trail’s Allison Strauch in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23.


Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

Lackawanna Trail’s Madison Lee moves the ball upfield during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match against Abington Heights on Sept. 23.


Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

Lackawanna Trail’s Lauren Baldwin and Abington Heights’ Dani Beamish reach for the ball during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23.


Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Abington Heights’ defense held Lackawanna Trail scoreless for 15 minutes, but once the Lady Lions started clicking they were tough to stop.

Lauren Baldwin got things rolling with two goals in a six-minute span in the first half and Courtney Dwyer scored three of her five goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half to lead Lackawanna Trail to a 7-2 win over Abington Heights in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Friday, Sept. 23.

Baldwin scored an unassisted goal in the 16th minute and gave Trail a 2-0 advantage in the 22nd minute, scoring off the rebound of a shot from Lauren Beemer.

“I think if we get off to a good start, it really gets the momentum going,” Baldwin said. “I know once that first shot goes in, everything starts to happen. I think that gave us the kick we needed.”

Abington Heights had a quality scoring chance in the 13th minute, but Trail goalie Sarah Weisenfluh stopped a hard shot from Maura Jenkins. Weisenfluh also stopped three shots from Shaelyn Kobrynich in the closing minutes of the first half.

Dwyer wasted little time adding to the Lady Lions lead in the second half.

The junior tapped in a crisp pass from Samantha Baltrusaitis on the right side of the cage, for her first goal, in the 32nd minute.

“We wanted to come out tougher in the second half,” Dwyer said. “We knew we were slow in the first, so we knew we had to pick it up a notch. We had a lot of good passing and we were getting the ball in the circle.”

Just under five minutes later, Dwyer scored off an assist from Madison Lee.

Lackawanna Trail (5-1) took a 5-0 lead in the 42nd minute when Baldwin connected with Dwyer for a goal.

“Once she gets that mindset going, she is unstoppable,” Baldwin said of Dwyer’s scoring ability.

Dwyer added a goal off a pass from Natalie Cocchini in the 47th minute, and an unassisted tally in the 49th.

“We needed those goals because we know this is always a difficult game for us,” Baldwin said.

Abington Heights (0-6) got on the scoreboard in the 48th minute when Kobrynich scored off an assist from Jenkins.

“It felt really good to help my team get a little more spirit back,” Kobrynich said.

The Lady Comets struck again in the 52nd minute when the same duo connected for a another goal.

Jenkins played a shot toward the middle of the net and Kobrynich deflected the ball past Weisenfluh, who made six saves.

“We have a lot of motivation on our home field with all the fans who come out to support us,” Jenkins said. “We started working together as a team. The forward line was pushing up more instead of hanging back and playing defense, and that really helped us a lot.”

Abington Heights goalie Ashlynn Fitzgerald made 17 saves for the Lady Comets, who were outshot 24-8 in the match.

Abington Heights’ Shaelyn Kobrynich, who scored two goals, plays the ball in front of Lackawanna Trail’s Allison Strauch during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ABJ-AH-FH-1.jpgAbington Heights’ Shaelyn Kobrynich, who scored two goals, plays the ball in front of Lackawanna Trail’s Allison Strauch during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23. Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

From left, Lackawanna Trail’s Elizabeth Rodenbach and Abington Heights’ Nina Kozar battle for possession of the ball during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ABJ-AH-FH-2.jpgFrom left, Lackawanna Trail’s Elizabeth Rodenbach and Abington Heights’ Nina Kozar battle for possession of the ball during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23. Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

Abington Heights’ Dani Beamish controls the ball in front of Lackawanna Trail’s Allison Strauch in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ABJ-AH-FH-3.jpgAbington Heights’ Dani Beamish controls the ball in front of Lackawanna Trail’s Allison Strauch in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23. Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

Lackawanna Trail’s Madison Lee moves the ball upfield during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match against Abington Heights on Sept. 23.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ABJ-LT-FH-1.jpgLackawanna Trail’s Madison Lee moves the ball upfield during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match against Abington Heights on Sept. 23. Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

Lackawanna Trail’s Lauren Baldwin and Abington Heights’ Dani Beamish reach for the ball during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ABJ-LT-FH-2.jpgLackawanna Trail’s Lauren Baldwin and Abington Heights’ Dani Beamish reach for the ball during a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey match on Sept. 23. Stephanie Walkowski photos | For Abington Journal

By Robert Tomkavage

rtomkavage@timesleader.com

Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage.

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