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Lehman cruises to quarterfinal win

Kelsey Amy gave Lake-Lehman a big boost with an early goal and finished with two scores and an assist for the night.

Don Carey/The Times Leader

LEHMAN TWP. — Lake-Lehman goalkeeper Cheyenne Kimble jogged off the field following her team’s District 2 playoff game against Meyers, exchanging a few high-fives and accepting congratulations from her teammates.

It was the most action she saw all night.

Kelsey Amy scored two goals and assisted on another as Lake-Lehman put together a dominating performance en route to a 4-0 win against Meyers in a District 2 Class 2A quarterfinal game Wednesday night at Edward H. Edwards Stadium.

The No. 3-seeded Black Knights (12-4) will play at No. 2 Crestwood (13-3) on Monday at a time to be determined. Meyers, which entered the tournament as the No. 2 team from the Wyoming Valley Conference Division III, ends its season at 13-3.

Lake-Lehman was in control from the opening whistle. The ball barely crossed onto the Mohawks’ side of the field during the first half, as the Black Knights took 10 shots and had 11 penalty corners. Lake-Lehman finished with 22 shots on goal and 18 corners. Meyers finished with two shots and one corner.

“This is a terrific win,” said Lake-Lehman head coach Jean Lipski. “Any win you get in districts or in the postseason is special. That’s because it’s like a new season. You have to put away any negativity or any losses you might have had. It’s a new start.”

The Black Knights got off to a great start with Amy giving her team a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal seven minutes into the game.

“I’ve said it before, the first goal – on any level of field hockey – is so important,” said Lipski. “If you can punch in a second one, that’s even better.”

The Black Knights kept firing shots at Meyers goalkeeper Sara Witkowski, who did a nice job in making 10 saves. Lake-Lehman added another goal before halftime with Lottie Chipego making the score 2-0 with 10:13 remaining.

When they weren’t taking shots on goal or executing penalty corners, the Black Knights were doing a good job of picking off passes by Meyers and keeping the ball on the Lake-Lehman side of the field.

“I thought we stopped (the ball) well tonight,” said Lipski. “That’s something we’ve been working on. We did a good job stopping the ball on the end of our sticks because it allows us to retain possession.”

Leigh Hillman gave Lake-Lehman a 3-0 lead when she took a pass from Amy and found the back of the cage with 10:24 remaining in the game. Amy put an exclamation point on the win on an impressive backhander with 40 seconds remaining.

It was Amy’s first time back on the field since breaking her nose in a recent practice and undergoing surgery last Friday. One of Lake-Lehman’s top defenders, Kate Williams, missed the game with a concussion but is expected back against Crestwood.

“It’s nice to have 34 girls on the team and a nice deep bench,” said Lipski. “The jayvees give us a great look in practice. It really is a team effort. What you saw tonight wasn’t a team effort of 11 girls, but the team effort of 34 girls.”

CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS

Action in the District 2 Class 3A tournament continues today with a pair of semifinal games at 3:30 p.m.

Top-seeded Lackawanna Trail (14-1) received a first-round bye and will host No. 4 seed Wyoming Valley West (10-6), which advanced with a win against No. 5 seed Abington Heights.

Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Coughlin (13-2) will play its first game of the tournament when it hosts third-seeded Delaware Valley (10-5-1) at Guthrie Field near Dan Flood Elementary School in Wilkes-Barre. Delaware Valley advanced with a win against No. 6 seed Honesdale.

Meyers 0 0 0
Lake-Lehman 2 2 4

First half: 1. LL, Kelsey Amy, 22:51; 2. LL, Lottie Chipego (Danielle Castrignano), 10:13. Second half: 3. LL, Leigh Hillman (Amy), 10:24; 4. LL, Amy, 0:40.

Shots: MEY 2, LL 22; Saves: MEY 10 (Sara Witkowski), LL 1 (Cheyenne Kimble); Corners: MEY 1, LL 18.

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