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Strong core has PA transitioning to contender

Lady Patriots looking for second straight playoff berth

Pittston Area Field Hockey seniors are, from left to right, Gabby Vaxmonsky, Madeline Dworak, Ariel Ardo, Brittany Czerniakowski, Mallory Yozwiak, and Brielle Warren.

Photo by Tony Callaio

After a 9-6 season that ended with a first-round playoff loss to Cross-River rival Wyoming Area, the Pittston Area field hockey team believes they can one-up the team from last season.

"I think we can definitely make the playoffs...I think we can compete very well for the top of (WVC) Division 3," said second-year head coach Caitlin Hadzimichalis. "We made the playoffs last year. I think we can probably make playoffs again this year, and with a little more experience I think we might be able to win at least one playoff game."

Hadzimichalis thinks that a strong core of returning players meshing with a group of talented underclassmen is a solid foundation to build off of given the success of last year. Of those six loses, four were one or two goal losses, contests that could have been won.

Gabby Vaxmonsky, Brielle Warren, Madeline Dworak, Liz Mikitish and Meredith Yozwiak will be the solid core of the team and will look to provide the leadership that was lost by the departure of Kendra Yakobitis, Heather Marsico, Cara Capozucca and Katie Joyce.

Vaxmonsky along with Warren and Dworak will form an offensive attack that no defense wants to face having combined for 19 goals last season. Although the success of the Lady Patriots is reliant on the play of the forwards, the success of the forwards will be directly related to the play of the defense and midfielders.

"We like to have a strong defense and have that flow into offense," said Hadzimachalis. "We’ve been working a lot in practice on getting a better transition into offense, we are going to rely a lot on our forwards and hope our midfields can control the tempo of everything."

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