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First-place showdown looming for Lady Patriots

Pittston Area, Elk Lake both unbeaten heading into Tuesday’s match

Above, Pittston Area’s Gabby Vaxmonsky looks to pass the ball against Hanover Area. Below left, Meredith Yozwiak advances the ball during the Lady Patriots win this past week. Below right, PA’s Liz Mikitish battles for possession against Hanover Area.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

A quick start out of the gate has the Pittston Area Field Hockey team set up for a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 first-place showdown with unbeaten Elk Lake on Tuesday afternoon on the road in Dimock.

The undefeated Lady Patriots face a tough week with three straight games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but its Pittston Area’s first game that could provide a boost for the rest of the season.

The 4-0 Lady Warriors are also off to a fast start, and stand alone in first place after finishing 7-7 last season.

The Lady Patriots are led by the high-scoring duo of Gabby Vaxmonsky and Rebecca Weinstock who have combined for seven goals and six assists in PA’s three victories.

Pittston Area is back on the road on Wednesday at Tunkhannock (2-2) before returning home on Thursday to face Montrose (0-4) at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown.

PA 4, GAR 3

Rebecca Weinstock opened and closed the scoring for Pittston Area in a 4-3 win over GAR in a WVC Division 3 match on Thursday afternoon at the Bucky Harris Athletic Complex in Hughestown.

Weinstock put the Lady Patriots on the board on an assist Gabby Vaxmonsky at the 26:16 mark to knot the game at 1-1 before added an assist with 2:09 left in the first half on Marina Barnak’s goal which game Pittston Area a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Madeline Dworak increased the PA lead to 3-1 with a goal at the 28:11 mark of the second half on a feed from Emily Herron. Weinstock then checked in with her second goal to put the Lady Patriots in command 4-1 less than eight minutes later.

Ariel Ardo stopped 11 shots in goal to earn the win for Pittston Area (3-0).

PA 3, Hanover 1

Pittston Area got goals from Emily Herron, Liz Mikitish and Gabby Vaxmonsky on its way to a 3-1 win over Hanover in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 Field Hockey action on Tuesday afternoon at the Bucky Harris Sports Complex in Hughestown.

Herron gave the Lady Patriots a 1-0 lead at the half after scoring on an assist from Madeline Dworak at the 16:01 mark of the opening stanza.

Liz Mikitish then broke a 1-1 tie with an unassisted goal at the 11:15 mark of the second half to put PA in the lead, 2-1.

Vaxmonsky added her fourth goal of the season on an assist from Rebecca Weinstock with less than five minutes to play to give the Lady Patriots the 3-1 lead.

Ariel Ardo stopped seven shots in net for Pittston Area (2-0).

WA 0, Delaware Valley 2

Wyoming Area could not get on the board in a road loss to Delaware Valley, 2-0, in a WVC crossover match on Wednesday afternoon in Milford.

Nicole Cumbo had five saves in goal for the Lady Warriors.

Standings

WVC Division 2

Holy Redeemer…4-1

Hazleton…4-3

Honesdale…2-4

Meyers…2-4

Wallenpaupack…1-5

Wyoming Area…0-3

Nanticoke…0-4

Abington Heights…0-5

WVC Division 3

Elk Lake…4-0

Pittston Area…3-0

Northwest…2-0

Tunkhannock…2-2

GAR…1-2

Berwick…1-3

Hanover…1-3

Montrose…0-4

Points

1. Gabby Vaxmonsky, PA…11

2. Rebecca Weinstock, PA…9

3t. Serra Degnan, WA…6

3t. Emily Herron, PA…6

Goals

1. Gabby Vaxmonsky, PA…4

2t. Serra Degnan, WA…3

2t. Rebecca Weinstock, PA…3

4. Emily Herron, PA…2

5. 5 tied with…1

Assists

1t. Gabby Vaxmonsky, PA…3

1t. Rebecca Weinstock, PA…3

3. Emily Herron, PA…2

4t. Ally Adonizio, WA…1

4t. Madeline Dworak, PA…1

4t. Dana Maurizi, PA…1

4t. Sam Shiner, …WA 1

Saves

1. Ariel Ardo, PA…18

2. Nicole Cumbo, WA…6

This week’s schedule

Monday

WA at Honesdale

Tuesday

PA at Elk Lake

Wednesday

PA at Tunkhannock

WA v. Lackawanna Trail

Thursday

PA v. Montrose

Friday

WA at Hazleton

Saturday

WA v. Valley West

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