Wednesday, September 24, 2003
By Susan Hall
This year, it looks like it’s going to be a fierce battle for the Colonial Conference Patriot Division field hockey title. Three teams are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Gateway, Woodbury and Haddon Heights all have gotten off to a good start with the Lady Garnets from Haddon Heights looking to defend their title. Today, it was the Lady Knights from Sterling participating in a conference match-up. Lauren Piontowski scored twice and Alisa Farina netted what turned out to be the winning goal that highlighted Heights 4-1 victory over Sterling.
With some new faces on the team, the goal was still the same…win every game possible with good play and you will advance to the post season. For Haddon Heights, they won the Colonial Conference Patriot Division last year and were the third seeded team in the South Jersey Group 1 playoffs. They would advance to the second round, but lost to what turned out to be the Champs, Gloucester City in the semifinals by the narrowest of margins. For Sterling, they would be looking to improve this season.
Piontowski got the games first goal of the game at the 21:53 mark in the first half. About ten minutes later, Farina put Heights up by a 2-0 margin. The Lady Garnets would continue to apply the offensive pressure but could not add any more goals to their total before the half ended. Early in the second half, Piontowski struck again with her second goal. Sterling would get their first goal from Erin Cybulski with 20:03 remaining in the game. Heights would add one more goal from the foot of Shannon Casey and the Garnets would record their third win in a row.
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