With Lakeland being one of the dominant field hockey teams in the nation, Alex Halpin doesn’t usually have to do too much work.
Against a top program like Mamaroneck, however, the senior goalie showed why she is committed to the University of Massachusetts, making six saves in the Hornets’ 1-0 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
“She doesn’t get as much attention because she doesn’t rack up the saves, but she is clearly a top goalie,” Lakeland head coach Sharon Sarsen said. “When a game matters, she’s phenomenal.”
When Mamaroneck (13-1) began to pile on the offensive pressure in the second half, Halpin stepped up. With 23 minutes left in the game, Mamaroneck’s Elizabeth Clarke got a one-on-one chance in front, but the Lakeland goalie managed to make the point-blank save to keep the game scoreless.
Mamaroneck had several corners in the second half, but the Tigers were unable to put one by Halpin.
From right, Lakeland’s Brianna Muniz (2) tries to get around Mamaroneck’s Grace Fitzgerald (6) and Kim Chiapparella (2) during a girls field hockey game at Mamaroneck High School Oct. 15, 2014. Lakeland won the game 1-0.
“I stayed on my toes,” Halpin said. “I knew they had a lot of deep tippers trying to tip it in.”
Later, Lakeland (15-0) pushed the ball up quickly after a shot from Mamaroneck’s Grace Fitzgerald just missed wide right. The Hornets got the ball in front of the goal, and during the scramble Meghan Fahey touched the ball to Molly Fitzpatrick, who buried it past Mamaroneck goalie Jamie Schiff with 6:56 left in the game.
“We kept pushing it up,” said Fitzpatrick, a senior captain. “I was at the stroke line, it came to me and I pushed it into the goal.”
It was a tough way for Mamaroneck to lose its first game of the season, especially after a strong second half. It was a game that could have gone either way.
One thing is clear, however: Expect these two squads to be in serious contention for their respective state class titles.
“The kids battled,” Sarsen said. “We’re just looking to get better and better when sectionals start.”
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