Saturday, October 27, 2012

NJSIAA field hockey: Rangers win playoff opener

Junior forward Barbara Hannan connected for a goal off a feed from junior forward Casey Pustelniak and talented senior goalkeeper Emily Stukenborg made it stand with nine saves, as No. 6 seed Wallkill Valley posted a 1-0 win over No. 11 Westwood on Saturday in the North 1, Group 2 playoffs.

Wallkill Valley (13-5-2), which has won six in a row and seven of its last eight, advances to meet No. 3 seed and defending champion West Essex, winner of a state record 30 sectional titles, in Thursday's quarterfinals. The Rangers have won nine games this season by 1-0 scores.

Stukenborg, one of the top goalies in the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex area, now has 12 shutouts and three straight, including Friday night's 1-0 win at High Point. Hannan has three goals -- all in the last six games.

In other action:

Jefferson 4, Newton 1 -- Lindsay Brown scored a pair of goals as No. 9 Jefferson knocked off the No. 8 seed in Newton -- avenging a 3-1 regular-season loss just three days ago -- in the North 1, Group 2 playoffs. Jefferson (11-6), which advances to meet No. 1 Lakeland in the quarters, won the first regular-season meeting, 2-1, in an NJAC Freedom Division clash. The Braves, who failed to advance at least one round in the state playoffs for the first time since 2006, finish the season 10-8.

Summit 2, Delaware Valley 1 OT2 -- Sydney Cavallero scored for the third straight game, but it wasn't enough for No. 10 seed Del Val (6-10-1) in the North 2, Group 2 playoffs.

Parsippany 5, North Warren 0 -- Krysten Mayers scored three goals as NJAC Freedom Division champion Parsippany (18-1, 13-0 division) rolled to a victory. The Patriots finish the season 3-16 overall and 2-12 in the division. Parsippany can run the table in the division with a win at home on Monday against Jefferson.

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