Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Field hockey: Streaks' run ends in TOC semifinals

Warren Hills' field hockey team, fresh off winning its first Group 3 title, dropped a 4-2 decision to Oak Knoll on Wednesday in the Tournament of Champions semifinals at Rider University.

The Blue Streaks (23-4), who had their 11-game winning streak snapped, finished the greatest season in program history with a school record for wins as well as the program's 12 sectional championship. Coach Laurie Kerr's team earned its first TOC appearance with a 5-4 win in overtime against Ocean City on Saturday in the Group 3 final -- snapping the Streaks' eight-game skid in state finals.

Oak Knoll (24-1) advances to face top-ranked Eastern in Friday's championship game.

Trailing 2-0 against Oak Knoll, senior midfielder Nikki Profita cut the deficit to one with her 20th goal of the season with 19:08 left in the second half. Profita, a Rutgers recruit, finishes a stellar four-year career ranked third on the school's all-time list for goals (65) and assists (51). She also is tied for third place on the Streaks' points list with Niki Miller, who also amassed 179 from 2009-12.

Junior midfielder Katie Thompson was credited with the assist on Profita's goal. Thompson was stellar over the second half of the season, logging four goals and 17 assists in the final 12 games, in which she posted at least one goal or an assist.

Carolina Andretta stretched Oak Knoll's lead to 3-1 with the first of her three second-half goals with 14:26 remaining on the clock.

Sophomore forward Dani Profita (22 goals, 17 assists) also scored for Warren Hills off a feed from senior back Allie Brouhard.

Brouhard was among six senior starters playing in their final high school game. Drexel-bound forward Sydney Muntone (29 goals, 20 assists) ends her career as the Streaks' single-season and career goals leader with 77 to with 57 assists, which matches Miller for the all-time lead in that category. Muntone also holds the record for career points with 211, while her season total of 78 is one shy of Miller's record of 79 in 2012.

Warren Hills also set new records for goals (147) and assists (113), shattering the previous marks of 110 and 83 in 2011.

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