Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Field hockey: Newton, South Hunterdon reach finals

Junior midfielder Natalie Rivas scored a pair of goals to lead top-seeded Newton to a 2-1 win over No. 4 Belvidere on Tuesday in the North 1, Group 1 semifinals at Palmer Field.

The Braves (17-1-2), who are seeking their second straight sectional championship, will host No. 2 Pompton Lakes in the final on Thursday at 1 p.m. Kittatinny dropped a 2-1 decision to Pompton Lakes in the other semifinal, as the Cougars finished their season at 8-9-1.

Rivas leads Newton with 22 goals for the season. Kara Tipton scored the goal for the County Seaters (12-7-2), who also dropped a 1-0 decision to the Braves on Sept. 14.

Eagles fly into final

State ranked Shore Regional will take on South Hunterdon in the North 2, Group 1 final on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. South (12-8) earned a 1-0 win over Henry Hudson in the semifinals on Tuesday. The Eagles, who have won four straight, are seeking the program's 15th sectional title and first since 2002.

Shore ended Newton's season a year ago with a 2-0 win in the Group 1 semifinals.

The winners in North 1 and 2 will meet in the Group 1 semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at a neutral site to be determined.

Red Devils earn rematch

Junior midfielder Nikki Freeman scored three goals to lead No. 2 seeded Hunterdon Central to a 4-3 win over Princeton in the North 2, Group 4 semifinals. Sophomore midfielder Brittany Bill also had a goal to send the Red Devils (17-5) to a sectional final rematch against top-seeded Bridgewater, a 2-0 winner in last year's title game, on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Central has dropped two meetings with Bridgewater this season -- 3-0 on Oct. 1 and 3-2 on Oct. 22 -- as the Panthers won the Skyland Conference Delaware Division title. Bridgewater has won 10 straight sectional titles and finished as the Group 4 runner-up behind Eastern in all of those seasons. The Red Devils, who have won 13 sectional titles, are 8-22-2 against Bridgewater during coach Jenn Sponzo's 17 seasons and have lost seven straight meetings since a 2-1 win in 2013.

Blue Streaks primed for title run

Warren Hills began defense of its Group 3 title with a 2-0 win over Roxbury in the North 1, Group 3 quarterfinals on Monday. Senior forward Megan Thompson, who just returned to the lineup after sustaining a concussion on Oct. 17, scored a pair of goals.

The Blue Streaks (19-2), who saw their 16-game win streak snapped with a 2-1 loss to state power West Essex last Thursday, will host No. 4 seed Montville in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Junior forward Dani Profita who owns single-season records for goals (33) and points (85), is closing in on several other Warren Hills milestones. Profita is tied with Lindsey Schott for second place on the career goals list with 72, and is needs six to surpass Sydney Muntone's total of 77. With 189 career points, Profita trails just Muntone (211) and Schott (198).

Also on Wednesday, Hackettstown travels to Ramsey in the North 1, Group 2 semifinals, while Voorhees hosts South Plainfield in the North 2, Group 2 semis.

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