SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Shenendehowa field hockey rebounded from a Monday loss to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in a big way, as the club shut out rival Saratoga Springs 8-0 on the road Wednesday night.
The Plainsmen (3-1) saw five different players hit the back of the cage, while Nicolette Morlock, Julie Kuzmich and Haylie Satterlee each scored two goals apiece.
“They were just in the right place,” Shenendehowa coach Jeanne Frevola said. “They had their sticks down and the kids were crossing the ball to them.”
Junior forward Kendall Eggleston sent three successful passes in the first quarter to Morlock, Lauren Shanahan and Kuzmich as Shenendehowa gained the early upper hand against its rival.
“Coming off the Burnt Hills loss a couple days ago, we really just wanted to come back even stronger and just work together as a team more,” Eggleston said. “I’m usually not a person that scores a lot, but I try to be a team player, look for the open teammate and just pass it to them and hopefully they’ll get it in.”
Shenendehowa never let up, and added a pair of goals in each of the second and fourth quarters.
“We went back to the lineup that we used last year when we had all that success the first eight or nine games of the season,” Frevola said. “We went back to everyone playing those positions from a suggestion from [senior forward] Rachel Sterle.”
The veteran coach added: “Your kids talk, you listen to them and it worked out.”
The old, but new, lineup for the Plainsmen created a focus on passing within the offense.
“They’re looking to pass to each other, and I think that’s making a huge difference instead of continually trying to beat it through the goalie,” Frevola said. “We’re using redirections and they’re working together. When everyone has their stick down in the circle, you get the results that we got tonight.”
Saratoga Springs (2-2) only managed two shots against a pair of Shenendehowa goalies Wednesday night.
“They collectively were beating us to the ball,” Saratoga Spring coach Jo-Anne Hostig said. “We were trying. We had moments of things that were very good, and, unfortunately, we needed to connect the moments and make it minutes instead of moments.”
Halftime score: Shenendehowa 5, Saratoga 0. Shenendehowa scoring: Morlock 2-1, Shanahan 1-0, Kuzmich 2-0, Satterlee 2-0, Westervelt 1-1, Eggleston 0-3, Westervelt 0-1, Fedden 0-1, Hopko 0-1, O’Neill 0-1. Saratoga Springs scoring: None. Goalies: Shenendehowa, Anslow, 2 saves; Kissling, 0 saves. Saratoga Springs, Holtby, 8 saves.