Field hockey: Section II champs head to Syracuse
Section II field hockey champions Shenendehowa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Hoosick Falls will see regional action against the top teams from Section III today on the turf at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
Burnt Hills (13-6) will take on East Syracuse-Minoa (15-3) in a Class B game at noon to begin the triple-header. Hoosick Falls (19-0) and Cazenovia (14-1-1) tangle at 2 in a Class C game, and Shenendehowa (17-2) goes against Fayetteville-Manlius (15-1-2) in a Class A contest at 4.
Today’s winners move on the Nov. 16-17 state final four, also at C-NS.
Shenendehowa avenged its two losses with a 1-0 victory over Niskayuna in the Section II final, with Anna Bottino providing the goal early in the first half. Fayetteville-Manlius beat Cicero-North Syracuse in the Section III title game, 1-0, on a first-half goal by Gabriela Gorgoni.
Shenendehowa made its last regional appearance in 2011 and lost to Greene, 1-0.
Burnt Hills reached the regionals for the second year in a row by beating South Glens Falls, 4-0, behind Elise Zwicklbauer’s three goals. Melissa Kock and Amy Loder had the goals when Fayetteville-Manlius took down Camden, 2-1, for its second straight Section III banner.
Burnt Hills lost to Lakeland last year, 7-1, and Lakeland went on to claim its fourth consecutive state title.
Hoosick Falls beat Greenwich for Section II honors, 2-0, and Cazenovia advanced with a 4-1 win over Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton in the Section III Class C/D playoff. Cazenovia beat Holland Patent in overtime strokes, 4-3, in the Section III Class C final.
Cazenovia won state Class C titles in 2011 and 2010.