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Springfield Captures the Dottie Zenaty Field Hockey Championship

2012 Zenaty Invitational Champions Plymouth State/St. John Fisher Box Score

Springfield/Brockport Box Score

Springfield, Mass. -- Sept. 2, 2012 -- Led by MVP Kayla Sokol and All-Tourney Kelly Gallo, the Springfield College field hockey team won the Dottie Zenaty Field Hockey Invitational his afternoon at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field by defeating Brockport State, 6-0, in the championship match. The Panthers of Plymouth State University defeated the Cardinals of St. John Fisher, 8-2, in the consolation.

Championship Match -- Springfield 6, Brockport State 0

In the second match of the day, the host team scored twice within the first five minutes, and counted three goals in each half to win the Zenaty Invitational.

Sokol, a senior midfielder from West Brookfield, Mass., and Gallo, a junior forward from Westfield, Mass., each tallied two goals apiece. Gallo also added an assist, while freshman forward Megan Rooney (St. James, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist to the totals.

Gallo put the Pride on the board at 2:30 of the first half. Her goal was assisted by Rooney.

Just two minutes later, Sokol scored an unassisted goal to make it 2-0 in a flash.

Rooney then added her goal with just 1:19 remaining in the first stanza (assisted by Gallo), and SC led 3-0 at the intermission.

In the second half, Gallo scored with 24:30 remaining in the game to make it 4-0. At this point, the rains came in a torrential downpour, and the game was played in the rain, although it let up in the final moments, the rest of the way.

SC then scored with 20:14 left. This time, it was Sokol performing the honors.

Finally, freshman forward Sarah Kelly (Wallingford, Conn.) finished it all off with a goal with just 3:57 remaining.

Last season, SC lost to Brockport, 3-2, at the beginning of the season.

Kasey Schriener made eight saves in goal for Brockport. Freshman Timarie Villa of Mashpee, Mass. made four saves in the nets for Springfield. Springfield outshot Brockport, 16-4.

The Zenaty All-Tournament Team included:
Kayla Sokol, Springfield (MVP)
Kelly Gallo, Springfield
Kasey Schriener, Brockport GK
Nikki Garvey, Plymouth State
Marisa Vedella, SJF

Consolation Match -- Plymouth State 8, St. John Fisher 2

With the win, Plymouth State is now 1-1 on the season, while St. John Fisher falls to 0-2.

In the first match of the day, Plymouth State took command right away, scoring three goals in the first six minutes to take a 3-0 lead. The goals were scored by Olivia Colburn, Leah Kennison-Marvin, and Kristen Morris.

Just 45 seconds into the match, Colburn, a senior forward from Lancaster, N.H., found the back of the net. Plymouth State never trailed thereafter. Her goal was assisted by Kenison-Marvin, a freshman forward from Center-Tuftonboro, N.H.

Just 4:42 into the match, Kennison-Marvin scored the first of her four goals. That goal was assisted by Nikki Garvey, a sophomore midfielder from Canaan, N.H.

Then just six minutes into the game, Morris, a sophomore forward from Stoughton, Mass., gave the Panthers a 3-0 advantage.

St. John Fisher then rallied with its only two goals of the contest. Freshman forward Elizabeth Cusack (Clifton Park, N.Y.), scored with 25:03 left in the first half. That was followed by a goal by sophomore forward Marissa Vedella (Elma, N.Y.). Both goals were unassisted.

But PSU turned the jets back on, scoring twice more before the half. Junior midfielder Lauren Carroll (Rollinsford, N.H.) tallied with 10:23 left in the first stanza. Kennison-Marvin followed with 6:08 left, giving the Panthers a 5-2 lead at the intermission.

In the second half, Kennison-Marvin scored just 2:30 in, giving PSU a 6-2 lead. Morris then scored her second of the day with 21:16 left, Carroll assisting. Finally, Kennison-Marvin scored her fourth goal with just 39 seconds remaining. Garvey had the assist.

Junior goalkeeper Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) recorded six saves on the day for PSU. For SJF, freshman goalkeeper Danielle Famolaro (Rome, N.Y.) was credited with seven saves. PSU had 11 penalty corners to seven for SJF. PSU outshot SJF, 20-8.

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