Hen Hud sprints past Wappingers
MONTROSE, N.Y. — The Hendrick Hudson Sailors weren’t exactly pleased with their performance after a tie against Arlington this past Monday.
But the Sailors bounced back in a big way with a convincing 12-5 victory over visiting Wappingers on Friday afternoon.
“We really were not happy with that tie,” said junior Kennedy Sherman, who scored four goals in the win over the Warriors. “We really wanted this win and it felt good to get it.”
Hen Hud jumped out to a 7-3 halftime lead and never looked back.
“All week we were talking about coming out strong and playing with intensity,” Hen Hud junior Bailey Stewart said. “We came out and accomplished that. We were moving the ball around a lot. The girls were moving a lot and making open lanes.”
Hen Hud continued the offensive onslaught in the second half. Alexa Seger gave the Sailors (2-2-1) an 11-4 edge with 9:20 left in the game.
“We were keeping possession of the ball and not forcing it,” Hen Hud coach Mary Montesarchio said. “And we finished our shots.”
Stewart scored three goals, had an assist and helped her team dominate the draws with her height. Angela Marriott also tallied three goals. Freshman Olivia Tivnan netted her first varsity goal.
Sherman, Stewart and Marriott lead the Sailors on the offensive end. The trio work well together and are all capable of getting to the cage to create their own shot.
“We played travel together for a while and we all know how to go hard to the goal,” said Sherman, who scored her 100th career goal against Kennedy on March 30 and is the program's all-time leading scorer.
“We know how to move around with each other,” Stewart said. “We know each other’s strong sides and our weaknesses. We know what we can do and what we can’t. We know how to take the ball to the cage.”
Hannah Melamo was solid in net for the Sailors, making 10 saves.
“It’s her first year in cage, so it’s great for her,” Montesarchio said. “She’s really starting to like it a lot more. Our goal was really to step up defensively today by communicating and bringing into the game what we do in practice.”
Hen Hud held the Warriors to just two goals in the second half.
“Our goalie Hannah played really well today,” Stewart said. “Our defense stayed strong. We called out the cuts, we talked a lot and we moved around a lot. We picked up all the players that were cutting through the middle so that helped us out.”
Wappingers (4-2) was paced by Olivia Oppenheim, who tallied two goals and an assist. Dana Volk, Morgan Dennett and Kim Danko each scored a goal. Alyssa Zeoli had an assist. Megan Loira was strong in net with 17 saves.
The Sailors are hoping to keep the wins coming when they host Somers on Monday, April 16.
“We’re doing well on attack, we just need to settle it more and not have as many turnovers,” Sherman said of what the team needs to improve on. “We need to know when to go to the goal and when to settle it. We just need to step up more on defense and know how to collapse when the other team is going one-on-one.”
Stewart has seen plenty of improvement thus far in the Sailors.
“We’re getting a lot better with playing as a team and working as one whole,” Stewart said. “We all have our individual talents and we’re starting to put them together.”
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