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  • FIELD HOCKEY: New Hartford wins in Herkimer

  • SEPTEMBER 4 FIELD HOCKEY ROUNDUP



    It took the New Hartford field hockey team about 60 seconds to get into its season.



    After surrendering a quick shot to Herkimer on Tuesday, the rest of the game belonged to the visiting Spartans.



    (ALSO: Sauquoit Valley 4, Little Falls 0.)

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  • NEW HARTFORD 2, HERKIMER 0
    It took the New Hartford field hockey team about 60 seconds to get into its season.
    After surrendering a quick shot to Herkimer on Tuesday, the rest of the game belonged to the visiting Spartans.
    Madison Zalocha scored with 17 seconds left in the first half, and Sydney Wells added a second-half score in New Hartford’s 2-0 Center State Conference crossover win.
    “I think it took us about a minute to get our heads into it, but once we got into it, we did pretty good,” said Zalocha, a senior attack. “You gotta get a feel for how they play. I think a lot of it was we were waiting to see how they played.”
    The game was the season opener for both teams, now both in the Center State Conference, though in different divisions of the mega conference. Herkimer (0-1-0) is in the CSC East. New Hartford (1-0-0) is in the Central with four other Tri Valley League schools that were absorbed by the Center State Conference for field hockey.
    “I like it,” Herkimer coach Amanda DePaolo said. “I think it pushes us to be better. It seems like the TVL has girls who can send the ball up the field and who play hard hockey.”
    The quality of hockey being played by New Hartford was not the problem for Herkimer Tuesday, DePaolo said. The Magicians’ third-year coach had issues with her team’s effort.
    After the offensive surge in the opening seconds — in which Krista Green and Bri Parks combined to set up Parks’ shot — Herkimer ran out of magic. The team did not have a single penalty corner opportunity during game, and New Hartford outshot Herkimer 9-2.
    “That’s what was so frustrating,” DePaolo said. “I could see our level of aggression go down. I think at the seven-minute mark in the first half, they really got aggressive.”
    Sam Holbert made just the one early save for New Hartford in the shutout. Haley Servidone had five saves in the first half and Samantha Spanfelner made four in the second for Herkimer.
    Herkimer takes on Little Falls at home Thursday.
    SAUQUOIT VALLEY 4, LITTLE FALLS 0
    SAUQUOIT, N.Y. — Erika Parker stopped two shots for Sauquoit Valley Tuesday and the Indians opened the season with a 4-0 shutout of the Little Falls Mounties.
    Morgan Talma scored two goals, Maria Orsino had a goal and an assist, and Alyssa Orsino scored the other goal for the Indians (1-0-0).
    Little Falls goalie Kristi Torres matched Parker with two saves.
    The Mounties play on the road Thursday at Herkimer.
    Times sports editor Jon Rathbun contributed to this report.

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