The Mainland Regional High School field hockey team upset Ocean City 2-1 on Friday, handing the Red Raiders their first Cape-Atlantic League loss since 2007. Mainland junior forwards Vanessa Pagliei and Rachel Rubinstein scored goals within one minute of each other in the first half, and the host Mustangs kept the lead.
Ocean City, the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference champion for 16 straight years, last lost a CAL game on Sept. 19, 2007, 3-2 to Absegami. According to Mainland field hockey historian Bill Siteman, Mainland's win was only its third victory over O.C., the last being 3-2 on Nov. 5, 1993.
"It's absolutely awesome to win," Mainland coach Jill Hatz said. "We weren't shocked when we scored, but we were excited. We went in playing hard and were strong in the circle and getting opportunities. Everyone on the team gave 110 percent."
Pagliei opened the scoring with 8 minutes, 23 seconds left left in the half, after passes from Sydney Losco and Ashley Albright. Rubenstein added the second goal 55 seconds later, after passes from Pagliei and Kailey Stangle. Ocean City's April Stein cut the lead to 2-1 at 6:20 before halftime. Mainland goalie Natalie Geary made 19 saves, including 10 in the first half.
"Geary was our rock star today," Hatz said. "She made huge saves. Both teams played very good defense in the second half."
Ocean City 1 0-1
Mainland Regional 2 0-2
Goals-Stein OC. Palgiei, Rubinstein M.
Goalies-Charap (3) OC. Geary (19) M.
Records-O.C. 3-1, M 4-2.
Buena Regional 1
Hammonton's Jane Donio-Enscoe scored a hat trick and Raelynn Genovese scored two goals. Goalie Madison Mathis had five saves.
Hammonton 1 5-6
Buena 0 1-1
Goals-Donio-Enscoe (3), Genovese (2), Pinto H; Monfredo BR.
Goalies-Mathis (5) H; Sneathen (21) BR.
Records-Hammonton 3-1; Buena 2-2.
St. Joseph 2,
Middle Township 1
Marielena Doltoli and Emily DeMarco scored for the Wildcats. Sara Bright scored in the first half to give Middle Township a 1-0 lead. Annie Mallet had 18 saves for Middle, while Mikaela Power had 10 for the Wildcats
St. Joseph 0 2-2
Middle Township 1 0-1
Goals-Dottoli, DeMarco SJ, Bright MT.
Goalies-Power (10) SJ, Mallet (18) MT.
Holy Spirit 9, Cedar Creek 0
Holy Spirit's Alexa Steffens and Kati Blanchet each scored three goals, and Bridget Levy added two. Victoria Marchiani had a goal and two assists.
Holy Spirit 3 6-9
Cedar Creek 0 0-0
Goals-Steffens (3), Blanchet (3), Levy (2), Marchiani HS.
Goalies-Hoke (1) CC. Gonzalez (10), Gulig (13) CC.
Records-H.S. 2-2, C.C. 0-6.
Egg Harbor Township 6,
EHT's Morgan Snodgrass scored three goals, and Mackenzie Meyer had two goals and three assists. Brianna Magner made nine saves for the host Eagles (4-0), and teammate Amanda Martin had one save in goal.
Millville 0 0-0
Egg Harbor Township 3 3-6
Goals-Snodgrass (3), Meyer (2), Angello EHT.
Goalies-Reed (10) M. Magner (9), Martin (1) EHT.
Records-EHT 4-0, M 2-2.
Oakcrest 5, Vineland 0
Oakcrest's Alexis Sutley scored the only goal of the first half, and teammate Adrianna Lopez added two goals in the second half. Vineland keeper Angelica You had 23 saves.
Vineland 0 0-0
Oakcrest 1 4-5
Goals-Lopez (2), Sutley, Mancella, Dutton O.
Goalies-You (23) V. Azamar (5) O.
Records-O 2-4. V 1-3.
Lower Cape May Reg. 2,
Cherry Hill West 1
LCMR's Carissa Scott and Logan Walter each scored a goal. Goalie Averi Smith had one save.
LCMR 0 2-2
Cherry Hill West 0 1-1
Goals- Scott, Walter LCMR; Versacci CH.
Goalies- Pearson (2), Smith (1) LCMR. CHW N/A.
Records- Lower Cape May 3-1.
Southern Regional 4,
Brick Memorial 0
Southern's Vicky Caiazzo, Madison Alessi, Brianna Angellella and Madison Skeie each scored a goal. Brick's goalie Dianne Newmann had 12 saves.
Away 0 0-0
Home 1 3-4
Goals- Caiazzo, Alessi, Angellella, Skeie SR .
Goalies- Nicole Andriani (0) SR; Dianne Newmann (12) B.
Records- Southern 2-1-1; Brick 1-3.
Jackson Liberty 1, OT
Jackson 0 1 0-1
Barnegat 1 0 0-1
Goals- Veneziano B; Taboado JL..
Goalies- Douglas (12) B; Baran (7) JL..
Records- Barnegat 1-2-1; Jackson 1-2-1.
Jackson Memorial 4,
Lacey Township 0
Kara Molnar scored two goals for visiting Jackson. Lacey goalie Karlie McCarthy made 20 saves.
Jackson Memorial 2 2-4
Lacey Township 0 0-0
Goals-Molnar (2), Skodmin, Carr JM.
Goalies-Novak (4) JM. McCarthy (20) L.
Records-J.M. 3-0, L 1-2-1.