The Duxbury field hockey team keeps rolling over the competition thanks in large part to the one-two punch of All-Star forwards Katie and Lily Smith. When the twins aren't scoring goals, they're wreaking havoc in the attacking zone, getting behind defenders and drawing penalty corners.
It was more of the same when Hanover came to town on Wednesday afternoon for a league match-up with Duxbury. The home team outplayed the Indians in every facet of the game en route to an impressive 8-1 victory.
On the opening possession, Katie Smith took the center pass and weaved her way down the field, ripping off two quick shots on net. With senior captain Ally Hammel anchoring the midfield, along with juniors Meredith Wright and Charlotte Wahle, the Lady Dragons quickly had the ball back in the attacking zone. However, they could not capitalize on two penalty corners.
With just under ten minutes played, Lily Smith made a nice pass to Katie, who beat the Hanover goaltender to the ball, scoring an open netter and giving the hosts a 1-0 lead. It didn't take long for the Lady Dragons to add to their lead when senior captain and top inserter Zoe Griffin sent a perfect pass from the corner to the top of the circle. The pass was gathered in by Wright, who quickly got a shot on net that was tipped in by junior Bella McCann.
With two goals in a short span, Duxbury forced Hanover Head Coach Judy Schneider to call a timeout. The timeout proved to be effective for the visitors. The Indians finally got the ball past midfield and by the stingy Duxbury defense, forcing Maggie Connelly to come out of the net in an attempt to make the save. Unfortunately for Connelly, Hanover forward Whitney Joy beat her to the punch, scoring the Indians first goal to cut the lead in half.
The Hanover goal fired up Hammel, who steamrolled a squirming Hanover defense and drew a penalty corner. This time the Lady Dragons did not score, but seniors Caroline O'Connor and Lily Smith, along with junior Madison Vuilleumier kept the pressure on, forcing two more corners.
The third time was the charm as Griffin executed a perfect pass from the corner to Wright, who netted the Lady Dragons’ third goal of the half. Hammel continued to make plays, and Wahle and Katie Smith drew the Lady Dragon's eighth penalty corner. This time Griffin set up Hammel, who would not be denied with two minutes to play in the half.
Holding a comfortable 4-1 lead in the waning minutes, Duxbury kept up its relentless attack. Knowing that they had Hanover on its heels, the Smith twins put the nail in the coffin as the horn sounded. This time it was Lily scoring with Katie assisting, giving Duxbury a 5-1 halftime lead.
The message at halftime from Coach Vandewater was for her team to “not let up.” Hammel, still not happy about the Hanover goal, urged her teammates to “keep the Indians out of the circle,” and “play as hard as we can.”
That message was not lost on Katie Smith (2 goals/3 assists), who had a great offensive surge to open the second half, and would later assist on a Caroline O'Connor goal.
Smith would factor in on the next two goals, scoring on a Hammel assist, and then assisting on senior Meg Falcone's first varsity goal, that was one of the highlights of the second half.
Also having a strong game for Duxbury was senior Cari Librett, and juniors Haley Johnson, Catherine Cronin, Riley Buonagurio, and Veronica Fitzgerald.
The undefeated Lady Dragons will travel to Pembroke on Wednesday afternoon after playing Silver Lake on Monday.