Burgers in Syracuse this weekend

WARRENSBURG By the time you read this, the Warrensburg field hockey team will have one or lost the state semifinal game, but either way, its been a great ride. The Lady Burgers fought to a 2-1 penalty stroke win at Skidmore College last week against Cazenovia, earning them a spot in the state semifinals on Friday, Nov. 16. Both teams scored one point in the second quarter and went into regular overtime, then sudden death penalty strokes. Drew Lamy stopped one penalty stroke in regular play, one in overtime and five more once the game went to strokes, with 11 saves in the game. One of the teams strong players, Mercedes Maltbie, was sidelined with an injury she received during practice, but the team fought even harder for her. Katarina scored the only goal while Mallory Brainard scored the clincher in penalty strokes. Coach Mary ann Bump said she and the team were excited to be packing their bags for Syracuse. It's not often we get a chance to live a dream, she said. We're living it, breathing it, feeling it and appreciating every step. Bump said that Adirondack League and Section II competition helped prepare the team for the challenge of post-season games. We are a team of equals, she said. If you inspect our roster, you will find six senior captains, seven juniors and five sophomores. She said the majority of the teams goals have come from five forwards, and the midfield takes turns controlling their opponents. Our defensive backs are very territorial about who enters their circle, she said. Our keeper, sophomore Drew Lamy, has earned her Varsity stripes repeatedly during post-season play. She is a force to be reckoned with. Bump also credits the school and the parents for their support. We are very fortunate to have a school district that supports our achievements to the degree that our district does, she said. We have had a large following throughout the season and it is ever increasing as we advance to the next level. If the team defeats Pine Plains from Section IV on Friday, they will advance to the finals on Saturday at 10 a.m. against the winner of the Marathon and Port Jefferson game. Life is good most days, she said. But this week in Warrensburg, the land of hockey sticks on the light poles, Life is great.

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