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Burghers advancing in field hockey play

WARRENSBURG - The Burghers field hockey team has started out the season showing the determination that has propelled them to considerable heights in past years.

The squad's grit was apparent Monday as they turned a scoreless game into a victory in the last 82 seconds of the hour-long play.

Scoring off a corner, Kate Kuklinski passed to Abby Roth, who slapped it to Taylor Galusha, who chucked it to Juliet Needham, right in front of the Granville goalie.

Catching the goalie off-guard, Needham pushed the ball into the goal. The win advances the Burghers to 3-1 record.

Competing in their own Fall Classic tournament last weekend, the Burghers beat Hudson Falls 4-1 on Friday, then lost to Greenwich 2-3 after fighting back from a 3-0 deficit. Juliet Needham and Maggie Danna scored the two Warrensburg goals against Greenwich. Goalie Drew Lamy had 6 saves in the effort.

Coach Mary ann Bump praised their fortitude to fight back and stay in the game.

"Greenwich caught our players in transition, out of place," she said. "Our defense is not set yet this season - were trying to find the starting combination that will work for us."

Against Hudson Falls, Abby Roth scored three goals, Juliet Needham contributed one, and Lamy scored six saves.

"Abby was right there at the right time with good stickwork," Bump said.

In the season opener Sept. 10 against Salem, the Burghers won 1-0 in double overtime, showing the determination that took the Burghers to the state Championship finals in 2001, followed up by many league championships since.

In this non-league contest, Juliet Needham scored the winning goal off an Abby Roth pass. The Burghers were hot, outshooting Salem 19-2 and forcing the Salem goalie to make 17 saves. Also, the Burgers tallied a 12-3 penalty-corner advantage in the contest.

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