A fabulous season for the Crestwood field hockey team came to a disappointing close on Saturday when the 5-time state champion lady Comets fell short in their attempt to defend their state title and capture their sixth PIAA Class 2A championship.
After a hard-fought game against Wyoming Valley Conference rival, Wyoming Seminary, a team Crestwood had beaten twice this season, the lady Comets came up short, losing 2-1. Crestwood defeated Sem in their two previous meetings this season.
The first half of play ended scoreless despite being marked by fast and furious play by both teams. The lady Comets and Blue Knights had scoring opportunities in the first 15 minutes of play but failed to convert The final minutes of the opening half featured more deliberate play. A steal by Blue Knights Mallory Lefkowitz got behind the Comets’ defense after going 50 yards but the shot went wide. Crestwood’s Hunter Pittman responded, taking the ball the mid field but was also unable to score,
Crestwood keeper Dallas Kendra turned away several shots by Sem to end a scoreless first quarter.
Crestwood opened the scoring in the second half when Casey Cole intercepted a pass and played it forward to sophomore Elizabeth Dessoye who was fouled after crossing the 25. Dessoye found Marissa Surdy inside the circle. Surdy passed to Maury Cronauer to the side of Sem’s goalie. The ball sailed into the cage to put the lady Comets up, 1-0.
Sem responded six minutes later when Rebecca Schulman put the Blue Knights on the board to knot the score at 1-1.
With only three minutes left in the game, Sem’s Gabby Grossman scored the winning goal.
Dessoye, Cronauer, Morgan Kile, Hunter Pittman and Danielle Callaghan put pressure on the Blue Knights defense throughout the game.
On the day, Crestwood had 15 shots and Sem, 6 and 10 penalty corners to Sem’s eight.
Kendra had six saves for the lady Comets.
Crestwood captured a come from behind win in an exciting semifinal game to advance into the state title game. Crestwood defeated Oley Valley in a 2-1 double overtime victory in the semifinal game November 12 in Emmaus.
The back and forth tilt began with Oley Valley scoring first in the opening half when Elaine Riktschard scored off an assist by Megan Kida.
The lady Comets responded at 2:16 in the second half on a goal by Marissa Surdy to knot the score at the end of regulation.
Following a scoreless first overtime, Morgan Kile lifted Crestwood to a 2-1 win off an assist by Maury Cronauer in the second overtime for a thrilling victory.
Keeper Dallas Kendra turned away
18 shots in a stellar defensive effort. Crestwood concludes the 2013
season with a record of 24-1. The loss to Sem snapped a 39-game winning streak for the lady Comets whose last loss came September 19, 2013 against Holy Redeemer.
Crestwood competed in seven state final games (1983, 1988, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2012, and 2013) and won five state championships.