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Valhalla Field Hockey Aims For Sectional FInal

VALHALLA, N.Y. — The goal for the Valhalla varsity field hockey team every year is to win a Section 1 Class C championship. Going into the 2012 season, that goal will have special meaning.

Senior Sabrina Douglass said the team wants to play in the Section 1 Class C final because the three sectional title games will be hosted by Valhalla this season.

Along with defending champion Bronxville and 2011 finalist Rye Neck, Valhalla is among the three top teams in Class C this season. The Vikings return 11 players, including seven seniors, from a team that won its first-round sectional game in overtime over Dover and reached the semifinals in 2011.

“Everyone is really dedicated and excited about playing together,” said Douglass, who is in her fourth year on varsity.

The experienced senior class also includes Angelina Guzzo, Julia and Rachel Mezo, Kelsey Fritsch, Lexi Brand and Jackie Kincade. Returning juniors are Jen Pezzolanti, Rachele Beckley and Pam Romero-Cruz. Sophomore Kristine Cura is back in goal.

Valhalla came into preseason prepared. Douglass said the team played in the Sound Shore Summer Field Hockey League for a second consecutive year. The players also got together this summer and worked with each other.

“During the summer league, we had a lot of the younger girls playing, which gave us a good mix,” Douglass said.

Playing in a summer league is something Valhalla coach Tara Lahm has added to the program. Lahm has established Valhalla as a perennially solid team in Section 1. Now, Valhalla wants to take its play to another level.

“The varsity and j.v. has been working together and everyone is working really hard,” Douglass said. “We’ve become a very close team. The new players have fit in well with the team and are doing really well.

“This week, everything seems to be going much easier because many of us played on varsity last year. I am really excited to be part of this team and looking forward to what we can do.”

Valhalla will host Nanuet on Thursday, Sept. 6, to open the season.

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