Field Hockey Drops Second Straight to Open Season

Field Hockey Drops Second Straight to Open Season

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It wasn’t the start the Pirates were looking for, but it is still early in the season as Cinnaminson suffered a second straight shutout loss in field hockey on Monday.

Cinnaminson fell to visiting Burlington Township 4-0 (updates from the game’s live coverage can be found in the link above).

The setback came just days after a 1-0 loss to Patriot rival Delran last week to open the schedule.

“We will talk after this game about some things,” head coach Gina Quaranta said. “The scoreboard didn’t reflect how well we followed through on our game plan.”

“Things that happened between the 25-yard lines we were doing some nice things. We were not finishing them into goals and defensively we were not being typical of how we play.”

The Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 lead less than 15 minutes into the game when they scored goals minutes apart.

Burlington Township added its third goal with 8:37 left before halftime.

The second half saw a different Pirates team take the field; one that had multiple scoring chances, but could not convert anything to a goal.

“We need to focus on having the girls have that ball glued to their sticks so there’s no chance for a defender to get that out of our way,” Quaranta said. “We will also have to make sure we are doing the best connect and go around the keeper.”

The Falcons capped the scoring with just under one minute left in the game to take it 4-0.

Keeper Lauren Friedrich had another strong game in the cage, especially in the second half, when she was tested with multiple chances in a row for the Falcons.

“She (Friedrich) did a great job,” Quaranta said. “She had some really nice clears that if she can clear out 16 yards outside the circle, it helped us get past Burlington Township’s first line of attack. I was really proud of her strength in clears and her ability to organize the defense.”

“We just have to do it 100 percent of the time. We can’t make four mistakes that turn into goals.”

Cinnaminson plays again on Friday, September 16 against New Egypt at 3:45pm at home.

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com