Field Hockey Rebounds from Slow Start to Make Playoff Semis

Field Hockey Rebounds from Slow Start to Make Playoff Semis

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Maple shade field hockey win playoffs, slow start

The Pirates field hockey team rebounded from a slow start in 2016 to make it to the Central, Group 1 semifinals. Here is our season review.

Cinnaminson (11-6-2, 5-2-1 Patriot) opened the season with shutout losses to Delran and Burlington Township before getting in the win column.

The Pirates first victory of the 2016 season came against New Egypt 3-0. Marissa Porrini netted a hat trick to pace the offense.

“There were a few position changes offensively, but we really spent a lot of our offensive time in practice working on finishing the ball into the goal and minimizing our missed opportunities,” head coach Gina Quaranta said.

The first of three exciting games with division rival Maple Shade saw the Pirates fall 1-0 early in the year.

Despite the 3-4 start to the year, the Pirates defense was not allowing many goals.

“It was so exciting to see three of the seniors who have grown throughout the program have stellar seasons (Moira Conville, SaraBeth Coyle, and GK Lauren Friedrich),” Quaranta said.

“But even more importantly, they helped to shape a stellar season for rookie Natalie Cooney. With their determination, focus, and intelligence, these four really kept us in a lot of games and helped give the offense and midfield many opportunities to get us on the board.”

As the season wore on the Pirates offense came alive, rebounding with a 3-1 win over Delran in their second meeting.

“The second time we faced Delran, we showed our vast improvement as a team,” Quaranta said. “We were able to shut out their leading scorer, and we came back from being scored on in the first 20 seconds of the game to make the final score 3-1.  This game meant a lot to us, and we were very happy to be able to come out on top that day.”

In their rematch with Maple Shade, the Pirates and Wildcats played to a 1-1 draw.

The win over Delran began a stretch of 11 games where the Pirates went 8-1-2, including a thrilling 1-0 win over Maple Shade in the quarterfinals of the Central, Group 1 Tournament.

“Defender SaraBeth Coyle was a very strong player to start out the season, but as the season progressed, she stopped more and more attackers allowing us to keep offensive drives alive in the offensive end of the field,” Quaranta said.

Cinnaminson’s season came to an end in the semifinals against eventual sectional champion #1 Haddonfield by a 4-0 score.

Maura Tumelty led the team in scoring with 13 goals. Serafina Kennedy had 10 and Porrini finished with five as the Pirates finished second in the division behind Delran.

Tomorrow we continue our Fall 2016 season review series with a look back at the boy’s soccer season.

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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