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September 4, 2013

Field hockey: Mifflinburg holds on to 1-0 lead to down Lewisburg in league game

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"Every team wants to be the first to score; there's just something about the momentum it gives you," said Longacre. "(Beck) had a couple chances there and finally got one in."

O'Connor took an immediate timeout to address Mifflinburg's sudden pressure and presence in the circle, and the Dragons became a different team. They began to generate corners one after another and, within minutes, Maggie Harrison got a ball behind new 'Cats keeper Nicole Mironenko that forced Megan Mensch to make a clutch defensive save.

Lewisburg virtually dominated the ensuing 30-minute span with possession, control and attack.

"When they score the first goal it makes you think, Maybe we're not going as hard as we could," said Harrison. "That kind of turned something on inside of us. It was sort of an eye-opener."

Senior back Eliza Newlin inserted the ball on all 19 corners (each one left of the cage) and burned through the Dragon's corner plays in no time.

Early in the second half, Harrison played an insert back into the circle to Claire Lesher on the right side. Lesher settled the ball and ripped consecutive point-blank shots that Mironenko stopped. Two minutes later, Haley Stanko centered the pass to Maddie Scarr that got Mironenko to dive on the turf, but she was able to sprawl quickly to her right as the shot sailed wide.

"It was definitely nerve-wracking," said Mifflinburg sophomore forward Kayla Kline. "They put a lot of pressure on (Mironenko) and she did a really nice job."

Not long after Lesher whistled a shot just right of the cage and then Cam Buoy was forced to make a defensive save, Longacre switched to a defense-first approach.

"The defense came out extremely tough and my goalie is doing an excellent job. I'm so proud of her," Longacre said of the junior who replaced three-year starter Dani Ard, now at East Stroudsburg. "It was very much a defensive game and they held their ground back there. Some were lucky and some they really pulled through with their talent."

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