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Region I Field Hockey: Grafton stuns Jackets twice

CLIPPERS GET LATE GOAL TO TIE GAME, SCORE OVERTIME WINNER TO ELIMINATE JAMES MONROE

ALSO: Chancellor rolls to win over York

BY JUSTIN RICE

The overtime goal Grafton scored Wednesday against James Monroe in the Region I field hockey quarterfinals was a stunner for the senior-laden Jackets.

But it took a truly amazing shot by the Clippers just to get it to the extra period.

Caroline Beaudoin’s reverse-sweep chip beat JM goalie Eva Gudmundsson, and Beaudoin scored again less than two minutes into overtime to lift Grafton to a 4–3 win in a back-and-forth contest that ended James Monroe’s season.

The word JM’s Hannah Fisher used to describe Beaudoin’s tying goal? “Beautiful.”

“That was an amazing shot,” Fisher said. “There’s not much anyone could do against that, except shut her down before she took it.”

That that “beautiful” goal came against Gudmundsson may have been unjust, because the goalie had been so good keeping the Jackets alive in the first half against a Grafton barrage.

Sarah Schmitz redirected Emma Miller’s early shot into the goal and James Monroe led, 1–0, in the first five minutes of the game.

But from there, most of the first half was played on the Jackets’ defensive end.

Gudmundsson stuck out her left foot and saved a penalty stroke by Grafton’s Alaina Madeline and made seven other first-half saves before the Clippers tied the game on Kaylee Maunz’s goal with 35 seconds remaining before the break.

Madeline converted on a second penalty stroke five minutes into the second half to put Grafton ahead. But Allison Black scored on a rebound eight minutes later and Catesby Willis fielded a deflection to the left of the Grafton goal, and lifted the ball into the cage with 8:33 remaining to give JM a 3–2 lead.

The Jackets didn’t allow a Grafton corner in the second half and the flow of play was much more even than in the first; it was a breakaway that led to Beaudoin’s key score.

She found an opening inside the 25-yard line and carried the ball into the top of the JM circle. Beaudoin—a Stanford University recruit—reversed her stick, and with the ball to her left, whirled around with a sweep that chipped the ball high into the air, over Gudmundsson and into the cage.

“They had speed and were fast, and to bring it up the middle like that, that’s a hard one to stop,” JM coach Jamie Tierney said. “We definitely give them the credit. That was awesome.”

The Jackets had the first opportunity in the overtime, and a quick attack led to a corner that didn’t net a shot on cage.

But Grafton cleared the ball and turned it into a quick counterattack.

Kaylee Maunz carried the ball into the JM circle and fed Beaudoin for the game-winner from point-blank range.

“It’s hard—with something like this—with 10 seniors to say goodbye,” Tierney said. “It’s always nice to go to the very end [of the postseason].”

CHANCELLOR 8, YORK 1

The Chargers got off to a slow start in their quarterfinal; once they got moving they looked very sharp.

Chancellor took control of a back-and-forth game with three goals in the last seven minutes of the first half and pulled away with five second-half tallies.

Katherine Hull scored three times—all on blistering shots off corners inserted by Chloe Fernandez—and assisted when Fernandez deflected Hull’s first-half laser into the cage.

“We were just kind of slow, getting back into it and relearning each other and how we play,” Chargers junior Kenzie Neylon said. “Once we got back into it, we clicked.”

Chelsea Galera scored twice, once off a nice feed from Kate Colley late in the first half. Colley and Jordan Rasure also had goals, and Hull added another assist.

The Chargers host Bruton in a region semifinal game today at 4:30 p.m., with the winner clinching a state tournament berth.

Justin Rice: 540/368-5045

jrice@freelancestar.com

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