WEEDSPORT — It all came down to one team getting the bounce it needed.
The Lakers' Cavy Monahan swatted a bouncing ball into the Warriors' net with 7:31 remaining in regulation, as the Weedsport field hockey team fell to Cazenovia 1-0 at Weedsport High School Wednesday. The Warriors took the first meeting by a 1-0 score on Sept. 17.
"I think that's the way the first game was, and I think that's the way this game was too," Weedsport coach Theresa Leonardi said. "The first time we played them, the difference was the break went our way. This time the break went their way. I thought the game was well officiated and well played. We saw a lot of good things. We just couldn't finish."
While Lakers goalie Shea Flannery had one stop, the Warriors' Mariah Quigley finished with eight saves. Weedsport's freshman netminder was key to stopping a couple of Cazenovia's flurries.
"She's absolutely the reason why the game was a one goal game," Leonardi said. "She played outstanding. She's had multiple outstanding games this year for us. It's a lonely position and a difficult position and your name always goes in the paper with the loss, and it's tough. She just does an outstanding job for us."
The Lakers had a 4-2 advantage in penalty corners after the first 30 minutes, but both teams went into the break in a scoreless tie. Katie Ammann made a bouncing feed into the circle that Monahan buried with 7:31 remaining in regulation, and Cazenovia held on for the victory.
Weedsport started the season 8-0, but has gone 1-3-2 over the last six games to finish the regular season 9-3-2.
"We've hit a bit of a rough patch here. Our last several games, for a variety of reasons, haven't gone our way," Leonardi said. "We need to figure out what the problem is and try to come up with a solution."
Weedsport earned the OHSL league championship and now awaits its first sectional opponent. The Warriors expect a favorable matchup at the seeding meeting on Sunday.
"Once you get into sectionals, everybody's record is 0-0-0 and now it comes down to who can bring it on the day that matters most," Leonardi said.