Collingswood shuts out Haddon Hts.

Collingswood's Shannon Super tries to control a rebound in front of Haddon Heights' Dominica DiSalvatore and goalie Marrisa Malcolm.
Collingswood's Shannon Super tries to control a rebound in front of Haddon Heights' Dominica DiSalvatore and goalie Marrisa Malcolm. (DAVID M WARREN / Staff)
Posted: October 03, 2013

Collingswood coach Val Dayton dedicated an hour and a half of practice time Sunday to working on and defending penalty corners. She said it had been an area of concern this season for her field hockey team.

That extra work paid off Tuesday, as the undefeated Panthers knocked off Colonial Conference foe Haddon Heights, 3-0, with all their goals coming off penalty corners.

"It's a really big win for us," senior captain Krista LaMaina said. "It's really exciting because this is the team we had to beat to be in first [place]."

The first goal came on the first penalty corner for Collingswood. LaMaina inserted the ball to junior Rachel Galante, who scored with 23 minutes, 41 seconds remaining in the half.

"At first, we weren't sure what corner it was," Galante said. "But we figured it out and Krista inserted the ball to me like she was supposed to and I got it in the cage. Everything worked out."

A little more than 10 minutes later, Collingswood had another penalty corner and again took advantage. Junior Kelly Rodgers scored off the insert from LaMaina to give the Panthers a 2-0 edge with 11:51 left in the half.

Haddon Heights had numerous chances to score off its 12 penalty corners in the game, but the Panthers didn't allow the Garnets to capitalize.

Whenever the ball did make it past the Collingswood defense, junior goaltender Becca Hall was right there to make the save. Hall had five saves in her shutout.

"Becca held strong today. Basically anything that comes her way, she is able to stop," LaMaina said.

The final penalty-corner goal came when Krista LaMaina inserted the ball to her sister, Shauna. She passed it back to Krista, who put it home with 10:24 left in the game.

Collingswood improved to 7-0 overall and in the conference, and Haddon Heights dropped to 7-1-1 and 6-1.

"We weren't sure what to expect today, but it's a great feeling knowing that everyone wants to beat us now," Galante said. "It gives us something to work for, and that's exciting."

Collingswood 2 1 – 3

Haddon Heights 0 0 – 0

Goals: Rachel Galante, Kelly Rodgers, Krista LaMaina.

Saves: C-Becca Hall 5; HH-Marrisa Malcolm 5.


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