It could be called the Patriots’ blue wall of silence — as in that figurative barrier around the scoring circle the John Jay High School field hockey team has seemingly formed, preventing offenses from making much noise of late.
Melissa Milohnic. Jessica Lasaponara. Kayla Gaine. Natalie Young. Meghan Murray.
That group has proved quite an obstruction to the goal, and they were again on Tuesday as John Jay earned a 1-0 win over host Mahopac.
Jenna Fusco scored off a pass from Ellie Reck 16:15 before halftime and the Patriots made it hold, extending their win streak to four games.
Murray made five saves and the Patriots cleared nine penalty corners in the shutout. “It’s a really big accomplishment for us and I couldn’t be more proud,” said Milohnic, the sweeper. “Our defense did not give up for one second and we stayed focused.”
It was Mahopac who dealt John Jay (7-4-1) its only loss in league play, a 2-0 defeat on Sept. 25. So, coach Kristen Perry said, “our team wanted to win this one so badly and they made it happen.”
The difference for the Patriots in this meeting was its increased “intensity and aggressiveness,” Perry said. Taking an early lead didn’t hurt, either. “I think it helped boost our confidence and showed us we have the talent to win,” Milohnic said.
Mahopac did create scoring chances, Perry said, but the Patriots defenders “were fearless in front of the goal.”
And Mahopac was walled off.
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