Newington field hockey falls against skilled Avon

Published on Tuesday, 26 October 2021 19:24
Written by RYAN AMES


NEWINGTON – Newington field hockey fell for the third straight game in its 6-0 loss to Avon on Tuesday at Clem Lemire Field.

Marissa Blaha led the Falcons with a hat trick while Lindsey Arigoni, Grace Ronzello and Kendall Neamtz also slotted goals for the visitors.

“It was a tough loss for us,” Nor'easters coach Veronica Grubin said. “We were hoping for the win, because a win there would hopefully get us closer to a tournament berth. Avon's obviously a very good team, very skilled and we were hoping we were going to catch them tired off their game yesterday and unfortunately we just couldn't put the pieces of the puzzle together today.”

Blaha put Avon ahead 1-0 late in the first quarter on a sweeping goal from about 20 yards out. Arigoni upped the Falcons lead to two a couple of minutes later after a penalty corner conversion with 1:22 left in the quarter.

Newington kept it to 2-0 at halftime, but Avon added four more goals in the second half to run away with the victory.

In the third, Neamtz unleashed a hard shot from the middle that somehow made its way around bodies and into the Nor'easters net at 12:10, before Ronzello finished off a nice Falcons passing play on the left side at 9:09 to make it 4-0 Avon.

Two more strikes from Blaha in the final frame got the score to 6-0 as the Falcons improved its record to 7-5-2.

Newington has had a hard time generating offense of late is it's only scored once in the past three games, and on Tuesday, the Nor'easters struggled to get quality looks.

“They're just very aggressive and they go for the ball,” Grubin said regarding Avon's defense. “They got some big hitters who are very aggressive so that's always hard to defend.”

With two games remaining, Newington will need at least a win and a tie in order qualify for the postseason, per Grubin.

The Nor'easters (5-9) will host East Catholic on Friday before traveling to undefeated Wethersfield on Monday.

Friday's match will take place at Clem Lemire Field at 5:30 p.m.

Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Tuesday, 26 October 2021 19:24. Updated: Tuesday, 26 October 2021 19:26.