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Kennedy field hockey shocks Horace Mann in tourney

Kennedy Catholic’s varsity field hockey team pulled off a big upset over Horace Mann on Tuesday, October 21 in the semifinals of the Brearley/Chapin Tournament. Regulation and overtime ended with the game tied at 1-1 but the Gaels edged Horace Mann 4-3 in the shootout.

Senior Casey Sartori netted the last goal in the shoot-out to give the team the win. Juniors Deirdre Ledley, Christina Rowland and Maggie McHale also scored in the shoot-out.

With Horace Mann leading 1-0 at halftime, senior Emma Weider scored on an assist from Rowland in the second half to tie the game at 1-1.

“They really came together as a team and never gave up,” Kennedy coach Caitlin McHenry said. “Horace Mann had scored first and they came out in the second half like they wanted this win more than anything. They never let up. Not only did they play the normal regulation game which includes two 30-minute halves, but two 10 minute 7 vs. 7’s including goalie and then five people against five people that go 1 vs. 1 against the goalie and four out of five girls scored which was huge. It was very refreshing and I was very proud of them.”

Senior Julia Bauer was dominant in net, making 26 saves which included the shoot-out.

The Gaels will face Brearley in the championship game of the tournament at 4:15 p.m. at Asphalt Green in Manhattan on Friday, October 24.

“It’s huge for their confidence,” McHenry said of the win over Horace Mann. “They now know they can win this tournament. They are really starting to buy into everything I have been telling them while having fun which is amazing. This is not only a boost for team morale but it’s a huge boost for our program overall.”

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