Academic All-State Field Hockey Team
Amanda Blank, Jenna Butzek, Amanda Coughlin, Kelly Kuzminski

Trojan Field Hockey Team loses a heartbreaker to Lake Lehman
End their season at 13-4 - GREAT SEASON!!!

Trojan Stick Gals topple Bishop O'Reilly for a district play-in game
Greater Nanticoke Area 2, Bishop O’Reilly 1
Kati Nearhouse scored off a direct shot with 11:26 left in regulation to lift Nanticoke, the top-seed out of Division II, over Bishop O’Reilly, the sixth seed, in a play-in game in the D2 Class 2A tournament.
Nearhouse opened the scoring 25 seconds into the second half. Kathleen Garrity tied the game about six minutes later.
Nanticoke will travel to No. 4 Lake-Lehman to play in the first-round of the tournament at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26th!

Trojans tough out win
Nanticoke keeper Cooney made 15 saves despite first-half knee injury.


Nanticoke goalie Catherine Cooney fell as she went to make a save. She heard something in her left knee pop, so she stayed on the ground.
It gave GAR time to get behind her and score the only goal Cooney would allow in a 3-1 win over the visiting Grenadiers in a Wyoming Valley Conference crossover game on Wednesday.
But Cooney doesn’t deserve fault for the goal.
“I just fell back, and they played it out, basically,” she said.
Cooney stopped 15 shots in the win, including four in the game’s final four minutes. She swatted a dangerous one away with her right glove, and she collided with GAR’s Shara Brown while saving another. Cooney was on the ground, throwing herself there to stop the next shot.
Her final save was kicked away with under a minute left.
Her knee didn’t look like it was affecting her then.
But, she admitted: “I got hurt.”
Nanticoke (9-3) can’t afford to lose Cooney. Not now. She has three solo shutouts and one shared shutout. But the latter was with Kyra Wiaterowski, who is no longer on the team.
The Trojans have four games left, and they need Cooney in the cage. She’s one of the reasons the Trojans are on the path for their first District 2 playoff appearance since 1978, according to athletic director Jerry Bavitz.
“We want to have a successful season and go to districts,” said Nanticoke’s Kati Nearhouse.
Nearhouse was one of the big players in Wednesday’s victory. She assisted on all three goals.
GAR (3-9) commanded the first half, and Samanatha Osowski opened scoring when Cooney got injured with 19:33 left. Five minutes later, Nanticoke’s Leigh Ann Rentko tied it at 1-1 when she went to cross a ball to the left side, but ended up getting it in the cage instead.
Holly Mitkowski put the Trojans ahead 2-1 by scoring off a straight shot into the goal with 23:38 left in the second half. Jenna Butzek inflated the lead to 3-1 with 9:53 left.
“We thought it was going to be a hard game,” Nearhouse said. “We were pumped to play.”
GAR got its best opportunity late in the first half. The Grenadiers got the ball in the cage after a corner, but before it crossed the line, a whistle was blown and a foot penalty was called, nixing the goal.
“They play hard at practice,” said GAR coach Christa Galella. “They work entirely too hard and they’re too skilled. It’s frustrating watching them lose.”

Field Hockey Outlook

Coach: Jamie Spencer
2005 record: 5-12
2005 playoffs: none

Top players lost: Megan Barton, Amanda Prentiss, Jocelyn Rowinski
Top players: Amanda Blank, Sr., def; Jenna Butzek, Sr., fwd; Rachel Zerfoss, Jr., mid; Amanda Madajewski, So., mid; Gaby Malishchak, So., def;

Outlook: The team lost goalkeeper Rowinski, so someone is going to have to step up in net. There is a basic core from last year, and the team has eight seniors leading the squad. There are a few younger players that coach Spencer is helping to mold during the preseason.