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Dirigo stickers downed by Winthrop
DIXFIELD -- The field hockey game presented a challenge and Dirigo needed to be firing on all cylinders. However, that was not in the cards because the Lady Cougars could not get things in order.
It became apparent early on that Winthrop had too many weapons and Lauren Kaiser supplied the fire power by recording a hat trick in a 4-0 win over the Lady Cougars at sunny Harlow Park.
It was Dirigo's homecoming game, but the powerhouse Ramblers immediately took control of the action and did not lift their foot off the gas. Meanwhile, the Cougars seemed to be a step behind.
“Our passing game really worked well today,” said Winthrop coach Sharon Coulton, who has inserted a fourth forward in order to increase team goal production. “The girls feel really good about their performance. They were positioned very well and supported each other.”
On several Rambler rushes, it was the Cougar defense, with sweeper Megan Brann and fullbacks Brittney Ellis, Lexi Noyes and Grace Hebert, who was backing up. Brann suffered an ankle injury and was replaced by Misty Steward. Dirigo freshman goalie Amanda Dolloff (11 saves) needed to be on guard and made several kick saves.
"Their goalie is very athletic," said Coulton. "She moved around well and made some big saves."
Winthrop was awarded several penalty corners and Kaiser opened the scoring on a crossing pass by Cat Ouellette with 12:4 2remaining in the first half.
Dirigo’s forward line -- Brittany LaPointe, Kate Boney and Erin Lueders -- could not produce drives into the offensive circle. Lueders had several advances, but there was no support, which allowed the Winthrop defense to clear balls out of the zone.
The Ramblers struck again, when Shauna Carlson set up Rachel Ingram. The straw that broke the monkey's back was Kaiser's score 30 seconds later to lead 3-0. Winthrop intercepted the tap at midfield and marched directly down the field. The forward lifted a shot in to the cage with 5:19 left to play in the first half.
The Cougars regained their compose and help Winthrop to one goal in the second half. Dirigo coach Gretchen Errington was frustrated with the team's showing because they have shown improved play throughout the season.
Elizabeth Glover, former Mountain Valley player, is a Winthrop midfielder.