JOHNSTOWN - Johnsburg brought home a league title and an undefeated season, but could not hang on in sectional play. They fell to 2-1 to Greenwich last Wednesday in the Class C championship of the Section II Field Hockey Tournament at Knox Field.
The Jaguars were seeded first and received a bye out of the preliminary rounds of sectional play. The second-seeded Witches capitalized on their first two shots of the half and secured the win early. Those were the only shot opportunities they had the entire first half.
Dani DeGregory found the cage off a penalty corner pass from Kathleen Isgro on the first goal and Abby Dusha added the second from the left off a pass from Kate Andrews.
Johnsburg got on the scoreboard with 2:48 remaining in the half. Kelly Backhurst fired a shot at the Witches goal and the rebound came right to the stick of Kelsey Williford. She jabbed it home and secured what would be the final score of the contest.
Despite the score, Johnsburg had a 12-2 shot advantage and 7-1 corner advantage.
"When you give up two goals in the first 10 minutes, it's tough," Johnsburg coach Jill Toney said. "We scored in the first half and made it a game. We had opportunities and it wasn't for lack of trying."
The second half was scoreless and generated little excitement until the final minute. Johnsburg had three penalty corners in the final seconds. On the first one, Greenwich goalie Meg Dusha kick-saved a hard, long shot from Blackhurst. The other two did not yield shot opportunities.
Johnsburg has never brought home a sectional title, but has made appearances in the Class C final two of the last three years. The Lady Jags, however, left nothing on the field this time. Their loss to the Witches was a valiant effort after a successful and undefeated season.
"I'm proud of these girls." said Toney. "They played right to the bitter end."