Rutland field hockey team blanks Brattleboro

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BRATTLEBORO — After dealing with extreme temperatures for five consecutive days, Rutland goalie Emily Lanzillo didn't even break a sweat on Thursday evening.

The senior faced just four shots and blocked each one as the Raiders shut out the Brattleboro varsity field hockey team, 2-0, on Tenney Field.

"Our problem is that we can't put the ball in the net," said BUHS co-coach Kelly Markol. "But I have to give their goalie credit. She did a good job."

The visitors took a 1-0 lead just 4:21 into the contest. Ella Beraldi rolled the ball toward the goal from the top of the circle and Sophie Tanen redirected it just inside the right post.

Francie Ettori scored on a penalty corner three minutes later to make it 2-0.

Kharisma Boyd excited the home fans at times, making a couple of long runs, firing twice into crowds in front, and also dumping a pass inside to set up Brattleboro's best chances.

"She is like Speedy Gonzales. She's got wheels," noted Markol.

"Kharisma works hard. She gives 100 percent all of the time," stated BUHS co-coach Sheryl Libardoni.

Boyd drove two shots from the right wing, but veteran fullbacks Kelsey Barker and Kacey Thompson were in position to stop them. Hannah Blake and Olivia Stent each made long lead passes to Kailin Noble, and Gracie Frost had the best first-half chance for the purple and white but her blast was kicked away by Lanzillo.

"We came out flat-footed in the first half," Markol said. "I thought both teams went up and down the field pretty evenly in the second half."

Brattleboro goalie Natalya Forkin turned back Lilly Krupp from point-blank range to keep the hosts in contention. Olivia Reil intercepted a pass and Meara Seery made a nice clear to lead the BUHS defense.

The Colonels were limited to three quality chances over the final 30 minutes. Boyd started it all by sending the ball inside to Noble, who was rejected by Lanzillo. Kayla Leonard-Houle and Frost were also denied during that attack.

"This is a hardworking group. It's just frustrating not getting the results that these players need," said Markol, whose Colonels dropped to 2-4 overall.


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