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Field Hockey Team Wins Third In A Row In Cancer Awareness Game

Published: October 04, 2017 at 12:00 am

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Jordan Stofko moves the ball past a Bethel defender during Newtown's 5-1 win on October 3. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Jordan Stofko moves the ball past a Bethel defender during Newtown's 5-1 win on October 3. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Ali Kelleher heads up the field. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Ali Kelleher heads up the field. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Katie Goyda, left, helped Newtown defeat Bethel. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Katie Goyda, left, helped Newtown defeat Bethel. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Newtown High School's field hockey team came from behind for a 4-3 overtime win at South-West Conference rival Joel Barlow of Redding on September 27, blanked visiting nonconference foe Woodstock Academy 5-0 at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 29, and topped visiting SWC team Bethel 5-1, also at Blue & Gold, in its Play4TheCure game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on October 3.

Against Barlow, Hana Rosenthal scored the winner on a setup by Ali Kelleher, who drew the goaltender and defender to her and dished the ball across to Rosenthal to do the rest. A long run by Rylee Harrell led to the decisive tally.

"It was so exciting," Rosenthal said. "Barlow has always been our toughest competition."

The Nighthawks trailed 3-1 late in regulation but scored twice in the final six minutes to force extra time. Harrell and Jordan Stofko each scored to spark the comeback.

Emma Schmid-Tharnish had Newtown's first goal, in the opening half.

The Nighthawks nearly overcame a 3-0 deficit at Masuk of Monroe the night before, ultimately falling 3-2.

Coming off the win over Barlow, Newtown blanked Nonnewaug as Harrell, Meaghan Lynn, Kelleher, Katie Bassert, and Rachel Tomasino all scored. Kelleher and Rosenthal had assists.

Harrell scored twice, and Kelleher, Katherine Dirga, and Katie Goyda each scored against Bethel.
In the win over Bethel, Newtown was quick with its passing, which allowed the Hawks to pile up the scoring chances.

"We played a nice two-touch game. We weren't selfish," Coach Stephanie Kearns said.

The Nighthawks have won three games in a row to improve to 5-3 overall.

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
50% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
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“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
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Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 2