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Raiders field hockey wins first game

Posted 9/11/19

The Middletown field hockey team started the season with a win before dropping three straight games.

On Aug. 30 at Eastern York, the Blue Raiders won 1-0 on a goal by senior Kiera Guckavan with a …

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The Middletown field hockey team started the season with a win before dropping three straight games.

On Aug. 30 at Eastern York, the Blue Raiders won 1-0 on a goal by senior Kiera Guckavan with a little more than 1 minute left in overtime.

Natasha Manfred recorded 8 saves.

“It was a very exciting OT win and a proud moment for sure,” head coach Sierra Lenker said. “The Eastern York goalkeeper is on the MAX Field Hockey All American watchlist, so scoring on her was an accomplishment in itself. Winning our first game was huge for us after coming off of a winless season.”

At home to Camp Hill on Sept. 3, Middletown lost 5-0. Goalkeepers Manfred and Grace Rico had a combined 6 saves.

The Raiders traveled to Northern York the following night, Sept. 4, and lost 6-0. Manfred and Rico combined for 19 saves.

At home to Susquenita on Monday, Middletown lost 4-1. Manfred had 5 saves. Guckavan assisted an own goal off of a Susquenita defender’s stick.

“I am particularly excited about this season because we have a lot of talent on the team,” said Lenker, who is leading the team for her second season.

Guckavan, who is committed to play Division I field hockey at Rider University in New Jersey next fall, and Caroline Gill, both seniors, are team captains, and there are seven other seniors.

“Freshmen Kiley Stoltzfus, Morgan Pacheco and Natalie Maneval have been key for us in our games so far. We are still working out the kinks in these first couple games, but are very hopeful that we can get several key wins this season,” Lenker said.

The squad played East Pennsboro at home Tuesday and will play host to Bishop McDevitt on Thursday and Susquehanna Township on Saturday before traveling to Milton Hershey on Tuesday.