Granville Defeats Riverhawks to Stay Perfect

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By Keith Harrington

The Granville field hockey team did something Saturday that they hadn’t done so far this season. Give up a goal. It didn’t matter. The high-octane Golden Horde offense scored plenty of their own as they stayed unbeaten with a 7-1 victory over Coxsackie-Athens.

Granville has now outscored their opponents 27-1 over their first five games.

Mackenzie Martell got the Golden Horde out to a 2-0 first quarter lead. Martell scored the first goal of the contest off an assist from Melissa Beaver, then added an unassisted tally in the final minute of the stanza.

Haylie Barber scored off an assist from Makenna McKnight in the second period to make it 3-0 Granville at the half.

Barber hit the back of the cage for the second time on the day to begin the third period with a helper from Claire Gould.

Kendall Frisbee scored off an assist from Vivian Curik to pull the Riverhawks within 4-1 with 54 seconds left in the third. Melissa Beaver answered for the Golden Horde 23 seconds later to make it a four-goal lead again.

Alyssa Martindale and Caroline Baker scored in the fourth to close out the scoring. Beaver added assists on both goals.

Granville outshot Coxsackie-Athens 21-2 and held a 16-2 edge in offensive corners.

Megan Decker had one save for the Golden Horde. Amanda Frank stopped 15 shots for the Riverhawks.

Granville is now 5-0 on the season. Coxsackie-Athens is 0-1-2.