Field Hockey: Riverhead does everything but score against Newfield


When it comes to high school field hockey, Riverhead may start associating Newfield with pain. It would be understandable.

Earlier this season, Riverhead blew a two-goal lead against Newfield and lost, 4-3, in overtime. Then, on Monday, the Blue Waves applied pressure but were unable to generate many shots against Newfield and lost, 1-0, at Riverhead High School.

Riverhead (9-6, 9-4 in Suffolk County Division II) and Newfield (8-5, 8-5) entered the game with hopes for a home playoff game. If a dent was put in Riverhead’s chances, the Blue Waves can blame Allison DiPaola and a stubborn Newfield defense. DiPaola’s team-leading eighth goal of the season stood up for the win. The goal, 8 minutes 36 seconds into the game, came off a pass across the goalmouth from Jillian Brauer after a penalty corner initiated by Kaitlyn Neiva.

For all of their efforts, the Blue Waves were outshot by 6-5 and forced only one save by Maria Daume.

When the final horn sounded, Newfield coach Martin Laverty clapped his hands and pumped his fist. The Blue Waves looked glum, with nothing to take away from their efforts.

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