Field hockey: Niskayuna's season ends on penalty strokes

Liverpool advances to state finals over Silver Warriors

— And there the score stayed, despite numerous attacks by the Silver Warriors in the remainder of regulation and 20 minutes of sudden-death, seven-on-seven overtime play. No matter what it tried, Niskayuna could not get that elusive game winner.

“It’s always frustrating when you dominate overtime and don’t put the ball in the cage,” said Broomhead.

Exhausted, the two sides went to penalty strokes. Liverpool had the first stroke in each round, and Lamison converted, as did Niskayuna’s Frary.

But in each of the next three rounds neither side scored as their shots either glanced off the goalies or missed the net, which added to the tension.

When Liverpool’s Jennifer Ryan beat King to put her side up 2-1 in the fifth round, Hanks had to answer. She did, and her goal forced another sudden-death round.

Both sides missed in the sixth round, setting up the decisive blows – one that Burns converted, and one that Frary did not.

Amid the profound disappointment of the defeat, Broomhead said her team’s unprecedented run to the state final four could not be forgotten.

“This game doesn’t define what we accomplished,” she said. “Maybe it didn’t end the way we wanted, but everything else (this season) went the way we wanted.”

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