Cumberland High field hockey team earns spot in Division II state finals

Cumberland High field hockey team earns spot in Division II state finals

A 28-year absence comes to an end: Clippers strike late to top Chargers in semis, 2-0; Ponaganset, Woonsocket drop opening games of girls' soccer playoffs

EAST GREENWICH – The Cumberland High field hockey team earned only its second trip to the state finals in its program’s history, thanks to its 2-0 win over Chariho High in their Division II semifinal-round duel on Thursday night at East Greenwich High School.
The Clippers, who at 15-2-1, are the second seed, scored twice in the closing minutes to pick up their seventh straight victory and punch their tickets to the 5 p.m. championship game at Roger Williams University.
They will take on top-seeded Classical (16-2), which topped Warwick Vets, 3-1, in their semifinal-round test. Both teams split their regular-season series, with the Purple posting a 4-2 win in the first game on Sept. 17 and the Clippers taking the rematch last Thursday, 3-2.
Karin Dion, who nearly found the back of the cage with shots midway through the first half and two minutes into the second half, scored the only goal the Clippers needed (her 22nd of the year) with 10 minutes to play in the game, and Nicole Rochefort’s long shot through traffic with 5:25 to play made it a 2-0 affair.
The Clippers will play in the title game for the first time since 1986, when they lost in the Division I title game to four-time champion Burrillville.
In other playoff games involving high school teams from the Valley Breeze & Observer readership:

Girls’ soccer
Rogers 4, Woonsocket 1
NEWPORT --- Woonsocket’s finest season and first playoff game since 2009 came to an end with this Division III preliminary-round loss on the road to the sixth-seeded Vikings.
Rogers superstar Sarah Morris scored all of her team’s goals, three of them in the opening half, to give her 17 goals on the year and a spot in Saturday’s quarterfinals opposite West Warwick.
Woonsocket, which took just four shots in the game, got its goal in the second half off the foot of Lailah Insisiengmay. It was her team-high sixth of the season.
The Villa Novans, who went 4-1-1 over the final three weeks to sew up the 11th seed in the playoffs, end their season with a 7-6-1 mark. They had totaled two victories over the previous four years.

Westerly 2, Ponaganset 0
WESTERLY --- Two goals in the final 15 minutes of the opening half did in 10th-seeded Ponaganset in this Division II opening-round loss to the seventh-seeded Bulldogs.
The Chieftains, who managed just two shots the entire game, close their season with a 3-12-3 mark.