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Titans to play for Section IX championship

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    Taconic Hills’ Delana Bonci moves the ball up the field during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal against Ellenville.
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    Kirsten Shumsky had an assist in Taconic Hills’ 5-0 victory over Ellenville on Monday.
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    Taconic Hills’ Megan Savage (2) moves the ball between a pair of Ellenville defenders during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal.
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    Taconic Hills’ Zoey Ryan (9) in action during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal against Ellenville.
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    Taconic Hills’ Kirsten Shumsky passes the ball during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal against Ellenville.
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    Taconic Hills’ Delana Bonci takes a shot during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal against Ellenville.
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    Taconic Hills’ Jennifer Beck controls the ball in front of the goal during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal against Ellenville.
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    Taconic Hills’ Amelia Canetto (right) greets teammate Sage Pulver (23) after Pulver scored a goal in the second half of the Titans’ 5-0 victory over Ellenville on Monday.
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    Taconic Hills’ Ava Skabowski in action during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal against Ellenville.
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    Taconic Hills’ Amara Wright (6) brings the ball up the field during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal against Ellenville.
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    Amelia Canetto recorded a hat trick in Taconic Hills’ 5-0 victory over Ellenville on Monday.
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    Taconic Hills’ Kirsten Shumsky passes the ball during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal against Ellenville.
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    Taconic Hills’ Marilyn Roque-Velasquez in action during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal against Ellenville.
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    Taconic Hills’ Amelia Canetto steals the ball from Ellenville’s Paige Manning during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal.
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    Taconic Hills’ Madison Rowe (right) knocks the ball away from an Ellenville player during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal.
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    Taconic Hills’ Amelia Canetto controls the ball in front of the goal during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal against Ellenville.
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    Taconic Hills’ Madison Rowe chases down a loose ball during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal against Ellenville.
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    Taconic Hills’ Delana Bonci (left) takes the ball away from an Ellenville player during Monday’s Section IX Class C field hockey semifinal.
November 25, 2019 01:19 pm

CRARYVILLE — In Monday’s Section IX Class field hockey semifinal, the Taconic Hills Titans rolled to a 5-0 victory over the Ellenville Blue Devils.

The Titans (13-3) advance to play Onteora for the Section IX Class C championship today at 2 p.m. at Taconic Hills High School.

The highlight of the matchup was Titans’ biggest contributor Amelia Canetto, who put on an absolute clinic with a hat trick. Sage Pulver added a goal and an assist to her stat sheet, as well as two assists and a goal for Delana Bonci.

Blue Devil keeper Lauren Franza had a number of brilliant saves with her blocker, but there was not much else she could do to stop the onslaught of offense that the Titans relentlessly brought.

Taconic Hills’ passing attack throughout the game seemed to completely outrank any defensive stops Ellenville was able to manage in this contest. By halftime, Canetto had already scored two of her goals, and Bonci both of her assists, to have the Titans up 2-0 at the break.

Things could have gotten uglier in the second half, but Taconic Hills failed to score on more than a few penalty corners, and Ellenville would finally clear it and reset their defense.

Canetto scored her third goal with 22:00 left in the second half to give her the early hat trick. Pulver assisted on this goal, and rattled one into the cage herself for a goal, nine minutes later, thanks to an assist by Kirsten Shumsky.

The final score came at the 9:00 mark, on a laser by Delana Bonci that made its way through the entire crowd of defenders.

Taconic Hills outshot Ellenville, 20-3, and held a 13-3 edge in penalty corners.

Franza finished with nine saves, while Taconic Hills goalkeeper Sydney Kiernan had three saves.

“Our corners were executed very well tonight,” Taconic Hills coach Angela Webster said. “Our offense just connected beautifully, scoring three goals on corners. It was great to see their hard work pay off. Overall, I was very pleased with our level of intensity and speed to the ball.”