October 24, 2009


Marathon ‘Springs’ to victory


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Marathon’s Lacey Young (23) runs in on Southern Springs’ Emily Haff (2) in the first half of Friday’s IAC field hockey matchup.

MARATHON — Marathon Central girls sent a message that they are ready for the Section 4 Class C field hockey tournament.
Alexis Root scored three goals and dished out three assists, while Marta Malmberg added three goals of her own, as the Olympians (12-2-1 overall) rolled to an 8-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference victory over Southern Springs at Appleby Elementary School Friday.
Marathon finishes league play at 10-1-1. Whitney Point claimed the IAC crown after a 4-1 triumph over Tioga Friday. The Golden Eagles (14-0-2) were 11-0-1 in their first season in the IAC.
“Our starters did not see a lot of playing time,” Marathon coach Karen Funk. “It was cold, windy and rainy. We scored our eighth goal 21 seconds into the second half. Our starters came out five minutes into the second half.
“We really didn’t want anyone to get hurt,” she added. “The field was soggy and slippery. Southern Springs got here late, so we started late. We might have stayed dry in the first half if we started on time.”
Root leads the Olympians in scoring with 20 goals and 15 assists for 35 points. Her third goal of the game came in those first 21 seconds of the second half.
Malmberg’s first-half hat-trick gives her 18 goals and 32 points on the season.
Stephanie Fiske netted one goal and one assist for the Olympians. Arielle Pitcher, a senior, scored her first goal and point in her varsity career during first-half action. Molly Clifford scored the only goal for Southern Springs.
Marathon will find out where it is seeded for post-season play Monday night. Whitney Point will be the number one seed after failing to get the necessary paper work filed with Section 4 to move up to Class B for post-season play.
“It’s going to make the tournament a little more interesting, “Funk said about a possible third meeting with the Golden Eagles in tournament play. “One of the best teams won’t be making it out of sectionals this year.”
Whitney Point 4, Tioga 1: Jaime Dean had two goals and one assist to lead Whitney Point to the division title. Constanze Shoenermark and Molly Hurd alsoscored for the Golden Eagles.