CRANSTON – The 2013 season came to an emotional and disappointing end for the East Greenwich High School field hockey team on Wednesday night when they dropped a 1-0 decision to Moses Brown in the RIIL Division I semifinals at Cranston Stadium.
With two teams matched as evenly as the Avengers and Quakers, it was evident from the start the outcome of Wednesday’s contest was going to be determined by which team blinked first.
The Avengers had the better of the opportunities in the first half, owning possession and dicing the Quakers defense. Moses Brown goalkeeper Claudia Marzec, however, was stellar in net and stymied the Avengers division-best offense.
“She was the difference,” said East Greenwich coach Deb McMullen.
The Quakers, nary a credible threat through much of the first half, came through with a back-breaking goal off their first and only corner of the half as time expired in the first. A scramble in front provided enough confusion for Margaret Chase to bang one home for a 1-0 lead.
Having the lead seemed to spark confidence of the Quakers, who balanced out the play, while Marzec remained nearly unbreakable. As the Quakers did in the first, the Avengers had their chances in the closing seconds of the half, but Chase’s goal stood as the game-winner and Moses Brown survived to advance to Sunday’s final against Barrington.