NEPA Sports Nation

BULLETIN: WA falls in state final

EDITOR’S NOTE: While compiles more-detailed coverage from today’s state field hockey final, here is a quick recap of the game.

By Tom Robinson,

MECHANICSBURG – Wyoming Area’s pursuit of its first field hockey state championship fell one step short Saturday.

Boiling Springs, the unbeaten District 3 champion, limited the Lady Warriors to four penalty corners and two shots and used a late goal to pull out a 1-0 victory in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A championship game at Cumberland Valley High School.

The game was part of the first Fall Festival – the combination of PIAA state soccer, volleyball and field hockey championships – at the sprawling Cumberland Valley athletic complex.

Scoring opportunities were limited in the physical, defensive struggle, but Boiling Springs began to pick up momentum after Wyoming Area’s last two penalty corners and last shot in the first three minutes of the second half.

Wyoming Area received a scare with 5:05 remaining when Reagan Eickhoff’s shot on a penalty corner was originally signaled as a goal before being wiped out when the umpires conferred.

Eichkoff struck again 2:03 later on another penalty corner and this time it counted as the game-winner.

Boiling Springs had 10 shots and 10 penalty corners.

Riley Muniz had two saves in goal and Addy Dragwa had a defensive save for Wyoming Area.

Wyoming Area finished 22-3 with three one-goal losses, two to then-defending state champion Wyoming Seminary and the other to the unbeaten, state champion Boilers. The Lady Warriors tied for first place in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 only to lose in a championship playoff against Wyoming Seminary, but avenged that loss while claiming their first District 2 championship.

In the last three full state tournaments – the 2020 tournament was truncated because of COVID – Wyoming Area has finished second and twice tied for third as a semifinal loser.

Follow us on social media