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Zalewski helps Abington Heights capture division in field hockey

Madison Zalewski scored three goals and assisted the other three Wednesday as Abington Heights defeated host Berwick, 6-2, to wrap up its first Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey title since 2008.

The Comets improved to 10-0 with two games remaining in Division 2. They are 12-3 overall.

The last title came 14 years ago when the WVC had three divisions and Abington Heights was in the middle division playing divisional opponents and all the Division 1 teams.

Abington Heights got the last two wins it needed on the road. The Comets clinched at least a tie for first place Tuesday at Wallenpaupack, last season’s champion, with a 3-0 victory.

In the clincher at Berwick, Abington Heights took a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring three goals in a 2:16 span midway through.

Zalewski assisted Caroline Pease, scored, assisted Carly Miller, then scored again two seconds before the first quarter ended. Peyton Pallman assisted both Zalewski goals.

Following a scoreless second period, Zalewski reversed things and set up a Pallman goal 1:45 into the second half.

Berwick cut into the 5-0 deficit with two goals midway through the fourth quarter. Ella Vert and Madilyn Andrews scored.

Less than a minute after that, Zalewski completed her hat trick on an assist from Kaylyn Elliot.

Abington Heights led in shots, 17-4, and penalty corners, 6-2.

Pallman scored twice and Zalewski had the other goal in Tuesday’s win at Wallenpaupack.

Caly Yankow, Elliot and Marygrace Sabatini each had an assist.

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