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GROTON — When the Clinton field hockey team traveled to meet Groton-Dunstable back in September the game lasted only 8:16 before it was called because of nasty and inclement weather. Groton-Dunstable was able to gain a 1-0 lead during that span when Kelly Corey scored an unassisted goal just 1:28 into the contest.

The game was resumed from the point of stoppage on Monday morning, and the Lady Crusaders were hoping to pick up where it left off. The Lady Crusaders did all that and more, rolling to a 6-0 halftime lead, en route to a very impressive 7-0 win.

Groton-Dunstable simply exploded offensively in this one, getting three goals each from Corey (two assists), and Erika Eipp. Lauren Kraemer added a goal and an assist, Marisa Benson two assists, while Liv Penney earned a single assist.

“It was great to see us score all those goals,” said Groton-Dunstable coach Mary Ruggles. “We came out and controlled the game in the offensive end. Kelly and Erika had big games but everyone who played contributed to this win.”

It took just 32 seconds from the resumption of play for the Lady Crusaders to pad the advantage. Corey took a pass from Kraemer, broke around a Clinton defender outside the right post and sent a high flick from close range over Clinton goaltender Amanda Makela to make it 2-0.

Groton-Dunstable did everything right in not allowing the Gaels to get untracked. Benson was a tower of strength at midfield with solid stickwork that stopped Clinton advances and got the transition game into gear. Penney complemented her play with strong defensive work at midfield.

Corey was a persistent threat offensively and nearly completed her hat trick at the 12-minute mark, but Makela made a kick save off her hard shot from outside the right post. Eipp increased the lead to 3-0 at 14:36 when she took a cross from Penney and fired a one-timer into the net from close range.

Groton-Dunstable took advantage of a total breakdown by the Clinton defense to make it 4-0 at 16:17. The Lady Crusaders managed to get a three-player breakaway and Corey sifted a pass to Eipp, who rolled a hard shot past Makela.

Clinton called a timeout to try to stop Groton-Dunstable’s momentum. At that point, the Lady Crusaders had all 10 shots on goal and were buzzing in the offensive end at will.

The stoppage did little to change the flow of play. At 22:00, Corey completed her hat trick with an opportunistic tally. Benson fired a shot that was stopped by Makela, but Corey pounced on the rebound and scored from close range to make it 5-0.

Groton-Dunstable did an outstanding job of working the ball to the wing and centering it, and the sixth goal of the game at 28 minutes resulted from that formula. Benson sent a crossing pass to Kraemer, who fired a quick shot into the net from close range.

There was no letdown when the Lady Crusaders went to the bench as the pace remained strong throughout. Turning in strong stints off the bench for Groton-Dunstable were Shelly Herlihy and Sara Tometich.

Lauren Zannotta played the first half in goal for Groton-Dunstable, making one save while Liz Gonzalez took over in the second half, preserving the shutout with two saves over the final 30 minutes. Gonzalez’s best stop came eight minutes in when she kicked away a long, hard shot by Brenda Martin. Clinton was able to gain six corners in the second half and did a better job of possessing the ball.

Eipp nearly picked up her third goal of the game with eight minutes remaining, but her hard 12-yard shot was stopped by Makela.

Eipp notched her hat trick with 2:30 remaining, scoring from close range as Corey earned an assist.

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