Windsor nets 3rd D-III field hockey championship in a row with win over Lyndon

  • Windsor’s Janiah Young drives and scores against Lyndonville in the Div. III high school field hockey championships in Burlington on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Photo by Glenn Russell Glenn Russell photographs

  • Windsor’s Peyton Richardson, left, is challenged by Lyndonville’s Brydie Barton in the Div. III high school field hockey championships in Burlington on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Photo by Glenn Russell Glenn Russell photograph—Glenn Russell

  • The Windsor Yellow Jackets celebrate their victory over Lyndonville in the Div. III high school field hockey championships in Burlington on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Photo by Glenn Russell Glenn Russell photograph

  • Windsor’s Peyton Richardson, left, slips past Lyndonville’s Lily Miller in the Div. III high school field hockey championships in Burlington on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Photo by Glenn Russell Glenn Russell photograph—Glenn Russell

  • Windsor’s Karen Kapuscinski dons her championship medal after the Yellowjackets defeated Lyndonville in the Div. III high school field hockey championships in Burlington on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Photo by Glenn Russell Glenn Russell photograph

  • Windsor players celebrate a goal against Lyndonville in the Div. III high school field hockey championships in Burlington on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Photo by Glenn Russell Glenn Russell photograph—Glenn Russell

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/6/2021 10:06:43 PM
Modified: 11/6/2021 10:06:43 PM

BURLINGTON — This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Windsor High field hockey.

The Yellowjackets lost 11 seniors from last year’s team that won its second consecutive VPA Division III championship. They started slow, winning just one of their first five games. But Windsor caught fire and found itself in a familiar position heading into the playoffs — the No. 1 seed.

And the Jacks backed up that seeding in emphatic fashion, scoring 12 goals and allowing none in three postseason games en route to a three-peat. The Yellowjackets (11-5-1) capped their dominant run with a 3-0 victory over No. 2 seed Lyndon (8-6) on Saturday in the D-III final at UVM’s Moulton Winder Field.

“These kids worked really hard,” Windsor coach Jody Wood said. “It was not the expectation to be in this situation at this point in time. The last week, I was like, ‘They’re physically ready; they’re mentally ready. We could win this.’ ”

The first quarter ended scoreless, but it was only a matter of time before Windsor produced a goal. The Yellowjackets had three penalty corner opportunities in the opening 15 minutes, the last of which resulted in a scrum in front of the net that the Vikings’ goalkeeper somehow kept out.

Lyndon wouldn’t hold Windsor scoreless much longer. Senior Janiah Young gave the Yellowjackets the lead 34 seconds into the second quarter, and while that would be the only score of the half, the Vikings never seriously threatened.

The Yellowjackets put the game away in the third period. Senior Peyton Richardson doubled the lead in the second minute after halftime, and senior Karen Kapuscinski added a third goal off a corner as the third quarter wound down. Windsor earned seven penalty corners on the afternoon to Lyndon’s three.

“I did not know we would come this far,” Richardson said. “We came so far from the beginning of the season. Losing all those seniors, I was a little worried because I worked so hard with them, but this was a whole new group, and we worked so well together today.”

The final quarter was all cosmetic, and as the minutes wound down, the reality set in that the Yellowjackets — in just the fifth year since their program was reinstated after a two-year hiatus — would get to add another trophy to their collection.

Once it was over, Wood could only marvel at how the pieces came together.

“The JV stepped up and played right halfback for me. My left halfback was my forward last year who came off the bench,” Wood said. “We (returned) four starters from last year. I’m beyond proud of them.”

Benjamin Rosenberg can be reached at brosenberg@vnews.com or 603-727-3302.




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