Ward Melville Patriots prevail

Ward Melville Patriots prevail

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It was a one-goal game most of the way when Ward Melville’s Grace Balocca’s stick stretched the net to edge ahead, 6-5, with just under four minutes left in regulation. William Floyd was unable to answer when Emilia Retzlaff scored the insurance goal for the Patriots at the 2:36 mark, and Grace Mulham split the pipes in the final minute for the 8-5 victory.  

Retzlaff led the way for the Patriots with four goals. Balocca had two, and teammates Mulham and Ava Simonton both scored in the Division I road game April 4.  Ava Carrillo had seven saves on the day.  

The win lifts Ward Melville to 4-0 in league, 6-0 overall, to sit atop the Division I leaderboard.

The Patriots retake the field April 8 where they’ll host Half Hollow Hills. Game time is 4:15 p.m.