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Patriots capture conference title


It couldn’t be going much better than it is for the Central Bucks East field hockey team.

The Patriots clinched the Suburban One League Continental Conference with a 5-0 win over Quakertown on Tuesday. It is the third consecutive league title for CB East, which is now 11-0 in league play and 15-1 overall.

They have one league game remaining against Pennridge.

Quakertown falls to 1-11, 3-12.

Senior Kate Mulholland opened up the scoring for CB East, followed by two goals by Emma Donnelly, a goal by senior Cailey Lever and another senior, Nicole Lipa, rounded out the scoring. Phia Mannino had three assists in the game.

The game was Senior Recognition for the Patriots.

“We have nine seniors and we were able to start all of them,” CB East coach Meghann Spratt said. “It was a great day for us and we’re very excited.

“Aside from the team support, the parent support has been incredible.

They’ve helped make this program as strong as it is and I want to thank them.

“From the freshman team right up to the varsity, this is a group effort and the success is shared by everyone.”

CB East had 26 shots on goal and 13 corners for the day.

The Patriots edged Souderton, 1-0, on Thursday in a must-win battle to set themselves up for the league crown.

Lipa netted the lone goal of the game with 5:50 remaining in the first half, using a reverse stick to deflect a rebound off the Souderton goaltender to put the ball in the cage.

CB East outshot the Indians, 10-9, but Souderton had a 9-5 advantage in corners.

Both of Souderton’s losses were 1-0 to CB East.

Spratt lauded her team’s defense.

“Honestly I think Souderton outplayed us,” she said. “We were fortunate to come away with a win.

“Our defense was phenomenal. Our goalie, Emily Bullard, really kept us in the game.

“Both teams played really hard and that’s the best kind of game.”

Bullard, a sophomore, realized the importance of the game.

“I knew the last time we played them it was 1-0 so I knew I had to have a big presence in goal,” she said. “It’s the kind of game like our game against Downingtown East (a 2-0 win) where I knew I had to keep my team in the game.

“The defense played so well in front of me. I love that they’re willing to put their bodies on the line. I know that I can trust them with my life.”

The Patriots have one loss to date, 1-0 to Methacton on Sept. 29.

“I was so upset about that loss,” Bullard said. “More than I showed. I tend to not react much to a loss but it really hurt.

“But every loss is a piece of information. I think we learned from that. Honestly, that one loss impacted our season more than any win because of how we responded to it. We fired right back. It made us stronger.

“I don’t want to say that it’s a good thing that we lost because you never like losing, but we took it and made the best of it.

“We wanted to be undefeated this year and I know that’s hard to do so we were disappointed but we’ve really moved on from it.”

CB East reached the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals last year.

“In the beginning of the season I didn’t know what to expect because we lost some really good players,” Bullard said. “But this team has really come together. We have a new lineup and it’s really working.

“It’s amazing to see how we’ve grown so far this season. It’s like a family. I really think we can go pretty far this year and I’m excited to see how it plays out.”

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