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New opponent, different surroundings, same result.
The making of a championship-caliber team is the ability to win in many different ways under multiple conditions. The Lee-Davis field hockey team added one more to their record Monday, going to perennial power Mills Godwin in a new Conference 11 matchup, and coming back to Mechanicsville with a hard-fought 2-1 victory to up their record to 10-0.
Cameron Gibson and Madison Doss tallied for the Confederates in the first half, who held off an Eagle rally in the second half to stay unblemished on the season with six games remaining.
“Our girls have worked very hard preparing for this season and it’s paying off,” Lee-Davis head coach Courtney Jones said. “Whether it’s a home or away game, the ultimate goal is to play as a team so that we win as a team.”
As the wins mount, another name is emerging, not just in the box scores, but on the mouths of fans experiencing Lee-Davis field hockey. That name is Madison Doss. Her goal at Godwin Monday proved to be the game-winner, but Jones says Doss’ contributions to the Confederates’ success are more than that.
“Madison is one of our senior captains, and center midfielder. She is a leader both on and off the field,” Jones noted. “Her advanced stick skills allow her to create the majority of our scoring opportunities, and her speed and hitting are dominating factors on the field.”
Doss has nine goals and five assists in 10 games this season.
Lee-Davis hosted Henrico, the team that upset Atlee at home Wednesday (after presstime). The Confederates next go to Hanover for perhaps their toughest test left in the regular season. Though Lee-Davis handled them easily, 6-1, at home Sept. 11, the Hawks have gone on a roll since then, now sporting an 8-2 record.
Hanover notched that eighth win Monday and another name emerged in the Player of the Year discussion: Michelle Knizner. The junior scored four times en route to a Hanover 7-0 win over Highland Springs. Knizner scored the lone goal in the first meeting at Lee-Davis.
No doubt that, as Hanover will keep their eyes sharply on Lauren Wolfgang, Doss and Gibson, Lee-Davis will have to follow Knizner’s every move.
Game time at Hanover Monday is 6 p.m.