Bill Iezzi: Maple Shade Field Hockey Loss

Maple Shade field hockey coach Shayne Gismonde had more to deal with than the normal flow of a game in an 8-3 loss to visiting Florence, Wednesday.

Trailing by 2-0 halfway through the first half, Maple Shade center midfielder April Fisher was called for a tripping penalty. While she sat for 5 minutes and the Wildcats were a man down, Florence scored twice more for a 4-0 lead.

Maple Shade was trailing by 6-2 about half way through the second half when its goalie, Jamie Bennett, didn't feel well enough to continue. Reserve goalkeeper Brittney Harple substituted and Florence took a 7-3 lead.  Also, Maple Shade junior center back Danielle Painter left the field with a foot injury.

Bennett returned to the game with 7:38 remaining. It ended with Florence scoring again as Lexi Smith pumped in her sixth goal of the game.

Losing Fisher for 5 minutes was a big blow.

"April is our center mid and is probably our overall best field hockey player and I think it did hurt us to not have her on the field with her skills and her leadership, but it's a part of the game and we did have to adjust," Gismonde said.

"This is the first time that they have had to play [a man down]. I had to put in a JV girl who hasn't played varsity... so we were thrown off a bit for a while."

On a positive note, it was the first time that Maple Shade had scored three goals on Florence since Gismonde took over the program three years ago.

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