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Vassar field hockey gives new coach first win

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Vassar College field hockey team opened the Michael Warari era Friday afternoon with a resounding season-opening victory, breezing past Keystone College 7-1 in non-conference play from Weinberg Field.

Warari, who is in his first season with the Brewers and first as a head coach at the collegiate level, saw his offense really come alive in the second half. After leading 1-0 after the first period, the Brewers (1-0) exploded for six second-half tallies to pull away from the Giants (0-1). The victory marked the second consecutive season that the Brew has started the season with a win, moving to 3-1 all-time against Keystone.vc logo

The first half was slow to get going, but Vassar controlled much of the action in the early going. The Brewers nearly tallied in the 12th minute, as Bianca Zarrella beat the keeper but was denied by defender LeeAnna Bennett. The hosts would finally rattle the cage at the 34:01 mark of the game, as senior Caroline Stanton scored with help from Tina Caso.
After the halftime intermission, the Brewers extended their lead to a pair as defender Kerrin Poole scored with help from junior Dara Davis. Davis netted one of her own just under three minutes later, getting the assist from senior Anna Schroeder.

The Giants would cut the lead to 3-1 at the 43:07 mark of the game, as Brittany Cardona deflected a shot by Kelsey Drozda past sophomore Amreen Bhasin. That would be the closest that KC would get, as Caso scored her first of the season at the 49:53 mark to make the score 4-1 VC. The pairing of Caso and Zarrella would hook up again, this time with Zarrella getting a shot past the Giant keeper to extend the Vassar advantage to 5-1.

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