Slapshot! [November 10]

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In the next day’s press, both the Grafton Clippers and the Western Albemarle Warriors received praise for thrilling seasons following their performances in the Virginia Group AA/A state championship field hockey game, but Western Albemarle returns home from the expansive artificial fields of the National Training Center in Virginia Beach with a more substantive sign of their efforts—the title of state field hockey champs. The Hampton Roads Daily Press writes following Saturday’s game that the  WAHS Warriors nabbed the championship seconds after a 15-minute overtime period concluded. Pushing through the end of the clock was the Warriors’ Effie Nicholaou, who belted a rebound past Clippers goalkeeper Jamie Dowling to cap a near-perfect 20-game season (18-1-1). WAHS keeper Lindsay Gibson faced only five shots in the Warriors 2-1 win.

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