Team Cummings bests Team Glynn 8-4 in low-scoring game

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Ellie Kinney
Aug 21, 2021

Championship weekend continued on Saturday afternoon with a matchup between Team Cummings and Team Glynn, the two teams that emerged victorious on Friday. The pressure was on for Kady Glynn, who needed her team to have a great day to have a chance of unseating Taylor Cummings from the top spot.

While both defenses limited the scoring through most of the game, Team Cummings went on a late run that Team Glynn couldn’t come back from, topping the blue team 8-4 for their second win on Championship Weekend.

Here are the biggest moments from the contest between Team Glynn and Team Cummings:

Marie McCool started the game with a goal for Team Cummings, notching her 26th goal of the season.

Alyssa Parrella quickly scored the equalizer for Team Glynn to tie the game at one goal apiece.

Sam Apuzzo tried to score on Team Cummings’ fast break, but Angie Benson stuffed the shot to keep the game tied. Benson continued with several quick saves, kicking off a great defensive performance.

After the timeout, Kayla Treanor launched a shot past Becca Block and put Team Glynn up 2-1.

At the end of the quarter, Treanor made a spectacular air gate move as the buzzer expired. She took the shot just a split second too late, so the score remained 2-1 after the first quarter.

The second quarter opened with multiple close shots on both sides, but the offenses came up empty.

With three and a half minutes left and the shot clock winding down, Mollie Stevens found the back of the net off a pass from Michelle Tumolo to tie the game 2-2.

Apuzzo  added on shortly after with a quick stick goal, taking back the lead for Team Cummings.

With just over a minute remaining, Grace Gabriel spun around the defenders and scored the equalizer for Team Glynn.

The half came to a close tied 3-3, but Team Cummings won the quarter and earned 20 points for each member of their team.

To open up the second half, Apuzzo forced a turnover right in front of Team Glynn’s goal and buried a shot into the back of the net, earning 24 points for herself in a matter of seconds.

Kelly McPartland was ejected from the game after hitting Kayla Wood in the head with a shot, leaving Team Cummings’ bench a player short for the remainder of the game.

With under two minutes remaining in the quarter, Cummings scored and put her team up 5-3, adding on 12 more points to her lead in the overall rankings.

Right before the third quarter came to a close, McCool scored her second goal of the day and put Team Cummings up 6-3.

Stevens started the final quarter with her second goal of the day off a pass from Apuzzo, giving Team Cummings a four-goal lead.

Not ready to give up, Katie O’Donnell shot a bullet in between Read’s legs to bring Team Glynn within three. This ended an 11-minute scoring drought for the blue team, who desperately needed to get their offense going.

Apuzzo secured the hat trick with her 33rd goal on the season, continuing Team Cummings’ stretch of dominant offense late in the game.

Team Glynn was unable to find the back of the net again, so Team Cummings came away with the 8-4 win. Apuzzo’s dominant performance earned her 208 points and the MVP 1 selection. Wood earned 64 points and was voted MVP 2. Molly Little gathered 146 points and was named MVP 3.

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