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Seniors Set Tone for Continued Growth in Finale

Seniors Set Tone for Continued Growth in Season Finale
Posted on 05/06/2019
Seniors Set Tone for Continued Growth in Season Finale

The Flatbush Girls Varsity Hockey Team’s season came to an end on Monday night (5/6), and though the loss to the HANC Hurricanes at the Aux Nest in Brooklyn, NY brought an end to the three-year careers of the team’s Senior players, the graduating Falcons leave a legacy of commitment and energetic play that will infuse the program as it continues to move forward.

 Seniors on the court

The game marked the end of the third full season of competition in the sport, but it was the first game of the year for team captain Danielle Malka. Not only was Malka thrilled to finally be out on the floor, her teammates were really excited for her.

 Danielle Malka

Even with all the positive energy, Flatbush fell behind early, giving up two quick goals and handing HANC the early 2-0 advantage. The Falcons nearly got on the board in the next minute when Malka, as noted making her first appearance of the season after recovering from a serious ankle injury she sustained in pre-season practice, made a beautiful feed to Aimee Cohen. But, Cohen just could not redirect it enough into the Hurricane net. Stella Lessler and Norma Hizami did a great job keeping the defense clear, but HANC managed two more goals. A penalty with 4 minutes in the period gave the Falcons a power play opportunity. Chen Menashe and Cohen pressured the HANC goal, but could not score. It was a tough period for Flatbush’s rookie goalie Lauren Heskiel. It was her first start in goal, and she would yield one more score before the opening period came to a close. At the first break, the Hurricanes led 5-1.

 Defense Stella Lessler clears the zone

Katriella Weingarten opened the second period with a great shot on goal that nearly squeaked under the HANC keeper, but the save was made. Heskiel, playing with renewed confidence, came up with great save. And, the Falcons played with a new level of energy as Menashe, Lessler, Cohen and Hizami along with Sandy Bernstein pushed hard on the offensive end. Heskiel played with focus and was animated in goal. Lessler was all over the place at both ends, and defensemen Frieda Dabah and Dinah Chasanow worked hard to keep the defensive zone clear. Malka and Weingarten continued to attack. But it was HANC that managed two late goals, one just a moment before the buzzer sounded. At the second intermission, the lead was 7-0 in favor of the Hurricanes.

 Menashe attacks Sandy Bernstein defends

Head Coach Eliot Weiselberg made a change in goal for the final period. After giving Heskiel her first starting experience, he inserted veteran Sophomore keeper Zoe Sabbagh, who made some really nice saves. The Hurricanes would get one goal in the period, but Sabbagh and the defense in front of her was solid. Coach Weiselberg put his seniors out for the final three minutes of the season, and though the trio pushed hard to get on the board, they were denied. The buzzer soon sounded, ending the game and the season, finalizing the 8-0 loss to HANC.

 Sabbagh in goal Attack by the Falcons

The season was over, but the Falcons spirit could not be contained. They celebrated the team’s growth over the entire spring. For the Seniors, their 3-year careers had come to an end, but they leave a legacy of hard work, dedication and most of all fun for the young Falcons who will return next Spring. And, when that first win finally arrives, these Falcons will have played a major role in the accomplishments to come!

shaking hands hugs afterwards
Weingarten, Malka & Menashe

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