The Lady Hornets have dominated the pre-season thus far, but now they're first real test looms. Coach Becca Maciejewski's girls host former PIAA state champion Wyoming Seminary Friday at the HHS Athletic Complex.
HONESDALE — If Tuesday's dazzling performance is any indicator, the rest of the Wyoming Valley Conference should beware of Honesdale this fall.
The Lady Hornets opened their exhibition slate by posting seven conesutive wins at Lake Lehman's annual play day last week. And this only heightened Becca Maciewjewski's expectations for the 2012 regular season campaign.
On Tuesday, the Red & Black squared off with Montrose in their final scrimmage and utterly dominated an outmanned Meteors squad. By the time the final horn sounded, Honesdale had hammered out a 12-0 victory.
"We were the dominant team, but it was nice to see us concentrate and execute some of the technical aspects of the game we've been working on," Coach Maciejewski said. "Everyone got plenty of varsity minutes, including all of our freshmen newcomers. So, that was obviously a good thing."
Honesdale now heads into the Wyoming Valley Conference season primed and ready to roll...which is fortunate, because the Lady Hornets will be tested immediately. Former PIAA state champion and perennial District Two title contender Wyoming Seminary comes to town Friday afternoon.
"I'm really excited to see how we measure up," Coach Maciejewski said. "Sem is always a powerhouse, so that's going to be an excellent barometer of where we're at as a team."
This Week One WVC encounter is slated for a 4:15 p.m. start at the HHS Complex.
Honesdale's explosive offense was hitting on all cylinders right from the opening whistle against Montrose.
Mary Martin sliced through the Meteors' defense and scored her first goal off an assist from Sam Krempasky. The fleet-footed midfielder would go on to rack up four goals on the day.
"Mary is out to set a new single season scoring record, which has stood since 2001," Coach Maciejewski said. "She will be one of the biggest offensive threats in the WVC due to her athleticism, attitude and ballhandling skills."
Krempasky got in the action moments later, blasting home a rebound off the Montrose keeper's pads. When Martin found the back of the cage again and Bridget McVeigh tallied her first goal of the afternoon, Honesdale's lead was an insurmountable 4-0.
Stacey Hart and Megan Benson contributed big plays to the cause as the Lady Hornets extended their lead before intermission.
Hart picked off an errant Meteor pass and weaved her way through several defenders en route to paydirt. Benson also tallied an unassisted goal, executing a nifty flick from the top of the circle.
After the break, it was time to debut the "Micky Johannes Show."
A 3-year starter and senior co-captain, Johannes is showing no lingering effects from various pre-season nicks. Mickey ripped a lightning bolt past Montrose's keeper for her initial goal of the game. She would close out the day with three...all of which were unassisted.
"Mickey is looking to make her fourth varsity season a memorable one," Coach Maciejewski said. "She's most likely going to surpass many of the school's all-time records set by he predecessor, Desiraye Mack."
Martin wound down her all-out assault with back-to-back goals. The first came courtesy of an Elyssa Stanton assist and the second was set up by Johannes.
With the score now 9-0, McVeigh chimed in once again with an unassisted goal. Johannes added a pair of exclamation points, rattling the Montrose cage twice to seal the deal on a Honesdale Hat Trick.
Over & Out
Not surprisingly, all the statistical numbers were skewed heavily in Honesdale's favor.
The Red & Black outshot their guests by an incredible margin of 65-0. In addition, the local lasses posted a 16-0 edge in penalty corners.
Nicole Cush wasn't tested at all in goal for Honesdale. The senior keeper did not face a single shot as Montrose only ventured across the 25 three times all game long.
"Nicole Cush may be the most important part of our line-up," said Coach Maciejewski. "She's ready for the challenge. Nicole worked hard to improve her footwork and her technique during the off-season."