As for Ruff, her throw-ins led to both Oneonta goals Friday against Seton, the first by Picinich and the second by Taylor Hitchcock.
“She’s a great player,” Cupertino said of Ruff. “I’m sure that’s going to be a big part of their game plan. It certainly is a weapon and we have to try to defend it. It is in the game plan.”
The Yellowjackets have eight players who have scored at least 12 points this season, led by junior Taryn More, who has an area-best 61 points on 18 goals and 25 assists. More scored the tying goal against Bronxville last season off an assist from Ruff.
Hitchcock has 15 goals and 10 assists, and Picinich is next with 11 goals and 11 assists.
Ruff has 12 goals and seven assists, Baker has contributed six goals and eight assists, and Miller has nine goals and one assist.
Oneonta’s other double-digit scorers are Harmer (seven goals and four assists) and Mallory Herrick (six goals).
“We feel we have individual kids who match up with their kids,” Mackey said. “Having beaten them once, we have enough girls returning that win, lose or draw, they won’t be overwhelmed by the moment. The young kids have come along and done a great job. They’re up to speed and we feel we’re putting a quality 11 on the field against a really good team.
“We feel it could go deep into overtime with someone still trying to make a play,” he continued. “We both have enough experience and firepower, and we understand each other now.”
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