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The Palmyra field hockey team wants a Mid-Penn Conference title very badly.

That was quite apparent on Tuesday night.

The Cougars stormed into Thursday's Mid-Penn championship game with a thorough 8-0 drubbing of Northern in a lopsided semifinal encounter at Mechanicsburg.

Erin Huffman led the way with a hat trick as Keystone Division champ Palmyra improved to 17-2 ahead of the title game encounter with Boiling Springs, a 2-1 winner over Cumberland Valley. The contest is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Central Dauphin Middle School's Landis Field.

"We are very proud to represent the Keystone Division," Palmyra coach Kristi Costello said. "Tonight was a great team win and we were able to distribute the ball to many players in the circle. We are very excited to play on Thursday night for a championship."

Lexi Smith, Nicole Shank, Carli Herman, Gabby Corricelli, and Shayla Myers also scored for Palmyra, which outshot the Polar Bears 24-0 and enjoyed a commanding 21-1 advantage in penalty corners.

The Cougars will be shooting for their second conference title and first since 2009 on Thursday.

Palmyra 8, Northern 0

Northern00—0

Palmyra44—8

First half — P: Lexi Smith, Nicole Shank, Erin Huffman, Carli Herman (penalty stroke)

Second half — P: Huffman 2, Gabby Corricelli, Shayla Myers

Assists — P: Huffman, Corricelli, Smith, Shank, Jess Dembrowski

Shots on goal — Palmyra 24, Northern 0;

Corners — Palmyra 21, Northern 1;

Saves — P: Cheyenne Sprecher (0 saves), N: Abi Kennedy (13 saves), Carly Speese, Anna Juba, undetermined (defensive save)

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