Mohawk dumps Smith
Mohawk's Crystal Stevens gets tangled in an awkward position battling for the ball with Smith Academy's Jenn Adamites Tuesday on a hot, sticky afternoon in Buckland, where the host Warriors beat defending WMass champion Smith Academy, 2-0, in the season opener for both Northern Division field hockey teams
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Smith Academy's Victoria Smiarowski, left, and Mohawk's Caitlin Johnson race for the ball Tuesday afternoon in Buckland, where the teams opened their Northern Division field hockey seasons with a 2-0 win by the host Warriors.
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Mohawk Trail Regional High School field hockey may have painted a bull’s-eye squarely on its back Tuesday.
The Warriors used a pair of second-half goals from Makayla Hicks to knock off WMass Division II defending champion Smith Academy, 2-0, in a North Division game that kicked off the fall high school sports season in Buckland.
Holly Brown added an assist for the Warriors, who made a trip to the WMass semifinals and lost in overtime to eventual WMass runner-up Frontier Regional School. With a number of returnees and some promising newcomers, the Warriors were expected to compete for the North Division crown this season, and the team did nothing to indicate otherwise Tuesday.
“This was a good way to start the season,” Mohawk coach Lynn Hoeppner said. “I was not thinking we would put anything together, but we were passing beautifully. They played much better than my expectations.”
Hicks scored the first goal of the season for Mohawk five minutes into the second half when she put back a rebound off the pads of Falcons’ goalie Kayla Miastowski. The score remained that way until three minutes remained in the game when Hicks struck again. This time the goal came after a scrum ensued in front of Miastowski and the ball was partially cleared by a Falcon defender. Mohawk forward Holly Brown played the ball back toward the Smith Academy net and Hicks finished it off.
“I had outstanding play from Holly Brown at forward, and my defense was great,” Hoeppener added. “This is probably the most easy-going, relaxed, fun team I’ve had in a long time. They genuinely like each other.”
Jenna Senncabaugh made a defensive save for Mohawk, while Erin Townsley stopped all 14 shots she faced to earn the shutout. Miastowski finished with eight saves in the loss.
Greenfield 2, Frontier 0 — Greenfield High School followed Mohawk’s lead when it came to knocking off WMass finalists on opening day.
Alyssa Garvin scored once in each half and the Green Wave knocked off 2013 WMass runner-up Frontier Regional School, 2-0, in a North Division field hockey game Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Greenfield and Frontier began the year in very different situations. The Green Wave brought back a number of players from last season and features a senior-laden defense and promising young scorers up front. Frontier is trying to replace nine of 11 starters from last season’s team that lost to Smith Academy in overtime in the WMass Division II championship game.
Even though Frontier is undergoing a makeover, recent history had not served Greenfield well. Greenfield had lost every game it played against Frontier since the 2009 season, when it tied the Red Hawks twice. The Green Wave had not defeated Frontier since a 2-0 win on Oct. 7, 2008.
“I told the girls before the game that they need to believe in themselves,” ninth-year Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said. “And they need to believe that they can beat any team.”
Tuesday night went a long way toward building a team of believers. Alyssa Garvin opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game when she knocked in a rebound off the pads of Frontier goalie Kelly Moulton. It was more of the same for Garvin, who scored 17 goals last season, many of which came because she has a nose for the ball on the doorstep. The same held true for Garvin’s second of the night three minutes into the second half when she banged home a ball out of a scrum in front of Moulton.
The Greenfield defense was equally as impressive in front of goalie Maureen Fish. Greenfield features three seniors in the back and the trio held Frontier to just three shots, all of which were turned away by Fish. Moulton also played well in the Frontier net, stopping 10 shots.
“We have a lot to work on still,” Thayer concluded. “It’s a good win, and it’s a good way to start our season.”
Mahar 5, Athol 1 — Mahar Regional School scored five times in the first half and defeated rival Athol High School, 5-1, in a North Division field hockey contest Tuesday night at O’Brien Field in Athol.
Ally Parker and Kadie Jillson combined to score the first two goals of the game for the Senators, who led 5-0 at halftime. Parker scored 9 minutes, 26 seconds into the game for the first goal, then potted her second four minutes later. Courtney White made it 3-0 with 9:30 left in the first half on a penalty stroke. Joslyn O’Brien scored on an assist from Shelby Roberge for the fourth Mahar goal, and Jillson closed out the scoring and finished off her three-point night with her first of the year on an assist from Colleen Burke.
Athol scored with 6:04 left in the game when Holly Brissette finished off a feed from Mindy Martin.
Alicia Lachance had a nice night in the Athol goal despite the loss, stopping 19 shots. Brian Rivers did not have to make a save in the Mahar goal in the first half before giving way in the second half to backup Hannah Birch, who made one save.
Southwick 4, FC Tech 0 — Sydney Rogers scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Southwick-Tolland Regional High School over Franklin County Technical School, 4-0, in a West Division field hockey game Tuesday in Turners Falls.
Esther Kang and Katie Corey each added a goal and an assist for the Rams, who outshot the Eagles 11-0 and outcornered them 16-0.
Kailynn Nason-Emond made 7 saves in goal for Franklin Tech.
Sarah Bodzinski picked up the shutout for the Rams.
Franklin Tech hosts Central High School Thursday at 4 p.m.