Backup goalie backbones Mahar win
Mahar's Colleen Burke, left, and Greenfield's Valenka Kosick will both be in action this week when the WMass Field Hockey Tournament opens.
Mahar's Xavier Godette, left, and Greenfield's Rachel Lapoint reach for control of the ball Thursday at the Woodward Complex, where the host Senators beat the visiting Green Wave, 4-2, in their North Division field hockey showdown.
The last thing Mahar Regional School field hockey coach Laurie Saisa wanted to hear Thursday with her early-season game against Greenfield High School nearing was that a key member of her team was sick. But that’s exactly what happened, when starting goalkeeper Brian Rivers messaged Saisa around noon to let her know he was home ill.
Well, Saisa elected to go with junior varsity goalkeeper Hannah Birch, and the entire team picked up their new keeper when four different players found the back of the cage in a 4-2 victory over the Green Wave in a PVIAC North Division field hockey game at the Woodward Complex in Orange.
“This is huge,” exclaimed Saisa, afterward. “Greenfield set the tone with that win over Frontier (Tuesday), and I thought it (league) was going to be competitive with all of us. I’m really excited. This was a pretty big motivator for the girls. The kids were up for this game.”
Kadie Jillson put the Senators (2-0-0) up at the 14:13 mark of the first half, assisted by Ally Parker. Kelsey Roberts’ unassisted tally 2:43 later pulled Greenfield even, but Courtney White scored with 3:40 left in the period to give Mahar the lead and a big momentum shift.
It paid off, Joslyn O’Brien converted on a corner 6:20 into the second half, assisted by Parker and White, before Parker used helpers from O’Brien and White on another corner just 1:10 later to extend the lead to 4-1.
Roberts scored unassisted for Greenfield with 7:11 left to complete the scoring.
Saisa was happy with the performance from not only Birch, bur her defenders as well.
“I was excited for Hannah. She had some saves and was in the right spots,” said Saisa. “Xavier was everywhere. He busted his butt. And Kaila (Lundgren) was solid.”
Mahar entertains Smith Academy Wednesday night at 7.
Frontier 1, Mohawk 0 — A late first-half goal proved to be the difference as Frontier Regional School outlasted Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 1-0, in a PVIAC North field hockey game Thursday in South Deerfield.
Ashley Borkowski beat Warrior goalkeeper Erin Townsley on a shot with 9:26 left in the opening half. She was assisted Izzy Contois.
Frontier held the upper hand in both shots (18-5) and corners (14-2).
Kelly Moulton stopped all 5 shots she faced to earn the shutout for the Red Hawks (1-1-0). Townsley turned aside 17 attempts for Mohawk (1-1-0).
“The girls played well and as a team,” said Hawks head coach Missy Mahar. “It was a nice win for us, a good bounceback after Tuesday(’s loss).”
Frontier is at Smith Academy on Monday.
Smith Academy 5, Athol 0 — Kayla Miastowski made 10 saves to help Smith Academy defat Athol High School, 5-0, in PVIAC North field hockey play Thursday in Athol.
Jenn Adamites and Liv Cavanaugh each scored first-half tallies for the Falcons.
Cavanaugh added an insurance marker 8:18 into the second half, then Adamites and Izzy Duseau added the last two scores in the final 5 minutes.
Smith held a 22-10 edge in shots but only 7-6 in corners.
Alicia Lachance played well in net for the Raiders, rejecting 17 shots.
Athol (0-2-0) hosts Greenfield Monday night at 7.
FC Tech 4, Central 0 — Franklin County Technical School reversed its fortunes — and, literally, the final score — from Tuesday’s opener as it cruised to a 4-0 PVIAC West field hockey win over Springfield Central High School Thursday in the Powertown.
Emily Jamieson opened the scoring at 6:55, and added a second goal at 20:37, both assisted by Sam Scopa. Ashley Townsley added an unassisted goal at 27:30, and Scopa added the final goal with 30 seconds remaining in the half, assisted by Emily Sullivan.
The Eagles (1-1-0) outshot Central, 11-0, and registered 15 corners to the Golden Eagles 1.
Kailynn Mason-Emond didn’t need to make a save to record the shutout. Kailyn Giroux had 7 saves in the Central net.
Frontier 3, Catholic 1 — Megan Farrick scored two goals and assisted on the other to power Frontier past Holyoke Catholic High School, 3-1, in an independent girls’ soccer match Thursday at Herlihy Park in Whately.
Farrick assisted on Casey Michalowski’s marker in the fourth minute, then scored 10 minutes later with a helper from freshman Angela Self.
The Gaels’ Jessica Cavanaugh converted a pass from Danielle Easton in the 72nd minute to cut the Red Hawks’ lead to 2-1, but Farrick blasted home the insurance goal just three minutes later to put the game away.
Frontier held an 18-10 advantage in shots.
Camilla Baronas recorded 7 saves to get the win in goal. Alexis Carrington made 8 saves for Catholic.
Frontier hosts Mohawk Monday night at 7.
Frontier also won the junior varsity contest, 3-1.
Athol 3, Hopkins 0 — Athol High School took advantage of two defensive miscues by Hopkins Academy and went on to post a 3-0 independent girls’ soccer victory Thursday night at O’Brien Field in Athol.
The Red Raiders got on the board in the 42nd minute on an own-goal when a Golden Hawks defender mishit a clearing attempt and it went into the net.
Julia Carey netted an unassisted tally in the 57th minute, then Athol got the final score on another own goal in the 72nd minute when a Hopkins defender tried to clear a crossing pass and accidentally deflected it into the net.
Athol held a commanding 19-5 advantage in shots. Raider goalkepeer Steph Putnam made 3 saves to record the shutout.
“We certainly had plenty of shots,” said Athol head coach Tim Cleveland. “We had the ball in front of their goal a lot, but missed a ton of opportunities.”
Athol (2-0) visits Pioneer Monday at 4 p.m.