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Purple Knights stun Panthers, 2-1

Bridget Higgins scored twice in the first half and Holyoke High School pulled off the field hockey upset of the season thus far with a surprise 2-1 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School Thursday night in Holyoke.

Holyoke entered the game 2-4-1 on the season, while Pioneer came in 6-2-1 overall and in second place in the West Division. A pair of first-half goals by Higgins — with assists from Jill D’Ordine and Katelyn Leclerc — gave the Purple Knights a 2-0 lead at the break.

Pioneer finally got some offense going in the waning minutes as Marte Johannessen scored on an assist from Monique Pydych. The Panthers continued to pressure but could not crack Holyoke goalie Cat Collier for the game-tying goal.

“Five more minutes and I really think we win that game,” Pioneer coach Colleen Bannister said. “We just stunk tonight. We didn’t come out strong — our passing was not good. It was awful.”

Collier finished with 17 saves, while Pioneer goalie Emily Walker turned aside 12 shots.

Pioneer looks to get back on track Tuesday when it hosts Franklin County Technical School at 3:30 p.m.

Mohawk 2, South Hadley 1 — Jenny Dawson scored once in each half and Mohawk crept one game closer to .500 on the season with a 2-1 win over South Hadley High School in an independent field hockey game Thursday in South Hadley.

Dawson scored the opening goal of the game in the 18th minute on an assist from Katelyn Carmody. The two forwards then combined in the 13th minute of the second half for a 2-0 Warrior advantage. Cailey Newton pulled the Tigers to within one goal with three minutes remaining but Cassie Kudlay stopped five shots in the Mohawk goal to keep Mohawk (4-5-1) on top.

Mohawk coach Lynn Hoeppner credited a number of other players with stepping up and playing well despite not showing up on the scoresheet. Left wing Leigh Shippee had a strong game, as did midfielders Ashley Pierce and Kesheal Henderson. Angie Younger also was a “rock” in the back row, according to her coach.

Liz Menard finished with 12 saves in the Tiger net.

Longmeadow 3, Frontier 1 — Mary Lemay scored twice Thursday as Longmeadow High School earned a 3-1 win over Frontier Regional School in an independent field hockey game in Longmeadow.

The Lancers scored the only goal of the first half, off the stick of Lemay, then struck for two more goals in the first nine minutes of the second half to put the game away. Lemay netted Longmeadow’s second goal of the afternoon 7 minutes, 36 seconds into the second half, and Jessica Moriarty scored just over one minute later for a 3-0 edge.

Brenna Sicard got one game back for the Red Hawks (7-2-0) with 3:09 left, but it was too little, too late.

Frontier goalie Gwen Thayer played well to keep the game close, making a season-high 20 saves. Kelly Payne needed to stop just two shots in the Longmeadow net.

Northampton 2, Athol 1 — Emily Allcroft scored twice in the first half and Northampton High School clamped down defensively to hold off Athol High School the rest of the way as the Blue Devils held on for a 2-1 win in an independent field hockey game Thursday in Northampton.

Alexa Whitney pulled Athol (2-7-0) to within one goal when she finished off a pass from Liz Arpide in the second half but Northampton goalie Mary Greco had to make one save over the course of the game to earn the win.

Danielle Whitman finished with 15 saves for Athol.

Greenfield 0, East Longmeadow 0 — Neither squad was able to get many quality opportunities and Greenfield High School wound up playing East Longmeadow High School to a 0-0 independent field hockey tie on Thursday in East Longmeadow.

Greenfield (2-8-1) held a 5-4 edge in shots and 10-5 in corners.

Wave goalkeeper Diane Blanker made four saves, while the Spartans’ Natalia Mesiti had five stops.

“We had a hard time getting the ball in front of the net,” said Greenfield head coach Erin Thayer. “It just wasn’t there (today).”

Girls’ volleyball

Greenfield 3, FC Tech 0 — Rachel Pelc dished out eight assists and served two aces as Greenfield High School

downed Franklin County Technical School, 25-14, 25-18, 25-7, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Thursday afternoon in Greenfield.

Manisha Malik finished with seven digs and six aces for the Green Wave (2-7), and Ashley Lowell chipped in six kills and three aces.

Katie Newell led the Eagles with two aces and three assists. Megan Doull added two aces and three digs, and Kirsten Mattson collected two aces.

Golf

Mahar 20 1/2, Pathfinder 3 1/2 — Zack Adams was match medalist with a 39 and took four points to lead Mahar Regional School to a 20 1/2-3 1/2 victory over Pathfinder Vocational High School in a Bi-County League East golf match on Thursday at Westover Golf Club in Ludlow.

Collin Mailloux also swept four points for the Senators, while Joe Geyster added 3 1/2 points.

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