Indians near tourney berth
It was do-or-die for the Turners Falls High School field hockey team on Thursday night when it hosted Holyoke High School.
The Indians were facing their final two games of the season needing to win both to qualify for the WMass Division II Field Hockey Tournament. The team responded with a 4-0 West Division victory at Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
That means that it all comes down to Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. when the Indians play their season finale against North Division champion Frontier Regional School in Turners Falls. The Indians have their hands full but need a win against the Red Hawks (13-3-1) to finish .500 and qualify for the tournament.
First things first on Thursday night during Senior Night against the Purple Knights, who had played tough all season. The Indians (6-7-2) came out flying and were able to strike 8 minutes, 38 seconds into the game when Halle Harvey scored on an assist from Lauren Grimard.
“The girls were so amped up for Senior Night, their adrenaline was almost too high,” Turners Falls coach Megan Gilbert said. “Once we got ourselves together and composed, we were able to score and the girls played great. They were passing well, they were talking, they were playing together as a team.”
The Indians went into halftime clinging to the 1-0 lead but they came out and managed to pull away with three more goals. Courtney Eugin put the Indians up 2-0 just 5:40 into the second half on an assist from Harvey. Then Harvey netted her second of the game with 12:54 left on an assist from Julia Bryant.
Turners Falls punctuated the win with six minutes remaining, when it was awarded its eighth and final corner. Nichole Voudren injected the ball to Harvey down low and Harvey played the ball back to Voudren. She fired it across the circle to Grimard, who deposited the ball past Holyoke goalie Kat Collier (13 saves) to finish the scoring.
Jaimee White made five saves to earn the shutout and was helped out in the back by Sophie Letcher, who had a strong game at center defense.
Greenfield 2, Southwick 1 — Danielle Townsley scored on a corner near the midpoint of the second half and it stood as the game-winner as Greenfield High School edged Southwick Tolland Regional School, 2-1, in an independent field hockey game Thursday afternoon in Southwick.
The Green Wave (5-10-2) scored the only goal of the first half when Kelsey Roberts notched one unassisted. The Wave then added to its lead 13 minutes, 42 seconds into the second half when it was awarded a corner. Tylor Narkewicz and Erica Lapointe each picked up an assist on the play as the ball went to Townsley, who beat Southwick goalie Sarah Bodzinski. The netminder played well throughout, stymying numerous Green Wave chances as Greenfield outshot the Rams, 14-3.
Southwick got right back into the game with 15 minutes left when Danielle Gold scored. Greenfield held off any further damage and escaped with the win.
Diane Blanker finished with two saves in the win.
Smith Academy 7, Athol 1 — Danielle Duseau scored four times Thursday and Smith Academy cruised to a 7-1 win over Athol High School in a North Division field hockey game in Athol.
The Red Raiders finished the season 5-11-1.
Emiko Barker finished with two goals in the win. Lauren Bradford made four saves.
Holly Brissette scored the lone goal for the Red Raiders on assists from Jordan Carey and Liz Arpide. Danielle Whitman registered 16 saves in net.
Mahar 11, FC Tech 2 — Aly Parker and Erin Jillson each recorded hat tricks to power Mahar Regional School over Franklin County School, 11-2,
Jenelle Juskiewicz added two goals and three assists for the Senators, who led 5-2 at halftime.
Becca Brisson and Jamie Murcell scored the Eagles, while Abby Virgilio had an assist.
Frontier 3, Greenfield 0 — Emily Woodward totaled eight assists, six aces and three kills to help Frontier Regional School complete an undefeated Northern Division campaign with a 25-11, 25-11, 25-10 girls’ volleyball victory over Greenfield on Thursday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.
Courtney Newsome and Sarah Woodward each contributed five kills and two aces for the Red Hawks (17-1, 8-0 North).
Manisha Malik paced the Green Wave with six digs and one kill, while Ashley Lowell had three kills and two aces and Leah Wallner contributed two aces and one block.
Mahar 3, Pioneer 0 — Sabrina Silva recorded 15 kills and five aces as Mahar downed Pioneer Valley Regional School, 3-0, in a North girls’ volleyball match Thursday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.
Sam Pierson added 19 assists and Caitriona Cronin logged six digs and four aces for the Senators (13-5, 5-3 North).
The Panthers finished their season 0-16 overall (0-8 North).