Frontier blanks Panthers

HOLYOKE — Sydney Judge has spent most of her career setting up her Frontier Regional School field hockey teammates’ goals.

But in the first postseason game of the midfielder’s senior season, it was Judge who came through as the finisher with two early goals in the top-seeded Red Hawks’ 2-0 win over fourth-seeded Pioneer Valley Regional School in the Western Massachusetts Division II Tournament semifinals at the Roberts Complex.

Judge “is always so effective taking the ball down and normally she sends in a nice cross,” Frontier coach Missy Mahar said. “But today they gave her the lane and she took it. She did a phenomenal job for us today.”

Judge’s first goal came on a hard ball from the top of the circle toward the left post. Teammate Rose Moscaritolo was there, but didn’t need to get a stick on it to put it past Pioneer goaltender Emily Walker (seven saves) with 24 minutes, 2 seconds left in the first half.

“I was at the top and I know Rose is always on the weak side, so I just sent a ball that way and it happened to go in,” said Judge, who had five goals and 11 assists this season.

Judge doubled the lead seven minutes later when the Panthers’ defense couldn’t stop her in traffic in front and she unloaded her shot into the goal.

Gwen Thayer made one save for Frontier, which plays No. 3 Mohawk Trail Regional High School in the championship game at West Springfield High School on Saturday at a time to be announced.

Pioneer ended its season at 10-6-1.

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