Frontier blanks Wave, 3-0
GHS 11 Kosick Fro 6 Moscarlitolo
Fro 11 Marquis
Frontier junior Jordyn Roberts may be the best offensive player in the North Division this season as she returns after scoring 12 goals last fall.
GHS 4 Plasse Fro 19 Roberts
The two-time WMass Division II champs are off and running.
Frontier Regional School scored three times in the first half — including a pair of goals by Taryn Marquis — and the Red Hawks opened the 2013 North Division field hockey season with a 3-0 victory over Greenfield High School Tuesday afternoon in South Deerfield.
The Red Hawks were solid on both ends of the field, especially in the first half. Frontier peppered first-year Greenfield netminder Maureen Fish with 12 shots in the opening 30 minutes and slipped three past her. Frontier went into a defensive shell in the second half, putting just two more shots on the Green Wave net, but the Hawks defense held tough, holding the Wave to just two shots, and even more impressively, not allowing a single corner.
“It was a great start to the season,” Frontier coach Missy Mahar said. “The girls left everything on the field today. We played together as a unit both offensively and defensively. We were definitely stronger in the first half on offense. We played well, we executed passes and we transitioned nicely. In the second half, I think we sat back a little with the three goal lead. We came out a little flat. But give Greenfield credit, it was a well-fought effort.”
The game remained scoreless for the first 13 minutes before Marquis put Frontier ahead by finishing off a pass from Brenna Sicard at the 13-minute, 39-second mark. Five minutes later, Jordyn Roberts tallied the first of what she hopes will be many more to come when she took a feed from McKayla Poissant and tucked it into the cage. Marquis scored the final goal of the half two minutes later, giving the Red Hawks three goals in a seven-minute span to take command of the game. Mahar said senior captain Marquis had a strong first game in the midfield.
“She controlled the midfield very nicely,” Mahar said. “She made some nice passes, and she tackled very well defensively.”
Gwen Thayer stopped both shots she faced for the shutout.
Frontier travels to Mohawk Trail Regional High School Thursday afternoon. Greenfield hosts Mahar Regional School Thursday night.
Smith Academy 3, Mohawk 1 — The last time Smith Academy and Mohawk met in a field hockey game, they were battling their way through a double-overtime thriller in the WMass Division II semifinals last fall in a 2-1 Warriors win.
Ten months later, Smith Academy extracted a bit of revenge.
The Falcons opened the 2013 season by knocking off the team that eliminated them from competition in the 2012 campaign with a 3-1 win over Mohawk Tuesday afternoon in Hatfield.
Lauren Grondin put the Falcons up 1-0 just five minutes into the game by capitalizing on a feed from Danielle Duseau. Smith Academy went up 2-0 when Duseau struck for her first of the season midway through the first half.
Mohawk pulled to within one goal 10 seconds before halftime when Makayla Hicks sent a feed from the right side of the goal to Jenna Sencabaugh, who was parked to the right of the net and finished it off past Lauren Bradford.
That was all Mohawk could manage, however, as Bradford finished with six saves in the game, and got some insurance in the second half on Grondin’s second of the game. Smith Academy finished with an 11-4 edge in corners and a 18-7 edge in shots. Mohawk coach Lynn Hoeppner said the team is still working out the early-season kinks, with a number of new people in new places.
“We are still moving people around a little bit; we are trying to figure out a brand new defense,” she explained. “We worked people in and tried to get people feeling the flow as they worked together. I’m not happy we lost, but I’m not disappointed, either. By the time we meet them again midway through the season, we will be a different team.”
Erin Townsley stopped 15 shots for Mohawk.
Mahar 9, Athol 0 — Mahar Regional School’s North Division debut came with a bang.
Ally Parker scored four times and assisted on three more goals as the Senators drilled rival Athol High School, 9-0, Tuesday night at the Woodward Complex in Orange.
Natasha Patria set up three of Parker’s goals, including the first two of the game that helped Mahar to a 4-0 lead at halftime. Colleen Burke added three goals in the win. Kerrigan Wypych chipped in a pair. Courtney White finished with three assists, and Erin Jillson added one helper. The three-time defending West Division champs finished with a 17-1 edge in shots.
“I feel like my offense grew stronger,” Mahar coach Lauri Saisa said. “I was very pleased with my defense. They stepped up to the plate tonight and did a phenomenal job moving the ball and switching fields.”
Brian Rivers stopped the only shot he faced to earn the shutout, while Annie Reynolds made eight saves in her varsity debut for the Red Raiders.
Southwick 7, FC Tech 0 — Sydney Rogers scored five goals on Tuesday and Southwick Regional High School drubbed Franklin County Technical School, 7-0, in the West Division season-opener in Southwick.
Katie Corey and Kristin Rechenberger each added one goal in the win.
Emily Sullivan stopped 17 shots in the Franklin Tech net.