Senators rally to beat Warriors
Mahar Regional School scored four unanswered goals Monday night to overcome a 1-0 deficit and post a 4-1 PVIAC North Division field hockey win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School at the Woodward Complex in Orange.
The Warriors (0-3-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first three minutes when Kesheal Henderson played a corner in to Leigh Shippee who beat Mahar goalie Brian Rivers. That would be the only ball that got past Rivers, as he finished with three saves and allowed the Senators to come back.
Mohawk remained ahead for nearly the entire first half but Ally Parker was awarded a penalty stroke with 12 seconds left in the first half that she shot past Mohawk goalie Erin Townsley to tie the score at the break.
Mahar (3-2-0) took control of the game in the second half, pouring in three goals. Colleen Burke put the Senators ahead to stay with 23:10 left in the game on an assist from Parker. She then made it 3-1 with 14 minutes left on a Natasha Patria helper, before Parker finished off the scoring with 10 minutes left on her second stroke goal of the game.
“The girls really wanted this win,” Mahar coach Lauri Saisa said. “They used the momentum from that last goal and came out strong in the second half.”
Townsley finished with 10 saves for the Warriors.
Smith Academy 3, Greenfield 0 — Smith Academy took advantage of 32 corner opportunities to get past Greenfield High School, 2-0, in a North Division field hockey game Monday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Danielle Duseau scored on a pass from Lauren Grondin five minutes into the game to put the Falcons (4-1-0) up 1-0. Smith Academy continually pressured the Green Wave goal throughout the rest of the game, forcing the 32 corners. The Falcons finished with 14 shots on net, but Green Wave goalie Maureen Fish had a strong performance with 12 saves.
“My goalie played so well tonight,” Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said.
The Falcons added an insurance marker in the second half as Katie Yagodzinski scored from Kelly Ryan. Greenfield was limited to just two shots, and Smith Academy goalie Lauren Bradford stopped both for the shutout.
“We just didn’t play our best field hockey tonight,” Thayer concluded. “Hopefully this is the bottom, and now we’ve got to work our way back up. Our communication was lacking on the field, which really hurt us.”
Agawam 11, Pioneer 0 — Casey Noonan scored three times on Monday night and Agawam High School drubbed Pioneer Valley Regional School, 11-0, in an independent field hockey game in Agawam.
Ashley Lockwood and Anna Pellegrina each added two goals in the win.
Meredith Townsley had a solid performance in the Pioneer goal with a whooping 38 saves.
Athol 3, Chicopee 0 — Lexi Hamlett registered six aces, two kills, and 10 assists as Athol High School swept visiting Chicopee High School Monday, 25-15, 25-12, 25-18, in an independent girls’ volleyball match.
Julia Salmond added six aces and three kills, Tessa Neverett had four aces, five kills, and eight digs, and Annie MacLean contributed 11 digs for the Red Raiders.
For Chicopee, Kayla Calas had one kill and four blocks, and Ayana Meadows contributed two kills and four blocks.
Easthampton 3, Mohawk 0 — Nelly O’Connell picked up four aces and three assists but it wasn’t enough as Mohawk suffered a 25-12, 25-11, 25-22 loss to Easthampton High School in an independent girls’ volleyball match Monday evening in Easthampton.
Angel Donovan added three aces and one kill for the Warriors, and Emily Page collected one kill, one block and one assist.
Despite the loss, Mohawk coach Bob Mastorakis was pleased with his team’s progress after a recent loss to Sabis International Charter School.
“Their play improved significantly over the Sabis match,” the coach began. “They worked well as a team. We played better as a unit, so I was really happy to see that.”
Turners Falls 3, S. Hadley 0 — Mackenzie Salls finished with 21 assists, four aces and two kills on Monday and Turners Falls High School blanked South Hadley High School, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22, in an independent girls’ volleyball match at Holyoke Community College.
Shelby Lewis added 10 kills, three aces and four digs in the win, Sam Currier collected 10 kills, five digs and one ace, and Danielle Conant chipped in seven aces and eight digs.
Longmeadow 3, Mahar 0 — Division II power Longmeadow High School came to the Grzesik-Bixby Complex on Monday evening and snuck out with a 25-19, 25-22, 25-19 victory over Mahar Regional School in an independent girls’ volleyball match in Orange.
Carolyn McCoy led the Lancers with 11 kills.
Caitriona Cronin paced the Senators (4-2) with 18 digs and three kills. Kelly LeBlanc totaled 10 assists and three aces, and Erin Robinson chipped in with three kills and two blocks.
Frontier 3, East Longmeadow 0 — Frontier Regional School took to the road and remained undefeated Monday with a 25-14, 25-14, 26-24 victory at East Longmeadow High School.
Courtney Newsome had six kills, Rachel Cialek added five kills, and Emily Woodward contributed eighteen assists for the Red Hawks.
Belchertown 3, Greenfield 0 — Tatyana Ryan registered four assists and one ace on Monday and Belchertown High School edged Greenfield, 25-18, 25-18, 25-19 in an independent girls’ volleyball match in Greenfield.
Brianna Rouleau added two kills in the win.
Manisha Malik paced Greenfield with three kills and seven digs, while Rachel Pelc added six assists and two aces.
Belchertown won the junior varsity match, 25-21, 25-21.
FC Tech 17, Greenfield 7 — Franklin County Technical School took a 17-7 Bi-County League North Division victory over Greenfield on Monday afternoon at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls.
Cody Booska was match medalist with a 41 and took three points for the Eagles.
R.J. Hubert was just a shot behind Booska as he carded a 42 and took three points.
Tyler Boissonneault led the Green Wave with three points, while Colin McGahan had a team-low 44.
Turners 131∕2, Mohawk 101∕2 — Brett Sirum shot a 40 to lead Turners Falls High School to a 131∕2-101∕2 Bi-County North win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Monday at Edge Hill Golf Course in Ashfield.
Sirum collected 31∕2 points for the Indians, while Alex Fitzpatrick swept four points and shot a 45. Ryan Lenois added three points.
Hunter Sessions and Levin Finck each took four points for the Warriors.
Frontier 24, McCann 0 — Frontier Regional School swept all 24 points in a dominant Bi-County North performance over McCann Technical School Monday at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst.
Nathan Patterson led the way, shooting a 35 at No. 1. Cam Blair carded a 40, Torsten Nelson shot a 41 and Ben Ruddock added a 42.
Granby 121∕2, Mahar 111∕2 — In a nip-and-tuck Bi-County East contest, Granby High School held on to defeat Mahar Regional School, 121∕2-111∕2, Monday at Cold Spring Country Club in Belchertown.
The tightness of the match was apparent from the outset as Granby’s Shane Hollenbeck and Mahar’s Zack Adams medaled for their respective teams, both carding 44 and splitting their match.
With the match still up for grabs at No. 6, Granby’s Tyler Sullivan earned 1 1/2 points to give the Rams the win.