Mohawk trims Terriers, 2-1
Mohawk Trail Regional High School dominated this one from start to finish, but you never would have known it by looking at the scoreboard.
The Warriors unloaded 25 shots on independent foe West Springfield High School and held a commanding 16-1 advantage in penalty corners, but the Warriors needed to fend off a late Terriers rally to post a 2-1 victory in field hockey action Wednesday in Buckland.
“It was a good team effort, (but) I was very surprised (we didn’t score more),” said Mohawk head coach Lynn Hoeppner. “We got the ball to the goal, but we couldn’t get it past their goalie.”
Kate Bergeron was the West Side keeper, turning aside 23 Warrior chances to keep the Terriers in the contest.
Mohawk started quickly, as Megan Grant slapped home a pass from Makayla Hicks just four minutes into the contest.
However, the Warriors weren’t able to convert again until Leah Shippee netted a much-needed insurance tally from Rebecca Scranton with 12 minutes to go.
The Terriers’ Josh Boyer scored on a breakaway with five minutes left to close the gap but Mohawk keeper Erin Townsley (four saves) and her defense allowed no more scoring threats to close out the win.
The Warriors (2-4-1 overall) go right back on the road Friday for a 3:30 p.m. game at Agawam High School.
Mahar 5, Turners 2 — Ally Parker scored three goals, including the go-ahead tally with 16:18 left in regulation, to carry Mahar Regional School past Turners Falls High School, 5-2, in an independent field hockey game Wednesday night at the Woodward Complex in Orange.
Parker’s first goal of the evening actually came with 16 seconds left in the first half to tie the game at 2-2. She struck for an unassisted tally to put the senators ahead to stay, then Courtney White made it 4-2 with 9:16 to go before Parker completed her hat trick with 29 seconds left.
Halle Harvey and Kelly Rehorka scored first-half goals for the Indians, while Lauren Grimard assisted on Harvey’s marker.
Mahar outshot Turners Falls 31-4, forcing Turners netminder Jaimee White to make 26 saves.
Brian Rivers made two saves in the first half and Bethany Vescovi did not face a shot in the second half for the Senators, who had 16 corners to Turners’ 0.
Mahar (6-3-0 overall) hosts Westfield High School today at 3:30 p.m.
Holyoke 3, Pioneer 0 — Summer Kaeppel scored in each half as Holyoke High School blanked Pioneer Valley Regional School, 3-0, in a PVIAC West Division field hockey game Wednesday at the Roberts Complex in Holyoke.
Kaeppel’s first goal was the only score of the half, while Katelynn LeClerc joined her on the scoresheet during the final 30 minutes.
Kathryn Collier turned aside all four shots she faced to record the shutout for the Purple Knights (5-2-0, 4-2-0 West), who outshot the Panthers 14-4 and held an 8-4 edge in corners.
Meredith Townsley made 11 saves for Pioneer.
Palmer 2, Athol 1 — Emily Czaja’s unassisted goal with 1:58 left in regulation helped Palmer High School to a 2-1 independent field hockey win over Athol High School on Wednesday in Thorndike.
Czaja’s marker cam just 1:01 after the Red Raiders’ Sophie Palmacci tied the score at 1-1, with an assist from Holly Brissette.
Christine Gloekler had opened the scoring for Palmer 5:20 into the second half.
The Panthers held an edge in shots, 13-12, and corners, 9-5.
Both goalkeepers, Plamer’s Kelsey Kokosa and Athol’s Alicia Lachance, made 11 saves.