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Frontier field hockey takes charge, 4-1

Frontier Regional School didn’t start Wednesday’s game the way it wanted to, but the Red Hawks’ finish certainly made head coach Missy Mahar happy.

The Red Hawks scored three times in the second half, including twice in the final 31∕2 minutes, to defeat Mahar Regional School, 4-1, in a critical PVIAC Northern Division field hockey game Wednesday afternoon in South Deerfield.

It was the Senators who drew first blood at the 6:34 mark of the first half, when Ally Parker knocked home a pass from Colleen Burke.

By the 19-minute mark, Coach Mahar had seen enough and called a timeout.

“I think we needed to regroup and realize what was at stake,” said Mahar, referring to a postseason berth. “I just reminded them of that, and that we couldn’t make fundamental errors. We needed to play the type of hockey we’re capable of playing.”

Six minutes later, the Red Hawks tied it on Jordyn Roberts’ goal from Taryn Marquis, and that seemed to provide the needed spark.

Brenna Sicard converted a pass from McKayla Poissant at 7:53 of the second half to put Frontier (9-2-1, 7-0-0 North) ahead to stay. Then Rose Moscaritolo added two insurance tallies to put it away — Marquis assisted on the first with 3:17 remaining, and the second was unassisted with 44 seconds left.

Frontier dominated statistically, outshooting Mahar 16-4, with 11 corners to the Senators’ 0. Gwen Thayer stopped three shots for the Red Hawks, while Brian Rivers had 12 saves for Mahar.

Frontier plays in the Columbus Day Tournament Saturday and Sunday at Smith College in Northampton. Longmeadow and Northampton high schools square Saturday off at noon, followed by Frontier and Smith Academy at 2 p.m.

The third-place game is scheduled for noon Sunday, with the championship tilt scheduled for 2.

Girls’ volleyball

Athol 3, Mahar 0 — Athol High School pulled out three tightly-contested sets to beat archrival Mahar, 25-19, 25-20, 25-21, in Northern Division girls’ volleyball action Wednesday night at the Grzesik-Bixby Complex in Orange.

Lexi Hamlett totaled 29 assists, five digs and three kills for the Red Raiders (13-0, 7-0 North), while Tessa Neverett finished with 19 digs, 12 kills and two aces. Sarah Crino also contributed five kills.

Kelly LeBlanc dished out 22 assists, Caitriona Cronin had 17 digs and Katherine Donelan collected seven kills for the Senators (8-6, 4-3).

Pioneer 3, Smith Voke 0 — Christina Hadsel had eight aces and two kills to help Pioneer.

Valley Regional School beat Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 25-12, 25-17, 25-18, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Wednesday in Northampton.

Tasha Cross added five assists and four aces for the Panthers, while Birgit Kuhlka chipped in with six digs.

Agawam 3, Turners 0 — Agawam High School earned its seventh win of the season by downing Turners Falls, 25-20, 25-12, 25-17, in independent girls’ volleyball play

Mackenzie Salls led the Indians with 12 assists, three digs and two aces, Elyssa Carner collected six kills and two digs, and Dani Conant contributed eight digs.

Sci Tech 3, FC Tech 0 — Springfield School of Science & Technology closed to within one match of a postseason berth as it defeated Franklin County Technical School, 25-22, 25-15, 25-14, in a Metro Division girls’ volleyball match Wednesday in Turners Falls.

Katie Newell led the Eagles with three assists and two aces. Megan Duga recorded 100 percent serving with one ace and one kill, Nicole Miller added two kills and served well.

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