Turners Falls closing in
Mohawk survives scoring attempt by GHS 12 Alyssa Garvin defended by Moh 2 Kesheal Henderson
GHS 18 Grace Kennedy Moh 7 Ashley Pierce
GGHS 3 Erika glabach Fro 2 Kesheal Henderson
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It has been more than a decade since Turners Falls High School field hockey has celebrated a division crown. After Thursday, the team sits just one win away from celebrating again.
Samm Peabody redirected a shot from Emma Johnson with 7 minutes, 33 seconds remaining to give the Indians a 3-2 win over Southwick-Tolland Regional High School in a battle of the top two West Division field hockey teams in Southwick. The Indians (8-4-1 overall, 8-1-1 West) came into the game on the heels of a disappointing draw Tuesday against Cathedral High School and all but needed to defeat Southwick to have a chance at the league crown. Southwick (7-3-1, 6-2-0), coming off a forgettable Tuesday performance itself, a 2-0 loss to Holyoke High School, would have wrapped up the league crown with a win.
The Rams got off to a quick start when Sydney Rogers scored just 1 minute, 19 seconds into the game by slipping a shot around Turners Falls goalie Jaimee White (seven saves). The Indians wasted little time responding as Peabody got her first of the game just 1:11 later after a corner play that was played in to Halle Harvey, who stopped the ball and set up Peabody’s blast that blew past Southwick goalie Sarah Bodzinski.
The rest of the first half remained uneventful and the two teams went into the break tied at 1-1, but it didn’t take long for the Indians to take the lead in the second half. Harvey did the honors, finishing off a pass from Courtney Eugin 3:10 into the frame to put Turners up 2-1. Just like the Indians had done in the first half, Southwick came back to tie the game when Montana Canazarro scored an unassisted goal with 18:04 remaining.
A tie would have left the door open for the Indians but they would have needed help. Those worries were put to rest when Johnson took a shot that hit the end of Peabody’s stick and deflected past Bodzinski (eight saves) for the game-winner.
“We wanted it right from the beginning,” Turners coach Megan Gilbert said. “It was the best game we played all year. We were down three players so we had less subs than usual, but Jaimee White had a great game, Halle Harvey was all over the field, and everyone played a great game.”
The Indians’ last division crown came in 2002, ironically when Gilbert’s mother Cherie Cloutier was in her final season coaching the team. The Indians still have to defeat their final West opponent of the season and it won’t be an easy one as they travel to Holyoke Tuesday at 6.
Mohawk 0, Greenfield 0, tie — Everyone was stopping shots in front of the Mohawk Trail Regional High School goal Thursday.
Mohawk goalie Erin Townsley had a monster game with 16 saves and got help from a number of her defenders, who were busy blocking shots themselves, and the Warriors played to a 0-0 draw with Greenfield High School in a North Division field hockey game in Buckland.
Greenfield held a 16-2 edge in shots on goal but was unable to beat Townsley.
“Erin stood on her head today,” Mohawk coach Lynn Hoeppner said.
Hoeppner also credited her defense for making a number of defensive saves, including three by Kesheal Henderson and multiple saves by Ashley Pierce.
Maureen Fish stopped both shots she faced for Greenfield.
Both teams have some work to do in qualifying for the postseason. Mohawk (4-5-4) needs six points in its final five games. The Warriors have two games against winless Athol High School but also have games against North powers Mahar Regional School, Smith Academy and Frontier Regional School. Greenfield (6-4-3) has a slightly easier road, needing three points to qualify against Frontier, Smith Academy, Turners Falls, Mahar and Athol.
Smith Academy 4, Mahar 1 — Danielle Duseau scored two goals and assisted on two others as Smith Academy knocked off Mahar Regional School, 4-1, in a North Division field hockey game Thursday in Orange.
Kelly Ryan also scored twice in the win, both of which were set up by Duseau. Both girls’ scored once in each half, and the Falcons (6-4-1, 5-1-0) led 2-0 at the break.
Natasha Patria scored the lone goal for the Senators in the second half on an assist from Colleen Burke.
Lauren Bradford finished with 10 saves in the win. Brian Rivers made eight saves in the loss.
Pioneer 3, Central 0 — Maddie Kerber scored twice to lead Pioneer Valley Regional School over Central High School, 3-0, in West Division field hockey play on Thursday in Northfield.
Kerber scored the only goal of the opening half at the 11:16 mark, then converted a pass from Sierra Barton at 3:01 of the second half to make it 2-0.
Ashley Hubbard scored the final goal at the 10-minute mark on a corner, assisted by Kerber and Sarah Matherson.
Panther goalie Meredith Townsley made five saves to record the shutout, while the Golden Eagles’ Kelvin Wilson-Carter was credited with 25 stops.
Pioneer 161∕2, Turners 71∕2 — Pioneer took 111∕2 of the final 12 points to beat Turners Falls, 161∕2-71∕2, in a PVIAC Northern Division golf match on Thursday at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls.
Brad Hastings (40) and Eric Pratt (45) both swept four points and Blake Kmball added 31∕2 to lead the comeback for the Panthers (13-1-0, 11-0-0), who clinched at least a share of the North title with the win.
Lee Doiron was the Panthers’ medalist with a 39 and tied his match with the Indians’ Brett Sirum, who also shot 39.
Ryan Lenois (42) was the top point-getter for Turners with three points.
Frontier 15, Greenfield 9 — Nate Patterson carded a 41 and took four points to help Frontier beat Greenfield, 15-9, in North golf action Thursday at the Country Club of Greenfield.
Torsten Nelson added three points for the Red Hawks (11-2-0, 10-1-0), who also received four points via forfeit.
Ben Westerman (43) and Christian LaPlante each took three points for the Green Wave.
Mahar 14, Catholic 10 — Zack Adams fired a 37 and took 31∕2 points to help Mahar beat Holyoke Catholic High School, 14-10, in a PVIAC Eastern Division golf match Thursday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol.
Graham Green swept four points and Nick Slattery added two points for the Senators (5-8, 5-7 East).
Mohawk 3, Smith Voke 0 — Angel Donovan registered 12 aces and two kills as Mohawk Trail Regional High School bested Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 25-14, 25-13, 25-22, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Thursday in Buckland.
Emily Page finished with five kills and Lexi Mazza added two aces for the Warriors.
Mohawk will be raising money to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month for remainder of its home games this season. Its next match is today vs. Greenfield at 4 p.m.