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Tech catches Cathedral, 3-3

The Franklin County Technical School field hockey team saved its best for last.

The Eagles scored three second-half goals, including the game-tying tally with under five minutes remaining from Nicole Valeski, to earn a 3-3 West Division draw against Cathedral High School Thursday afternoon in Springfield.

The Panthers (6-10-2 overall, 6-4-2 West) led 2-0 at the break courtesy of goals from Anna Martinez and Nicole Denver. Franklin Tech (0-14-2) came back to tie the score at 2-2. Madison Lively got the Eagles on the board with 17 minutes left to play on an assist from Nicole Valeski. Then Valeski tied the game with 9 minutes, 49 seconds left on an unassisted goal. Denver put Cathedral up 3-2 with five minutes to play, but Valeski took the ensuing restart and went down the field to tie the score with her second goal of the game.

“I’m very proud of the girls,” first-year coach Amber Coburn said. “We had a lot of bumps this season but in the final game we were able to put everything aside and step up. Everything clicked in the second half. The girls decided that we were going to close out the season like that.”

Bri Wilder made nine saves in the Franklin Tech net. Tessa Morneau stopped four shots in the Cathedral goal.

Narragansett 4, Mahar 1 — Mahar Regional School scored first but Narragansett Regional School took control from there as the Warriors posted a 4-1 independent field hockey victory Thursday night at the Woodward Complex in Orange.

Ally Parker struck just 2:45 into the contest, assisted by Courtney White, to give the Senators a 1-0 lead.

Kaylee Duteau and Olympia Moulton responded with goals before the half, and Rylie Hammond notched a pair of second-half tallies. All four goals were unassisted.

The Warriors outshot Mahar 12-2 and had 10 corners to Mahar’s two. Brianna Kulzete made one save for Gansett. Senators’ keeper Brian Rivers stopped eight shots.

Mahar (10-6-1) closes out the regular season today at Mohawk Trail Regional High School at 3:30.


Mahar 3, Greenfield 2 — It wasn’t the way Mahar girls’ volleyball coach Sarah Woodward would have liked her team to qualify for the WMass Division III Tournament, but she’ll take it.

The Senators dug themselves into a 2-0 hole but climbed out by winning the final three sets to post a 22-25, 13-25, 25-13, 25-17, 15-6 Northern Division victory Thursday night at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.

“The first two games we were just very flat,” Woodward said. “We missed a lot of serves and had a lot of balls dropping in front of people. We just didn’t come to play. We picked it up in the third game and it was back to the momentum that we can have.”

Kelly Leblanc finished with 42 assists and four aces for the Senators (10-9), and Katherine Donelan collected 21 kills and four aces. Caoilinn Cronin recorded 12 kills and six aces, and Caitriona Cronin finished with 20 digs.

Stephanie Ortega and Alexandra Ortega each finished with six digs and one ace for the Green Wave (9-8). Emily Franklin added 12 digs and two kills.

Turners 3, Mohawk 1 — Mackenzie Salls finished with 21 assists, five aces and four digs to lead Turners Falls High School to a 25-15, 20-25, 25-12, 25-19 Northern Division girls’ volleyball win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Thursday in Buckland.

It was Senior Night for Mohawk and the team’s three seniors played well in a losing effort. Angel Donovan had a strong night in her finale. With Mohawk trailing 20-14 in the second game, Donovan served 11 straight points to help the Warriors to their only win of the night. She finished with six kills and five aces. Jessica Dawicki added three aces and 15 digs, and Bobbie Jo Tuthill recorded four aces and 10 digs.

Athol 3, Pioneer 1 — Julia Salmond recorded 12 aces, six kills and three digs as Athol High School beat Pioneer Valley Regional School, 25-9, 25-4, 17-25, 25-18, in a Northern Division girls’ volleyball match Thursday at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Lexi Hamlett added 26 assists, six aces, three kills and three digs for the Red Raiders (18-1, 9-0). Tatyana Carrasquillo chipped in two kills and two digs.

Shannon Watson collected seven aces and two kills, Emily Malsch had four blocks and three kills, and Kristina Hadsel contributed three kills and one block for the Panthers.

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