Southwick blanks Indians
Turners Falls senior defender Teagan Deery is one holdover from the Indians West Division title-winning team last fall.
TF Laureen Grimard
TF 6 Halle Harvey moves upfield
Southwichk 19 Sydney Rogers TF 8 Sophie Letcher
TF 7 Lauren Grimard Southwick 13 Sophie Kelleher
Two first-half goals paid off for Southwick-Tolland Regional High School.
Wednesday night’s thunderstorms forced officials to end the Rams’ West Division field hockey game against Turners Falls High School with eight minutes remaining, and Southwick handed the Indians their first loss of the season, 2-0, at Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
The game featured the top two teams in the West as each came into the game with a 2-0 mark in league play. The difference came in the first half, when the Rams took advantage of a lackluster start by the Indians.
Alyssa Kelleher scored seven minutes into the game on a corner that was played in by Kristin Rechenberger. Sydney Rogers then added an unassisted goal at the 15-minute mark.
“They came out ready to play,” Turners coach Megan Gilbert said. “They out-hustled us. I don’t think we were in it early. I think we came out flat-footed. The better team won (tonight).”
Most of the action occurred in the first half when Southwick outshot Turners, 7-3. The Indians managed the only shot of the second half.
Sarah Bodzinski stopped all four shots she faced to register the shutout and help the Rams improve to 3-0-1. Jaimee White made five saves for the Indians (2-1) in a solid effort in goal.
Mohawk 1, Greenfield 1 — There were a pair of storms in Greenfield on Wednesday night.
The first came in the form of the Mohawk Trail Regional High School offense, which peppered the Greenfield High School goal with seven shots in the first half, while holding the Green Wave to without a shot. Greenfield managed to withstand that attack, and the game remained scoreless at halftime.
The second came in the form of the thunderstorm that rolled through the area and forced the North Division field hockey game to end two minutes early. And when it did, Greenfield (1-1-1) had reason to celebrate as it managed a 1-1 draw against the Warriors at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
“It’s a great tie for us,” Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said. “The kids worked their butts off. Mohawk dominated us in the first half, but we totally brought an offensive pressence in the second half. We were working to get five shots and the kids went out, worked hard, and got five shots.”
The Warriors (0-2-1) outshot the Green Wave, 7-0, in the first half as it controlled play but Green Wave goalie Maureen Fish stood tall, stopping all seven shots.
“Maureen played great (tonight),” Thayer said. “And my defense was incredibly strong. They withstood some really tough stuff.”
Mohawk only put two shots on the Greenfield goal in the second half, but one of those got past Fish as Rebecca Scranton netted a goal on an assist from Leigh Shippee with 12 minutes, 51 seconds left in the game. The Green Wave countered with 6:53 left as Alyssa Garvin notched her fourth goal of the season on an assist from Rachel Lapointe.
Erin Townsley finished with four saves for Mohawk.
Smith Academy 3, Mahar 1 — Smith Academy scored three times in the first half to knock off Mahar Regional School, 3-1, in a North Division field hockey game Wednesday in Hatfield.
The two teams played relatively evenly throughout much of the game, with Smith Academy holding a 17-11 edge in shots. The difference came in the opening 30 minutes when the Falcons (3-1-0) took advantage of their chances.
Jen Adamites scored a fluky goal with 17:32 left in the first half for the first goal of the game when she took a shot from the top of the circle that first-year Mahar goalie Brian Rivers let go in, having thought the shot was taken from outside the circle and therefore would not have counted.
Two minutes later, Olivia Cavanaugh potted a goal to make it 2-0, and Izzy Duseau netted the kind of goal that can deflate a team when she scored with just over one minute left before halftime to make it 3-0. Danielle Duseau, Izzy Duseau and Lauren Grondin each had one assist.
The Senators would get one goal back with 5:50 left in the game on a Courtney White goal from Caroline Grutchfield and Ally Parker, but that was all Smith Academy goalie Lauren Bradford would allow as she finished with 10 saves.
Rivers made 14 saves in the loss. Amber Meehan also had a strong game in the center of the Mahar defense.
Pioneer 4, Athol 3 — It was a battle between two teams both in search of their first win of the season on Wednesday night.
Pioneer Valley Regional School and Athol High School exchanged three goals apiece in the second half of their independent battle on O’Brien Field in Athol, but in the end it was the Panthers that prevailed with a 4-3 victory.
Sierra Barton scored the only goal of the first half on an assist from Ashley Hubbard to put Pioneer up 1-0. The fireworks then began over the final 30 minutes of play.
Athol tied the score 7:21 into the second half when Holly Brissette picked up a ball at midfield and dribbled through the Pioneer defense and blasted a shot that beat Pioneer goalie Meredith Townsley. Two minutes later Brissette struck again to give the Red Raiders their first lead of the game. Jordan Carey slid a shot through the circle that Brissette deflected past Townsley for a 2-1 Athol lead.
It didn’t take long for Pioneer to respond. The Panthers took the ensuing restart and went down the field where Sarah Matherson hit a ball in toward Athol goalie Alicia LaChance that Hubbard tipped in to tie the score at 2-2 just 38 seconds after Athol had taken the 2-1 lead.
Not to be outdone, Athol came back to retake the lead 1:19 seconds later when Liz Arpide fed Sophia Palmacci for a goal that gave Athol a 3-2 edge with 18:49 left. Pioneer, once again with its back against the wall, needed two minutes to respond and tie the score. Maddie Kerber collected a loose ball at the top of the circle and let go of a shot that deflected off an Athol defender’s stick and went up into the air past LaChance.
The score would remain tied at 3-3 for much of the remainder of the game but the Panthers were able to put home the game-winner with 1:05 to play. Emily Geser did the honors as part of a strong individual effort. Geser stopped a ball off an Athol free hit, dodged the defender and walked in to beat LaChance for the game-winner.
“I called a timeout with six minutes left and our whole bench was there,” Pioneer coach Colleen Bannister said. “I told them, ‘I know it’s hot and you’re tired, and now it’s up to us to pick each other up.’ After that timeout, my bench was so loud. It was awesome. And the parents started getting into it. It was so loud and that really helped push our girls.”
Townsley finished with nine saves in the win, while LaChance turned aside 13 shots for the Red Raiders.