Green Wave field hockey settles for 1-1 tie
Rachel Lapointe scored with 18 minutes left in the game and Greenfield High School survived a scare to register a 1-1 independent field hockey draw against Palmer High School Thursday in Palmer.
Palmer (3-5-2) had an upset on its mind early as Emily Czaja scored 10 minutes into the game to put the Panthers ahead. Palmer goalie Kelsey Kokosa then did her part to try and keep the Green Wave (5-4-2) off the board. Kokosa wound up making 18 saves on the day, but the Green Wave upped the pressure in the second half, controlling much of the play, as it held Palmer to zero shots on goal. The Green Wave finally managed to break through with 17:57 to play as Alyssa Garvin set up Lapointe.
“We didn’t step to the ball today and they did,” Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said. “That was the difference.”
Maureen Fish finished with two saves for Greenfield, which needs six points in its final seven games to secure its first postseason berth since 2009.
Holyoke 5, Pioneer 0 — Meghan Goshea scored three times to lead Holyoke High School to a 5-0 West Division win over Pioneer Valley Regional School Thursday in Northfield.
Goshea scored the only two goals of the first half to put the Purple Knights (7-3-0) up 2-0 at the break. Bridget Higgins assisted on both Goshea goals and then scored the first two goals of the second half to put Holyoke in control. Goshea added one more goal late in the game to finish off the scoring.
Kat Collier stopped 13 shots to earn the shutout. Meredith Townsley made 15 saves for Pioneer.
The Panthers (3-7-0) host Greenfield Saturday at 1.
Frontier 21, FC Tech 3 — Nate Patterson fired a 35 and swept four points to lead Frontier Regional School to a 21-3 victory over Franklin County Technical School in PVIAC Northern Division golf action Thursday at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst.
Torsten Nelson (37) and Cam Blair (38) also took four points for the Red Hawks (9-2-0, 8-1-0 North), while Ben Ruddock carded a 38 split his match with Franklin Tech’s Cody Booska, who shot a 37.
Pioneer 221∕2, Mohawk 11∕2 — James Elliott fired a 1-under 35 and swept four points as Pioneer downed Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 221/2-11/2, in a North golf match Thursday at Northfield Golf Course.
Lee Doiron (38), Nick Stennes and Roger Doiron also took four points for the Panthers (12-1-0), and Brad Hastings added 31∕2 points.
Hunter Sessions garnered one point for the Warriors.
Greenfield 17, McCann 7 — Tyler Boissonneault was match medalist with a 43 and took four points to help Greenfield beat McCann Technical School, 17-7, in North golf play at Forest Park Country Club in Adams.
Riley Phelps (45) also took four points for the Green Wave, while Colin McGahan and Christian LaPlante each added three points.
Tristan McNay’s three points led the Hornets.
Hopkins 17, Mahar 7 — Zack Adams fired a 2-under 33 and swept four points but Mahar Regional School was unable to ride that momentum in a 17-7 PVIAC East golf loss to Hopkins Academy on Thursday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol.
Joe Yusco, Spencer Butterfield and D.J. Gardiner swept the final three matches to power the Golden Hawks (11-0-0, 9-0-0 East) to the win. Austin Brighenti added 31∕2 points.
Turners 183, Amherst 184 — Brett Sirum carded a 38 to help Turners Falls High School edge Amherst Regional High School, 183-184, in an independent golf match Thursday at Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst.
The teams played stroke-play rules, with the top four scores counting toward the team total.
Ryan Lenois added a 42 for the Indians, who improved to 9-3-0 overall.
Greenfield 3, Turners 1 — Manisha Malik collected 11 digs, eight kills and six aces to help Greenfield knock off Turners Falls, 25-18, 26-28, 25-18, 25-19, in Northern Division girls’ volleyball action on Thursday at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.
Rachel Pelc dished out 17 assists to go along with two aces and two digs, Ashley Lowell added nine kills, four blocks and four aces, and Emily Franklin chipped in nine digs, three kills for the Green Wave (5-5, 3-2 North).
Sam Currier totaled 10 kills and five aces, while Mackenzie Salls added 18 assists, two digs and two kills for the Indians (10-3, 3-2).
Greenfield plays its final regular season home game against South Hadley High School today at 5 p.m.
Athol 3, Mohawk 0 — Julia Salmond totaled 11 kills and eight aces to lead Athol High School to a 25-18, 25-16, 25-16 Northern Division victory over Mohawk in girls’ volleyball action Thursday in Buckland.
Tessa Neverett added 10 aces and Annie MacLean finished with 18 digs for the Red Raiders (10-0, 5-0 North).
Emma Guyette had two blocks and Angel Donovan served well for the Warriors.
Mahar 3, Pioneer 0 — Kelly LeBlanc registered 17 assists to help Mahar beat Pioneer, 25-18, 25-22, 25-12, in North girls’ volleyball play Thursday at Messer Gymnasium in Northtfield.
Caitriona Cronin collected five kills and seven digs, and Katherine Donelan chipped in five kills for the Senators (7-5, 3-2).