Panthers catch Indians
Turners Falls High School field hockey got the help it needed to take control of first place in the West Division Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately, Cathedral High School didn’t allow the Indians to celebrate for long.
The Indians entered the day with more overall points than Southwick-Tolland Regional High School but Southwick was unbeaten in the West Division, while the Indians had one loss sullying their record. Holyoke High School managed to earn a 2-0 win over Southwick on Tuesday, which left the Indians and Rams in a tie in the loss column. That meant Turners Falls had to win-out on the season to win the West crown.
All of that was for naught, however, as a late goal by Cathedral’s Nicole Denver helped the Panthers to a 1-1 draw with the Indians Tuesday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Turners Falls now sits at 7-1-1 in the West, while Southwick is 6-1. The two teams meet on Thursday in Southwick and a Rams’ win would give Southwick a big cushion as the season winds down. Although an Indian win would erase any ill feelings about Tuesday’s tie, Turners coach Megan Gilbert said she was frustrated with the draw, especially considering how well her team played.
“Our passing was beautiful,” she said. “We had better communication and better passing than we have had all season. Cathedral just came out in the second half and played hard.”
Turners Falls took a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the game on a corner play that saw Sophie Letcher set up Lauren Grimard. The score stayed that way into the second half, when Denver broke in on the Turners Falls goal with 9 minutes, 2 seconds left and made a nice move to get by Indian goalie Jaimee White to tie the score.
The teams each finished with eight shots each. White stopped seven shots in the Indian net. Tessa Morneau made seven saves for Cathedral.
Pioneer 2, FC Tech 1 — Amelia Pelletier scored one goal and assisted on another as Pioneer Valley Regional School won a 2-1 West Division field hockey nail-biter over Franklin County Technical School Tuesday afternoon in Turners Falls.
The Panthers (4-8-0) scored the only goal of the first half when Pelletier set up Ashley Hubbard. Pioneer took a two-goal lead midway through the second half, this time with Pelletier doing the honors on an assist from Elizabeth Sweeney.
Franklin Tech did not go away and made things interesting with seven minutes remaining. That’s when Bri Wilder scored on an assist from Nicole Valeski to make it a one-goal game. And while Franklin Tech (0-11-1) has been playing better, according to first-year coach Amber Coburn, it would not be the day that the Eagles would earn their first win of the season.
“We played a strong game, we just didn’t capitalize on mistakes and we couldn’t finish our drives to the net,” Coburn said. “We got the ball down their end, we just couldn’t finish. But the girls are definitely improving.”
Meredith Townsley made fives saves in the Pioneer goal, while Bri Brooks, making her first career varsity start, stopped 10 shots in the loss.
E. Longmeadow 2, Athol 0 — A goal in each half helped East Longmeadow High School blank Athol High School, 2-0, in an independent field hockey game Tuesday in Athol.
Bryanna Welch scored the Spartans’ first-half tally, while Gavin Ashe had the second-half marker. Both goals were unassisted.
Natalie Mensiti made seven save for East Longmeadow, which held a 13-7 edge in shots and 6-0 in corners.
Alicia Lachance stopped 11 shots for the Red Raiders.
Frontier 3, Longmeadow 0 — Frontier Regional School rallied from deficits in the first two sets and went on to beat Longmeadow High School, 27-25, 26-24, 25-16, in an PVIAC Eastern Division girls’ volleyball match Tuesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
Cassidy Ciesluk had a monster night for the Red Hawks, totaling 17 kills, nine digs and six service aces.
“She was the one who stopped the bleeding when we needed it,” offered Frontier head coach Sean MacDonald. “She ended a few Longmeadow runs.”
Sarah Woodward collected 10 kills and seven digs, Emily Woodward recorded 36 assists and eight aces, and Haley Dacyczyn chipped in 10 digs for the East-leading Red Hawks (11-2, 4-0).
Frontier also won the junior varsity match, 25-17, 25-14, 14-16.
Frontier has a big night planned for its home match on Friday vs. Agawam High School. The match will serve as its annual Spike It For Life fundraiser, and the program will also be retiring uniform No. 13 in honor of sisters Alyssa and Cassisy Stankowski.
The ceremony is expected to start at 6 p.m., while the varsity match is slated to begin at 6:15 (depending on how long the junior varsity match lasts).
Mohawk 3, FC Tech 0 — Bobbie Jo Tuthill registered 12 aces and served 100 percent as Mohawk Trail Regional High School upended Franklin County Tech, 25-18, 25-13, 25-4, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Tuesday in Turners Falls.
Nelly O’Connell added five assists and Emily Page chipped in three kills for the Warriors.
Katie Newell had two kills and two assists, Nicole Miller contributed two aces and one kill, and Emily Giguere added one kill for the Eagles.
Turners 18, Mohawk 6 — Ryan Lenois fired a 39 and swept four points to lead Turners Falls to an 18-6 win over Mohawk in a PVIAC Northern Division golf match Tuesday at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls.
Alex Fitzpatrick also swept four points for the Indians, and Brett Sirum (43) and Kyle Kucenski each took 31∕2 points.
Frontier 211∕2, McCann 21∕2 — Nathan Patterson and Torsten Nelson both shot 40 and took four points in Frontier’s 211∕2-21∕2 North golf win over McCann Technical School on Tuesday at Forest Park Country Club in Adams.
Kyle Spencer also took four points and Dan Persons added 31∕2 points for the Red Hawks (10-2-0, 9-1-0 North).
Granby 161∕2, Mahar 71∕2 — Tyler Sullivan swept four points and Max Humphrey added 31∕2 as Granby High School downed Mahar Regionaql School, 161∕2-71∕2, in a PVIAC East golf match Tuesday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol.
Jesse Molin chipped in three points for the Rams (6-4-2, 5-2-1 East).
Zack Adams led the Senators (4-8, 4-7) with a 40 and 31∕2 points.