Turners, Holyoke tie, 1-1
Turners Falls and Holyoke high schools played like teams battling for the West Division field hockey title.
The hard-fought, evenly-played match didn’t solve a thing, though, in terms of division titles as both managed one first-half goal en route to a 1-1 draw Tuesday in Holyoke.
The Indians (8-5-2 overall, 8-1-2 West) left the game in better shape than the Purple Knights (9-3-1, 7-2-1), who desperately needed a win to have a shot at winning the West. Turners Falls currently has 18 points in the West with one game remaining, while Holyoke sits at 15 points with two games remaining. The Indians finish up the league season against Pioneer Valley Regional School Tuesday; a tie will clinch at least a tie for the league title, while a win will give it to the Indians outright. Should Turners Falls tie and Holyoke win its final two games (against Franklin County Technical School and Central High School), the two teams will tie for the crown. If the Indians lose to Pioneer and Holyoke wins out, Holyoke claims the title.
Holyoke got off to the start it was looking for when Bridget Higgins scored 6 minutes, 12 seconds into the contest for a 1-0 lead. The score remained that way until 4:29 remained in the frame. At that point Turners Falls leading scorer Lauren Grimard (14 goals, eight assists) dribbled the ball up the field and found teammate Rileigh Carlisle parked in front of Holyoke goalie Kat Collier. Carlisle held the ball for a second and when Collier made her move, the Turners Falls forward beat Collier with her third goal of the season to tie the score.
The Indians upped the pressure in the second half and controlled play, but both goalies came up with big saves to keep the game tied. Turners Falls netminder Jaimee White finished with 13 saves, while Collier stopped 12 shots, earning each goalie praise from Indian coach Megan Gilbert.
“The goalies kept both teams in the game,” she explained. “If it wasn’t Jaimee making a save, it was Katherine.”
The Indians go back to work Thursday at Frontier Regional School.
Smith Academy 3, Mohawk 1 — The Duseau sisters had quite the first half against Mohawk Trail Regional High School Tuesday.
Isabelle Duseau scored 1 minute, 36 seconds into the game, and older sister Danielle Duseau added two more goals before the end of the first half as Smith Academy defeated the Warriors, 3-1, in a North Division field hockey game in Buckland.
Danielle notched her first goal of the game 11 minutes into the contest on an assist from Kelly Ryan to put the Falcons up 2-0, then added an unassisted goal later in the frame. Leigh Shippee scored an unassisted goal for the Warriors late in the first half but an uneventful second half allowed the Falcons to hold on.
The Falcons (8-5-1, 6-1-0) outshot Mohawk 17-5, and Erin Townsley finished with 14 saves. Kesheal Henderson, Ashley Pierce and Ashley Walker made defensive saves for the Warriors. Mohawk (5-6-4) now needs four points in its final three games to qualify for the postseason. The Warriors get back to work Thursday when they visit Athol High School at 3:30.
Lauren Bradford made four saves in the win.
Frontier 2, Greenfield 0 — Two goals in a three-minute span proved to be the difference for Frontier Regional School Tuesday.
The Red Hawks knocked home a pair of rebounds just after the midpoint of the first half en route to a 2-0 North Division field hockey win over Greenfield at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Frontier controlled more of the play in the first half — outshooting the Green Wave 6-1 in the first 30 minutes — but Greenfield came back to outshoot the Red Hawks 3-2 in the second half as momentum shifted in favor of the hosts. Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said the match was evenly played in the middle of the field, with the difference coming from Frontier’s aggressive play in the circle.
“I think it was a pretty evenly matched game between the 25’s,” she began. “They were much more aggressive in the circle than we were, and that was the difference.”
The Red Hawks (11-3-1, 8-0-0) took a 1-0 lead with 11:13 left in the first half when Rose Moscaritolo scored her 10th goal of the season on a rebound off the pads of Green Wave goalie Maureen Fish. Just under two minutes later, McKayla Poissant jumped on another rebound in front of Fish and finished it off for her fourth goal of the season. It was her third straight game scoring a goal, fourth straight with a point.
“Those girls are sharks in front of the goal,” Thayer said of the Frontier forwards. “Those girls just go nuts. And that’s not something you can teach. They just have to have it.”
Frontier finished with an 8-4 edge in shots, while the Green Wave (6-5-3, 2-3-2) outcornered the Hawks, 7-6. Gwen Thayer made four saves for her eighth shutout of the season. Fish finished with six saves in the Green Wave net.
Mahar 9, Athol 1 — Ally Parker scored twice to lead Mahar Regional School to a 9-1 victory over Athol High School in a Northern Division field hockey game Tuesday night.
Courtney White and Erin Jillson each added a goal and an assist for the Senators, who held a 29-1 shot advantage and a 1-0 corner edge.
Jordan Carey scored the Red Raiders’ goal, assisted by Rielley Richards. Alicia Lachance made 20 saves in goal.
South Hadley 7, Pioneer 1 — Emily Florence finished with two goals and two assists to lead South Hadley High School to a 7-1 decision over Pioneer Valley Regional School in an independent field hockey game Tuesday in Northfield.
The Tigers led 5-0 at the half. Dee Wilkins added two goals and one assist, and Taylor Guertin had one goal and one assist. Jackie Doyle and Kate O’Neil each picked up one goal, and Abbie Gonka finished with seven saves to earn the victory.
Maddie Kerber scored the lone goal for the Panthers (5-9-0) on assists from Bethany George and Sierra Barton. Meredith Townsley finished with 26 saves in the loss.