Mahar blanks Mohawk, 4-0
Karissa Bardsley scored once in each half to help Mahar Regional School get back on track after its first loss of the season Monday with a 4-0 victory over Turners Falls High School Tuesday in a West Division field hockey game in Orange.
The Senators (9-1-0 overall, 6-0-0 West) suffered a 2-1 setback against independent foe Narragansett Regional High School on Monday and were tasked with defeating an Indian team that played one of its best games of the season Tuesday. The Senators managed to crack the scoreboard twice in each half but neither team got much in the way of offense. Turners Falls held a 3-2 edge in corners, while Mahar held a commanding 15-6 lead in shots.
Mahar jumped out to a 1-0 lead 4 minutes, 38 seconds into the game on a Bardsley goal from Jill Valley. Then Colleen Burke extended the advantage with 19:30 left in the half when she finished off a feed from Jenelle Juskiewicz. The Indians (3-6-2, 3-3-2) hung around for the next 30 minutes until Bardsley struck for her second goal of the game with 18:57 left in the second half on Juskiewicz’ second helper of the day. Juskiewicz closed out the scoring 21 seconds after the Bardsley goal when she scored on a Valley feed.
Nate Ollari stopped all six shots he faced for the shutout. Jaimee White had a solid effort in the Indians’ net with 11 saves.
Pioneer 7, FC Tech 1 — Shea Healy is closing in on 100 career goals.
The Pioneer Valley Regional School scoring machine netted four goals on Tuesday and moved to within three goals of hitting 100 for her career and the Panthers took a 7-1 West Division field hockey victory over Franklin County Technical School in Northfield.
Healy now sits just three goals away from hitting the 100-goal plateau for her varsity career. She should hit the mark Thursday afternoon in Springfield when Pioneer travels to winless Central High School. Healy already has 100 points for her career, giving the team three current 100-point scorers along with Marte Johannessen and Monique Pydych, and the trio was on full display against the Eagles.
Healy scored both first-half goals on Tuesday, with Johannessen collecting an assist on each and Pydych tallying a helper on the second. Pydych turned around and added two goals and one assist in the second half, while Healy added two more goals in the second half and Johannessen adding one. Maddy Kerber secured her first career varsity point on Healy’s third goal of the game.
Nicki Valeski scored the lone Tech goal, the only ball to get past Pioneer goalie Emily Walker, who finished with four saves. Christy Prothero made 18 saves in Eagles’ net.
Mohawk 3, Cathedral 1 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School got back to the .500 mark on the season with three-second half goals to take a 3-1 victory over Cathedral High School in an independent field hockey game Tuesday in Buckland.
Cathedral scored the lone goal of the first half on a Nicole Denver score from Laura Powers, one of just two Panther shots in the game. The Mohawk defense tightened up the rest of the way and helped Mohawk goalie Cassie Kudlay by limiting the Panthers to one shot the rest of the way.
“Ashley Pierce, Morgan Dodge and Angie Younger were solid the whole game,” Mohawk coach Lynn Hoeppner said of the back line. They moved every ball, they stayed strong and used their teammates. They do not give up and they’ve been great all year.”
The Warriors (5-5-1) woke up in the second half and pumped home three goals to win going away. Katelyn Carmody tied the game in the opening five minutes on an assist from Whitney Roberts. Leigh Shippee put Mohawk ahead to stay later in the frame on an assist from Carmody. Kesheal Henderson later iced the game with an unassisted marker. Amanda Taylor was also credited with playing a solid game in the midfield.
Carmen Garcia stopped 10 shots in the Cathedral net.
Frontier 1, Northampton 1 — Frontier Regional School and Northampton High School scored less than three minutes apart in the second half for the only goals of the game and the two teams played to a 1-1 draw in independent field hockey action in South Deerfield Tuesday.
After a scoreless first half, Taryn Marquis gave the Red Hawks (7-2-1) a brief lead when by scoring on a penalty stroke just 2:14 into the second half. It took the Blue Devils (8-1-2) just 2:45 to respond as Missy Maiewski tied the game on an assist from Riley Griffin. Frontier goalie Gwen Thayer (six saves) and Northampton netminder Mary Greco (three) made sure things remained even the rest of the way and the two tournament-bound teams were unable to produce a winner.
Frontier travels to Cathedral on Friday.
Belchertown 3, Pioneer 0 — Pioneer Valley Regional School played one of its best matches of the season Tuesday but came up just short against Belchertown High School in a 26-24, 25-21, 25-6 independent girls’ volleyball match in Northfield.
Pioneer was serving to win in the first game but the Orioles (4-5) came back to win it, then picked up another close win in the second set to take control of the match. Alyssa Plant led Belchertown with two aces. Emily Woodford added three aces and one kill in the win, and Erin McMorrow chipped in four kills.
Emily Malsch paced the Panthers with three kills and two blocks, while Talia Hicks added two kills. Erin Bertrand added three kills and three aces, and Molly Miller collected a pair of aces.
Frontier 3, Ware 0 — Courtney Newsome finished with five aces and three kills to help Frontier earn a 25-12, 25-12, 25-10 independent girls’ volleyball win over Ware High School Tuesday evening in South Deerfield.
Alexis Foley finished with four kills and two aces for the Red Hawks (11-1). Cassidy Ciesluk added three kills and four digs.
Meg Adams finished with three aces in the loss.
Turners Falls 3, Athol 1 — Shelby Lewis finished with six aces, nine kills and seven digs and Turners Falls High School defeated Athol High School, 25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Tuesday in Turners Falls.
Katelyn Dodge finished with four aces, eight kills and seven digs, and Kim Rau added 12 digs. Caroline Campbell collected 24 assists, two kills and one ace, Tanisha Sanders registered six kills, two aces and four digs, and Sam Courier added five kills and one ace.
Greenfield 3, Mohawk 1 — Greenfield High School won its third match of the season with a
25-23, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18 independent girls’ volleyball victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Tuesday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.
Rachel Pelc collected five aces and seven assists, Manisha Malik totaled eight digs, three aces and two kills, and Eleni Balis contributed five aces and one kill for the Green Wave.
Greenfield (3-8) hosts Ware High School on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Monty Tech 3, FC Tech 2 — Montachusett Regional Vocational-Technical High School came back from a 2-1 deficit to beat Franklin County Technical School, 17-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Tuesday in Fitchburg.
Kirsten Mattson led the Eagles with three assists, four digs and two kills. Erica Gailpault collected four kills and Nicole Miller recorded four aces.
Franklin Tech entertains Turners Falls Thursday at 5.
The Eagles won the junior varsity match, 13-25, 25-19, 26-24.
Pioneer 18 1/2, Mohawk 5 1/2 — Lee Doiron and Blake Kimball each claimed four points to lead Pioneer over Mohawk, 18 1/2-5 1/2, in a Bi-County League North golf match on Tuesday at Edge Hill Golf Course in Ashfield.
Match medalist James Elliott (41) scored 3 1/2 points for the Panthers, who improved to 8-3-0 overall and 7-3-0 in the North.
Jacob Willis led the Warriors (3-9-0, 2-8-0) with three points.
Greenfield 16, McCann 8 — Tyler Townsley and Tyler Boissonneault both took four points to lead Greenfield past McCann Technical School, 16-8, in BCL North golf play on Tuesday at the Country Club of Greenfield.
Josh Brandl (48) and Colin McGahan each added 3 1/2 points for the Green Wave (3-7, 3-5 North).
Dylan Jordan earned four points to lead the Hornets.
Hopkins 14 1/2, Mahar 9 1/2 — Caleb Farnham, Spencer Butterfield and D.J. Gardiner swept the final three matches as Hopkins Academy stormed back from a seven-point deficit to beat Mahar, 14 1/2-9 1/2 , in a BCL East golf match Tuesday at Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst.
The Senators’ Zack Adams and Isaac Scott were match co-medalists with 40s. Scott took 3 1/2 points, while Adams and Trevor Bourque both contributed three points.
Mahar is now 2-9-1 (2-5-1 East).