Healy hits century mark
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It was only fitting that Marte Johannessen inserted a ball off a corner play that resulted in Shea Healy’s 100th career varsity goal Thursday afternoon because the duo, along with forward Monique Pydych, have formed one of the most potent offensive combinations in western Massachusetts field hockey this season.
With her third goal of the afternoon midway through the second half, Healy hit the 100-goal mark and helped lead Pioneer Valley Regional School to a 6-2 West Division victory over Central High School in Springfield.
Healy, a senior forward, already had 100 points for her career, something that co-senior forwards Johannessen and Pydych also shared with her. With a hat trick against the Golden Eagles, Healy became the first player in Pioneer history to eclipse the 100-goal plateau. While Healy acknowledged that the feat was memorable, she was quick to pass out praise to others for making it happen. When asked about hitting the mark, her first response was to talk about current and past players who have helper her.
“I definitely could not have done it without any of my teammates,” Healy said. “The girls that I’m playing with this year, and all the girls that I’ve played with since my freshman year.”
Pioneer coach Colleen Bannister said that Healy is a great teammate.
“She’s unselfish, she’s a leader,” Bannister said. “She is very happy to spread the wealth.”
The memorable goal came midway through the second half when Johannessen took a corner and played the ball to Healy. Healy collected the pass and carried the ball outside the circle before bringing it back in and blasting a shot past Central goalie Danielle Reagan.
“We had a lot of corners, a lot of opportunities,” Healy said of the play. “Marte inserted it from the left side of the net and I was at the top of the circle.”
While Healy, Johannessen and Pydych have done much of the scoring for Pioneer (8-3-1 overall, 7-2-0 West) this season, it was Sarah Matherson that got things started against Central. Healy and Johannessen each added goals later in the half to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead at the break. Healy scored twice in the second half with Johannessen adding another goal for her second of the game. Healy, Johannessen, Pydych and Maddy Kerber tallied assists.
Emily Walker finished with nine saves in the Pioneer net.
Reagan had a solid day in the Central net and finished with a whooping 36 saves.
Mohawk 2, Greenfield 0 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School moved two points closer to qualifying for the WMass Division II Field Hockey Tournament with a 2-0 victory over Greenfield High School Thursday afternoon in Buckland.
The win is the third in a row for the Warriors (6-5-1, 3-2-0 North), who moved a game above .500. The Warriors also need four points in their final five games to qualify for the postseason.
Mohawk scored once in each half. Leigh Shippee put the team on the board with 8 minutes, 40 seconds left in the first half on an assist from Ashley Pierce. Chloe O’Gorman doubled the lead eight minutes into the second half on an assist from Kelsey Scranton. The goal was the first of O’Gorman’s varsity career, while the Scranton assist was the first varsity point of her career. For a Mohawk team that has struggled at times to pot goals, it was a welcome sight for coach Lynn Hoeppner.
“Our defense did it again today, but even better, the offense stepped up,” she said. “We’ve been working on a lot of passing patterns in front of the net, and it was nice to get some shots on goal.”
The Warrior defense held the Green Wave (3-9-1, 0-5-0) to zero shots on goal for the day, while the Mohawk offense fired 16 shots on Greenfield goalie Diane Blanker, who stopped 14. The Warriors also held a 14-4 edge in corners. Cassie Kudlay earned the shutout without having to stop a shot.
Mahar 7, Holyoke 0 — Jenelle Juskiewicz scored twice Thursday and Mahar Regional School cruised to a 7-0 win over Holyoke High School in a West Division field hockey game in Orange.
Karissa Bardsley, Ally Parker, Courtney White, Caroline Grutchfield and Natasha Patria each added one goal for the Senators (10-1-0, 7-0-0), while Erin Jillson and Jill Valley tallied one assist apiece. Nate Ollari and Jack Richardson combined on seven saves.
Kat Collier made 19 saves in the Holyoke goal.
Turners Falls 2, Southwick 1 — Turners Falls High School kept its postseason hopes alive Thursday by puling out a 2-1 West Division field hockey victory over Southwick-Tolland Regional High School at the Bourdeau Complex in Turners Falls.
The Rams actually got on the board first, as Katie Corey was finally put one past Jaimee White after a six-shot barrage during a goalmouth scramble 8:41 into the contest.
Emma Johnson tied it for the Indians at 19:53 when she scored off a pass from Halle Harvey. Then Lauren Grimard notched the game-winner with her goal from Julia Bryant with 13:45 left in regulation.
Turners’ defense played exceptionally well, as it allowed just one shot on goal after Southwick scored and not surrendering a penalty corner for the entire game.
White finished with six saves for the Indians, who outshot the Rams, 9-7.
Turners (4-6-2, 4-3-2 West) visits Franklin County Technical School today at 3:30.