Hawks blank Smith
Frontier Regional School scored twice in the first half and then leaned on goalie Gwen Thayer to hold the lead in the second half as the Red Hawks edged Smith Academy, 2-0, in a North Division field hockey game Monday afternoon in South Deerfield.
The teams came into the game tied atop the North standings at 2-0 but the Red Hawks outplayed the Falcons in the first half to grab the lead. The Falcons stormed back in the second half, peppering the Red Hawks’ goal with 10 shots, but Thayer was up to the challenge and finishing with 11 saves.
“She came up with some big plays toward the end of the game,” Frontier coach Missy Mahar said. “At one point, she was on the ground and prevented a couple of shots from going in.”
Although the Red Hawks were outgunned in the second half, Mahar said she didn’t feel as though the team was sitting on the lead.
“I don’t think we were sitting back,” she began. “Smith was capitalizing on some opportunities to penetrate. Danielle Duseau recognized some holes and she was able to capitalize on some of those opportunities. But defensively, we were sound.”
Brenna Sicard opened the scoring with 16 minutes, 53 seconds left in the second half, scoring on an assist from Jordyn Roberts, who then gave the Hawks some breathing room with a goal with 3:54 left to play in the half.
Losing goalie Lauren Bradford finished with four saves.
“Getting a win today on our home field was huge,” Mahar concluded. “It was key in our hopes to make the postseason. The girls were nervous going into today’s game, but after that first goal, it gave us some confidence. And I think it gave them a little confidence moving forward.”
Frontier travels to Mahar Regional School Friday afternoon.
Greenfield 3, Athol 0 — Alyssa Garvin registered a hat trick and Greenfield High School evened its record at 1-1 on the season with a 3-0 victory over Athol High School in a North Division field hockey battle Monday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
The Green Wave has been looking for someone to step up after losing leading scorer Kelsey Roberts to a season-ending injury in the preseason. On Monday, Garvin answered the bell, stepping up big at left wing.
“She was on the post and was ready to collect the passes and put the ball in the goal when she got it,” Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said. “I feel like we had a big offensive presence tonight.”
Garvin scored once in the first half on an assist from Rachel Lapointe. She then tallied two more in the second half, including one on Lapointe’s second helper of the game. Greenfield outshot Athol, 24-1. Maureen Fish stopped the only shot she faced in the shutout, while Alicia LaChance played well in the Red Raider net, stopping 21 shots.
Mahar 9, FC Tech 1 — Ally Parker finished with two goals and two assists Monday as Mahar knocked off Franklin County Technical School, 9-1, in an independent field hockey game in Orange.
Colleen Burke and Kadie Jillson each added two Senator goals. Natasha Patria, Joslyn O’Brien and Kayla Lundgren netted one goal apiece. Courtney White chipped in two assists, and Erin Jillson added one helper.
Sam Scopa scored the lone goal for the Eagles.
Emily Sullivan stopped 15 shots in the loss. Brian Rivers made two saves in the win.
Southwick 2, Pioneer 0 — Southwick High School scored two second-half goals to edge Pioneer Valley Regional School, 2-0, in a West Division field hockey game Monday in Southwick.
Morgan Harriman broke the scoreless tie with 18 minutes to play. Kristin Rechenberger added the insurance goal on an assist from Sydney Rogers with 11 minutes to play. Sarah Bodzinski stopped the only shot she faced to earn the shutout.
Meredith Townsley had a strong game in the Pioneer net with 24 saves. Maddie Kerber also played well for the Panthers.
Turners Falls 3, Belchertown 1 — Mackenzie Salls finished with 22 assists, two aces and one kill as Turners Falls High School improved to 3-0 on the season with a 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 win over Belchertown High School in independent girls’ volleyball action Monday afternoon in Turners Falls.
Shelby Lewis recorded nine kills, six aces and two blocks for the Indians. Tess Hunter added eight kills and two digs. Brittany Miller registered nine aces and three digs, while Sam Currier chipped in six kills and seven aces.
Jennifer Ollari-Barry finished with four kills for the Orioles. Erica Kamias served a pair of aces.
Central 3, FC Tech 0 — Yarimar Castro collected six kills and three aces as Central High School defeated Franklin Tech, 25-17, 26-24, 25-17 in an independent girls’ volleyball match Monday in Turners Falls.
Carolina Garcia added two kills and two aces in the win.
Gabby Roy finished with two aces and one block for the Eagles (0-3), Erica Galipault collected three aces and one block, and Katie Newell registered five digs and three aces.
Easthampton 3, Pioneer 0 — Easthampton High School earned a close win in the opening game and went on to beat Pioneer in three-straight, 26-24, 25-18, 25-18 in independent girls’ volleyball action Monday in Northfield.
The Panthers (0-1) were up 24-23 in Game 1 and were serving for game point but the Eagles wound up winning three straight points to claim the game and fuel the win.
Erin Bertrand finished with two aces and four kills in the loss. Emily Malsch collected three kills and one block, while Birgit Kuhlka and Savannah Sojka each served at 84 percent and had one ace apiece.
“The is a very positive match for our team,” Pioneer coach Todd Schilinger said. “They are working together.”
Chicopee 3, Greenfield 0 — Steffanie Collins finished with 13 kills, seven aces and five blocks to lead Chicopee High School to a 25-16, 25-18, 25-16 win over Greenfield in independent girls’ volleyball action Monday in Chicopee.
Ayanna Meadows registered 11 kills and one block in the win.
Manisha Malik paced Greenfield (0-2) with five aces and three kills, and Leah Wallner added three kills.
Chicopee won the junior varsity match, 25-19, 25-22.