Mahar corners Knights, 5-1
Mahar #23 Natashia Patria and #6 Bridget Higgins Did not catch the number of the player in the rear.
mahar #10 Kaila Lungren and #19 Sarah Healy
mahar #10 Kaila Lungren and #19 Sarah Healy
Mahar Regional School scored four times off of penalty corners on Monday en route to a 5-1 independent field hockey win over Holyoke High School at the James Woodward Complex in Orange.
The Senators (8-3) finished with 24 penalty corners to just five for the Purple Knights (6-3), who did score their lone goal of the game on a penalty corner. The game’s opening goal was the only one that did not come off a corner, when Colleen Burke knocked home a ball off a scramble in front of the net six minutes into play. Mahar added two more goals in the first half, both by way of a corner. Courtney White fed Erin Jillson with 18 minutes, 32 seconds left for a 2-0 lead, and Jillson set up Xavier Godette with 1:13 remaining for a 3-0 lead. The goal was the first of Godette’s career.
Holyoke responded with no time left on the clock in the first half when it was awarded a corner. Bridget Higgins inbounded the ball to Katelynn Leclerc, who buried it to pull the Purple Knights to within two goals.
Mahar iced the win with a pair of second-half goals. Natasha Patria scored with 22:01 to play on an assist from Joslyn O’Brien, and Burke added her second of the game with 12:35 left on a helper from Patria.
Brian Rivers finished with two saves to earn the win. Kat Collier stopped 23 shots in the Holyoke net before being relieved by Mary Kate McCarthy, who stopped two shots.
Mohawk 1, Northampton 0 — Don’t write off Mohawk Trail Regional High School just yet.
Rebecca Scranton scored with 96 seconds left to play and the Warriors edged Northampton High School, 1-0, in an independent field hockey game Monday in Northampton.
Northampton outshot the Warriors (3-4-2) 17-7 on the day and held a 10-1 edge in penalty corners, but with the game on the line, it was Mohawk that broke through for the much-needed win.
“I think Northampton underestimated us a little,” Mohawk coach Lynn Hoeppner said. “I think anyone watching the first 15 minutes of play would have thought that Northampton had the game easily. But we called a timeout, regained our composure and started to piece it together. We are still the Lady Warriors.”
The game-winning goal came when Leigh Shippee carried the ball down the left side of the field and played it into the circle to teammate Amanda Taylor, who fed the ball to forward Scranton, who buried it for her first goal of the season.
The goal would have been for naught had it not been for the effort of first-year goalie Erin Townsley, who stopped all 17 shots she faced.
“Erin was on fire today,” Hoeppner said. “She was just beautifully getting behind every ball. She made first saves and second saves. All you can ever ask of your goalie is to stop the first shot, but she was stopping second shots, too.”
Eighth-grade defender Ashley Walker also helped the cause with a defensive save in the second half that kept the game scoreless at that point.
Dana Dufour stopped six shots for Northampton.
Mohawk goes right back to work against another Division I opponent today in Buckland at 3:30 against Minnechaug Regional High School.
St. Bernard’s 5, Athol 0 — St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School scored all of its goals in the first half en route to a 5-0 independent field hockey victory over Athol High School.
Alicia Bizzotto, Julia Bonica, Tarah Crowe, Leanne Kay and Gwen Gagne all scored a goal, while Alana Keating registered two assists.
Alicia Lachance made six saves in goal for the Red Raiders, who were outshot 11-3.
Athol travels to Frontier Regional School on Wednesday night.
Frontier 3, Amherst 1 — Emily Woodward registered 35 assists and four service aces to lead Frontier Regional School to a 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17 victory over Amherst Regional High School in PVIAC Eastern Division girls’ volleyball action Monday in Amherst.
Sarah Woodward collected 11 kills, Cassidy Ciesluk added nine kills, and Remi Quesnelle (0 hitting errors) and Rachel Cialek both chipped in seven kill for the Red Hawks.
Frontier (9-1) can qualify for the Western Mass. Division III Tournament Wednesday when it hosts Lee High School.
Turners Falls 3, Mohawk 0 — Mackenzie Salls finished with 14 assists, five aces, two kills and one block as Turners Falls High School moved to within one win of qualifying for the WMass Division III girls’ volleyball tournament with a 25-12, 25-17, 25-19 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in a Northern Division match Monday night in Turners Falls.
Jordyn Fiske finished with seven kills and three aces for the Indians (9-2), while Shelby Lewis added five kills and one ace. Hailey Whipple notched five aces. Brittany Miller added six aces and two kills.
Mackenzie Mahew served at 100 percent for Mohawk (1-7) and added 12 digs. Bobby Jo Tuthill finished with 15 digs and two kills. Angel Donovan had good all-around court presence.
FC Tech 3, Smith Voke 1 — Franklin County Technical School battled back from a first-set loss to beat Smith Vocational & Agricultural School, 19-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20, in independent girls’ volleyball play Monday in Northampton.
Katie Newell led the Eagles with seven assists, four aces and three kills. Gabby Roy totaled eight kills, three aces, one block and served 100 percent, Lauren Cranston added seven kills and Nicole Miller four kills.
Franklin Tech (3-8) travels to Springfield on Wednesday to face High School of Commerce.