Hawks get back on track

  • Frontier’s Olivia Vecellio dribbles past Mohawk goalie Kordaryl Kendall late in the first half to score the first goal of the game during Frontier’s 2-0 win, Monday in South Deerfield. Staff PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Olivia Vecellio does her best Bobby Orr impersonation as she flies through the air after scoring a goal Monday in the Red Hawks’ 2-0 win over Mohawk in South Deerfield. Staff PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk goaltender Kordaryl Kendall blocks a shot from Frontier’s Olivia Vecellio in South Deerfield on Monday. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’s Taylor Williams competes for the ball with Frontier’s Grace Wesoloski, Monday in South Deerfield. Staff PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’s Taylor Williams battles Frontier’s Lily Spencer Monday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’s Caitlin Johnston competes for a loose ball with Frontier’s Maeve Huit Monday in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’s Avery Dupree tries to settle a high ball Monday in South Deerfield where her Warriors fell to Frontier, 2-0. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’s Isis Moon tries to hit the ball up field past Frontier’s Alyson Barnes Monday in Deerfield. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writers
Published: 10/23/2018 12:06:19 AM

After a forgettable three games last week, the Frontier Regional School field hockey team refocused itself Monday.

Olivia Vecellio scored with 22 seconds left in the first half and the Red Hawks went on to beat a Mohawk Trail Regional High School team that hadn’t lost in a month, 2-0, in an independent match in South Deerfield.

The Warriors (11-6-0) had not lost a game since Sept. 24 when they fell to Greenfield, winning nine in a row since that time to move into second place in the Bi-County League. Frontier, meanwhile, had a disappointing set of games last week, losing twice to WMass Division 2 front-runner Greenfield, and playing South Hadley to a 1-1 tie that moved the Red Hawks back into a tie for second place with the Tigers.

“This was a good win for us especially coming off the tail end of last week,” Frontier coach Missy Mahar said. “It was nice to see the girls show up and play well. We talked in practice about how last week was last week and now we had fo focus on Mohawk and finish up strong.”

The game remained scoreless until Vecellio scored a huge goal for Frontier (9-5-3) with 22 seconds to play in the half has she weaved through the Warriors’ defense and then pulled Mohawk goalie Kordaryl Kendall off his line before beating him for a goal.

“That was big. I think it played a part in the second half,” Mahar said. “Mohawk was in our end and contesting in the 25, but that goal showed us we could beat their goalie and gave us momentum going into the second half.”

Kendall stood tall in the loss, turning aside 17 shots as Frontier outshot the Warriors, 19-1, in the game. The game remained at 1-0 until Lily Spencer scored with 2:41 to play on an assist from Vecellio. Skyla Burniske made one save to earn the shutout.

Greenfield 3, Smith Academy 1 — Monday night marked the final regular season game for a memorable crop of Greenfield High School seniors and the Green Wave knocked off Smith Academy, 3-1, in a Valley League game at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.

Two of the biggest names in the senior class — Raegan Hickey and Audrey Bresciano — combined to score all three goals, just as they have throughout their five-year careers with the team that has seen each player join the 100-point club and has Hickey as the all-time leading scorer in the program. Hickey opened the scoring eight minutes into the game and Bresciano struck for two goals in the first half as the Wave built a 3-0 lead.

“It was an emotional night, these kids have been with me for a solid five years and they have had a strong run,” Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said.

Teagan Cavanaugh scored a second-half goal to break up the shutout bid by Green Wave senior goalie Samantha Smith, who made five saves to earn the win.

Greenfield (16-1-0) travels to Minnechaug on Thursday to close out the regular season.

Belchertown 4, Athol 0 — Elyssa Wrona had one goal and one assist on Monday to lead Belchertown past Athol, 4-0, in a Tri-County League game in Belchertown.

The TCL-leading Orioles (8-3-2) led 1-0 at halftime but scored three times in a five-minute span in the middle of the second half.

Ryley Pond made 16 saves in the loss.

Palmer 4, FC Tech 0 — Zoe Przybycien, Megan Walsh, Delaney Walsh and Grace Cosby each scored on Monday and Palmer defeated Franklin Tech, 4-0, in the season-finale for the Eagles.

Kylee Baleno made 11 saves for the Eagles.

Frontier 2, Mohawk 0









Goals: (F) Vecellio, Spencer.

Assists: (F) Vecellio.

Shots: Mohawk 1. Frontier 19.

Saves: (M) Kendall 17. (F) Burniske 1.

Corners: Mohawk 1. Frontier 9.

Palmer 4, FC Tech 0

FC Tech








Goals: (P) Wilson, Walsh, Cosby, Przybycien.

Assists: (P) Dinelle.

Shots: FC Tech 8. Palmer 15.

Saves: (FT) Baleno 11. (P) n/a.

Corners: FC Tech 8. Palmer 9.

Greenfield 3, Smith Academy 1

Smith Academy








Goals: (SA) Guimond. (G) Bresciano 2, Hickey.

Shots: Smith 5. Greenfield 23.

Saves: (SA) Cavanaugh 20. (G) Smith 4.

Corners: Smith Academy 3. Greenfield 5.

Belchertown 4, Athol 0









Goals: (B) Wrona, Cooper, Boutin, Messier.

Assists: (B) Piedra, Wrona.

Shots: Athol 3. Belchertown 20.

Saves: (A) Pond 16. (B) Rothstein 3.

Corners: Athol 2. Belchertown 6.

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