School Field Hockey: Precocious Mason helps Frontier beat Westfield

  • Frontier’s Olivia Vecellio (7) races toward the net with the ball as Westfield defender Jordan Bower (14) moves in from behind to disrupt her Monday afternoon in South Deerfield. The host Red Hawks beat the visiting Bombers, 3-1, in their independent field hockey game. for the recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

  • Frontier sniper McKenzie Patterson (7) powers the ball upfield toward the net Monday in South Deerfield, where her host Red Hawks prevailed, 3-1, in their independent field hockey win over Westfield. for the recorder/J. Anthony Roberts

Recorder Staff
Published: 10/3/2016 11:00:43 PM

Katheryn Mason scored a pair of goals Monday and Frontier Regional School picked up its 10th win of the season, 3-1, over Westfield High School in an independent field hockey match in South Deerfield.

The eighth-grader continued to produce since her recent call-up, scoring once in each half to account for the final two goals of the game. Her first goal came when she swatted home a rebound off the pads of Westfield goalie Gwen Smith with 3 minutes, 50 seconds left in the first half. Her second came in the second half on an assist from freshman Olivia Vecellio.

“She is a great player to have in front of the net because she’s always on the goalie’s pads and works hard to get those ball to the net,” Frontier coach Missy Mahar said.

Ashley Borkowski got the Red Hawks (10-1-0) on the board with 7:54 left in the first half on an assist from McKenzie Patterson. Mason’s goal made it 2-0 at the break but Olivia Marcyonak got Westfield on the board four minutes into the second half.

Frontier outshot Westfield, 25-5. Skyla Burniske made four saves for the win. Smith stopped 22 shots in the loss.

South Hadley 4, Turners Falls 0 — South Hadley High School scored four times in the first half to knock off Turners Falls High School, 4-0, in an independent field hockey game Monday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.

The Tigers scored all four times in a 7-minute span that began 10:32 into the game and ended before the game was 20 minutes old.

“We were a totally different team in the second half,” Turners Falls coach Megan Gilbert said. “In the first half, we were back on our heels, and just weren’t very aggressive.”

Each goal was scored by a different player as Julia Miele, Taylor Gelinas, Kayla Carlton and Isabelle Patruno found the back of the net. Brittany Cote and Brooke Blair played a half each and combined to make seven saves for the shutout.

Maddie Currier stopped 24 shots in the loss.

“I think our team is on a little bit of a plateau right now,” Gilbert concluded. “We don’t have another game this week. It’s our week to push ourselves to the limit and excel and prepare for the next week.”

Agawam 6, Mohawk 1 — Nina Bruno had three goals and one assist to lead Agawam High School to a 6-1 independent field hockey win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Monday afternoon in Buckland.

Kristen Fellion had two goals and one assist for the Brownies, who scored three times in each half. Sydney Mazza added one goal, and Taia Vivenzio and Nicole Mercadante each had two helpers. Nikki Bates made 10 saves.

Mikayla Bompastore scored the lone goal for Mohawk on a rebound, and Eloise Perrea made 13 saves.

Mahar 3, Athol 0 — Mahar Regional School scored three times in the first half and went on to defeat Athol High School, 3-0, in an independent field hockey match Monday night in Athol.

Lilly Fellows, Joslyn O’Brien and Michelle Moulton each scored for the Senators, and Hannah Bergquist had a pair of assists.

Hannah Birch had one save in registering the shutout.

Hudson Carlson finished with 14 saves in the loss.

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