High schools: Franklin Tech field hockey rolls past Palmer (PHOTOS)

  • Franklin Tech’s Kaitlin Trudeau is flanked by Palmer defenders Colton Santarelli and Mason Sarrette in Montague on Monday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Lauren Ross attacks Palmer goalie Scarlett Larose in Montague on Monday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Lily Ross shoots past Palmer's Colton Santarelli in Montague on Monday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Kaitlin Trudeau shoots on goal while being defended by Palmer's Olivia Ward in Montague on Monday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Hannah Gilbert shoots on goal while being defended by Palmer's Noel Melnick in Montague on Monday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech’s Lauren Ross moves up field against Palmer in Montague on Monday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Reports
Published: 10/18/2021 9:22:20 PM

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin Tech field hockey defense made life as easy as possible for goalie Madison Markwell on Monday against Palmer. 

So easy, in fact, Markwell didn’t see a single shot or penalty corner, with the Eagles defense keeping the ball in the Panthers half of the field for nearly the entire 60 minutes of action. 

Franklin Tech finished with a 44-0 shot advantage and cruised to a 4-0 County League victory. 

“One thing we’ve been stressing is defensively, we need to make sure we don’t let up after [scoring] a goal and we were able to do that today,” Eagles coach Rian Lovett said. “Our defense stepped up really well and our defense played strong. Hannah Gilbert had a great game in the middle and controlled the game. She made things happen.” 

Despite Franklin Tech dominating the first quarter — holding possession around the Palmer circle throughout the entire 15 minutes — it had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. 

That changed in the second quarter. The Eagles took advantage of a corner, as the ball bounced around the circle and deflected off a pair of Palmer sticks before Katy Lengiza pushed it home to put Franklin Tech ahead, 1-0, with 12:56 to play in the first half. 

Kendra Campbell made it a 2-0 game with 4:24 to play in the third quarter, with the Eagles once again using a corner to set up the goal. Kaitlin Trudeau made the pass to assist Campbell’s strike. 

The final two Franklin Tech goals came in the fourth quarter. Lilly Ross found herself open behind the entire Panther defense and finished on the open net to put the Eagles ahead by three goals with 6:09 to play. 

Two minutes later, Lauren Ross capitalized from in front of the circle to close out the Franklin Tech scoring. 

“Selfishly I wish we had scored more,” Lovett said. “We were right there but we couldn’t get the ball in the net as much as we should have. It was a good team win. We passed the ball well, we saw the field well which we’ve been struggling with lately. We saw where the space was today so that was really good.” 

After losing to Mahar last week — the Eagles’ first loss of the season — Lovett said she’s seen a different level of focus in her team.

“We had a little dip in the middle of the season,” Lovett said. “The loss last week helped us in a way. It grounded us and we realized we have to play hard all the time. We can’t have these ho-hum games and think we’re just going to win. We kept the pressure up the whole game today and never let up which is good.” 

Franklin Tech closes out the regular season Wednesday on the road against Hampshire. 

Mohawk Trail 3, Mahar 1 — Three different Warriors put the ball in the back of the cage to come away with a 3-1 win against the Senators in Orange on Monday. 

Rachel Pease opened the scoring for Mohawk Trail in the second quarter off an assist from Mya Lesieur. Lesieur scored later in the frame to put the Warriors ahead, 2-0, at the half before Stella Clark closed out the Mohawk Trail scoring in the third quarter off a dish from Lesieur. 

“I could not be prouder of the way our team played tonight,” Warriors coach Jenn Pease said. “They worked hard and our defense was outstanding. We are really coming into our own as a team”

Sophia Whitman had the lone strike for Mahar, scoring in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 2-1. Emmy Sisum made four saves for Mohawk Trail while Bella Bisceglia stopped 14 shots for the Senators. 

Pioneer 1, Holyoke 0 — Avery Sargent scored off a dish from Riley Thayer to allow the Panthers to squeak out a 1-0 win over the Purple Knights in Holyoke on Monday. 

Kelly Baird made eight saves in the shutout for Pioneer. 

Smith Academy 8, Turners 1 — Charlotte Hennings tallied a hat trick while Allie Emrick, Bailey McCoy, Charlotte Cavanaugh, Tess Marini and Bella Gavron found the back of the cage as the Falcons beat the Thunder, 8-1, in Turners on Monday. 

Avery Tela scored for Turners off an assist from Paige Sulda. 


Athol 3, Mahar 0 — The Bears completed their season sweep of the Senators on Monday, earning a 25-16, 28-26, 25-15 victory in what was a much closer match than the first meeting between the two schools. 

Laney Florentino put down six aces, five kills and two assists for Athol. Lindsay LeBlanc recorded seven aces and a pair of kills and assists, Kennedy Vaillancourt had two aces and two kills and Alyssa Logan made 20 digs in the victory. 

Emilia Ramos smashed six kills and two aces, Emma Ames had four kills and Saylor Kegans recorded four aces, two kills and seven assists for Mahar. 

Turners 3, Franklin Tech 0 — In a battle of the PowerTown, Taylor Greene dished 19 assists to go along with seven aces and a kill to lead the Thunder to a 25-10, 28-26, 25-9 sweep of the Eagles on Monday. 

Emily Young recorded three aces and six kills in the win, with Madi Liimatainen adding 14 kills and five aces and Abbi Holloway knocking an ace and three kills for Turners. 

Renee Reed tossed three assists, made three digs and put down a kill while Lillian Poirier had two assists and seven digs for Franklin Tech. 

Mohawk Trail 3, Greenfield 1 — An eight kills, 12 assist, two ace performance from Octavia Crawford propelled the Warriors to a 25-21, 18-25, 28-26, 25-18 triumph over the Green Wave in Greenfield on Monday. 

Palmer King put down 12 aces and six kills to go along with eight assists in the win. Elly Patnode added six kills and Hannah Plesnar had five kills and three aces for Mohawk Trail. 

Kelsey Richardson smacked eight kills and six aces to go  along with seven digs for Greenfield. Karisma Santana finished with 10 kills, 10 aces and four blocks, Aisha Pruitt-Gonzales tallied nine aces, 10 assists and five digs and Phoebe Broussard knocked two aces, one kill and six digs in the loss. 

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