School Field Hockey: Shocker: Warriors take down Green Wave, 2-1

  • Mohawk’s Ady Harris-Fried (16) defends against advancing Greenfield sniper Audrey Bresciano (10) Wednesday during second-half action of the host Warriors’ 2-1 field hockey win in Buckland. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Ashley Walker (10) winds up for a shot on goal during the first half of a 2-1 field hockey win over Greenfield Wednesday in Shelburne Falls. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Ashley Walker, right, celebrates a first-half goal with teammates Wednesday during a 2-1 field hockey win over Greenfield in Buckland. Ady Harris-Fried is on the right. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Above, Greenfield’s Katie Haselton (2) carries the ball between Mohawk defenders Ashley Walker (10) and Caitlin Johnston (15) Wednesday in Buckland, where the visiting Green Wave fell in its field hockey game, 2-1. Below, Mohawk’s Mikayla Bompastore (14) vies for possession against Haselton. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Lindsey McGahan (21) pushes up the field contested by Mohawk’s Lizzie Herzig (5) during first-half action of Wednesday’s 2-1 Mohawk win Buckland. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Audrey Bresciano (10) lunges for a shot defended by Mohawk’s Ady Harris-Fried (16) in the second half of Mohawk’s 2-1 field hockey win Wednesday in Buckland. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk’s Mikayla Bompastore (14) vies for possession against Greenfield’s Katie Haselton (2) during first-half action of Wednesday’s 2-1 Greenfield loss in Buckland. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Published: 9/20/2017 11:13:21 PM

BUCKLAND — Two weeks ago, Wednesday’s game between Mohawk Trail Regional High School and Greenfield High School wasn’t even on the schedule. But after Pioneer Valley Regional School was forced to cancel its varsity field hockey season, the two old rivals filled gaps in their respective schedules with an independent game.

Host Mohawk took full advantage, and the Warriors picked up arguably the upset of the season so far in the process.

The Warriors stormed out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from Ashley Walker and held on from there, edging defending western Mass. champion Greenfield, 2-1, in a battle of undefeated teams.

“I really wanted to play Greenfield,” admitted Mohawk coach Lynn Hoeppner of adding the powerhouse Green Wave to the schedule. “We need to be playing our old rivals that we’ve had great games with over the years. Whether we win or lose, we want to be playing tough games like this. It’s only going to make us better.”

Mohawk (5-0), looking to use Wednesday’s game as a measuring stick against one of the top teams in all of WMass, stormed out of the gates and grabbed a 1-0 lead with 7:03 remaining in the first half. Walker blasted a shot off a penalty corner, taking a feed from Caitlin Johnston and burying a goal on Mohawk’s very first shot of the game.

“That was huge,” said Hoeppner. “Getting that (first) goal against a rival like Greenfield, it was big for the girls to prove to themselves that we can score against a team like that.”

If one goal wasn’t enough to startle Greenfield (4-1), the host Warriors doubled their advantage on nearly an identical play early in the second half. Walker again scored off a penalty corner, this time single-handedly keeping the ball alive in traffic. Her blast again was too hot to handle, slamming into the back of the cage to stake Mohawk to a 2-0 advantage.

“I’d say they absolutely came in thinking this was going to be an easier game than it was,” admitted Greenfield coach Erin Thayer of her team. “We were not mentally in the game, especially early on. We didn’t fight for balls, we missed opportunities in front of the goal … we didn’t finish well. And give Mohawk credit, they played a great game.”

Trailing 2-0, the Green Wave kicked things up a notch. After earning consecutive penalty corners, Greenfield finally snuck one past Mohawk goalkeeper Zia Meyer. With 20:11 remaining in regulation, Olivia Joy poked a feed from Kayla Eggsware home for a goal that cut the deficit to 2-1.

“We knew that Greenfield was going to come back firing at us so we had to try and match that the rest of the way,” Hoeppner stated.

Despite a late push from the Wave offense, Mohawk was successful in holding possession for the majority of the final 10 minutes. Riding the stick-handling skills of Walker and the stout defensive effort of Ady Harris-Fried, Abby Sinistore and Isis Moon, the Warriors managed to run out the clock and pull off by far their biggest win of the season.

“The girls played together and worked together so well,” Hoeppner offered. “That’s been the theme so far this season for us.”

Thayer said she was disappointed that her team didn’t respond in a game against a local rival.

“We needed a reality check and I guess we got one here,” she said.

Meyer recorded two saves to earn her first varsity victory in the Mohawk net. The Warriors held a 5-3 edge in shots on goal, with Greenfield goalkeeper Lizzy Howland making three saves. The Wave held a 6-5 edge in penalty corners.

Mohawk returns to Bi-County League action Friday when it travels to Southwick High School while Greenfield is right back at it with a huge game when it visits chief rival Frontier Regional School Friday in South Deerfield with first-place in the Valley League up for grabs.

Mahar 5, Palmer 0 — Aileen Fitzgerald scored four goals, and host Mahar Regional School breezed to a 5-0 win over Palmer High School in a Bi-County League field hockey game Wednesday in Orange.

Anna Wetherbee also scored for the Senators (3-3, 1-2), who won their first league game of the season after jumping out to a 4-0 halftime lead and not looking back.

“The ball just went our way today,” explained Mahar coach Laurie Saisa. “There were a lot of quick passes from the girls, a lot of give-and-gos down the field.”

Mahar held a 21-2 edge in shots on goal, and goalkeeper Hannah Birch stopped both shots she faced to earn the shutout.

The Senators travel to Athol High School tonight at 7.

Athol 1, Belchertown 1 — Hudson Carlson scored the first goal of the season for Athol High School, and the host Red Raiders snagged their first point of the season thanks to a 1-1 draw against Belchertown High School in Tri-County League action Wednesday.

Carlson scored on an assist from Lauren Mack to stake the Raiders (0-4-1, 0-0-1) to a 1-0 lead. Belchertown tied the game when Kaylee Cooper tallied from Fiona Murphy.

“We just had to get that first goal,” began Athol coach Emily Hall. “Once you get that, things come a little easier. We went our first four games without barely any shots on goal. This was a big step forward.”

Ryley Pond recorded seven saves in net for Athol, which hopes to carry momentum into tonight’s game against rival Mahar.

• In JV action Wednesday, Pioneer Valley Regional School received a whopping five goals from Jennie Fuller to capture a 7-0 win over Southwick High School.

McKayla Glazier had a goal and an assist in the win, while Elizabeth Ballou added a goal and Sofia Walker added an assist. Stephanie Scoville recorded one save to pick up the shutout.


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