School roundup: Frontier’s Vecellio notches 100th point

  • Frontier’s Emily Roberts carries the ball up the field during the host Red Hawks’ 4-0 victory over Westfield in a Valley League field hockey game Monday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Frontier senior Olivia Vecellio runs toward the team’s bench to celebrate after scoring a goal, the 100th point of her career, in a 4-0 victory over Westfield in a Valley League field hockey game Monday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Frontier’s Rebecca Wallace-West, left, and Devyn Prusak battle for possession with Westfield’s Emma Collingwood in the host Red Hawks’ 4-0 Valley League victory, Monday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Frontier’s Olivia Vecellio carries the ball up the field past Westfield’s Claire Griffin during the host Red Hawks’ 4-0 victory in a Valley League field hockey game, Monday. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

Published: 9/9/2019 9:37:38 PM

With such an impressive history, it’s hard to believe the Frontier field hockey program had just one player in the past 15 years reach the 100-point milestone.

Olivia Vecellio joined that exclusive club on Monday.

The Frontier senior midfielder scored two goals, the second coming on a penalty corner in the second half that accounted for the 100th point of her career. Vecellio’s big day put the exclamation mark on a 4-0 victory over Westfield in a Valley League contest in South Deerfield.

“That was just the cherry on top,” said Vecellio of scoring a goal for point No. 100. “But I was excited either way, whether it was an assist or a goal. It wasn’t just a ‘me’ thing. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. They had to score goals for me to get an assist, they had to pass me the ball to score goals.”

Vecellio became the first Frontier player to score 100 points since 2004, when Erin Parker accomplished the feat as part of a team that reached the state championship game. Parker went on to play collegiately at UMass and was an Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection.

“Just to see Liv blossom since coming into the program as an eighth-grader, it’s awesome,” Frontier head coach Missy Mahar said. “It’s a credit to what she’s put into it over the years. She’s put in a ton of hard work and really is dedicated to the sport. It’s a great milestone for her.”

Vecellio entered the 2019 season with 96 career points. While reaching 100 was a big first goal, she and the Red Hawks have a lot more on the list moving forward.

“We’re in it for the long haul,” she began. “Winning Western Mass., that’s obviously the big goal but we’ve got a long way to go until then. Right now, it’s just game by game, looking forward to each day and trying to get better.”

Vecellio said former teammate Jordyn Roberts was the first person to mention the 100-point mark, back when Vecellio was just an eighth-grader in 2015. That fall, Roberts, who was a senior, told a wide-eyed Vecellio that she was going to one day accomplish the feat.

“I texted (Roberts) today, she’s down in Florida at school, and told her I only needed two more points so it’s kind of cool to think back to that conversation a long time ago,” Vecellio said.

Frontier (2-0, 1-0) came to life in the second half against Westfield on Monday, as Vecellio netted both of her goals after intermission. Lila Roche and Alyson Barnes also tallied in the victory, while Rebecca Wallace-West notched two assists and Grace Wesoloski also had an assist. Skyla Burniske and Ella Flanders each made a save in net to pitch the shutout, as the Hawks held a decisive 21-2 edge in shots on goal and a 13-2 advantage in penalty corners.

Frontier heads to play Greenfield on Wednesday night in a key early-season rivalry game at Vets Field.

• Speaking of the Green Wave, Greenfield went on the road and grabbed a second league win on Monday night. The visitors blanked East Longmeadow, 4-0, in a Valley League contest.

The Green Wave dominated from start to finish, not allowing the Spartans to possess the ball on their half of the field. 

Greenfield had 25 penalty corners in the game, allowing the club to get some good work in on the offensive end.

“We got a lot of practice on offense today,” Green Wave coach Erin Thayer said. “It was good early-season work.”

Katie Haselton had a goal and an assist, Lilia Kachelmeyer scored two goals, and Madyson Kuchieski added a goal of her own. Kaylah Eggsware, Lucy Postera and Racquel Provost each picked up an assist in the win, as the Wave improved to 2-1 on the season entering Wednesday’s big tilt against Frontier. 

• In a Tri-County League contest, Pioneer Valley Regional lost to Belchertown 10-0 on the road on Monday. 

Athena Fowler-Shaw made 17 saves for the Panthers. 

Girls soccer

Green Wave roll to third straight

Emma Savoy’s fifth goal of the season gave the Greenfield High School girls soccer team a 1-0 win over Smith Vocational on Monday.

Victoria Marin had the assist for the Green Wave.  

Greenfield has won three straight games to start the season.

Dina Samake made seven saves in her first shutout of the season. 

• In other action Monday, four goals in the final 25 minutes propelled Mahar past Gateway, 4-2, in a Pioneer North game played in Huntington.

Sienna Moore got the scoring going thanks to a Micalyn Mailloux cross that gave Mahar 1-0 lead in the second half.

From there, the Mailloux and Delaney Parker connection heated up. Parker found Mailloux on crosses for the next three goals of the game, leading to Mailloux’s second hat trick in as many games.

Sophomore Maddie Lloyd had 15 saves in net for the Senators, which improved to 2-0.

• Elsewhere, Amelie Rowehl made six saves in net during Mohawk Trail’s 6-0 loss to Smith Academy in a Pioneer South contest in Buckland.

The visiting Falcons scored all six of their goals in the first half, with Maisie Bowler and Erin Gilrein each scoring twice.

Golf

Greenfield upends rivals

Ryan Cote’s match medalist round of 39 helped host Greenfield stay unbeaten on the young season, Monday afternoon. Cote swept all four points in his match at No. 1 to help the Green Wave to a 20½-3½ victory over Turners Falls in a Bi-County East golf match at the Country Club of Greenfield.

Dylan Archer carded a 46 and swept all four points at No. 4 for the Wave (2-0), while Jake Cote (49) and Danny Provost (53) also combined for eight points toward the Greenfield total. Hunter Roberts shot 47 and Gabe Larouche shot 49 to give the hosts five players under 50 on the day.

Turners’ Joey Mosca had the low round of the day for his side, shooting 46 to snag three points out of the No. 2 slot. Brian Poirier carded a 50 for the Thunder, and Aidan Bailey won one-half point at No. 3 thanks to a round of 53.

Girls volleyball

Turners gets back into win column

Visiting Turners Falls got better as the match went along, as Dabney Rollins put down seven kills to send the Thunder past Athol, 25-20, 25-13, 25-11, in a PVIAC Northern Division contest at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Madison Liimatainen recorded 11 aces in a big night at the service line for Turners (3-1, 3-0), and she added a pair of kills. Setter Taylor Greene dished out nine assists and three kills, while Hailey Bogusz (three kills, nine aces), Steph Peterson (four kills, two aces) and Abby Holloway (four kills) all made key contributions in the victory.

Athol (1-1, 1-1) was led by Alexis Carrasquillo’s six kills. Lexi Forte (five assists) and Shaelynn Doherty (four digs, five kills) aided the cause.

• Elsewhere in the Northern, the Greenfield volleyball team survived a comeback from Pioneer to grab a 3-2 win at Nichols Gymnasium. Set scores were 25-15, 45-13, 23-25, 25-13 and 15-11.

Hannah Mailloux (six kills) and Korynne Callahan had 15 aces to lead the Wave into the win column for the first time this fall. Rachel Dodge added six aces and 11 assists.

For the Panthers, Abigail Briggs served up 10 aces while Emily Tibbetts added five.

• After dropping its first two sets, the Franklin Tech girls volleyball team put up a fight in the third set, but fell 26-24 to cap a 3-0 loss to Sci-Tech on Monday.

Kelly Trudeau had an ace and six digs and Mackenzie Martel had five aces and a pair of digs in the loss.

• In an independent match in Orange, host Mahar shook off a slow start to capture a 22-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-21 victory over Duggan Academy on Monday.

Hailie Meeker’s seven kills were tops for the Senators, which improved to 3-0 on the season despite dropping the opening set. Ava Libery had five kills and Quincey Drew tossed in a pair.

Setter Madison Harrington amassed 12 assists, and the team racked up 18 aces with six apiece coming from Drew and Harrington. Keanna Thompson’s six digs paced the back row.

Boys soccer

Warriors score first win since 2017

After not fielding a team a season ago, the Mohawk boys soccer team won its first game since 2017 on Monday, defeating St. Mary’s, 10-5, in an independent game played in Westfield.

Three players led the way on offense for the Warriors, with Oscar Cassin scoring four goals, Tyler Dubreuil registering a hat trick and adding a pair of assists, and Jaime Colemenjaro scoring two goals while adding three assists. 

“Those three guys, they’ve worked hard all season,” Mohawk coach Nick Brown said. “They’re the ones I’ve been looking to for any sort of help with the guys. Today, they were just feeling it. They had chances and they capitalized.”

It didn’t take long for the Warriors to get on the scoreboard, as Cassin put one in three minutes into regulation. From there, the squad scored six goals in the first half to earn the win, outscoring a St. Mary attack that was led by Jack Lamirande’s four goals. The first of those accounted for his 100th career tally.

“Big win for the program,” Brown said. “Everyone was pumped up. As a first-year coach, it’s nice to show that they’re working and the guys are putting everything into the program.”

• Local teams stayed hot Monday, as Mahar shut out Smith Academy, 2-0,  at the Woodward Complex in a McGrath Division game.

The Senators scored twice on set-pieces in the second half. James Temple connected on a free-kick around 25 yards out before an Andrew Herk corner kick found the net for Mahar. 

Logan Dodge made seven saves to pick up the shutout.

• In Schmid Division play, four goals in the first 17 minutes led Athol past Renaissance, 5-0, under the lights at O’Brien Field.

Dilan Fountain opened the scoring in the fourth minute, followed by a Bryce King tally in the eighth minute. Connor Mahony got in on the action, adding a goal in the 11th minute, followed by another Fountain score in the 18th minute of the game.

Nick Bousquet added the team’s fifth goal in the second half, though the Red Raiders felt they left goals off the scoreboard even in the blowout win. Casey Mason had six saves in the shutout.

BOYS SOCCER

Mahar 2, Smith Academy 0

Mahar

0

2

0

Smith Academy

0

0

0

Goals: (M) Temple, Herk

Assists: None

Saves: (M) Dodge 7 (SA) Belina, 6.

Athol 5, Renaissance 0

Renaissance

0

0

0

Athol

4

1

5

Goals: (A) Fountain (2), King, Mahony, Bousquet.

Assists: (A) King, Fountain, Mahony.

Saves: (R) Cook 3. (A) Mason 6.

Mohawk 10, St. Mary’s 5

Mohawk

6

4

10

St. Mary’s

2

3

5

Goals: (M) Cassin (4), Colemenjaro (2), Dubreuil (3), Palmer. (S) Lamirande (4), Brady Collins.

Assists: (M) Colemenjaro (3), Ramirez, Weis, Dubreuil (2), Palmer. (S) Stec (2), Lamirande, Collins.

Saves: (M) Bassett 8. (S) Lussier 18.

GIRLS SOCCER

Mahar 4, Gateway 2

Mahar

0

4

4

Gateway

0

2

2

Goals: (M) Moore, Mailloux (3). (G) Harris, Iglesias.

Assists: (M) Mailloux, Parker (3). (G) Auclair.

Saves: (M) Lloyd 15. (G) Viel 11.

Greenfield 1, Smith Voke 0

Greenfield

0

1

1

Smith Voke

0

0

0

Goals: (G) Savoy.

Assists: (G) Martin.

Saves: (G) Samake 7. (SV) Stone 4, Pause 5.

Smith Academy 6, Mohawk 0

Smith Academy

6

0

6

Mohawk

0

0

0

Goals: (SA) Bowler 2, Goldman, Gilrein 2, Springman.

Assists: (SA) Bowler, Goldman, Gilrein, Neil.

Saves: (SA) Bouley 2. (M) Rowehl 6.

FIELD HOCKEY

Frontier 4, Westfield 0

Westfield

0

0

0

Frontier

1

3

4

Goals: (F) Vecellio 2, Roche, Barnes.

Assists: (F) Wallace-West 2, Wesoloski.

Saves: (W) n/a 17. (F) Burniske 1, Flanders 1.

Greenfield 4, E. Longmeadow 0

Greenfield

2

2

4

E. Longmeadow

0

0

0

Goals: (G) Haselton, Kachelmeyer 2, Kuchieski.

Assists: (G) Haselton, Eggsware, Postera, Provost.

Saves: (G) Flynn 0. (EL) Nathan 12.

Belchertown 10, Pioneer 0

Pioneer

0

0

0

Belchertown

4

6

10

Goals: (B) Boutin 2, Cass, Cooper, Messier, Olden 4, St. George.

Assists: (B) Boutin, Olden, Wrona.

Saves: (P) Fowler-Shaw 17. (B) A. Rothsetin, 0; E. Rothstein 2.

 




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