High schools: Sophia Woods’ tally lifts Mahar field hockey to 1st win

Staff Reports
Published: 10/13/2021 9:12:37 PM

Things have been building for the Mahar field hockey team in recent games.

The Senators finally broke through on Wednesday for their first victory of the season.

Sophia Woods scored the game’s only goal with just over one minute remaining in the second quarter and host Mahar held on from there for a 1-0 victory over Franklin Tech in an independent contest at the Woodward Complex.

While it was the first win of the season for the Senators, it was the first loss of year for the Eagles, which fell to 9-1-4.

“The girls were definitely fired up,” Mahar coach Laurie Saisa said. “They worked hard and they played hard to get that win.”

Sister Shea Woods assisted on Sophia’s tally, and Mahar goalie Bella Bisceglia stopped all 15 shots she faced for the shutout.

Franklin Tech held a 15-4 edge in shots and a 9-3 edge in penalty corners. Goalie Madison Markwell made three saves.

Boys soccer

Greenfield 8, Athol 6 – Trailing 4-2 at halftime, the Green Wave flipped the script in the final 40 minutes.

Henry Zaccara scored three times in the second half, giving him five tallies for the game as Greenfield rallied past Athol, 8-6, under the lights at O’Brien Field in Athol Wednesday night.

Zaccara had both first-half goals for Greenfield, which got going in the second half thanks to additional tallies by Sam Bakare, Jayson Smith and Jackson Campbell. Smith finished with two assists, while Campbell dished out four helpers in addition to his goal. 

Daniel Pena-Chadee made eight saves for Greenfield.

Athol’s Connor Mahony and Angel Castillo scored two goals apiece, while Tony Carbone and Brent Boudreau also tallied. Assists were recorded by Mahony, Ben Kearney and Gabe Gois.

Franklin Tech 5, Ware 3 — Based on the first eight minutes, it looked like the Eagles and Ware were headed toward a shootout. 

Ware opened the game with two goals in the first six minutes, but Franklin Tech answered in the eighth minute to cut the lead to 2-1. 

The two squads slowed down from that point on, with no other goals scored in the first half. The Eagles found their groove in the second half, scoring four goals in the first 14 minutes of second half action to pull away with a 5-3 victory on the road. 

“It was a nice comeback win for us,” Franklin Tech coach Kurt Richardson said. 

David Klempner had the first half strike for the Eagles. Sam Lashtur opened the second half scoring in the 44th minute, followed by a goal from Klempner in the 46th minute. Lashtur scored again in the 49th minute and Brayden McCord put home a penalty shot in the 54th to put Franklin Tech ahead, 5-2. 

Alex Davidson-Carroll, Colin Adams (two) and Preston Duvall picked up assists in the win. 

Girls soccer

Pioneer 4, Taconic 1 — Tied 1-1 at the half, Hailey Ring scored a pair of goals to propel the Panthers to a 4-1 victory over Taconic in Northfield on Wednesday. 

Ring — who finished with a hat trick — opened the scoring in the 17th minute for Pioneer. Laila Heilman put the Panthers ahead, 2-1, in the 52nd minute off an assist from Dani Teaca before Ring tallied goals in the 65th and 78th to put the game away. Lucia Saviano assisted Ring’s third goal. 

Sarah LaRocque made three saves in the win. 


Mohawk Trail 3, Athol 0 — Octavia Crawford put down six kills to help the Warriors to a 25-21, 25-15, 25-19 sweep of the Bears in a Northern League match Wednesday in Buckland.

Crawford added six assists and six aces, while Palmer King tallied five kills, nine assists and 11 aces. Sophia Guy led the defense with four digs.

Alyssa Logan recorded 10 digs for Athol, which received two kills from Skyleigh D’Ambrosia. Laney Florentino and Kennedy Vaillancourt had two aces apiece.


Hampshire 22, Mohawk Trail 2 — Logan Moore and Douglas Wilcox each scored a point for the Warriors in a 22-2 loss Wednesday at Southampton Country Club.

Moore shot 52 and Wilcox carded Mohawk Trail’s low round of the day, a 50.

Deerfield r esults

Varsity Volleyball at NMH: Win 3-0

Boy s Varsity Soccer  vs. Westminster: Tie 2-2

Girls Varsity Soccer vs. NMH: Win 1-0


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