Schools: Panthers blank Eagles, 2-0

  • Franklin Tech’s Shannon Kurkulonis, above left, and Pioneer’s Jess Scoville chase the ball down Monday afternoon in Northfield, where the host Panthers prevailed, 2-0, in their West Division girls’ soccer game. Below, Pioneer’s Mckayla Glazier fights for possession of the ball with Franklin Tech’s Marybeth Weeden. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Pioneer’s Mckayla Glazier takes a shot on goal Monday afternoon in Northfield, where her host Panthers beat Franklin Tech, 2-0, in a West Division field hockey contest. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Pioneer’s Elizabeth Sweeney moves the ball down the field, guarded by Franklin Tech’s Devon Brown during their West Division field hockey game Monday afternoon in Northfield. Pioneer won, 2-0 Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Franklin Tech’s Erin O’Neal fights for possession of the ball with Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Emily Walker during their West Division field hockey game Monday afternoon in Northfield. The host Panthers won, 2-0. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Pioneer’s Mckayla Glazier fights for possession of the ball with Franklin Tech’s Marybeth Weeden Monday afternoon in Northfield, where the host Panthers beat the visiting Eagles, 2-0, in their West Division field hockey game. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Recorder Staff
Published: 9/26/2016 11:00:55 PM
Modified: 9/26/2016 11:00:42 PM

The Pioneer Valley Regional School field hockey team continues to quietly chug along this season.

Elizabeth Sweeney and Mckayla Glazier scored 11 minutes apart in the first half Monday and the Panthers defeated Franklin County Technical School, 2-0, in a West Division field hockey game in Northfield.

The Panthers improved to 3-1-1 on the season and are 3-0-1 in the West.

“We had to work for that W today,” Pioneer coach Sallie Gilliland said. “We are working on things still and hoping that we continue to grow, but we have a really strong team this year.”

Sweeney scored on an assist from Olivia Rowe with 13 minutes, 31 seconds left in the first half, and Glazier scored an unassisted goal with 2:36 to play in the half.

That was plenty of support for goalie Steph Scoville and her defense. The Pioneer defense did not allow a shot on Scoville, who did not make a save in the shutout.

“We changed our defensive scheme this year and that’s really helping us,” Gilliland said. “Steph Scoville is an amazing athlete. I’m really blessed to have her in goal.”

Pioneer gets another test today when it travels to Southwick Tolland Regional High School at 4.

Greenfield 3, West Side 3 — Audrey Bresciano scored twice in the final 15 minutes and Greenfield High School salvaged a 3-3 draw with West Springfield High School in an independent field hockey game Monday in West Springfield.

The Terriers scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the second half to take a 3-1 lead and it looked like Greenfield’s (6-0-1) unbeaten mark was finished. Less than two minutes after Jessica Weissman scored to put West Side up 3-1 with 15:46 to play, Bresciano scored her first of the day on an assist from Raegan Hickey. Bresciano struck again for the equalizer with 3:43 left on Hickey’s second assist of the day.

“Their perseverance and drive carried them through that adversity,” Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said. “They had to fight hard to keep us undefeated. After West Springfield scored its third goal, I took a timeout and said, ‘Hey, this is it, girls.’ They fought through it and got it done.”

Sarah Weissman scored twice for the Terriers, including the first goal of the game. Olivia Joy scored on an assist from Bresciano in the first half for the Green Wave.

West Springfield outshot the Green Wave, 13-5. Sam Smith made 10 saves for the Wave, while Chloe Pastore stopped two shots for West Side.

“I think the turf was a factor today,” Thayer said of her team’s performance. “We did not play well. Our hits were too far ahead, our sticks weren’t down, and we didn’t play good defense.”

Greenfield hosts Amherst Regional High School Wednesday afternoon at 4.

Holyoke 2, Turners Falls 0 — Holyoke High School scored once in each half and Cheyenne Dunn stopped all three shots she faced as the Purple Knights earned a 2-0 West Division field hockey victory over Turners Falls High School Monday afternoon in Holyoke.

The game featured the top two teams in the West, and Holyoke was able to outchance the Indians (4-3-1 overall, 4-1-1 West), who suffered their first league loss of the season. Holyoke (4-0-0) remained unbeaten.

Perryne Vega scored with 7 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first half on an assist from Taryn O’Sullivan, while Kassidy Lawrence scored with 19:35 left in the second on O’Sullivan’s second helper of the day.

Maddie Currier turned aside 11 shots in the loss, and Alysha Wozniak and Sam Kolodziej each played well defensively.

Frontier 2, Agawam 0 — McKenzie Patterson continued to display her offensive prowess for Frontier Regional School, scoring both goals in a 2-0 independent field hockey win over Agawam High School on Monday in South Deerfield.

Patterson struck for her first goal with 16:03 remaining in the first half on an assist from Ashley Borkowski. She added an insurance marker with 11:57 left, also assisted by Borkowski.

Frontier held the edge in shots (14-9), while Agawam had more corners (8-5).

Skyla Burniske made 9 saves to record the shutout. Nicole Bates kept the Brown in the contest with a dozen saves.

“It was a good defensive effort,” said Red Hawks head coach Missy Mahar. “We were challenging them. Skyla had amazing game in net and we capitalized on the game plan.”

Frontier (7-1-0) goes to Athol High School tonight at 7.

Mahar 2, East Longmeadow 0 — Mahar Regional School scored a pair of first-half goals and played tough defensively throughout Monday to defeat East Longmeadow High School, 2-0, in an independent field hockey game in East Longmeadow.

Rachel Latwis got the Senators (2-5-0) on the board 7:18 into the game when she converted a pass from Kadie Jillson. The game remained that way until the final three minutes of the first half when Lauryn White scored on a corner play.

Mahar did not allow a shot in the second half as it protected the two goal cushion.

“It was unbelievable defense by our midfield and defense tonight,” exclaimed coach Lauri Saisa. “It was a tremendous team effort by all.”

East Longmeadow got two shots in the first half and both were turned aside by Mahar goalie Hannah Birch. Mahar finished with 10 shots. East Longmeadow goalie Morgan Manley stopped eight.


Frontier 13½, Pioneer 10½ — Frontier relied on its depth and managed to pull out a 13½ -10½ win over Pioneer in a battle of the unbeatens in Bi-County North Division golf action Monday afternoon at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst.

Pioneer’s top two golfers scored 5½ points but Frontier’s bottom four golfers scored 11 points, helping lead the Red Hawks to victory.

“Our entire lineup has been playing strong all year long and they proved it again today,” Frontier coach Bill Fitzpatrick said. “They played very tough opponents today and they pulled through. I couldn’t be happier with them.”

Jake Willis got Pioneer off to a great start by shooting a 37 and was the match medalist, taking three points. Sam Kitfield picked up 2½ more points for the Panthers when he shot a 41 at No. 2. Frontier’s Mike Cordiff also shot a 41 and got 1½ points.

Frontier’s Bryan Baumann got three points at No. 3, where he shot a 45. Pioneer’s Kyle Maynard shot a 47. Garrett Cote shot a 42 at No. 4 at took three points for Pioneer, while Kalen Evans shot a 49 at No. 5 and picked up three points for Frontier. Scott Pelis shot a 54 at No. 6 and capped off the victory with four points.

FC Tech 15, Mohawk 9 — Franklin County Technical School had only four golfers but was able to beat Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 15-9, in a Bi-County North golf match Monday at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls.

Mike Patnode, Travis Cutting and Hunter Sessions all shot 44 and swept 4 points for the Eagles (1-7, 1-3), while Jordan DiGeorge added 3 points.

Tristan Lacross had 1 points for the Warriors (0-5, 0-5).

Mahar 15½, Sabis 8½ — Treyton Pasakinskas and Tucker Ninteau swept the final two matches to help Mahar Regional School rally for a 15½-8½, in a Bi-County East golf match Monmday at Veterans Golf Course in Springfield.

Corey Sanderson and Zach Geyster each added 3 points for the Senators (2-3, 2-3 East).

Michael Bushey led the Bulldogs (1-6, 0-4 East).

Girls’ volleyball

Athol 3, Millis 1 — Athol High School ventured out to eastern part of the state and earned a quality win Monday with a 25-15, 25-22, 16-25, 25-19 independent victory over Millis High School in a girls’ volleyball play in Millis.

Hope Parker registered 16 kills and 6 digs to lead the Red Raiders to the big win. Julia Ramos also aided the win 12 assists, 3 kills and 3 aces, and Jess Soucie chipped in with 3 aces and 2 kills.

“It was just a battle,” said Athol head coach Amber Parker. “We’re lucky to get out of here with this win.”

Athol (7-2) travels to Pioneer Valley Regional School today at 5 p.m.

Amherst 3, Frontier 0 — Amherst Regional High School remained unbeaten on the season with a convincing 25-16, 25-13, 25-15 victory over Frontier Regional School in a PVIAC Eastern Division girls’ volleyball match Monday in Amherst.

Megan Rice led the Hurricanes (8-0 overall, 2-0 East) attack with 10 kills and Teya Nolan dished out 29 assists.

Lauren Davenport recorded 10 kills and 13 digs for the Red Hawks, Selayna Bathurst tallied 2 kills and 11 digs, and Ella Deane had 15 assists, 7 digs and 2 aces.

Frontier (4-5, 1-2 East) travels to Westborough High School Friday at 6:15 p.m.

Smith Voke 3, FC Tech 1 — Stephanie Start racked up 7 kills, 7 aces and 4 assists to help Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School defeat Franklin County Technical School, 25-13, 25-13, 21-25, 25-11, in a Metro Division girls’ volleyball match Monday in Turners Falls.

Cassondra Paradee collected 6 aces, 3 kills and 3 digs, and Emma Tobin added 5 aces and 3 kills for the Vikings.

Reagan Fiske’s 6 aces, 3 digs and 3 digs led the Eagles. Cobi Hardin chipped in 4 kills 1 block, and Isabelle Duga had 3 assists and 2 aces.

Franklin Tech is at High School of Commerce Wednesday at 4 p.m.


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