A Victory Many Days in the Making
Mascoma Field Hockey Blanks Profile in Storm-Stalled Continuation
Kearsarge High's Maggie Stockwell, left, battles Pelham's Steph Masiercourtis during the visiting Pythons' 2-0 victory in an NHIAA Division III field hockey game on Monday. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
Annie Morrall, daughter of Kearsarge junior varsity coach Sherry Morrall, sits in the Cougars' huddle during halftime. Kearsarge's Sophie Jadoul, left, and Mary Dever listen to head coach Koreen Bennett in the background. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
West Canaan — Brooke Pushee scored a goal and set up another as the Mascoma High field hockey team recorded a 3-0 win over Profile on Monday in an NHIAA Division III contest that took 2½ weeks to complete.
An explanation: The Royals (2-6) and Patriots tried to play a match on Sept. 12 only to have weather put a temporary end to the affair with 7:13 left in the first half. Mascoma won its first game of the season the next day over Mascenic, but the Royals managed just two goals in five contests after that.
Finally able to bring Profile back to town, Mascoma sent its visitors home with a loss. Pushee built on a 1-0 lead Mascoma earned when the match first started by setting up Logan Martin’s first goal of the season in the second half. About seven minutes later, Pushee notched her team-best fourth goal of the year with an unassisted strike to clinch the win.
Catie Kondi had staked Mascoma to its initial lead on the original play date. Goalkeeper Jordan LaCroix delivered a two-save shutout.
“We’ve been struggling this year with any sort of offensive generation,” Mascoma coach Amanda Valliere said. “To be able to make stuff work and finish was awesome. The girls were very, very excited about it.”
The Royals host D-III power Berlin on Thursday.
Pelham 2, Kearsarge 0
North Sutton — Kaleigh Gordon scored in each half as the Pythons (2-5-2) took down the Cougars (1-7-1) in an NHIAA Division III clash.
Breyna Carey made 12 saves for Kearsarge, which managed only three shots, none during the second half.
“If we don’t spring and explode to the ball, we don’t get to the ball, which is what happened today,” said 15th-year Cougars coach Koreen Bennett, whose roster features only three seniors and which was short two starters, suspended for skipping an earlier game. “We’re asking young players to play like veterans, and they’re just not ready yet.”
Bennett, who took off the 2010 and 2011 seasons to start an area youth field hockey program, said she’s looking forward to next season, when the first players from those levels will be eligible for varsity competition. Kearsarge visits Mascoma on Saturday.
Stevens 5, Windsor 1
Windsor — A goal early in the second half gave the Yellowjackets (1-6-1) some hope, but the Cardinals (6-1) had more than enough firepower to pull away.
Jazmyn Griffin scored on an Alyson Lizotte pass just two minutes into the game to get Stevens started, following with a set-up for Kately Belaire to convert before halftime. Maryam Orogi finished a Maddy Morse pass in the 54th minute to cut into the Cards’ lead, but the visitors answered through Madelyn Whipple, Amerin McCall and Belaire.
Lizotte finished with two assists, while Belaire and Erica Pritchett also recorded helpers. Molly Early had seven saves for the Cards, who host Monadnock on Friday, while Rebecca Rumrill finished with 15 saves for the jacks, who entertain MSJ on Wednesday.
Woodstock 2 (ot)
Springfield, Vt. — Megan Thomas scored unassisted two minutes into extra time as the Cosmos (4-3-1) held off the Wasps (4-4) in a seesaw battle.
Woodstock’s Annie Arthur (unassisted) and Springfield’s Chelsea McAllister (on a Sara Locke pass) scored in the match’s first 20 minutes, and the scoreboard would remain silent until a wild finish. McAllister converted another Locke feed for a 2-1 lead with nine minutes left in regulation, but Anna Dieffenbach’s superb one-time finish of an Arthur pass with less than a minute left forced overtime.
Kaila Lemmer had nine saves for the Wasps, and Brooke Willey ended with eight for the Cosmos. The squads will hold an evening rematch at Woodstock Union High School on Wednesday.
Woodstock 1, Proctor 0 (2 ot)
Woodstock — The Division II wasps (7-1) drew a test from the D-IV Phantoms and passed it when recent junior varsity call-up Collin Campbell netted the game’s only goal five minutes into double overtime.
Taking a Patrick Bald pass down the sideline, Woodstock’s Doug Avellino cut to the middle of the field and dribbled to the edge of the Proctor penalty area before spotting Campbell to his right. Avellino chipped a pass over the defense, and Campbell did the rest on a short near-post finish.
Connor Fegard earned a five-save shutout for Woodstock, which travels to Mill River on Friday.
Otter Valley 7, Windsor 1
Brandon, Vt. — A sixth freshman opened his goal-scoring account for the Yellowjackets (0-8), who stayed with the Otters until a second-half barrage.
Brandon Tillman accepted a Connor Collins pass and drilled a shot into the OV goal 30 seconds into the second half to cut into a 2-0 deficit, Tillman’s first varsity goal.
Windsor heads back across the Green Mountains to visit Fair Haven on Wednesday evening.
Hanover 3, Fall Mountain 0
Langdon, n.h. — The Marauders (4-2) recorded their second sweep in three nights, blanking the Wildcats 25-10, 25-12, 25-12.
Elizabeth Pillsbury led the attack with nine kills, followed by six from Holly Schlosser. Zoe McElwain, Darby Phillips and Schlosser combined for seven aces and were a perfect 43-for-43 from the service line.
McElwain paced the deep defense with 18 digs to go with her 18 assists, while Nora Anderson had 10 digs. Phillips (six blocks) and Vanessa Nwokoye (five) had big nights at the net.
The victory followed Hanover’s 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 nailbiter win over Laconia on Saturday, with McElwain and Pillsbury pacing the Marauders with their serve work. The Marauders host Kingswood tonight.
Newport Sweeps at Home
Newport — The host Tigers (12-3) couldn’t have been much more consistent if they’d tried, putting all five scoring golfers in a one-stroke space to beat Farmington and Newmarket on Newport Golf Club’s par-35 front nine.
Cale Manseau threw down the low round of the day at 3-over-par 38. Newport’s remaining scoring golfers — Andre Kepler, Matt Bocko, Spencer Coronis and Cameron Gebo — shot 39.
“I like that,” Newport coach Vince Molesky grinned. “Can I have it for next week?”
Before the Tigers head to the state finals, they’ll visit Woodsville on Wednesday and take on Hopkinton and InterLakes at the Country Club of New Hampshire on Thursday.
Team scores: Newport 155, Farmington 206, Newmarket 227.
Engineers Take One
Bethlehem, n.h. — Behind a 45 from Joe Abrahamsen and a 47 from Mayghan Simano, Woodsville (6-10) nicked one win in a four-school match on Bethlehem Country Club’s front nine.
Ben Fournier shot 50 and Dan Abrahamsen finished at 59 for the Engineers. Cody Stone, of host Littleton High, had the low round at 7-over 41.
Woodsville returns to Blackmount Country Club on Wednesday to meet Newport, Profile and host Lisbon.
Team scores: Moultonborough 181, Littleton 188, Woodsville 199, Franklin 222.