Depth the difference for Hanover field hockey

  • Hanover's Natalie Feyrer tries to get a stick in front of Mascoma's Chloe Crate before she drives the ball during their game on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 in Hanover, N.H. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Valley News photographs — Jennifer Hauck

  • Hanover's Taylor Vettori (2) celebrates her goal with teammates, from left, Livvy Trummel, Maggie Higgins and Eva Bell in the third quarter of their game with Mascoma on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Hanover, N.H. Mascoma's Morgan Towne walks back to the center line. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Mascoma's Ann Buffington and Hanover's Gail Morse drive down the field during their game on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Hanover, N.H. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Jennifer Hauck

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/14/2021 9:32:09 PM
Modified: 9/14/2021 9:32:10 PM

HANOVER — Senior Natalie Feyrer scored a hat trick as the Hanover High field hockey team defeated Mascoma, 5-1, on Tuesday at Merriman-Branch Field.

Hanover (5-0-0) utilized its depth en route to victory. While Mascoma (0-5-0) started strong and led for a brief period in the first quarter, Hanover was able to settle in and maintain higher energy further into the game. The Royals had just two subs available, while Hanover had five.

Hanover head coach Jean Essex said that made a big difference in the result.

“They’re so well-coached, and they’re so good at what they do. They’re aggressive. They were beating us to the ball in the first half, and they stop the ball well. But I think when you don’t have a lot of subs, it tends to wear you down,” Essex said. “And so I think the difference is they didn’t have the subs. We did have the subs. We were able to keep moving and keep running to the ball and not miss a beat when we had other people coming in to give us a breather.”

Mascoma took a 1-0 lead in the first period. Junior forward Carmen Zani put the Royals on the board with 4:26 left in the frame. Freshman Ann Buffington assisted the score.

Hanover didn’t need long to answer. Feyrer tied the game at 1-1 on an assist by senior Mia Edmonds. HHS then took the lead early in the second period when senior Livvy Trummel sent a hard pass to an open Feyrer right in front of goal and Feyrer converted for her second goal.

Hanover doubled its lead with 6:19 left in the first half on a goal scored off a penalty corner. Junior Janina Li picked up the score, and senior Taylor Vettori recorded the assist.

Hanover added a fourth goal with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter. Freshman Maggie Higgins missed a golden opportunity right in front of goal but got to the ball after it went by her, sending a pass back into the middle for Vettori to convert.

Essex lauded Higgins’ effort on the play.

“When it was crossed and she missed it, she didn’t give up. She went back, she swept it and she dropped it right back to Taylor, who was able to flick it in, which is just beautiful,” Essex said.

“Instead of hanging her head and going, ‘Oh shoot, I didn’t score,’ she went and got it and then got an assist off of it. That’s really fun to see.”

Feyrer finished off her hat trick with 10:30 to play, on an assist by Li.

Mascoma senior goalie Emilie Conrad saved three shots. Hanover junior goalie Reilly Loughman recorded one save.

Mascoma head coach Jenn Hammond said Hanover’s fourth goal was deflating for her players. She said she tells the Royals to enter each new quarter and half as if the score was 0-0 but that they hung their heads a bit after Vettori’s goal.

Hammond was pleased with the way Mascoma started the game but felt like the Royals got in their own way as the game progressed.

“(After the strong start), it just seemed like we kind of evened out and then just went downhill from there,” Hammond said. “We had breakdowns in defense, we were out of position, so they kind of hurt themselves, I felt.

“Hanover’s a strong team. They always have been, so they’re always a good opponent to play against. But I feel like we definitely could’ve played better than what we did.”

Hanover will look to keep it rolling Friday at home against Pelham. The Royals will try to turn things around Monday at Newfound.

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