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Local roundup: Conrad pulls out the stops for Mascoma field hockey (updated)

  • Emilie Conrad

Staff Reports
Published: 10/23/2020 11:10:31 PM
Modified: 10/24/2020 7:47:58 AM

WEST CANAAN — The Mascoma High field hockey team simply wouldn’t be denied in the preliminary round of the NHIAA Division III Region 2 playoffs on Friday afternoon. The Royals battled Kearsarge to a 1-1 draw through double overtime and a round of shootouts before emerging, 2-1, following a second frame of shootouts.

Goaltender Emilie Conrad was perhaps the star of the game for Mascoma (5-3-1), making 12 saves overall and eight out of 10 in the shootout rounds. This was the first time Conrad has faced a shootout, making the performance all the more impressive.

Brianna Withington scored in regulation, assisted by Kylie Rogers, for the Royals. Morgan Towne scored the game-winner in the second shootout to give the hosts the win in a postseason classic.

“I’m so proud of this team,” Mascoma coach Jenn Hammond said. “They left everything they had out on the field today to win this game. Going into overtime can be tough, and a double OT playoff game with no timeouts can really test a team.”

The switch of formats this season from two halves to four quarters meant an elimination of timeouts. That left Hammond and the Royals no chance to call for a break in overtime but to battle through any adversity without the benefit of resetting and recomposing following a stoppage.

The Royals will now host Stevens in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Windsor 8, Springfield 0

WINDSOR — Ashley Grela had three goals as the top-seeded Yellowjackets (7-0-0) made quick work of the No. 8 Cosmos in the VPA Division III quarterfinals.

Hannah Wood added two goals for Windsor. Alexina Peckinpaugh, Alyssa Slocum and Meagan Holling each had one goal. Peyton Richardson and Karen Kapuscinski had two assists each. Jenna Hood had one assist.

Glenna Ricard, Madison Leduc, Lindsey Young and Sydney Perry each played a quarter in goal for Windsor, combining for three saves. Springfield goalie Anna Church was under relentless pressure from Windsor but made 18 saves.

Windsor now advance to the semifinals to face the winner of Monday’s game between No. 4 Missisquoi and No. 5 Montpelier.

Mount Abraham 2, Hartford 1

BRISTOL, Vt. — The Hurricanes lost a heartbreaker in the VPA Division II quarterfinals.

Sophomore Alice Piper scored, with an assist to Jasmine Jenkins, in the second minute of the game to give eighth-seeded Hartford an early lead. The hosts answered in the second quarter with a Madison Gile goal. Top-seeded Mount Abraham then took the lead on Molly Laurent’s goal with 11 minutes left to play.

The Hurricanes (2-6-1) will graduate Jenkins, Bailey Cameron, Ryelee Potwin, Zoe Pfieffer and Morgan Barwood.

Stevens 3, Newport 1

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals took down the Tigers to advance to the NHIAA Division III quarterfinals. Stevens visits Mascoma on Sunday afternoon.

Football Windsor 49, Woodstock 27

WOODSTOCK — The Yellowjackets improved to 8-1 with a win over their archrivals.

Owen Abrahamsen led the attack for Windsor with three touchdown receptions. Austin Gauld, Jordan Place, Logan Goad and John Cook each had added a touchdown. Kaleb Swett was a perfect 7-for-7 on PAT kicks.

The Yellowjackets will open the VPA Division III playoffs at home on Wednesday against Springfield. Woodstock plays a first-round game at Bellows Falls on Tuesday.

Hartford 42, Middlebury 14

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Hurricanes (8-1) stormed to their eighth straight win to close the Vermont seven-on-seven regular season. They’ll host an area semifinal against either Windsor or Springfield on Friday night.

North Country 44, Oxbow 0

NEWPORT, Vt.— The Olympians took the long trip north and closed the regular season with a shutout loss to the Falcons.

Boys Soccer Lebanon 2, Hanover 2

LEBANON — These two longtime rivals took the opportunity to renew acquaintances when a regularly scheduled game between Lebanon and Fall Mountain was canceled. The NHIAA D-II Raiders handed the D-I Marauders a tie, becoming the first team to battle Hanover to at least a draw so far this season.

Simon Amaro put the Raiders (6-2-1) in front in the 10th minute, volleying in a cross from Griffin Auch. The Marauders (7-0-1) tied it up in the 57th minute on Will Guerin’s goal off a nice cross from Connor Hamlin. The Raiders regained the lead three minutes later when Daniel Mladek one-timed home an indirect kick from Alex Felix.

Hanover knotted things up with just 1:30 remaining on a goal by senior captain Nathan Subrahmanian, with an assist to Eric Ringer. The teams did not play overtime due to the onset of darkness on an otherwise balmy late-October afternoon.

The Marauders held an 8-6 edge on corners. Both keepers — Lebanon’s Colbie Delisle and Hanover’s Charles Wheelan — had four saves. Each team will now regroup for their respective playoff runs starting next week.

Blue Mountain 3, Oxbow 0

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (1-7-0) came out on the short end in a tight battle with the Bucks.

Starting keeper Dylan Bearce made five saves before yielding to Dakota Goodridge (four saves). Coach Andrew Fisher praised the play of both Cameron Roy and Aaron Thurston in the midfield along with the work of Andrew Emerson and Roy defensively.

“Oxbow controlled the ball most of the game but couldn’t convert any opportunities on goal. It’s a disappointing finish to our regular season, but our guys didn’t lack any effort and really left it all out on the field,” Fisher said.

The Olympians will graduate Emerson, Thurston, Bryce Ilsley, Zach Kane, Carter Allen and Cole Nanopoulos.

Lyndon 3, Thetford 1

LYNDON, Vt. — The Panthers dropped to 1-4-3 with the loss.

Thetford gave up an own goal six minutes into the game before equalizing it at 1-1 when Logan Brinkman scored off a corner kick from Mack Briglin in the 22nd minute.

The Panthers lost a player five minutes into the second half after intentionally denying a potential Viking goal, fording TA to play shorthanded. Lyndon scored the go-ahead goal in the 62nd minute before adding an insurance strike in the 67th.

West Rutland 2, White River Valley 1

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Golden Horde scored two unanswered goals to edge White River Valley (1-5-1).

The Wildcats took the lead in the 25th minute when Alex Lober struck for an unassisted tally. West Rutland scored both of its goals within a one-minute span later in the first half. WRV had an 8-2 shot advantage in the second half but couldn’t find the equalizer.

Coach Alex Montano commented on strong games by Mason Gauthier, Jack Simack and Jacob Barry. Keeper Dominic Craven made six saves.

Girls Soccer Sharon 1, Rivendell 0

SHARON — Audri Pettirossi scored the game’s only goal to help the Phoenix (3-7-0) top the Raptors (3-3-1).

“This was by far our best game of the season,” Sharon coach Andy Ruddell said. “Rivendell pressed well and was very physical, but we handled that well. Our distribution from the back and our midfield interplay was great. We have some work to do, but I’m so happy that we’re going into the playoffs with a win like this under our belts.”

Pettirossi broke through in the 53rd minute, chipping a long through ball past the onrushing Rivendell goalkeeper.

Rivendell netminders Cora Day and Ryleigh Butler combined to make 13 saves.

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