Local roundup: Hanover’s back-up plan keeps field hockey team undefeated

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Published: 10/13/2021 9:34:39 AM
Modified: 10/13/2021 1:19:46 PM

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Overcoming adversity is a requirement for even the best teams, and it’s no different for the Hanover High field hockey team. Down four varsity players due to illness, Hanover relied on its bench and junior varsity call-ups in a 2-0 win at Plymouth on Tuesday to remain unbeaten this season.

Hanover (12-0-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first quarter when Livvy Trummel scored on a breakaway. Natalie Feyrer made it 2-0, converting on a reverse cross pass from Trummel for an insurance goal.

“I’m proud of the team for slugging it out today,” Hanover coach Jean Essex said. “The help we got off the bench from Maggie and Sadie Higgins, along with Eliza Sumner and some of the JV players; it just shows why team is so important. You never know when you’re going to be needed and you always have to be ready to play.”

Trummel now has a team-high 13 goals for Hanover, which closes the regular season at Derryfield on Friday night.

Bellows Falls 2, Hartford 1

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — The Hurricanes (8-3-0) lost a tight battle with the Terriers (11-1-0).

Caroline Hamilton scored for Hartford. Madi Willey had an assist. Coach Heather Scudder praised the entire defense, which was anchored by goalie Paige Vielleux (20 saves) to slow the Bellows Falls attack.

The Canes will visit Burr & Burton on Friday.

Otter Valley 1Woodstock 0

BRANDON, Vt. — The Wasps (5-5-0) mustered just two shots in a defensive battle with the Otters.

“The defense moved the ball well out of our defensive zone with some long drives. Otter Valley had a very strong defense as well,” Woodstock coach Leanne Tapley said.

Tapley credited Audrey Emery as the leader of the Wasps defense. Woodstock hosts Bellows Falls on Thursday.

Kearsarge 2, Mascoma 1

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Royals fell to 2-11-0 with the loss at the Cougars.

Mascoma closes the regular season at home on Wednesday against White Mountains.

BOYS SOCCER Sharon 4, Proctor 0

PROCTOR, Vt. — Riley Eastman posted his fourth hat trick of the season, Sam Simone added his second goal of the year and the Phoenix (8-1-0) controlled the Phantoms in a rematch of their VPA Division IV semifinal of last year.

Jack Lloyd had a pair of assists for Sharon, which also received helpers from Ever Tofel and Luke Miller. Coach Blake Fabrikant was impressed with how the Phoenix remained compact and organized on defense, with goalie Parker Bogardus earning a four-save shutout, aided by the play of Caleb Benjamin and Jaxon Nichols in the back.

“I would say, after our Rivendell game (a 4-1 win on Sept. 28), this was our best match of the season,” Fabrikant said.

Sharon hosts Mount St. Joseph — the only team to whom it has lost the campaign — on Friday.

Woodstock 1Green Mountain 1 (OT)

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps (6-4-1) battled Green Mountain to a draw after the teams traded goals midway through the first half.

Green Mountain took the lead with Everett Mosher’s 100th career varsity goal, which came in the 18th minute. Alec Smail answered for Woodstock less than a minute late to knot the score at 1-1. Rowan Smail picked up the assist with a diagonal pass to elude the Green Mountain keeper.

“Both teams had chances to win the game in regulation and overtime but couldn’t find the back of the net. Both keepers were in fine form,” Wasps coach Rob Stainton said. “With a number of injured players, the Woodstock team stood strong against a well-organized and quick counter-attacking Green Mountain team.”

Twinfield 5, Oxbow 0

MARSHFIELD, Vt. — The Olympians (1-9-0) were shut out on the road by Twinfield (9-1-0).

Keeper Dakota Goodridge made eight saves for Oxbow, which trailed just 2-0 with 10 minutes to play. Andrew Barrett just missed a goal in the first half for the O’s, which would have made the score 2-1.

“Today was the best defense we have played, but it still wasn’t without mistakes,” Oxbow coach Andrew Fisher said. “One lucky bounce and one more pass and this could have turned out differently. This is good progress for us, we’re getting some guys healthy just in time for the stretch run.”

The Olympians host Enosburg on Friday.

Bellows Falls 2White River Valley 1

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — The Wildcats controlled possession for long stretches, outshooting Bellows Falls 14-4, but couldn’t solve the backline defense of the Terriers.

Dominic Craven scored for WRV (4-5-2), with an assist to Mason Gauthier. The opportunistic Terriers made good use of their scoring chances to get the win.

WRV hosts Leland & Gray on Thursday.

Northfield-Williamstown 3 Thetford 1

THETFORD — The Panthers (2-9-0) couldn’t dig themselves out of an early deficit.

Northfield-Williamstown scored all three of its goals in the first 22 minutes before the Panthers defense tightened. Thetford got on the board in the 34th minute with an Elliot Jones goal, assisted by Jacob Gilman.

Thetford keeper Mack Briglin made five saves. The Panthers visit Spaulding on Friday.

GIRLS SOCCER Hanover 1, Dover 1 (2OT)

HANOVER — A battle of attrition ended with Hanover (4-7-2) settling for a draw with Dover.

Hanover lost four players during the game, seeing Elsa Bolinger, Mia Madden and Emma Kleber depart due to injury. Danielle Rudd earned a red card due to stopping a goal, forcing the hosts to play a player down for the duration.

Riley McGuire scored for Hanover with Madden picking up an assist. Keepers Kleber and Amelia Berthold combined to make eight saves.

Hanover looks for a win at Manchester Central on Thursday.

Bow 4, Lebanon 0

LEBANON — The Raiders (8-4-0) came up short against top-ranked Bow (12-0-0).

Lebanon hits the road to battle Plymouth on Friday before coming home to host Hollis-Brookline on Saturday.

Hopkinton 9, Mascoma 0

WEST CANAAN — The Royals (1-12-0) were no match for unbeaten Hopkinton (13-0-0).

Cora Peters made her varsity goalie debut in the second half for Mascoma, making six saves. The Royals visit Berlin on Saturday.

CROSS COUNTRY Hartford boys win at home

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford boys and Thetford girls each picked up wins in a meet hosted by the Hurricanes.

Thetford’s Ben Mattern won the boys race in 19 minutes, one second. Teammate Madelyn Durkee took first in the girls race in 21:25.

Gavin Farnsworth led the victorious Hartford boys, finishing third overall. Finn Walther was just behind in fourth, followed by Bennett Moreno in fifth.

Boys team scores: Hartford 28, Thetford 29, Rutland 75.

Girls teams scores: Thetford 18, Hartford 61, Rutland 66, Long Trail 86.

VOLLEYBALL Hanover 3, Fall Mountain 0

HANOVER — Hanover earned a sweep of the Wildcats, winning each set by a 25-11 final score.

Coach Megan McFarland credited the serving game of Hanover as a key to the win as the team recorded 17 aces.

“The girls are starting to develop chemistry with each other, understanding how the players around them play. It’s translating to cleaner play and more consistency,” McFarland said.

Hanover hosts Winnisquam on Thursday.

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