High Schools: John Stark field hockey dominates for first win since 2008
Pittsfield's Xenthios Cyr, left, tries to move the ball past Derryfield's Matt Dubreuil in the game between the schools on Wednesday afternoon, September 25, 2013 at Drake Field. Derryfield defeated Pittsfield 2-1.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Pittsfield's Max Tuttle tries to move the ball past Derryfield defense in the game between the schools on Wednesday afternoon, September 25, 2013 at Drake Field in Pittsfield. Derryfield defeated Pittsfield 2-1.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
For the past few years, there had been one constant at every John Stark field hockey game. Whether the Generals scored, whether their defense was tight, whether they played a balanced game from start to finish, they lost.
Every time. They lost every game in 2009. They lost every game in 2010. They lost every game in 2011, and maintained their dubious streak in 2012.
And they had lost every game in 2013 as well. But on homecoming, a different John Stark team took the field yesterday against Mascenic.
“We have a lot of seniors who were eager for that win,” fourth-year Coach Hanna Crisp said. “And everything we’ve been practicing just happened.”
This time, the Generals were the ones taking an early lead, keeping the opponent at bay and counting down the minutes in the second half. John Stark atoned for a frustrating September by scoring its first goals of the season en route to earning its first win since Oct. 10, 2008 with a 5-0 decision over Mascenic (0-7).
“I have girls that have amazing skill, but they don’t have confidence in those skills,” said Crisp, whose team is now 1-5. “They had confidence (today). I hope it keeps up.”
It didn’t take long for the feeling to set in that this afternoon would be a different one. Elizabeth Palmisano and Steph Wetherbee scored the Generals’ first two goals of the season early in the first half, and Crisp could tell on the sideline that her players were on the attack for the first time.
“We got the two goals one right after the other,” she said. “The whole mentality of the game changed.”
It was the first time this year that the Stark players could be excited to glance at the score, but they didn’t even have that luxury. The scoreboard had malfunctioned. Thank goodness, Crisp couldn’t help but think.
“The scoreboard broke throughout the game. I actually thought that was a good thing,” she said. “We hate having it rubbed in our face that we’re losing. We didn’t want to be that team. We talked about keeping our composure.”
Sam Hallice scored a third goal before halftime off of a Clarissa Foote assist, and Weatherbee and Palmisano added second-half tallies, with Jilli Kilar adding an assist on Weatherbee’s. Kilar and Riley Beliveau led a strong midfield in front of Jerrilyn Wilson, who made four saves to make Stark’s first win a shutout.
Now, Crisp said, the challenge is turning a surprise into a common occurrence.
“This year, it’s a more positive note than the past,” she said. “I’m happy for them. They truly deserved it, and earned it.
“Hopefully the win will just (get them) to apply what we’ve been practicing.”
Concord 4, Nashua North 0
After a scoreless first half, the Crimson Tide (5-3) came alive to claim the home win and snap a two-game slide.
Sophomore Stephanie Resnick opened the scoring at 20:03 of the second half and five minutes later freshman Lauren Mullen made it 2-0. Resnick scored again at 8:17 and senior Chelsey Jobin completed the scoring with 24 seconds left on the clock.
Seniors Grace Orzechowski and Molly Waite also played well for Concord, which got six saves from Colleen Casey for the shutout.
Man. West 3, Coe-Brown 2, 2OT
The Bears (3-5-1) had two one-goal leads but lost after a strong performance from Manchester West forward Promise Kpee, who pushed the Blue Knights to victory with a late goal and assist.
Coe-Brown’s Jake Dunkerly started off the scoring in the second minute of the match on an assist by Trey Berry before West (2-5) tied it on a penalty kick 10 minutes later. Two minutes into the second half, the Bears’ Liam Clinch scored after picking up a loose ball forced by Isaac Nowland in West’s end.
West scored with 10 minutes left against the run of play in a half that saw the Bears outshoot the Knights. West won the game two minutes into the second overtime period by pouncing on a rebound in the Coe-Brown box.
Oyster River 5,
Merrimack Valley 0
The Pride (2-6) was shut out by a hot Oyster River team (6-0-1) that has won five straight matches.
Freshman Ben Davis played well in the middle for MV, while forwards Chase Mercier and Jarrett Davis played well. Nate Mulleavey led the defensive effort.
Derryfield 2, Pittsfield 1
The Panthers (3-4-1) kept things close against undefeated Derryfield (7-0), but they couldn’t find the late equalizer.
“We had a couple chances to tie it,” Pittsfield Coach Derek Hamilton said, “but they had some chances to put us away, too.”
The Cougars scored just four minutes into the contest. Pittsfield tied it up in the 32nd minute on a goal from freshman Xenthios Cyr, assisted by Max Tuttle. The Panthers got good performances from Ryan Marquis and Casey Ward and six saves from Colby Clark.
Merrimack Valley 1,
Oyster River 0
The Pride (4-1-2) got a solid road win over Oyster River (4-3), snapping the Bobcats’ four-game winning streak.
The lone goal of the game came in the 15th minute after Meredith Ramsey latched on to a beautiful through ball from Emily Mulleavey and finished near post.
Goalie Mary Mullen made four saves to pick up the shutout. Ramsey, Mulleavey, Erin Bresslin, Mayson Kimball and Brooke Ellis played well for MV.
Hopkinton 3, Fall Mountain 0
The Hawks were tied 0-0 at halftime, but broke through with three second-half scores to improve to 4-1-1.
Courtney Benson scored twice for Hopkinton, the first one coming on a breakaway off a Meg Hemmerlein assist, while Lily Scammon also had a goal. Scammon and Lilias Whitehead played well up front, and Kasey Smith was in net for the shutout.
Coe-Brown 7, Kennett 0
Kianna Daudelin scored two goals and Christen Gallant had four assists as the Bears (5-2-1) got a road shutout of Kennett (1-6) on Tuesday.
The rest of the scoring came from Ariel Clachar (goal, assist), Alandra Beaver (goal, assist), Hailey Serino (goal), Emily Blad (goal), Sarah Curtin (goal) and Ashley LeBlanc (assist).
Goalie Alley Savioli registered her fourth shutout of the season.
Bedford 3, Concord 0
Concord (3-4) dropped its fourth straight match, getting swept on the road at Bedford (5-2), 25-22, 25-11, 25-16. Bedford is on a five-match winning streak.
The Crimson Tide had trouble generating offense and suffered from the loss of Lauren Hatch, who was injured in a recent practice.
Alison Quinn stood out for the Tide with 20 digs.
Coe-Brown 3, Souhegan 0
The Bears (5-1) continued to roll, winning their fourth match in a row after a home sweep of Souhegan (2-3), 25-14, 25-19, 25-14.
Sadie Steffen was 21-for-21 on service points and had 14 assists, while kills were racked up by Megan Rouillard (seven), Emma Easler (five) and Amanda Riley (four).
John Stark 3,
The Generals (3-4) swept a home match with Franklin (1-5), 25-18, 25-20, 25-13.
Stark’s winning effort was led by Hannah Davis (five kills, three aces), Alex Story (six aces), Megan Wing (four aces, three kills) and Emma Fredericks (three aces).
Wilton-Lyndeborough 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0
The Hillcats (1-6) lost their fourth in a row, getting swept on the road by a Wilton team (4-4) that has won four straight, 25-15, 25-22, 25-20.
Emily Hatcher and Dakota Anderson each had seven digs for H-D.
Pittsfield 3, Raymond 0
Pittsfield (1-6) got its first victory of the season, topping winless Raymond (0-6) in straight sets, 25-16, 25-8, 25-15.
Katie Steeves (13 kills, three aces) and Katie Small (six aces, two kills) led the offensive effort, while the whole Panthers team excelled defensively.
The Crimson Tide (20-4) placed third with a score of 197 in a tight four-team match held at Derryfield Country Club. Manchester Central (19-5) came away with the win after posting a 192, while Bishop Guertin (16-5) had a 196, just a stroke ahead of Concord. Pinkerton (15-9) wasn’t far behind in fourth with a 201.
Ben Bengtson shot a 38 to lead the Tide, followed by Tim Levins and Matt LaTourette (both with 39s), Adam Godbout (40), and Hayley Reed and Samantha Reed (both shooting 41s). Hayley Reed was the first freshman girl to finish in Concord’s top five in recent memory.
The medalist was Central’s Garrett Synotte, who shot a 1-over 35.
The match featured some of the top teams in the state, and the results show that the whole group is close in terms of ability.
“No team is that much stronger than the others,” Concord Coach Ed Deshaies said. “That fifth, final score that comes in is often what it comes down to.”
Merrimack Valley second
The Pride carded a 240 at Amherst Country Club to squeak out a win over Con-Val (242). Host Souhegan finished first with a 198.
Justin Brochu and Jesse Demers both shot 45 to lead MV. It was the first time this season Brochu had the team’s low score. Matt Gilliland (47) and Brandon Desilets (49) also scored for the Pride.