High Schools: MV field hockey advances to D-II quarterfinals

Monitor staff
Published: 10/24/2019 10:39:35 PM

Caitlyn Fortier has scored for the Merrimack Valley field hockey team this season, but she hadn’t scored on a tip. The junior has been hunting one of those pretty, redirected goals, and on Thursday she found a pair.

Fortier tipped home two passes from Reilly Swislosky as the No. 6 Pride claimed a 2-0 win against No. 11 Kingswood in the first round of the Division II playoffs.

“She’s been looking for a tip all season, so for her to get two was huge,” MV coach Jen Colgan said. “She’s been working on it.”

Fortier scored with 9:18 left in the first half to give the Pride (10-5) a 1-0 lead, and then she doubled that lead less than two minutes later. The tip goals may have been firsts for Fortier, but the assists were nothing new for Swislosky.

“Reilly has been great for us,” Colgan said. “She’s a four-year varsity starter, and she is creating opportunities not only for herself, but for other people as well, and we’re a better team when she’s doing that.”

Swislosky’s ability to make her team, and teammates, better has been part of larger trend for MV, which has now won eight straight games.

“We’re starting to string together our game plan,” Colgan said. “Moving the ball, passing and receiving quickly, putting it into space, getting the shots off when we have the opportunity. And I would say this biggest thing for us is that we’re executing in the circle. In the beginning of the season we had those opportunities, but we weren’t scoring, and now we’re really starting to put them in the net, which is great.”

While MV controlled play in the first half, the Knights had it in the second half.

“Creating options, looking to get the corner when they didn’t have the shot, fighting to keep the ball down there,” Kingswood coach Kaitlin Reilly said of her team’s second-half effort.

The Pride handled all of that pressure thanks to some great work from goalie Rosemary Ostrowski, who finished with nine saves – two in the first half and seven in the second.

“She’s been rock solid for us all season,” Colgan said of Ostrowski. “She’s the reason why we’ve been in so many games.”

She had good help in front of her from MV’s defensive unit: seniors Molly McLaughlin, Elizabeth Doody and Emily Blanchette and freshman Abigail Forbes.

“MV had some great saves, and a great defensive corner unit that worked hard,” Kingswood’s Reilly said.

The Pride was able to cross off something on it’s to-do list with the win.

“We went to the first found last year, and our goal this year was to make it to the second round, so we’ve met that goal,” Colgan said. “Of course we would like to surpass that and make it past the second round.”

To do that, MV will have to beat No. 3 Kennett (12-2) in Sunday’s 2 p.m. quarterfinal in North Conway. The Eagles had a first-round bye, and they handed the Pride a 5-0 defeat on Sept. 12.

“It was not a good game,” Colgan said of the first meeting with Kennett, which was also in North Conway. “We were missing two of our starters. We kept them to a 0-0 half and then we let things get away from us.

“They’re an aggressive team, they’re always competitive, and they’ve been a rival since I was in high school here. So I expect it to be a good game. As long as we play hard, I think that we can compete with them.”

D-II Field Hockey

No. 8 Sanborn 1,
No. 9 John Stark 0

Key players: Sanborn – Izzie Giles 16 saves

Highlights: After a scoreless first half in this first-round playoff game, Sanborn scored on a massive scrum in front of the Stark net early in the second. Down a goal and playing for their season, the Generals ramped up the energy and peppered the Sanborn net, but they couldn’t find the equalizer.

Coach’s quote: “We left it all out on the field today. Our girls fought to the buzzer. We outshot and out-cornered them but just had no luck at the net despite numerous chances. Our team had a great season and continued to push this program to the next level.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: Sanborn 9-6; John Stark 6-9

No. 7 Goffstown 3,
No. 10 Bow 1

Key players: Bow – Sarah Guerrette (G)

Highlights: Bow’s Guerrette answered Goffstown’s first goal, but the Grizzlies came back with a quick reply of their own in the scoring frenzy that decided this playoff game. The Falcons got solid midfield play from Jocelyn Webber, Elizabeth Guertin and Amelia Coe, while Maddie Tibbetts and goalkeepers Anna Tsouros and Maddie Soucy led the defense.

Coach’s quote: “This was a rematch of last week’s squeaker loss (2-1). Both teams fought hard and Goffstown pulled off the win. Even so, I am proud of the Falcons. While they are disappointed they also acknowledge their growth. One player said, ‘We should be proud of ourselves. We’ve grown and stepped up.’ I agree. I have high hopes for the future of Falcon field hockey.” – Bow’s Rebecca Cleary

Records: Goffstown 9-6; Bow 5-9-1

Boys’ Soccer

Hillsboro-Deering 7, Somersworth 1

Key players: H-D – Griffin Cassidy (2G, A), Evan Winters (2G), Kieran Kenny (G, A), Quinn Erickson (G, first varsity), Gunner Hagstrom (G), Kadin Garvin (A),

Highlights: It was the fourth win in the last five games for the Hillcats, who finish their regular season Friday against Hopkinton.

Coach’s quote: “Well played. Possession was fantastic.” – H-D’s Glenn Winters

Records: Hillsoboro-Deering 9-6; Somersworth 0-16

Pittsfield 2, Farmington 1

Key players: Pittsfield – Caleb Stopyro (G), Ben Stopyro (G), Joseph Cote (defense)

Highlights: Pittsfield took a 1-0 lead in 59th minute when Caleb Stopyro collected a loose ball in the box and scored. Farmington would even the score four minutes later off a corner kick. The Panthers regained the lead in the 71st minute after a Chandler Norris shot rebounded to Ben Stopyro, who scored the eventual game winner.

Coach’s quote: “I’m proud of our team for working hard and grinding this one out. We are looking forward to the preliminary round of the Division IV tournament on Wednesday.” – Pittsfield’s Derek Hamilton

Records: Pittsfield 8-6-2; Farmington 8-8

Concord 1, Winnacunnet 0

Key players: Concord – Alasdair Ferrier (G), Abbas Abdulrahman (3 saves), Riley Rollins (1 save)

Highlights: Ferrier scored in the 47th minute to lift the Tide to a victory on Wednesday night at the Southern New Hampshire University campus. Abdulrahman made a big save down the stretch to preserve the win.

Coach’s quote: “We’re starting to play really well at the right time.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Concord 6-6-3; Winnacunnet 6-8-1

Girls’ Soccer

Concord 11, Spaulding 0

Key players: Concord – Jaelyn Kelleher (3G), Kat Potter (G), Gabby Chown (2G), Sarah Potter (G), Rabina Rai (G), Allison Yanski (G), Kayli Daigneault (G), Abby Dickson (G), Emily Mickelson (shutout)

Highlights: The Crimson Tide finished its regular season with eight different players scoring against a Spaulding team that didn’t win a game all fall. Concord looks to be in the No. 5-7 range when it comes to seeding for the D-I tournament.

Coach’s quote: “I’m glad we were able to get so many girls on the field tonight. For some of them it was greatly deserved. I loved seeing a lot of girls give that type of effort even though the game turned out to not be too difficult. Excited to see our younger players out there. It got us excited for the future of Tide soccer. ” – Concord’s Phil Tuttle

Records: Concord 12-4; Spaulding0-16

Stevens 3, Hillsboro-Deering 2

Key players: Hillsboro-Deering – Eva LaValley (G, A), Emily Howell (G), Lexi McClure (defense) Kaylea Davison played well in defense. Kendra Warren & Zoe Kemp played well in midfield. Madi Jones & Morgan Racine played great in offense. Atkins had 8 saves in goal

Highlights: The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute, but Howell, assisted by LaValley, answered in the 23rd minute. Stevens scored the first two of the second half before LaValley scored on a free kick with six minutes left.

Coach’s quote: “This was a good game, both teams played well after about 20 minutes. With this being the third game played in four days, the girls were definitely not at their best, but they continued to work hard and did not give up. Congratulations to Madi Jones and Morgan Racine, senior captains on senior night!” – Hillsboro-Deering’s Susan Else

Records: Stevens 13-2-1; Hillsboro-Deering 7-9




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