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Wednesday’s high schools: Mahar field hockey blanks Murdock, 4-0

  • Morgan Barnes, of Mahar, plays the ball during a field hockey game against Murdock, Wednesday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Anna Wetherbee, front, of Mahar, plays the ball during a field hockey game against Murdock, Wednesday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Hannah Dupont, of Mahar, plays the ball during a field hockey game against Murdock, Wednesday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Anna Wetherbee, of Mahar, plays the ball during a field hockey game against Murdock, Wednesday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Anna Wetherbee, of Mahar, plays the ball during a field hockey game against Murdock, Wednesday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Gracie Marsh, of Mahar, plays the ball during a field hockey game against Murdock, Wednesday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Lilly Fellows, right, of Mahar, plays the ball during a field hockey game against Murdock, Wednesday in Orange. FOR THE ATHOL DAILY NEWS/MIKE PHILLIPS



Staff reports
Wednesday, September 05, 2018

ORANGE — With its starting goalie sidelined, the Mahar field hockey team still managed a 4-0 shutout over Murdock, Wednesday night.

Starter Bella Marigliano was missing her physical documentation and had to sit for the Senators’ season opener.

“We had a little glitch,” Mahar coach Laurie Saisa said. “Her physical wasn’t in so she was ineligible. We had to throw our starting midfielder in and that changed the dynamic.”

Abby Henne started in goal and didn’t see much action until the second half. She finished with five saves to pick up the shutout. The Senators (1-0) travel to Holyoke, Thursday. The Purple Knights edged Mahar last season to take the Bi-County League.

“Great start,” Saisa said. “Tomorrow is a big one for us.”

Marigliano’s availability for the Holyoke game will depend on the status of her physical.

Hannah Dupont scored twice for Mahar. Her second goal came with 9 minutes, 22 seconds left in the first half and gave the Senators a 2-0 lead.

“Today the team was very supportive of each other,” Dupont said. “Everyone had each other’s back no matter the mistake. ”

Both of Dupont’s goals came from around the 10-yard line, where she launched the shots through traffic and into the net.

“I tend to shoot from the top of the circle,” Dupont said. “I have a strong push. Usually when I get in the circle I tend to do more stick work which takes up time. So if I shoot it right of the bat, then it’s more likely to go in.”

Anna Wetherbee scored with no time left in the half on a penalty corner. Lilly Fellows sent the pass to the circle where Wetherbee gathered and shot from 15-yards out.

Wetherbee assisted on a Fellows goal in the second half to make it 4-0.

Ashley Signa made 17 saves for Murdock (1-1).

Girls volleyball

Mahar 3, Belchertown 0; Chicopee 3, Mahar 0 — The Senators went on the road and came away with a sweep against the Orioles, winning 25-19, 25-19 and 26-24.

Hailee Meeker had six kills for Mahar (1-1).

Lauren Henne led the team with six digs and four aces. Aria Flematti added 13 assists.

In a match played Tuesday, the Senators lost on the road to the Pacers. Set scores were 25-17, 25-20 and 25-12.

South Hadley 3, Athol 0 — The Red Raiders (0-1) were swept by the Tigers on the road.

Lexi Carrasquillo had three aces, two kills and two assists for Athol.

Lexi Forte chipped in with four assists while Abby Roberts added three aces and two kills.

Girls soccer

South Hadley 6, Mahar 1 — The Senators fell on the road to the defending Western Massachusetts champions.

“South Hadley is an excellent, seasoned team,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “We took away a lot of teachable moments.”

Mahar (0-1) got a second-half goal from Mollie Burke, assisted by Delaney Parker.

Marie Nottleson made 19 saves for the Senators.

Gateway Regional 4, Athol 0 — Hailey Wrigley made nine saves, but the Red Raiders lost their season opener on the road against the Gators.

Athol (0-1) managed only three shots on goal, but played better defensively in the second half. The halftime score was 3-0.


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