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Pythons top Vikings in OT

  • Mascenic senior captain Jordyn Babin attacks the net against Pelham. Staff photo by Ben ConanT

  • The Mascenic field hockey hosted Pelham on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey hosted Pelham on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey hosted Pelham on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey hosted Pelham on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey hosted Pelham on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey hosted Pelham on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Mahala Damery keeps her Pelham opponent at bay. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic field hockey hosted Pelham on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey hosted Pelham on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey hosted Pelham on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 09, 2017

There’s no more dangerous lead in field hockey than 1-0, and Mascenic found that out the hard way on Friday afternoon against Pelham.

“It's like the worst position to be in,” said head coach Selena Shaw. “It feels like you're defending, but you really can't be defending. You have to be always aggressive.”

The Vikings led the No. 2, undefeated Pythons for most of the game, looking to topple Pelham and slide into that second spot in Division III. Mascenic got on the board early with a fine scoring connection between Sydney Bane and Kailyn Mattson.

“It was a beautiful shot,” Shaw said, “and then Kailyn was just on the post, tipped it right in.”

Mattson has scored four goals in the past three games.

“She’s on fire,” Shaw said.

From there, Mascenic had to defend their lead in a back-and-forth game that saw a relatively even split in possession. Despite being a bit on the defensive, the Vikings held tight, thanks in no small part to goalie Rosie Moran, playing in relief of Megan Bouchard, who’d injured a hamstring against Monadnock.

“We're always going full bore,” Shaw said. “We don't slow down -that's our focus. We play hard all the time. So we don't play not to lose, we play to win. But that's tough to do with a 1-0 lead when it comes down to it.”

In the waning moments of the second half, Pelham finally broke through and scored the equalizer, and the two teams headed to overtime.

Mascenic started to slow in the extra period. Due to rescheduled games from earlier in the fall, the Vikings have played a game every other day for the past two weeks, and it showed.

“In the overtime, we definitely got outhustled and outworked,” Shaw said. “That's something that, I guess, we need to work on.”

The teams switched ends for a second OT period, and Pelham increased the pressure. Moran held firm in net, stopping everything the Pythons could throw at her. On their third breakaway of the period, a Pelham forward got ahead of Mascenic’s Delaney Sauvola, who was whistled for an improper tackle from behind.

“In my opinion, she was playing the ball,” Shaw said.

Pelham lined up for a stroke, with Moran raising her stick imposingly as she hoped to keep the ball out of the net. The shot was high and wide as Moran defended the top corner.

“For her to come in overtime and stop two breakaways, defend a stroke ... unbelievable,” Shaw said. “She made some really great saves.”

Jubilance quickly turned to defeat, as the gassed Vikings finally let Pelham strike again and win the game 2-1.

The win put Pelham into a tie with Newfound for the division’s top spot, while the loss allowed several teams to leapfrog Mascenic, which now sits in sixth at 9-3. The Vikings travel to Pembroke (3-9) Wednesday at 4 p.m.

“Hopefully we learned a good lesson tonight, because come playoffs, it's a whole new season,” Shaw said. “Anything's up for grabs.”