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Vikings keep up streak over Orioles

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Sydney Bane does battle with Conant’s Rachel Ricard. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Emma Knisley keeps the ball away from Conant’s Mariah Chamberlain during Saturday’s game. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It’s been years since the Conant field hockey team beat Mascenic, but while there is an obvious gap between the two rival schools, both programs are heading in the same direction: up.

Mascenic showed just how talented they are during Saturday’s 7-0 homecoming win over Conant. Pint-sized dynamo Allanah Johnson led the way, as she has all season, scoring four goals and weaving through the defense with her patented stick-bounce dribble.

“Allanah is on fire in front of the net, but that comes from a whole field behind her working to get the ball to the place where she capitalizes,” said Mascenic head coach Selena Shaw, who’s yet to lose to Conant in her five-year tenure. “She has speed that not many people can match so she gets up in front of the crowd and we get the ball to her and she's able to capitalize.”

Conant, meanwhile, is showing vast improvement under first-year coach Jackie Brown, who came over from Keene High to become the Orioles’ third coach in four years. Conant was outmatched last year, going 0-14 with 12 shutouts. All that is in the rearview mirror now.

“We've closed the gap a little bit as far as what they're scoring on us,” Brown said. “We've scored a few goals too which we didn't really do last year, so that's an improvement too.”

In fact, the Orioles have already scored more goals this season (3) than they did all of 2016 (2).

The Orioles show promise, with captains Mariah Chamberlain and Rachel Ricard anchoring the team, and Katie Marsh, Lex Gallagher and Elizabeth Gonyea coming into their own. And, they’ve got a pair of tough goalies in SJ Barney and Jessie Ward.

“Their mindsets are wanting to improve, wanting to get better and wanting to score,” Brown said. “So as long as they keep that attitude up, we're going to continue improving.”

Mascenic, on the other hand, has their sights set on a Final Four berth or beyond, and they’ve got the talent to do it. With Delaney Sauvola, Jordyn Babin and Sydney Letters patrolling the middle, it’s not easy to get by the Vikes.

“There's not many teams that have a solid center of the field up and down,” Shaw said. “That's tough to beat.”

Conant travels to ConVal today at 4 p.m., before hosting undefeated Mascenic once again at the Orioles’ homecoming Saturday at 10 a.m.