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Field hockey: ConVal pulls off playoff upset, Conant, Mascenic eliminated

  • ConVal’s Cruz DellaSanta attacks the Newfound goal during Tuesday’s playoff game. DellaSanta scored the overtime gamewinner for the Cougars. Photo by Joshua Spaulding—

  • ConVal goalie Taylor Jarest made 13 huge saves in the Cougars’ playoff upset win over Newfound Tuesday. Photo by Joshua Spaulding—

  • Mascenic senior Julianna Tucci plays the ball during the Vikings' first-round loss to Gilford. Courtesy photo—

  • The Conant field hockey team lost at Bishop Brady in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Tuesday. Photo by Rich Miyara—

  • The Conant field hockey team lost at Bishop Brady in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Tuesday. Photo by Rich Miyara—

  • The Conant field hockey team lost at Bishop Brady in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Tuesday. Photo by Rich Miyara—

  • The Conant field hockey team lost at Bishop Brady in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Tuesday. Photo by Rich Miyara—

  • The Conant field hockey team lost at Bishop Brady in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Tuesday. Photo by Rich Miyara—

  • The Conant field hockey team lost at Bishop Brady in the first round of the Division III playoffs on Tuesday. Photo by Rich Miyara—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 10:4AM

The ConVal field hockey team pulled off a stunning upset of Newfound in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs on Tuesday. 

“It was a fantastic game against a great opponent and was one of the most exciting games I've ever been a part of,” said ConVal head coach Carrie Whittemore after the game.

After making the hour-and-a-half drive to Newfound, the 13th-seeded Cougars and 4th-seeded Bears played to a stalemate in regulation.

“We went immediately on the offensive, but just couldn't score,” Whittemore said. Fortunately for ConVal, their defense was on point, fighting off 13 corners without allowing a goal. Senior goalie Taylor Jarest made 13 saves, including a flurry of tremendous second-half stops that kept ConVal alive. 

“Newfound's offense came at us again and again and we were able to send it back up field,” Whittemore said.

The two teams went to overtime tied at 0-0, and trimmed the playing field to 7-v-7 for the extra frame. ConVal fought off one more dangerous Newfound corner and worked the ball down into the Bears’ end of the field. There, senior captain Dee Kashulines found junior Cruz DellaSanta, who punched it in for the 1-0 overtime win.

ConVal will travel to play at No. 5 Lebanon on Friday at 3 p.m. after the Raiders pulled off their own 1-0 win over No. 12 Stevens Tuesday.

 

Bishop Brady 4, Conant 0

Division III’s Coach of the Year Jackie Brown and the No. 14 Conant Orioles were shut out on the road by No. 3 Bishop Brady on Tuesday to end their season. 

“I just wanted to play our game and we didn’t,” Brown told the Concord Monitor after the game. “The playoffs are a completely different game. It’s a new season pretty much and it all depends on what team wants it more I guess. If we had played our game, it would have been different, or at least not 4-0.”

Conant went 5-10 in the regular season and made the playoffs for the first time in five years. With Brown at the helm, the Orioles bounced back from two straight winless seasons and would score 32 goals on the year, compared to just six in 2017. 

“(This game) was a bonus and we made the best of it,” Brown said. “Brady’s a good team. They’re tough.”

 

Gilford 1, Mascenic 0

No. 11 Mascenic and No. 6 Gilford played an even, tight game that was deadlocked at zeroes for much of regulation.

“It was fast-paced and they controlled the ball probably 70-30 but our defense was strong,” said Mascenic head coach Selena Shaw, adding that goalie Ally Adams was “a wall” in net. 

The Eagles received a penalty stroke on a foot foul in front of the Mascenic net with 3:09 remaining in the game. Gilford took advantage, scoring on the penalty despite Adams’ best effort to stop it. Gilford held on for the rest of the game to eliminate the Vikings. 

Mascenic finished at 7-7 in the regular season.