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High Schools: Conant field hockey picks up first win since 2015

  • The Conant field hockey team beat ConVal on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team beat ConVal on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team beat ConVal on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team beat ConVal on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team beat ConVal on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Dee Kashulines gets past Conant’s Alexis Gallagher. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Conant field hockey team beat ConVal on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team beat ConVal on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team beat ConVal on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Conant’s Anthony Gauthier is turned away at the goal mouth by Hillsboro-Deering’s keeper on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Conant boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic golf Courtesy photo—

  • Mascenic field hockey’s Allanah Johnson scored twice againt Monadnock Tuesday. Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 1:50PM

The Conant field hockey team picked up a win three years in the making on Tuesday, as the Orioles snapped a 29-game losing streak dating back to 2015 by beating ConVal, 3-1.

“It’s been a long time,” said Conant captain Mariah Chamberlain, who, along with co-captain Katie Marsh and the rest of the Oriole seniors, hadn’t won a game since their freshman year. But since second-year head coach Jackie Brown took over the program, Conant’s rebuild was underway.

“We definitely worked really hard last year, but it didn’t quite come together,” Marsh said. “This year, it’s really coming together.”

It was ConVal who scored first, as senior captain Dee Kashulines whacked one through the Oriole defense and past Conant keeper SJ Barney. The Cougars have scored first in all three of their games so far this season.

 “That’s huge for us,” said head coach Carrie Whittemore. “So many games last season, we didn’t score at all, and we’ve come out literally every game and scored first.”

But it wasn’t long before Conant evened the score, thanks to freshman left wing Teagan Kirby, who knifed through the Cougar defense with her air dribble, deftly keeping the ball aloft as she sliced her way to an easy goal. Kirby’s the cream of a freshman crop that has revitalized the Orioles.

“She’s got hands,” coach Brown said. “She’s an athlete. She works really well with the other forwards and her midfield Lex. She’s just kind of that puzzle piece that we were missing.”

Kirby would score twice more in the second half, putting Conant up 2-1 and then adding the insurance tally to bury the Cougars. The freshman has scored all five of Conant’s goals to date in 2018.

“I think honestly we went in a little too cocky, for lack of a better word,” said ConVal captain Kashulines. “We were like ‘we beat them every year.’ I think we went in and we were over our heads and we weren’t expecting it.”

After a run of three coaches in three years, Conant’s finally found some consistency with coach Brown, and with the young freshman slotting right into the lineup, the Orioles are fierce. Chamberlain anchors the defense along with Nahomy Menjivar; it stays stout up the middle into the midfield, where Abby Wheeler and Chelsea Dupuis patrol, and once the ball gets up to fiery Elizabeth Gonyea, Marsh and eventually to Kirby, the offensive attack is on.

“We had a big freshman class come in with some talent,” Brown said. “They all came in in shape which helped move things along.”

ConVal, meanwhile, has lost the first three games of the season and is on a seven-gaming losing streak dating back to last year. The Cougars have lost 15 of their past 17 games, with the only two wins coming against Conant last season. 

“We’ve got to stay together and we’ve got to stay strong as a team,” Kashulines said. “I think once we once we got frustrated we started letting it get to us, and that’s definitely something we need to work on.”

The Cougars lost a large contingent of seniors last year and are still finding their roles as they take on their new Division III schedule. But, it seems like they have a lot of pieces. Taylor Jarest is an All-State keeper; Julia Peters is a stalwart defender; Shannon Allen can play anywhere on the field; Jaclyn Clark is a sparkplug; Cruz DellaSanta’s a facilitator; co-captain Alyssa Janoch’s a steady leader and Kashulines looks like she’ll lead the Cougars in scoring this season.

“I have like ten seniors and they are just so mature and so team-oriented, I’m really fortunate,” Whittemore said.

Conant (1-1) hosts St. Thomas Aquinas (0-2) today at 4 p.m. ConVal (0-3) hosts Stevens (2-0) Friday at 4 p.m.

 

Mascenic 4, Monadnock 3

The Vikings got their first win of the year, beating Monadnock Tuesday 4-3. Allanah Johnson had two goals, one unassisted and one assisted by Mahala Damery

Emma Knisley had another two goals, one unassisted and one on a corner with Avery McClain assisting.

“Scoring four goals was big as we have had trouble putting the ball in the net the first couple games,” said head coach Selena Shaw. “Overall we are improving each game and that’s our goal.”

Mascenic (1-2) hosts Mascoma (3-0) Friday at 4 p.m.

Boys’ soccer

Mascenic 3, Fall Mountain 0

The Vikings blanked the ‘Cats for their first win of the season Tuesday, 3-0. Matt Swanson got things going in the 30th minute off an assist by Nate Wilkins. Nate Wilkins put in one of his own on a penalty kick and then finished things off with his second goal, coming off a centering pass from Dawson Somero and an assist from Matt Wilkins. 

Chris Wilkins earned the clean sheet with five saves.

Mascenic (1-2) hosts St. Thomas Aquinas (2-2) Friday at 4 p.m.

Hillsboro-Deering 3, Conant 1

Gavin Motuzas scored the lone Oriole goal on Tuesday as Hillsboro-Deering beat Conant 3-1. 

 “We played better in the second half but could not capitalize on the opportunities we had,” said head coach Dan Bemis.

Conant (0-2) has Trinity (2-0) on the road Friday at 4 p.m.

Girls’ soccer

ConVal 0, John Stark 0

Neither ConVal nor John Stark had allowed a goal on the season coming into Tuesday night’s game, and that remained the case, as the two teams battled to a rare 0-0 tie.

“It was a thrilling contest,” said head coach Curt Martens.

Lindsey Carey kept up her scoreless season in net with a variety of diving saves to deny the Generals.

“Our back line of Kendall Larson, Lorien Tyne, and Rebecca Stacey played neat and tidy with safe control and distribution after numerous tackles won and passes picked out,” Martens said, adding the Katie Carey was a “savage” in the middle.

ConVal (2-0-1) plays at Milford (2-0) Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Golf

Mascenic wins

Anthony Andronaco was the medalist with 21 points as Mascenic won their home golf match at the Shattuck Tuesday. The Vikings racked up 74 points under the new Stableford scoring method, with Sunapee scoring 15 and Newport 14.

Volleyball

Hanover 3, ConVal 1

The Cougars took the court Tuesday in a hot Marauder gymnasium and were able to capture their first set victory on the season 25-22. The Marauders came back strong in the 2nd and 3rd, with set scores of 25-9 and 25-10 respectively in favor of Hanover. The Cougars battled the entire 4th set but came up short 25-17.

Leading ConVal was Lillian James with 6 kills, 3 aces, 5 digs, and 15 successful serve receives. Sophomore setter Hannah LeComte had 7 assists, Molly Cole had a kill and 3 aces, Morgan Stacy had 12 successful serve receives, and Haley Davis added 7 digs.

ConVal (0-2) hosts Kingswood (1-1) Thursday at 5:15 p.m.