High Schools: Field hockey playoff hunt heats up

  • Mascenic field hockey beat ConVal and lost to Lebanon already this week. Courtesy photo—

  • Mascenic’s Avery McClain moves the ball against Lebanon Tuesday. Courtesy photo

  • Conant field hockey vs. Hopkinton Photo by Tara Olson—

  • Conant’s Tiffany Marrotte (10) and Chelsea Dupuis defend the Oriole net against Hopkinton Tuesday with keeper SJ Barney at the ready. Photo by Tara Olson

  • Conant boys' soccer vs. WLC Photo by Tara Olson—

  • Conant boys' soccer vs. WLC Photo by Tara Olson—

  • ConVal boys' soccer vs. Manchester West Photo by mikemunhallphotos.com—MUNHALL2012

  • ConVal boys' soccer vs. Manchester West Photo by mikemunhallphotos.com—MUNHALL2012

  • Mascenic boys' soccer vs. Campbell Courtesy photo—

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:56PM

Playoff picture
heating up

All three local field hockey teams are in the mix for the final three spots of the Division III playoffs, as the season nears completion.

Mascenic is currently 12th of 14 possible playoff entries with a 5-6 record. The Vikings beat ConVal on Monday 3-0 behind two goals by Allanah Johnson and one from Bella Knisley. Mascenic then fell in a tough game, 3-2, to Lebanon Tuesday, with goals from Emma Knisley and Olivia Shaw.

Mascenic could make the playoffs without winning another game, but could virtually clinch by beating Monadnock (2-10) on Thursday.

“I think one win would do it but not wanting to take any chances,” said head coach Selena Shaw.

Mascenic is at Kearsarge (6-5-1) Friday and then hosts ConVal Saturday at 10 a.m.

Conant is now 13th of 14 with a 5-8 record after beating Monadnock Monday and losing to Hopkinton Tuesday.

Elizabeth Gonyea scored a hat-trick in the 4-3 win over Monadnock and added an assist on a Teagan Kirby goal. Mariah Chamberlain had the other two assists.

Gonyea scored first in Tuesday’s game against Hopkinton, but the Hawks put in four unanswered and won 4-1. Still, it was a good showing against an 11-2 Hopkinton team that’s third in the division and beat the Orioles 11-0 last season.

“We definitely caught them on their heels,” said head coach Jackie Brown. “I think they were expecting the team they faced last year.”

The Orioles conclude their season with a huge game at ConVal Friday at 4 p.m.

ConVal bounced back from their loss to Mascenic by beating Newport 2-1 on Tuesday to improve to 4-7-1, clinging to the final playoff spot in Division III.

Cruz DellaSanta scored first before Newport tied it up at one. Then, Dee Kashulines scored to take a 2-1 lead and the Cougars held on.

Taylor Jarest made 16 saves in the game.

ConVal hosts Conant Friday and plays at Mascenic Saturday in games that will decide who makes the playoffs and who they play.

The Cougars currently have a small edge over St. Thomas Aquinas (4-7-1) and a game on White Mountains (3-8-1) for the final playoff spot.


WLC 1, Conant 0

The Warriors came to Conant once again and stole a win in the interdivisional rivalry, as Sean Brennan’s cross to Jacob Boette resulted in a header goal that was the only score of the game.

WLC (5-5-2) hosts Mount Royal (2-10) for senior night Friday at 4 p.m.

Conant (2-9-2) has Campbell (10-0-1) Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Campbell 2, Mascenic 1

The Vikings played five games in six days but still nearly took down Campbell on Tuesday, losing 2-1 to Division III’s second-ranked team.

Noah Caballero scored on a penalty kick for the Vikings.

“If we were fresh, we might have done better,” said head coach Andy Helliesen.

Mascenic (7-5) was at Sanborn (7-5) Wednesday after press time and hosts Bishop Brady (5-5) Monday at 4 p.m.

ConVal 1,
Manchester West 0

Senior captain Max Richard scored on an assist from Trevor Faber eight minutes into Tuesday’s game with Manchester West, and the Cougars held the lead all afternoon for a 1-0 win. Mather Kipka made five saves in the shutout.

ConVal (12-1) is percentage points ahead of Oyster River (12-2) for the top spot in Division II with three road games remaining. Next up for ConVal is Kearsarge (6-8) on Friday at 6 p.m.; it took an overtime header for ConVal to win their previous matchup. ConVal is at Milford (2-11) Tuesday and finishes the regular season at Bow (7-3-1) next Thursday.