Falcons knock off Blue Devils
The Smith Academy field hockey team handed Northampton its first loss of the season Thursday with a 1-0 win in Northampton.
Kelly Ryan scored from Danielle Duseau late in the first half for the Falcons (4-2-2).
Hamp (6-1-1) had a goal disallowed midway through the first half. The ruling was the ball went off a player’s foot and into the net.
Lauren Bradford of Smith and Mary Greco of Northampton each made six saves.
After six straight shutouts to start the season, the Blue Devils allowed their first goal in a 1-1 draw with Amherst on Tuesday before the loss Thursday.
Amherst Regional 1, East Longmeadow 1 — Shannon Hebert scored the game-tying goal in the first half as the Hurricanes (1-5-2, 0-4 South) played to a draw at East Longmeadow.
Hebert’s goal came right after East Longmeadow’s goal. Jessica Abdow was credited with an assist on Hebert’s score.
Molly Fleiner-Etheridge played solid on defense for the Hurricanes, and Nadia Squitiero made five saves in goal.
Amherst 4, Cathedral 1 — Syry Mitchell’s two first-half goals propelled the Hurricanes (2-5-2) at home.
Cathedral scored one minute into the game but Mitchell’s pair gave Amherst the lead for good.
Jamie Staples (assist) and Emma Biggs also scored, while Zoe Freedman-Coleman, Erin O’Conner and Kailey Tobin each had one assist.
Angela Zhu played well on defense and Sarah Grace Spurgin made five saves in the win.
Belchertown 3, Minnechaug 1 — Three different players scored first-half goals as the Orioles (6-0) rolled at home.
Brittany Moreau (assist), Bryanna Veroneau (assist) and Jackie Soucia gave Belchertown a 3-0 lead heading into the break.
Breanne Moreau was credited with an assist, while Sarah LaClair made five saves.
Holyoke Catholic 2, Mahar Regional 0 — Katie Klejna made seven saves to earn the shutout as the Gaels (4-4-2) returned to the .500 mark with the home win.
Danielle Easton and Kylee Wyndka had a goal apiece in the victory, while Alexis Carrington and Taylor LeClair picked up an assist each.
South Hadley 1, Chicopee 1 — Meghan Ginley scored from Tess Gauthier as the Tigers (2-5-1) pulled out the tie.
Abby Lukasik made nine saves for South Hadley.
Hampshire Regional 6, Palmer 2 — The Raiders (4-4-1, 0-3 Central) rattled off four straight goals in the final 22 minutes to break a 2-2 tie as Hampshire Regional cruised to victory on the road.
Sarah Kober led the way with three goals and a pair of assists, while Elizabeth Hotham added two goals in a game that was tied 1-1 at halftime.
Savannah Waters also chipped in a goal and Chelsea Moussette dished out two assists.
Kayla Labrecque did not make any saves for Hampshire.
Gateway Regional 8, St. Mary’s 0 — Jamie Pease recorded a hat trick as the Gators (7-1, 4-1 Pioneer) earned an easy victory on the road.
Pease was joined in the scoring column by Caroline Booth (two goals, one assist), Joanna Arkoette (one, two) and Alyssa Moreau (one, one).
Sami King, Bre Bruno and Chelsi Derrig added assists, while Gateway goalie Brooke Fairman made one save.
Chicopee 1, Northampton 0 — Jack Haller made three saves for the Blue Devils (2-4-2, 1-2-2 Churchill-Moriarty) on the road.
Louie Jacob, Jonah Hahn, Jordan Maurer and Jay Wright played well in the loss.
Easthampton 3, Central 0 — Elizabeth Whitney had three kills, two digs and one block as the Eagles (7-1) won at home.
Rachena Nhem added 10 assists, two aces and two digs, while Kelly Avard had three kills, four aces and three blocks.
Chicopee Comp 3, Amherst Regional 0 — Cassie Long had 15 digs, but the Hurricanes (3-5) lost 25-23, 25-22, 25-15 at home.
Athena Donta posted eight kills, three aces and six digs, while Justine Bohl had with 16 assists and seven digs.
Amherst 3, Trinity 1 — Megan Kim, Alex Hart and Sarah Duffy each scored as the No. 6-ranked Lord Jeffs (5-0-1, 3-0-1 NESCAC) won at home.
Kathryn Nathan, Jessy Hale and Amanda Brisco each had one assist, while Holly Burwick made two saves.