Field hockey: Emily DeMaio buries two goals as Frontier blanks Greenfield, 2-0

  • Frontier senior Emily DeMaio, left, sends a pass past South Hadley freshman Joanna Diaz-Saravia during a game last week. DeMaio scored two goals to lift the Redhawks past Greenfield, 2-0, Tuesday night in South Deerfield. STAFF FILE PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 10/19/2021 9:08:31 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The ball doesn’t stray far from Emily DeMaio’s stick.

The Frontier senior spent her Tuesday night bobbing and weaving through traffic. She was rewarded for her efforts in the second half, burying a pair of impressive goals to lift the Redhawks to a 2-0 victory over rival Greenfield in a Suburban League field hockey game on Senior Night.

“Greenfield’s a great team so it felt really good to get the win,” offered DeMaio, who helped Frontier to a regular-season sweep of the Green Wave. “The team came together in the second half and we were able to create some things.”

Locked in a scoreless game late in the third quarter, DeMaio took it upon herself to get the hosts on the board. With Greenfield goalie Ainslee Flynn on the ground after making a sprawling save moments earlier, DeMaio pounced on a loose ball in traffic and backhanded a shot into the cage for a 1-0 advantage.

“When it’s a tie like that, we made a decision that we needed to create some more scoring opportunities,” DeMaio said. “I really just wanted to get my stick on the ball there, put a shot on net and hopefully something good was going to come out of it.”

She put the game away with 5:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, thanks to a moment of individual brilliance. DeMaio motored through the Greenfield defense for what amounted to a 45-yard run with the ball on her stick. Flynn got a piece of DeMaio’s snapshot from about 10 yards away, but the shot had enough pace on it to sneak by and make it a 2-0 lead.

“Emily is kind of the rock on our forward line,” lauded Frontier coach Missy Mahar. “She’s that important piece of the puzzle. She had some great runs up the field, stayed composed and got the job done. To score two goals on her Senior Night … it was impressive.”

Flynn made several standout saves to keep Greenfield within striking distance, particularly in the first half. She stopped two shots from DeMaio at point blank range in the opening five minutes of action, and kicked away a Rebecca Wallace-West shot just before halftime to keep the game scoreless at intermission.

“She’s a great goalie, a great communicator back there, and she made some big saves for us,” Greenfield coach Erin Thayer said. “We weren’t at our best tonight as a team. Now we have to regroup and try and figure some things out.”

Frontier’s defense limited the Greenfield offense throughout, and kept shots away from goalie Ella Flanders in the process.

“The girls were focused tonight,” Mahar said. “They know that every game with Greenfield is big, and every game with them can really go either way. It was a total team effort.”

Greenfield’s best scoring chance came with no time left in the third quarter. The Wave forced four consecutive penalty corners with time expired, but Frontier was eventually able to clear the zone, and DeMaio’s second goal of the night 10 minutes later sealed the deal.

The teams could see each other again very soon, as they were slotted to play each other in the most recent PVIAC Class B Power Rankings. The final matchups won’t be released until the weekend, but the semifinal round is set for next Tuesday.

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