Ingraham, Four Rivers take home Pioneer Valley Invite ultimate titles

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  • Northampton senior Jason Cooper, center, runs a gauntlet of his teammates before the Blue Devils match against Lexington JV at the Pioneer Valley Invitational in Northampton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton sophomore Matan Fields, left, releases a throw under defense by Josh Daniels of Lexington JV in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Northampton. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton sophomore Riley Cirincione-Lynch, left, intercepts a pass intended for Kyuho Lee of Lexington JV in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Northampton. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton senior Jailen Rodriguez, top, knocks down a throw intended for Ethan Kong of Lexington JV in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Northampton. Trailing the play are Jeffrey Chan, left, of Lexington JV and Blue Devils senior Mikey Diaz. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton sophomore Lane Hall-Witt, left, launches a pass around Ben Tibbetts of Lexington JV in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Northampton. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton sophomore Leon Grossman, right, blocks a pass intended for Lexington JV's Thomas Kan (16) in the first half of their match at the Pioneer Valley Invitational in Northampton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Behind Kan is teammate Nico Anderberg. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton senior Clem Fisher, left, passes around Nico Anderberg of Lexington JV in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Northampton. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton sophomore Maddy Haines, left, gets a pass by Sophie Lyonnais of Montreal Titane in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational in Northampton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton sophomore Maddy Haines reaches for, but misses, a pass from senior Mary Andrews (not pictured) in the first half of the Blue Devils' match against Montreal Titane in the Pioneer Valley Invitational in Northampton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Behind Haines is freshman teammate Hannah Donnelly. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton junior Casey Shaw-Merrigan, right, makes a diving catch under defense by Rose Daoust of Montreal Titane in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational in Northampton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton freshman Maya Lieberman-Bachman, right, gets a pass off under defense by Anna Ni of Montreal Titane in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational in Northampton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton senior Rachel Levitt, left, is defended by Maxine Poulin of Montreal Titane in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational in Northampton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Anna Ni, right, of Montreal Titane misses a throw while being defended by Northampton senior Mary Andrews in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational in Northampton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton freshman Hanna Donnelly, left, and junior Mary Greene celebrate a score against Montreal Titane in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational in Northampton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton sophomore Maddy Haines, right, eyes a pass to senior Rachel Levitt, center, under pressure from Sophie Lyonnais, left, of Montreal Titane in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational in Northampton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton senior Rachel Levitt, right, looks to pass under defense by Sophie Lyonnais of Montreal Titane in the first half of their match in the Pioneer Valley Invitational in Northampton on Saturday, May 18, 2019. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

Published: 5/19/2019 10:20:25 PM

The sixth annual Pioneer Valley Invite came to a close Sunday at the Oxbow.

Ingraham High School made its trip from Seattle a successful one as it captured the girls Division A championship with a 9-5 win over Ottawa Wicked West.

HB Woodlawn placed third with a 7-4 victory over Northampton.

“I think the team had a lot of successes,” Northampton coach Clarissa Lyons said. “We noticed that every player kept saying that every single player contributed something. Everyone did something awesome.”

The Blue Devils dropped to the third-place game following a 10-5 loss to Ingraham in the semifinals.

“It was great to play teams from out of town,” Lyons said. “It was great to get perspective on how we play.”

Ingraham challenged Northampton on defense and forced the Blue Devils’ offense to work in different ways, Lyons said.

“We took it in stride and didn’t falter or panic,” she said. “We concentrated on precision and efficiency in a way that really worked for us.”

Northampton beat Montpelier, 7-5, in the quarterfinals.

The Blue Devils went 1-3 in pool play. They beat Watchung Hills, 10-8, but lost to Montreal Titane, 9-8, and HB Woodlawn, 8-6. Northampton beat Montreal Arsenic, 13-6, in its one crossover game.

Senior captains Mary Andrews and Rachel Lovitt led Northampton. Andrews was strong on defense, especially with deep Ds in the air. Lovitt guided the offense as a handler.

Harper Brooks-Kahn played strong end zone defense with blocks and handled the offense with good decisions. Casey Shaw-Merrigan had several catches on offense.

Northampton closes its season at the state championship, next weekend at the Oxbow.

“I think we’re taking away excitement for the state championship next weekend,” Lyons said. “We’ll take what we learned this week against teams we’ve been playing all season.”

Four Rivers beat Ottawa Ignite, 9-8, in the boys Division A championship.

Northampton fell 10-8 to Montpelier in the seventh-place game.

“It was a very good weekend,” Northampton coach Lee Feldscher said. “I thought we played really well. We exceeded our seed in the tournament, which was great. The guys really had a great positive attitude all weekend. They enjoyed being there and enjoyed the competition.”

The Blue Devils dropped their other two bracket games. Hamp lost 10-7 to Westfield (New Jersey) in the quarterfinals, and 12-5 to Montreal Titane in its first losers bracket game.

Hamp went 3-0 in pool play on Saturday. It beat Montreal Arsenic, 13-2, Somerville, 13-5, and Lexington JV, 13-2. Northampton won its crossover game against Newton North, 11-9.

Asa Thomson had 17 goals, six assists and 14 Ds for Northampton. Clem Fisher had 15 goals and 12 assists, while Leon Grossman had six goals. Jason Cooper, Sam Buhl and Riley Cirincione- Lynch had four goals each.

Kaleb Zuckerman added 11 assists and 13 Ds. Hayden Feldscher chipped seven of both assists and Ds. Ben DeLaCour had seven assists and Zack Frenier four Ds.

“We keep getting better,” Lee Feldscher said. “Our systems are getting more and more refined. The kids are anticipating each other better.”




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