Northampton field hockey picks up first win of season

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  • Julienne Lussier, center, of Northampton, moves the ball against Isis Moon, left, of Mohawk, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at Northampton High School. Mya Lesleur looks on. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kendyll Wing, right, of Northampton, moves the ball against Hannah Gilbert, of Mohawk, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Shea Crowther, center, of Northampton, moves the ball against Catie Silva, of Mohawk, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at Northampton High School. Hannah Gilbert looks on. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Charlotte Ribe, of Northampton, second from left, scores while defended by Sarah Herzig, left, of Mohawk, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at Northampton High School. Kate Sullivan, of Northampton, and Mohawk goalie Kordaryl Kendall look on. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Gabby Adorno, right, of Northampton, tries to get the ball from Mohawk goalie Kordaryl Kendall, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at Northampton High School. She did, and passed the ball to Charlotte Ribe, left, who scored Northampton's first goal seconds later. Stella Clark looks on. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Emily Sledzieski, right, of Northampton, runs to the ball ahead of Isis Moon, of Mohawk, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Charlotte Ribe, center right, of Northampton, celebrates her goal with Kate Sullivan beside Mohawk defenders Sarah Herzig, left, and Kordaryl Kendall, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Northampton players Shea Crowther, from left, Gabby Adorno, Kate Sullivan and Charlotte Ribe celebrate Sullivan's goal against Mohawk, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Abby Sinistore, right, of Mohawk, moves the ball against Shea Crowther, of Northampton, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Isis Moon, right, of Mohawk, makes a play for the ball against Emma Kellogg, of Northampton, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Emma Kellogg, left, of Northampton, passes beside Catie Silva, of Mohawk, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at Northampton High School. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 9/23/2019 11:22:30 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Everything came together for the Northampton field hockey team against Mohawk Trail on Monday.

The Blue Devils sustained offensive pressure for most of the first half until they broke through with 50 seconds left. Charlotte Ribe poked in a rebound with Mohawk Trail goalie Kordaryl Kendall sprawled on the ground after he stopped a shot from Gabby Adorno, who got the assist.

“It was just a matter of time doing the smart things like the little fundamentals to make sure that we finish,” Northampton coach Elizabeth Delorme said.

That first goal paved the way for two more in the second half, and the Blue Devils won their first game of the season 3-0.

“It was getting a little frustrating, but I knew we could do it,” Northampton junior Shea Crowther said. “We kept pushing and we finally got the goals.”

Northampton (1-5-1), which only had five goals in its previous six games, set a season high with three tallies. Crowther played a part in both of the second half goals. Kate Sullivan put Northampton ahead 2-0 on a redirection with an assist from Crowther at 21:54 of the second half.

The Blue Devils capitalized on a penalty corner for goal No. 3. Emma Kellogg found Crowther in front of the net, and she scored with 8:03 left.

“I think we lost a little bit of our structure in the second half,” Mohawk co-coach Kelsey Scranton said. “I don’t want to say people weren’t where they were supposed to be, but they weren’t getting there fast enough. And Northampton took advantage of that.”

The Blue Devils controlled possession for much of the first half. The Warriors (1-4-2) only put two shots on goal.

“I think they started to feel like they had to play defensively,” Scranton said. “They were letting them (Northampton) dictate how the game was going. (They can work on) taking initiative to step up and play and become more confident.”

Mohawk Trail increased its offensive pressure in the second half with six shots on target. Northampton goalie Ella Moreau made eight saves in her first shutout of the season.

“She’s a natural athlete, she’s a natural goalie, she’s a presence on the field in every single game. She’s on point,” Delorme said. “She’s a presence with her voice, people look up to her.”

With Northampton’s first win on the board, the Blue Devils can turn their attention to the remainder of a challenging schedule. Northampton plays in the top league in Western Massachusetts and still has six games remaining against last year’s playoff qualifiers across both divisions.

“We take this game so we know we’re capable of doing it, we push ourselves in practice and keep the motivation up,” Crowther said.




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