High schools: South Hadley’s Lauren Marjanski nets 100th career point in win over Pittsfield

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Published: 09-13-2023 9:30 PM

It was a day to remember for Lauren Marjanski.

The South Hadley senior needed two points to eclipse 100 for her career coming into Wednesday’s game against Pittsfield. During the first half, with an assist already under her belt, the ball found Marjanski at the top of the box toward the right side. After dribbling around a defender, she cut quickly between two more and found space to fire a shot. It ripped passed Pittsfield’s goalie and into the back of the net for her 100th career point.

The moment meant everything to Marjanski.

“I was really relieved when it went in,” Marjanski said. “It was awesome seeing how excited my teammates were for me, they were screaming and ran after me. It was just an awesome moment. There were a lot of times where I was right there to get it, so I was getting frustrated. But seeing it go in definitely meant a lot.”

Having all of her hard work pay off was a huge sigh of relief for Marjanski, especially considering the daunting slate the Tigers face each year.

“It really means a lot, especially since the hard schedule that we’ve played in my four years here,” Marjanski said. “The goals didn’t come easy, but it’s really relieving seeing all the hard work paying off.”

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Eight different players scored for South Hadley in the 8-0 win, including Maddie Soderbaum, Cianna Gurek, Allison Fleury, Rachel Yabra, Mikayla Weaver, Kiana Ramos, and Cara Dean to go along with Marjanski. The Tigers are now 2-0 this season, and Marjanski has plenty of games left to only add to her remarkable feat.

Easthampton 3, St. Mary’s 2 — The Eagles and Saints went into the second half knotted up at two. Late in the game, Easthampton’s Raegan Delisle scored on an unassisted goal to give her team the lead for good in the 71st minute. 

Ella Belcher-Timme and Samone Young scored three minutes apart midway through the first half to get the Eagles on the board – both goals were assisted by Ana Growhoski. Addie Barr saved seven shots in goal in the win for Easthampton.

Frontier 2, Mahar 0 — Madelyn Fagan scored both Redhawks goals, one in each half. Her first strike was assisted by Styler Steele 16 minutes into the first half, while the second one was unassisted 12 minutes into the second. The two scores are Fagan’s first of the season. She led the Redhawks in points in 2022.

Keeper Jocelyn Antes earned her first shutout of her career, as she only had to grab three saves due to Frontier’s terrific defense led by Addie Morrey and Claire McFarland.

Greenfield 6, Gateway 1 — The Gators were unable to consistently keep the pressure on the Green Wave in Wednesday’s loss. Kaitlyn Maynard scored the lone Gateway goal while Willow Hicks picked up the assist.

Hopkins 4, Lee 0 — Two goals from Sadie Cyr highlighted a strong team performance from the Golden Hawks. Sisters Helen and Ephie Vissas also found the back of the net for Hopkins as well, with Alayna Bailey tallying both of the Golden Hakws’ two assists on the day.

Emmalyn Schmidt earned a shutout in goal for Hopkins, saving the only two shots she faced in the win.

Westfield Tech 1, Smith Voc 0 — Vikings goalie Maggie Lauder made seven stops, but the Smith Voc offense couldn’t break through Westfield keeper Lindsey DeLand, who saved all 12 shots the Vikings fired at her. 

The loss dropped Smith Voc’s record to 0-2 on the season. 

Chicopee Comp 3, Hampshire 0 – Makena Rogalski made seven saves in net for the Raiders, which trailed 1-0 at halftime in a loss on Wednesday in Westhampton.

Boys soccer

Smith Voc 5, Hampden Charter East 1 — Aaron Renaud found the back of the net two times to help the Vikings earn their second victory of the season. Jacob Maloney, Josh Cole, and Jon Peters each tallied a goal apiece as well to round out the Smith Voc scoring.

Four of the five Vikings goals were unassisted, with Jared Small recording the only assist.

Golf

Northampton 145, Chicopee Comp 193 — The Fowles brothers did it again for the Blue Devils. Galen shot a 3-under par round of 33 and Reilly carded a 1-under round of 35 to lead Northampton, while Ben O’Connor (37) and Jack Carpenter (40) also turned in impressive rounds to cap off the Blue Devils’ scoring.

Northampton remains undefeated (3-0), and the Fowles brothers have yet to shoot a round above 36 thus far.

Girls volleyball

Frontier 3, Central 0 — Allie Pierce had 19 assists and seven aces, and nine different Redhawks players tallied kills as Frontier cruised to its third sweep of the season (25-14, 25-17, 25-14).

Caroline Deane recorded seven kills, four digs, and two aces, Kate DeMaio added five kills of her own, and Gabby Adams had five digs and four kills in the Redhawks win. Frontier had 10 of its 23 kills and only had four errors in the first set to propel them the rest of the way.

Hampden Charter East 3, Granby 1 — The Rams fell in four sets (21-25, 18-25, 26-24, 19-25), but didn’t go down without a fight. Granby squeezed out a must-win third set to send it to a fourth. 

Senior Madison Bombard recorded nine digs, six kills and an assist, sophomore Lea Charest had 10 digs, 10 assists and four kills, and Annabella Brown added 13 digs and four kills for the Rams in the loss.

Late Tuesday results

Boys cross country

Smith Voc 20, Gateway 41
Southwick 22, Smith Voc 37
Southwick 20, Gateway 42 —
Gateway’s Jake Maynard ran the fastest time on Tuesday, crossing the finish line at 19:19. Smith Voc had the next three finishers in its matchup with Gateway, as Patrick Millin (20:01), Walden Groundwater (20:42), and Aaron Fein (21:26) had big days for the Vikings.

Hopkins was supposed to be the fourth team in the race, however the Golden Hawks had bus troubles and were unable to make it.

Boys soccer

Northampton 7, Holyoke 0 — Nine different Blue Devils players recorded a point in their runaway win over the Purple Knights. Noah Senn-McNally tallied two goals and an assist and Sam Busone added two goals of his own to lead the way for Northampton.

Holyoke goalie Landon Koziara grabbed 24 saves on 31 shots faced in a remarkable effort in the box. Across the pitch, Koa Klose saved the only shot he faced as the Northampton defense shut down the Holyoke attack.

Girls soccer

Amherst 3, Southwick 0 — The Hurricanes tallied two goals in the second half to pull away from the Rams and improve to 2-0-1 on the season. Maddie Hockman netted two goals, including one three minutes into the game.

Aliya Morales-Fernandez was the other goal scorer for Amherst, while Emma Learned-Miller, Maeve Fitzgerald, and Zola Higham each had assists in the win. Neena Chinappa nabbed four saves in goal for the Hurricanes.

Golf

Northampton 104, South Hadley 122 — In what was a rain-shortened, six-hole match between the Blue Devils and Tigers, Galen Fowles turned in the lowest score of 23. The match took place on Monday and was determined an official full match later in the week.

Ben O’Connor (24), Reilly Fowles (27), and Gus Fallon (30) rounded out the scoring for Northampton. Ryan MacGregor shot a 25 to pace South Hadley while Bennett Allen finished behind him with a 31.

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