Bombers, Rams set to collide

Westfield sophomore Lillian Taglieri (19) chips a pass across the field during a high school field hockey game Thursday against Northampton. (MARC ST.ONGE/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

WESTFIELD – Trying to slow down the Westfield High School field hockey team is like attempting to slow a runaway freight train.
Westfield mowed down its latest opponent, Northampton, 7-1, Thursday to improve to 10-1-3.
Meghan Bowen and Lilly Taglieri scored two goals apiece and Claire Griffith (goal, 3 assists) collected four points as Westfield routed Northampton. Norah Bargatti and Gabi Ritter each scored one goal for the Bombers. Jess Isler had an assist.
Westfield goalie Lindsey Brown made three saves.
Pearl Davis scored the lone Northampton goal. Blue Devils goalkeeper Mavis Rudof finished with 11 saves.
Westfield will next host Southwick on “Senior Night” Monday at 4 p.m.

Spartans nip Rams
East Longmeadow 1, Southwick 0

Southwick dominated the first two quarters, creating quite a few scoring opportunities but were unable to convert penalty corners into goals.
Both teams came out looking to score in the third quarter. East Longmeadow was finally able to put one past the Southwick defense, courtesy of Tess Denault after a defensive breakdown on a penalty corner.
The fourth quarter saw both teams get opportunities and neither were able to take advantage of green cards awarded to each team.
“Despite the loss, I’m very happy with the way that we played,” Southwick field hockey coach Jenn Oakland said. “Every player gave their all and came ready to play. They fought for every ball and fought for each other.”
Southwick goalie Ezri Johnston made six saves. East Longmeadow netminder Natalie Merrick had four.
The Southwick Rams will travel to Westfield Monday to take on the Bombers. Game time is 4 p.m.

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