WESTFIELD – If the Westfield High School girls lacrosse team goes on to do big things this season, they might look back to this moment in time as the turning point.
Westfield appeared to turn the corner in its season, handing the Granby Rams only their second loss of the year, 18-9, at Roots Athletics Center to improve to 5-4 overall.
“It was a great team effort,” Westfield girls lacrosse head coach Paul Fenwick said. “Hopefully this is the start of something special.”
Emma Metcalf (assist) and Kylie Buchanan scored five goals apiece to lead Westfield. Bombers’ Jordan Kowalski delivered two goals and three assists, and Olivia Hadla (assist) and Lara Finnie each contributed three goals.
Westfield’s defense was equally up to the task.
Bombers’ Shannon Sullivan, Kyana Alvarado, Adrianna Arona, Lauren Jablonski, Marissa Feary, Keely Connor, and McKenzie Rae combined to quell the Granby attack.
“(Our defenders did) an incredibly exceptional job today,” coach Fenwick said. “It was an awesome game. All of them played phenomenal.”
Westfield played a man-down over the final 11 minutes of the game, but overcame the adversity.
“They just stepped up big,” Fenwick said of his players.
Granby fell to 7-2.
Wisnauckas nets hat trick
Hoosac Valley 21, St. Mary’s 6
Katarzyna Wisnauckas recorded a hat trick for St. Mary’s. Saints’ Samantha Moran and Skyler Duda scored two and one, respectively. Serena Griswold had an assist.
St. Mary’s Paighton Ramos grabbed several ground ball controls and had two interceptions. Saints’ keeper April Warner made eight saves.
Tigers rally again
Westfield Technical Academy 14, Gateway 11
Westfield Technical Academy (6-1) rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the third inning to complete their fourth comeback of the season in an error-laden contest on the road.
Josh Sturmer (double, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), Darryl Reopel (two runs, RBI), Colby Nadeau (2 RBIs), and Brody Zabielski (RBI) collected two hits apiece for Westfield Tech.
Brett Bonenfant went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead Gateway. Gators’ Joel Sakaske (3 runs) and Matt Puza (2 RBIs) each had two hits.
Falcons soar past Bombers late
Minnechaug 5, Westfield 1
Minnechaug scored three runs in the final two innings to pull away from Westfield in the Whip City.
Jenna Murray and Kelsey Allard had two hits, a run, and an RBI apiece to lead Minnechaug at the plate. Murray and Falcons’ Katelyn Thompson and Mei Ward each doubled.
Thompson also tossed a two-hitter from the circle, allowing three walks, one run, while striking out four.
Erin Gour and Carina Franco had the lone hits for Westfield.
Gateway 27, Renaissance 1
Lily Ryan went 5-for-5 with a double and three runs to lead Gateway. Gators’ Stephanie Paiva (double), Kaitlyn Quinn, Lily Waters, and Madison O’Connor (2 doubles) each went 3-for-3, and five others each had two hits.
Nicole Hannigan scattered four hits over five innings, striking out seven.
Red Raiders topple Rams
Athol def. Southwick 25-14, 16-25, 25-22, 25-18
Andy Brown (11 kills, 14 digs), Tyler Gellert (4 blocks, 2 aces), Nick Brown (15 digs, 21 assists), Aaron Brunet (2 aces), and Mason Imbriglio (15 digs) contributed for Southwick.
Palmateer nets six in O’s win over Saints
Belchertown 9, St. Mary’s 4
Owen Palmateer scored six goals to fuel Belchertown’s win at Boardman Field. Aaron Blanchard led St. Mary’s with three goals and one assist.