CHICOPEE – St. Mary’s Zac Girard scored a first-half goal off a nice cross pass from Nick Garde, and Joey Collins punched in the game-winner off a rebound with 10 minutes left in the game to lead the Saints past the Holyoke Catholic Gaels 2-1 Tuesday.
St. Mary goalie Colin Blake finished with six saves.
“Our defense played very well,” Saints’ coach Andrew Martin said. “Our midfielders played extremely well, winning 50/50 balls and playing the balls up to our forwards.”
It was a major improvement for St. Mary, which bounced back from Monday’s 2-1 loss to Pathfinder.
“The effort was a lot better than it was … against Pathfinder,” coach Martin said. “I was happy with how the guys reacted, and how we played today. It was a hard-fought, physical match. Hopefully we will be able to continue this momentum Thursday at Ware. Hopefully we will go 2-1 for this week.”
Westfield Voc-Tech 2, Easthampton 1
Voc-Tech built a 2-0 lead, scoring on a penalty kick in the 70th minute, and held off Easthampton for a key quality win.
Easthampton scored with five minutes remaining in regulation.
Voc-Tech goalie Vitaly Covileac provided a solid effort, handling the pressure and making the saves.
“A lot of our guys played with a lot of heart,” Voc-Tech coach Kyle Dulude said. “The guys are playing with passion, and everyone is being very supportive of each other.”
St. Mary 1, Putnam 1
St. Mary’s Monica Peterson scored, thanks to a pass from Alison Stanlewicz. Saints’ keeper Francesca Depergola made 10 saves.
Southwick 5, Holyoke 2
Lydia Kinsman and Alex Mello each scored two goals to lead Southwick to victory. Liz Tenerowicz recorded her first varsity goal for the Rams.
Brittany Munson (2), Krista Girroir, Amber Nobbs, and Sabrina Provost all had assists for Southwick.
Rams’ goalie Tori Richburg made three saves.