Murphy, Falcons fly by Bombers

Westfield goalie Emily Ciccolo makes a save against Minnechaug Thursday. (Photo by Chris Putz)

Westfield goalie Emily Ciccolo makes a save against Minnechaug Thursday. (Photo by Chris Putz)

WESTFIELD – Mackenzie Murphy scored a pair of second half goals – the game-winner and one for insurance – as Minnechaug escaped Westfield with a 3-1 win in a high school field hockey game Thursday.
Co-captains Leighanne Sullivan and Gabbi Lunardini led the Westfield attack. Sullivan scored off a pass from Lunardini in a first half, which finished in a 1-1 tie.
“It was an incredibly offensively charged first half for Westfield,” Bombers coach Linda Rowbotham said. “We dominated.”
The electric first half push surprisingly produced just one goal for each team in the sweltering heat.
“We’re doing extremely well,” Rowbotham said. “In the second half, we seemed to run out of steam.”
Westfield goalie Emily Ciccolo made 21 saves, and was assisted by Morgan Shia, who made a key defensive save.
Minnechaug also knocked off Westfield in Junior Varsity action. In that game, Bombers’ Alison Bauer had a goal and Maddy Fornier an assist.

Tigers edge Saints
Westfield Technical Academy 1, St. Mary 0

Sydnie Brock scored the lone goal of the game to lift Westfield Tech to a thrilling 1-0 victory Thursday. Diana Solokhina assisted.
Tigers’ goalie Emily White (5 saves) earned a shutout.
Despite playing with just one sub, St. Mary played a solid game. Saints’ goalie Francesca DePerogola was impressive in net with 25 saves, and Jenna Turrini, Chloe Lussier, Sam Manchino, and Olivia White delivered all-around outstanding play.

Southwick 2, Palmer 1
Mello, Kinsman rally Rams

Alex Mello knotted the game at 1-1 with nine minutes remaining in the second half, and Lydia Kinsman scored the game-winner with 44 ticks left as Southwick rallied late.
Rams’ goalie Tori Richburg collected five saves.

Southwick 5, Palmer 1

Emily Giancola scored two goals (one on a PK), and Shea O’Neill, Mikaila Davenport, and Mackenzie Sullivan had one apiece for Southwick (2-1-1).
It was the first high school scores for Davenport and O’Neill.
Maggie Sullivan, Mackenzie Sullivan, Camryn Hughes, and Zelida Medera earned assists.
Hannah Gerrish and Ashley Marchetti combined for three Southwick saves.

Hogan, Murphy boost WHS
Westfield 173, South Hadley 181

Jack Hogan and Sean Murphy each shot a 42 to lead Westfield to a 4-2 mark on the front nine par-37 at Shaker Farms.

King, Lannon tops
Turners Falls 14, Westfield Technical Academy 10

Westfield Tech’s Matt King shot a team-low 37. Bailey Lannon earned four points for the Tigers at the number six slot with a 52.

Rams roll
Southwick 23.5, St. Mary 0.5

Southwick posted a convincing victory at Tekoa Country Club.
The Rams (4-1, 3-0) were led by James Longhi (35), Chris Molta (37), Joe Stratton (39), and Bradley Durand (40).

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