WESTFIELD – The Westfield Technical High School golf team is surging at the right time.
Westfield Tech kept its postseason hopes alive with a key 14.5-9.5 win over Pathfinder Tuesday at East Mountain Country Club.
Westfield Tech’s Dave Romani led all golfers with a 48, and the Tigers received key points from Jake Collier, Tanner Levasser, and Riley Sullivan, who each beat their opponent.
“Overall we started off very slow,” Westfield Tech golf coach Bob Eak said, “but we ended up taking advantage of some mistakes by Pathfinder and put up some good scores at the end.
Westfield Tech improved to 6-6, and can now qualify for Monday’s championships with a win over St. Mary’s Thursday at Tekoa Country Club at 3 p.m.
“The kids are excited going into Thursday,” coach Eak said. “We’re going to hit it hard in practice.”
Hogan paces Bombers
Agawam 156, Westfield 174
Jack Hogan shot a 38, continuing his stellar season. The Bombers (12-3) will close out the regular season Wednesday against Holyoke at Tekoa Country Club before Monday’s Western Massachusetts championships at Westover Country Club.
Willenborg, Umana lead Saints
Smith Academy 13, St. Mary’s 11
St. Mary’s Luke Willenborg led all golfers with 2-over-par-8. Saints’ Manny Umana shot a 41 to nab four points.
Bombers rally past Blue Devils
Westfield 2, Northampton 1
Westfield rallied from a 1-0 deficit with a pair of second half goals to turn back visiting Northampton.
Northampton took the game’s first lead as the Blue Devils took a deflection and walked in on a breakaway.
Jack Fournier tied up the game for Westfield on a penalty kick with about 20 minutes remaining. Jimmy Hagan scored the game-winner with 11 minutes left. Mike Grochowski assisted.
Westfield goalie Mike Lurgio made two saves. Bombers’ Tyler Shrewsbury, R.J. Piper, Pat Lurgio, and Grochowski delivered defensively.
“We had the ball most of the game,” Westfield coach Andrew Joseph said. “We were attacking so much; that was the best defense for us.”
“We had plenty of opportunities and managed to sneak a few through.”
Westfield, which improved to 5-8, will now focus its sites on league foe, Belchertown, in a Friday night showdown at Belchertown High School.
Westfield Technical Academy 7, Hampden Charter School of Science 0
Brad Marion scored twice to lead Westfield Tech, which also received goals from Simion Mocanu, Emil Sevastyanov, Frank Florek, and birthday boy Josh Bush.
“The guys had a lot of fun today,” Westfield Tech coach Kyle Dulude said. “Hopefully we can keep it rolling.”
Clark lifts Gators
Gateway 1, Mount Everett 0
Maddie Clark scored a first half goal, and the Gators (9-2) held off Mount Everett on the road.
Erin Harris delivered the game-winning pass, booting it about 20 yards ahead to Clark, who flicked it past the sweeper and punched it into the right side of the net.
Westfield goalie Becca Herman recorded a shutout.
Rams chase Panthers
Southwick 11, Palmer 1
Southwick raced out to a 7-1 lead through the first half and cruised past Palmer.
Alyssa Pompi led Southwick with five goals, Sydney Gorman and Katerina Kavrakis had two apiece, and Gabby Houle and Emily Martin each scored one.
Emily Martin delivered four assists, Devan Fox contributed two, and Alex Grimaldi, Alyssa Pompi, Houle, and Gorman each collected one.
Southwick goalie Clare Stratton made five saves.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Towers-ing over all
Westfield Technical Academy 15, Southwick 40; Westfield Tech 15, Smith Voke 40
Westfield Tech’s Ed Towers won the race with a time of 20:19. Zach Czernack (2nd), Matt Thayer (5th), Josh Strmer (6th), and Nick Czernak (10th) rounded out the top 10.
Gateway 28, Mohawk 28
Gateway’s David Vasilchenko (20:58) and Jake Reynolds (21:20) finished third and fourth overall, respectively against Mohawk. Gators’ Ben Drenen (6th, 22:23), Jared Small (7th, 22:44), Patrick Millin (8th, 22:45), and Nick Henrichon (10th, 23:39) also managed to crack the top 10.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Southwick 15, Westfield Technical Academy 40; Westfield Tech 25, Smith Voke 30
Westfield Tech’s Emma Bromley was one of the top finishers, followed by teammates Ashley Metcalf, Ksinea Zinchenko, Ava Montivoni, and Laure Beaulieu.
Westfield def. Ludlow 25-21, 25-22, 25-18
Madison Robitaille (4 kills, 5 aces, 5 digs), Brigid Moriarty (15 assists, 5 aces), Tetyana Shvyryd (9 kills, 3 aces, 10 digs), Catherine Jones (6 kills, 1 block), Olivia Hadla (4 aces), and Stephanie Sgueglia (7 digs) propelled Westfield to another win.
The Bombers improved to 12-2 overall, 5-0 Western Division.