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Swampscott reaches Final Four with 2-1 win over Triton

Swampscott reaches the Final Four in Division Three field hockey
Big Blue celebrates

(Byfield MA) Swampscott edged #4 Triton, 2-1, on Saturday morning to gain the Division 3 state semi-finals.

The Big Blue (13-5-3) will face the #1 seed (Sandwich) on Wednesday night (7PM) at Norwell High School.

Sydney Marshall provided the game winner for #5 Swampscott in the third quarter assisted by Isabella Modica.

Both teams knew each other well.

“We had never played them before,” said Swampscott coach Courtney Russo, “but this is our fourth time this season.”

An earlier scrimmage was followed by two games in October.  Triton won the first meeting (2-1) and tied the second (1-1).

“We played them a couple of times,” said Coach Donna Andersen of Triton.  “It could have gone either way today.  We knew it would be close.”

Brooke Waters’ goal in the first quarter was answered by Maddie Hillick’s goal in the second quarter.

Sydney Marshall’s game winner, in the third quarter (3:50), came just after Triton had done everything but score down the other end.

Nicolette Fraser (25) stops a Triton shot in front
Maddie Hillick (9) takes a second shot
Crowd gathers in front of Swampscott net

“Isabella (Modica) had a great shot into the circle that went right to me,” recalled Sydney of her game winner.  “I was able to hit it off the right post and it went in.  I was in the right spot at the right time.”

Sydney Marshall (23) takes the shot
Sydney Marshall celebrates the goal
Sydney Marshall celebrates with teammates

The pattern was set for the Vikings (14-4-3) to get an answering goal.  But that, however, didn’t happen this morning.

“We struggled to play a full sixty minutes of intense field hockey,” said Coach Andersen.  “We had our moments, and we did play spurts of good hockey.  At the end of the day, however, we didn’t maintain it.”

The Big Blue scored their first goal at 3:02 of the first quarter.

“Our first goal was set up by a shot from Isabella Modica,” explained Coach Russo.  “She (Isabella) hit it in, and Brooke Waters knocked it in.  She took a nice strong shot in the center.”

Brooke Waters (13) takes the shot
Team celebrates the Brooke Waters’ goal
Brooke Waters with the ball

Early in the second quarter, Triton pulled even off a corner at 12:31.

“Our goal by Maddie (Hillick) was well executed,” said Coach Andersen.  “The insert was good as was the hit off it.  Maddie collected the rebound, protected the ball and put it away.”

Maddie Hillick (9) shot from the left
Triton team celebrates Maddie Hillick’s goal
Maddie Hillick gets the ball
Paige Leavitt (2)

“Their corners are very strong,” said Coach Russo.  “We wanted to eliminate some of them.”

The Vikings had five corners (by my count) during the game.  Swampscott had one corner.

“I wanted to see more corners out of us,” added Coach Russo.  “It was nice, however, to see us get two goals that weren’t on corners.”

Sydney Marshall’s goal in the third quarter impacted the way things went thereafter.

“It’s not the end of the world if you get scored on,” said Coach Andersen, “but in this game the momentum shifted, and we weren’t able to get it back again.”

Isabella Modica had a part in both Swampscott goals

“I was a little worried that going into the fourth quarter with the lead, might cause us to play defensively, to play it safe,” said Coach Ruffo.  “But it didn’t happen.  I’m proud of them and pleased.”

The Vikings did have a near miss in that last quarter off a corner.  The shot taken hit Swampscott goalie Chloe Rakauskas’ pads and stayed out of the net.

Coach Andersen: “What hurts the most is that this was an upset.  They’re #5 and we’re #4.  If we had lost in the Final Four, it would be where we’re supposed to be.”

Remarkable weather with non-stop sun and reasonable temperatures. 

(I haven’t covered a lot of field hockey and find the violations confusing.  I hear plenty of whistles and frequently wonder what caused the whistle.  But the game immediately moves on, without explanations, and I must admit that I like the pace of play.)

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Triton near miss in the fourth quarter
Swampscott ready to defend a corner
Loose stick
Triton shot goes wide
Ally Pugh
Sammy Kelly and Coco Clopton
Olivia Passalacqua (4) and Coco Clopton (5)
Ball in the middle

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Triton shuts out Newburyport 1-0

Triton celebrates their 12th win
Sammy Kelly had the Triton goal

(Byfield MA) The Triton field hockey defense has been very good and that held true this afternoon against Newburyport.

The Vikings (12-3-2) recorded their eighth shutout of the season, 1-0, against Newburyport (5-7-3).

“We know that our defense is pretty strong (eleven goals against in seventeen games),” said Triton coach Donna Andersen.  “It’s the frontline we’re working on.”

The Vikings frontline didn’t score in this one, but they did set up junior Sammy Kelly (center midfielder) with the game winner in the third quarter.

On the Triton goal, junior Riley Bell broke loose down the left wing and moved in for a close shot.  Newburyport GK Jane Mettling kicked the shot away to the top of the circle.

Riley Bell (6) set up the Triton goal

“The ball came out to me,” recalled Sammy, “and I hit it right back toward the goal.”

Sammy’s quick shot surprised the Clippers defense and went into the left corner.

“We just weren’t ready for the ball going to the top spot,” said Newburyport coach Jessica Philbrick afterwards.

Sammy’s goal at 13:37 of the third quarter was her first of the season.

“Sammy saw the shot coming out and came into the top of the circle and took it over,” said Coach Andersen. “It was a good follow-up to pressure.”

Riley Bell picked up the assist.

“Riley is a good hard worker on the left wing,” said Coach Andersen.  “She’s done some really nice things for us.  She’s also scored a few goals.”

Delaney Woekel (3) get close to the Triton net

The Clippers lost to Triton, 2-0, in the season opener in September.

“Compared to our first game with Triton, we were like two different teams,” said Coach Phillbrick. “Today we played with confidence and made some good passing connections throughout the whole game.”

Newburyport has won four of their last six games, scoring sixteen goals and only giving up two goals.

“We’ve improved as the season has gone along,” added Coach Phillbrick.  “It is better to peak at the end of the season.”

Newburyport applied pressure early in the first quarter as junior Lilly Ragusa centered a pass across in front of Triton goalie Sophia Chapman.  No one was there to collect for the Clippers.

Neila Jones (5) and Kayli Caron (6)

There were six corners in the game and neither team did much with them.  Newburyport had their first and only one at 8:24 of the first quarter.

Triton had the next five corners including two in the second quarter and two in the third quarter.

“We clearly struggled to put the ball in the net,” said Coach Anderson.  “Scoring is a little tricky right now.”

Newburyport’s best chance may have been early in the second half.  Sophomore Delaney Woekel was able to get very close to the Triton goal but couldn’t get a shot off.

Less than a minute later (13:37) Sammy Kelly tallied the game’s only score.

The Vikings had several other good scoring chances in the third quarter, but Newburyport GK Jane Mettling turned them away each time.

The Clippers had the better of the scoring opportunities in the closing quarter but the Vikings defense, led by Neila Jones and Devyn Karpenko, kept the shutout for Triton.

Triton is currently ranked fourth in Division 3 while Newburyport is ranked ninth.

Paige Leavitt (2) and Katie Conway (27)

“We’re 4th in the standings,” said Coach Anderson.  “Things could be worse.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing how we’ll do in the playoffs,” said Coach Phillbrick.

There are no sectionals in this year’s playoff setup.  Previously, Cape Ann League teams would face each other in the North sectional.  Now it is possible that the most successful of the CAL teams might not see each other until the state finals.

Triton recently played, and lost, to CAL division leaders Ipswich and Pentucket by a 1-0 score each time.  “I thought that we were fairly even with Ipswich,” recalled Coach Anderson.  “Pentucket outplayed us.  They completely dominated us in the second half.”

Coach Phillbrick: “I keep reminding myself this year that a lot of my players may not be young to varsity but because of last year’s seven-versus-seven format didn’t get as much playing time as they would in a normal season.”

Triton senior Maddie Hillick had both goals in the Vikings, 2-0, win over Newburyport in their first meeting.

Maddie Hillick

Triton won nine of their first ten games while Newburyport was 1-5-3 in their first nine games. 

It was cold (high 40’s) at Triton but thankfully the normal wind there never showed up.

The brilliant foliage in the Triton area appears in several of this entry’s pictures.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Riley Bell
Lilly Ragusa (15) and Devyn Karpenko (3)
Kenzie Clyatt
Maya Sullivan (13) gets off a shot
Newburyport GK Jane Mettling kicks away the shot of Riley Bell (6)
Sammy Kelly with the ball after her goal
Riley Bell closes in for a shot
Sammy Kelly and Lily Chorebanian (5)
Sammy Kelly (1) shoots
Kiara Farrar
Ally Pugh
Katie Conway
Sophia Chapman
Jane Mettling

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