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Pentucket rallies by Haverhill 15-6

Lana Mickelson (4 goals and six assists)
Alex Bushey had three goals for Haverhill

(West Newbury) The slow start didn’t bother Pentucket.

“We seem to start slow regularly and then get rolling,” explained Pentucket coach Angela Palmer afterwards.

Rolling is what they did.  Down 2-0 to non-league Haverhill, Pentucket responded with eleven straight goals to gain separation.

The final score was 15-6.

A Senior Day celebration followed the Pentucket win.

Senior Lana Mickelson (Iona commit) showed that she can score (four goals) and that she can set up teammates (six assists).

“Pentucket played well together,” said Haverhill coach Erik Perkins post-game.  “There was lots of team ball with cuts.  Our girls had trouble picking up on it.”

Kate Conover (3 goals and 5 assists)

“Lana never seems to run out of energy,” said Coach Palmer.  “She is an excellent passer.  We tell the team that assists are just as many points as goals are.”

Pentucket had thirteen assists on the fifteen goals they scored.

Sophomore Alex Bushey got the Hillies (7-7) off to a great start with two goals in the opening 2 ½ minutes. 

Lana had a hand in the Pentucket response reaching the scoresheet on six of the next seven goals.  Two were her own while on the other four she set up teammates Ella Palmer, Kate Conover, Cat Colvin, and Sydney Trout.

Pentucket (8-4) led 11-3 at the half.

Battle for possession

Kate Conover and Sarah Graninger boosted the Pentucket advantage to 13-3 five minutes into the second half.

Plenty of substituting followed.

Sophia Riley

“The weather could have been a factor in how we played,” said Coach Perkins.  “Pentucket wanted it more today.”

The two teams will meet again in a week at Haverhill.

“We have four games left and a chance to win a conference (Merrimack Valley Conference) championship,” said Coach Perkins.  “We also want to get a tournament bid.  Haverhill is currently ranked #33 in Division 1 in the MIAA Power Rankings. 

Pentucket is ranked #7 in Division 3.

Pentucket has now won four straight games.  They had one-goal losses to both Ipswich and Manchester-Essex before the win-streak. 

Seniors Jocelyn Alcantara, Gabby Cloutier, Charlene Basque, Lana Mickelson

Haverhill’s 2-14 record last year may not seem like much, but it was the most wins they have had since 2016.  That’s why this season with seven wins and counting is very special to the Hillies.

This was the first Pipestave game for me.  Getting to-and-from the field was more exercise than I’ve had in a while!

Pentucket   11   4   =   15

Haverhill       3   3   =     6

Goal scorers:

Pentucket goalie Jocelyn Alcantara

Pentucket – Lana Michelson (4), Kate Conover (3), Cat Colvin (3), Sarah Graninger (2), Audrey Conover (1), Ella Palmer (1), Sydney Trout (1).

Haverhill – Alex Bushey (3), Sophia Riley (1), Cailey Simard (1), Katrina Savvas (1).

Pentucket’s Lana Mickelson had six assists and Kate Conover had five assists.  Ella Palmer and Cat Colvin had one assist each.

Coach Palmer: “We worked hard in practice leading up to this game.  We worked on slides and shooting under pressure.  I think it paid off today.”

Battle for control

Sydney Trout on the run

Battle for position

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Pentucket downs Ursuline 64-41

Abby Dube (15 points) guards freshman Alana Hogan
Waverly Smart and Alyssa Thompson (15 points)

(West Newbury MA) “Pentucket played amazing defense,” said Ursuline coach Morgan O’Donnell afterwards.

How many times have we heard that from opposing coaches?

Pentucket (17-3) rode their full-court pressure defense to a, 64-41, win over Ursuline Academy on Friday night.

The victory moves the Sachems into the Round of 16.  Their next opponent will be either Masconomet or North Quincy.  Those teams play tomorrow (Saturday).

Ava Karol (10 points) gets a rebound

A Masco win brings another game to West Newbury.

“We have bleachers we can bring in to meet the requirements for seating,” said Pentucket coach John McNamara.

Pentucket had a house full of fans and there was plenty to cheer about.

“It was loud in here,” said Coach O’Donnell.  “This atmosphere was tough to play in.”

Audrey Conover chases a loose ball

Pentucket shut out the Bears (10-10) for the first four minutes and put up nine unanswered points.  Four different players scored for Pentucket and all of them had layups.

Abby Dube and Alyssa Thompson were the game’s top scorers with fifteen points each. 

This was a night, however, when most of the Pentucket baskets had assists attached to them and most of the baskets were inside shots.

Lana Mickelson and Ava Karol

“There are no star players on the team,” said Lana Mickelson.  “We all work together.”

The Pentucket lead elevated to ten (27-17) in the second quarter after an Emma Lopata layup assisted by Audrey Conover.

The Sachems put a 12-2 run together in the third quarter, ending the run on an Abby Dube three-pointer.  The lead at that point had reached twenty (43-23) with a little under four minutes left in the third quarter.

Ava DiBurro reaches in

Both teams substituted liberally after that.

“I think our defense bothered them,” said Coach McNamara.  “It was our turnovers and quick shots on offense that kept them hanging around a bit.”

Credit Ursuline.  Despite trailing the entire game, the team from Dedham and the Catholic Conference kept plugging away in a hostile environment.

Ava DiBurro looks to pass

“Our kids came ready, and they played hard,” said Coach O’Donnell.  “That’s all I ask of them.”

Seniors Rebecca Morrill and Ava Karol paced the Bears with ten points each.

I was impressed with Ursuline freshman Alana Hogan.  Alana had seventeen points against Scituate.  Tonight, she was very good at handling the ball and continued to the basket if the opening was there.  Bright future.

The unselfish play of Pentucket was noticeable.  They executed penetrate-and-pass beautifully and ended up with many layups. 

Emma Lopata stands ready to take a charge

Senior captain Emma Lopata got two of the biggest reactions from the crowd when she drew two charges.

“Those can hurt,” she said, “and I was nervous about taking them because I had three fouls.”

Abby Dube ( three 3’s)

Abby Dube now has fifty three’s this season.

Pentucket is the #9 seed in Division 2. 

The seats were filled early and the enthusiasm for the home team was continuous.

“We love our fans,” said Emma. “It was fun playing in front of a huge crowd.”

“It was a messy game, but our team defense was pretty good,” said Ava DiBurro post-game.

Pentucket   15   16   16   17   =   64

Ursuline        7    12   10   12   =   41

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Pentucket box
Ursuline box
Bethany Cloutier
Audrey Conover in the lane
Ava DiBurro in for a layup
Lana Mickelson breaks in
Abby Dube passes
Gabby Bellacqua in the lane
Coach John McNamara
Alana Hogan
Abby Dube in front of the crowd

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Pentucket defeats Triton 60-16

Audrey Conover had a big game on offense and defense
Alyssa Thompson (13 points) guards Isabella Basile

(Byfield MA) It was a tough night for Triton.

“They’re a powerhouse,” said Vikings coach Bryan Shields afterwards.

Pentucket turned in a dominating performance and came away with a, 60-16, win on Monday night.

“We did really well,” said Pentucket coach John McNamara post-game.  Not a soul who watched the game would argue otherwise!

“Our defense set the tone,” added Coach McNamara, “and our transition got us layups.”

The Vikings struggled in the backcourt after getting double-teamed and numerous turnovers/layups followed.

Molly Kimball

The Sachems also were quick to press for scores after getting possession in the frontcourt.

Even when forced to run halfcourt offense Pentucket (11-2) was textbook perfect against Triton’s zone defense.

“Their zone forced us to pass the ball more since you can’t drive against a zone,” explained Pentucket junior Audrey Conover afterwards.

And pass they did.  There were cross-court passes to open teammates on the weakside.  There were give-and-go layups and there were inbound passes for layups.

Maeve Heffernan guards Lana Mickelson (12 points)

“The kids were passing up a shot to get a better shot,” said Coach McNamara.  “They were really unselfish.  It was fun to watch.”

Almost every basket had an assist attached to it unless it was a breakaway off a turnover.

The Sachems took the mystery out of this game early racing ahead, 14-0, after four minutes.  The visitors took three turnovers in for layups and had two three’s (Abby Dube and Gabby Bellacqua) in the breakaway start.

Audrey Conover

Molly Kimball finally ended the Triton scoring drought with a free throw and later added a three-point shot before the quarter was over.

The quarter ended with the score, 23-4.

The Pentucket halfcourt defense was extra tough in the second quarter.  Most of the Triton movement in the frontcourt was sideways with few direct lines to the hoop.  Maeve Heffernan scored in the last minute for the only Vikings basket of the quarter.

Rebound battle

Pentucket led, 39-6, at the half.

“They defend well, and they rotate well,” said Coach Shields, “and they can all score.”

“Playing Pentucket will make us better,” added Coach Shields.  “You don’t gain as much playing weaker competition.  We want to be ready for the tournament.”

The Vikings are 8-8 with four games left.  “We’ve got winnable games ahead,” said Coach Shields.  “Three of the teams (North Reading, Saugus, and Manchester-Essex) we beat the first time around.”

Gabby Bellacqua (11 points)

Pentucket has a big game ahead on Thursday night at Newburyport.  “They are a good team and they beat us pretty good the first time,” said Coach McNamara.  “Right now, however, I’m thinking about Senior Night tomorrow night and that game (North Reading).”

Alyssa Thompson (13), Lana Mickelson (12), and Gabby Bellacqua (11) reached double figures for Pentucket.

Coach McNamara: “The key to the win tonight was the excellent passing of Audrey (Conover).”

Pentucket   23   16   14   7   =   60

Triton            4      2     5   5   =   16

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Brianna Welch double-teamed
Riley Bell guarded by Ally Cacciapuoti
Paige Leavitt goes baseline
Sophia Lesinski
Lia Hatheway
Liv Kiricoples
Audrey Conover in for two
Lana Mickelson double-teamed
Ally Cacciapuoti
Abby Dube
Alyssa Thompson layup
Abby Dube and Alyssa Thompson double-team Isabella Basile
Triton box
Pentucket box

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Pentucket defeats Hamilton-Wenham 47-23

There was plenty of action around the basket
Gabby Bellacqua looks for an opening

(West Newbury MA) “We just couldn’t close out quarters,” said Hamilton-Wenham coach Mark Cole afterwards.

The lack of consistency was costly as the Generals (7-4) fell to Pentucket, 47-23, on Tuesday night.

HW had nineteen points from talented Jane Maguire but her teammate combined for only four additional points.

Credit the Pentucket defense.  As usual they were persistent and ready to turn miscues into points.

Pentucket made five 3’s

“Pentucket is a very, very good team that can shoot the ball,” said Coach Cole.

The Sachems (8-2) had nine players score and hit from long range five times.

Lana Mickelson and Alyssa Thompson were Pentucket’s top scorers with nine points each.

Each of the end-of-quarter surges that Coach Cole referenced had 3-pointers in them.

Jane Maguire (19 points)

In the first quarter, Jane Maguire’s three-pointer had the visitors within three points (8-5) with four minutes left. 

Pentucket then rolled off ten unanswered points and the quarter ended with the home team in front, 18-5.

Three’s by Ally Cacciapuoti and Alyssa Thompson were involved in the Pentucket run.

Lana Mickelson (9 points and 9 rebounds)

In the second quarter, two layups and two three’s by Jane Maguire had the Generals within seven (22-15) with 3 ½ minutes left.

Pentucket then rolled off eight unanswered points to gain a, 30-15, halftime lead.

Three’s by Emma Lopata and Alyssa Thompson were part of the second-quarter surge.

Hamilton-Wenham scored the first three points of the third quarter and trailed, 30-18, with seven minutes left.

Coach John McNamara

Pentucket then shut out HW the rest of the quarter and added ten points to their lead.

Three’s by Abby Dube and Lana Mickelson were in the mix this time.  Lana’s three was the old-fashioned variety.

Pentucket was ahead, 40-18, after three periods and cruised home from there.

Pentucket coach John McNamara was glad to get the win.  “Both teams were sloppy.  We’ve got to play better than this.  But it was nice to get a win after our tough loss (in OT to Cathedral) the other day.”

Coach Mark Cole

There were plenty of whistles and plenty of fouls and turnovers.

“It seemed as if it was travel, after foul, after travel,” said Lana Mickelson afterwards.

The teams combined for thirty-seven fouls.  I’m going to guess that there were just as many turnovers.  It was ragged for sure.

“We knew that Hamilton-Wenham would be good because of their upset win over Amesbury the other day,” added Lana.

HW had lost by thirty to Amesbury earlier in the season but took out the Indians, 51-45, in the rematch recently.

Christa Coffey and Audrey Conover

“The fact that we held Pentucket to seventeen points in the second half was a good effort on our part,” said Coach Cole.

Lana Mickelson had nine rebounds to go with her nine points.  Against Cathedral she had twenty rebounds.

Jane Maguire had five three’s in HW’s win over Amesbury.  Christa Coffey added three from long range.

On February 10th Pentucket has a rematch with undefeated Newburyport at Newburyport.  The Clippers won by ten points in the first meeting.

              Pentucket   18   12   10   7   =   47

Hamilton-Wenham   5   10     3   5   =   23

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Ally Cacciapuoti
Marley Shea takes a shot
Ava DiBurro makes a save
Jane Maguire uses a screen
Jane Maguire in the open floor
Pentucket fans
Abby Dube
Nora Gamber guarded by Ally Cacciapuoti
Pentucket box
Hamilton-Wenham box

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Pentucket shuts out Amesbury 2-0

Pentucket seniors with Coach Ruth Beaton
Haley Dwight had a goal and an assist

(Merrimac MA) The Pentucket seniors were honored before the game and the team was honored afterwards.

The Sachems (15-1) defeated Amesbury, 2-0, on Friday afternoon.

“We’re CAL field hockey champs for the first time in school history,” said Pentucket coach Ruth Beaton afterwards. Her team has won twelve straight games.

Junior Haley Dwight had a goal and an assist for Pentucket.

“Pentucket is an awesome team,” said Amesbury coach Kerri Doherty post-game.  “They consistently come out fast and move the ball extremely well.  They can play on both turf and grass.”

The Sachems put pressure on the Indians (2-8-4) most of the game. 

“We had a ton of chances,” said senior Lana Mickelson.  “I know because I missed a few.”

Lana had two goals against Amesbury in Pentucket’s 4-1 win at Amesbury.

Busy afternoon for Amesbury goalie Nuala Arsenault

The Sachems scored early in the second quarter (Reese Gallant) and early in the final quarter (Haley Dwight).

Pentucket had nine corners (by my unofficial count) and numerous opportunities.

Credit Amesbury goal-keeper Nuala Arsenault along with defenders Lizzy Deacon, Hannah Gale, and Ella DeLisle for finding ways to prevent more Pentucket goals.

“It was hard in there,” said GK Nuala Arsenault, “and I was really tired…..but it was fun.”

Pentucket goalie Charlene Basque didn’t see much action.  However, after Haley Dwight’s goal four minutes into the final quarter, Amesbury did apply some pressure and rang a shot off the sidebar.

A goal there would have cut the Pentucket lead to 2-1 with six minutes left.

“All credit to Amesbury for the way they hung in there,” said senior Meg Freiermuth afterwards.  “We stayed gritty.”

“Defensively, we held our own,” said Coach Doherty.

Haley Dwight passes across in front
Reese Gallant gets her stick on Haley’s pass
Ball on the way into the Amesbury goal
Reese Gallant reacts to her goal
Pentucket celebrates first goal

But Pentucket had so many in-close chances in the first quarter that you assumed that a goal would come that way.  But that wasn’t the way the first goal was scored.

Haley Dwight intercepted a pass at midfield and headed for the left endline. 

“When I see the open net, I always shoot for it,” said Haley, “but I’m also looking for my teammates.”

When Haley got close to the endline, she sent a pass across the front of the net between the goalie and a defender.

“Reese was right there,” said Haley.

“Haley put it right in front,” said Reese Gallant. “It was nice to be there on the end of Haley’s pass.”

“That first goal was picture perfect,” recalled Coach Beaton.  “Reese was where she had to be when Haley made the crossing pass.”

Ball in the air in front of Izzy Deacon (11)

There was not much that Amesbury GK Nuala Arsenault could do about the goal.  “Their first one was rough to get to because the player shooting was on the opposite side,” said Nuala.

The Sachems were finally able to pad their lead with a goal in the final quarter.

Pentucket had crowded in near the Amesbury goal many times, but this time Haley Dwight produced a goal out of the congestion.

“I did a spin move on the goalie and shot it,” recalled Haley.  “It didn’t bounce off anyone.  It went right in. The sound of a goal is something my teammates and I love to hear.”

Amesbury threatens

Coach Doherty: “Ruth (Beaton) is well respected in the league.  There was no doubt in my mind that Pentucket was the Number One team this year.”

Coach Beaton: “Kerri’s kids play hard and don’t give up on the ball.”

Six seniors (Bailey Stock, Madi Kuchar, Sydney Matthews, Meg Freiermuth, Lana Mickelson, Gabrielle Cloutier, and Charlene Basque) were honored pre-game. 

Meg Freiermuth was pleased to have her brother Pat (Pittsburgh Steelers) on hand for the celebration.

“It is awesome to have Pat around,” said Meg.  “He has a bye week, so he was able to come.”

Hannah Gale (11) and Bailey Stock (20)

Amesbury is one of the best 2-8-4 teams you’ll ever see.  They tied highly regarded Triton recently.  The Vikings are the only team with a win over Pentucket.

The Sachems have games left with Lynnfield and North Reading.  Pentucket defeated both 4-0 the first time around.

The seedings for the Division 3 state tournament come out on November 1st.  How far can Pentucket go post-season?

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Lana Mickelson
GK Nuala Arsenault out to block Bailey Stock (20)
Sydney Matthews shoots
Ana Tomkiewicz (4) and Meg Freiermuth (24)
Lizzy Deacon (10) and Madi Kuchar (21)
Alana DeLisle and Madi Kuchar
Alana DeLisle, Sydney Matthews, and Gabrielle Cloutier
Isabelle Levasseur (17) and Haley Dwight (34)
Julia Mitchell (15) and Reese Gallant (19)
Meagan McAndrews
Amelia Kirby

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