Field Hockey team ‘Making Strides’ on and off the field | Sports

TEWKSBURY – The Tewksbury High field hockey team performed an excellent recreation, Monday afternoon at the highschool’s Turf Field, but it surely was once Methuen that got here up with the best function of the recreation, with simply 2:42 left, to take a 1-0 victory.

The loss drops the Redmen to 3-4 on the season, however they are going to have an opportunity to even their file, Wednesday evening (6 p.m.), once they play the Rangers once more, this time at the decrease turf field at Nicholson Stadium.

It was once nonetheless a scoreless recreation, Monday, heading into the fourth quarter, and this is when Tewksbury had its absolute best likelihood to go-ahead. A couple of penalty corners, some scrambles in entrance of the web and some great strikes on offense failed to provide a function.

Most of the power was once down the different finish for the remainder of the quarter, and goalie Avery Della Piana now not best was once her exceptional self in web, she were given lend a hand from her protection which two times blocked photographs heading in.

The Rangers even hit the publish as soon as, and had some other function known as again by means of certainly one of the officers.

With below 3 mins to play, Methuen had a nook and the ball got here to a participant named Frirso at the higher left aspect of the circle. Della Piana got here out to problem her, however as a substitute she handed to Putnam, who was once nearer to the left finish line, and she fired a shot between two defenders guarding the posts.

“In this game the defense and Della Piana worked extremely hard, as always,” mentioned Redmen trainer Jamie Bruno. Our defenders stored targets for us as smartly. It was once a large team effort.” Tewksbury got big defensive efforts by Abigail Mahoney, Olivia Ward, Kallie Mangan, Reilley Whalen, and Emily Carney.

“Avery Della Piana had an important 26 saves in the recreation,” said Bruno. “We can’t ask for greater than that. We labored extraordinarily laborious however we need to give you the option to take power off our protection.”

Neither team had any dangerous chances in the first quarter, and Methuen stepped up the pressure some of the second quarter, with Della Piana making six saves and a defenseman making another.

The Rangers kept amping up the pressure in the third and fourth quarters until they finally broke through with time winding down.

“It’s now not a loss of effort by means of somebody, we simply wish to execute higher on corners, penalty hits, and shifting the ball as much as the offense,” said Bruno. “We will paintings on this stuff and attempt to leap again in opposition to Methuen on Wednesday evening at Methuen. I’m extraordinarily proud although of the way laborious this staff works each and every recreation. They convey the whole lot they’ve every recreation. This was once an excellent recreation and congrats to Methuen on completing on that nook.”

The most recent week began with a convincing, 5-0 victory over Bedford, which gave the Redmen a 3-2 record at the time.

Tewksbury got a pair of goals from Amanda Ogden, and one each from Alex Macauda, Gabrielle Couillard and Erin Costello. Kat Schille, Macauda and Couillard had assists. Goalie Avery Della Piana got her second shutout of the season.

“The protection performed a very good recreation,” said Bruno. “We hit the ball laborious up the field, and established an excellent float in our offensive recreation.”

The Redmen ran into a buzzsaw on Friday when they hosted Triton at TMHS Turf Field. The Vikings proved to be too much to handle in the 4-0 loss.

“This was once an excessively robust team that was once very rapid at the attacking and midfield positions,” said Bruno. “We by no means hand over however struggled to transport the ball up the field. This was once our first recreation the place we struggled to get a shot on function. We ran laborious and by no means gave up however simply struggled to get a rhythm going, offensively.”

In addition to Wednesday evening’s rematch with the Rangers, Tewksbury’s busy week features a highway recreation with Andover on Friday (3:45 p.m.) at Lovely Stadium, and a house recreation Monday evening (7 p.m.) at Doucette Field. It might be the first house recreation of the season at Doucette, a spot that turns out to provide the Redmen an additional spice up of power. Maybe it’s the scent of buttered popcorn emanating from the snack stand.

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On Sunday, the complete TMHS Field Hockey program took section in the annual Making Strides in opposition to Breast Cancer stroll held in Boston. The program was once in a position to boost $851.92 against breast most cancers analysis, and affected person fortify.

“I felt this was a walk we should take part in because of the cause and Pat Ryser, the former field hockey coach, had the field hockey program participate in this walk every year. The coaching staff and the captains felt this was a tradition we should start up again within the program. Being part of a sports allows us to do great things and help others and this group did that.”

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