Playoff-bound Giants field hockey closes out regular season with 4-0 victory over Hopkinton

Published: 10/16/2022 2:37:43 PM

Last yr those two groups met within the Division III championship, however those aren’t remaining yr’s groups. An overly younger Hopkinton staff held Bishop Brady (8-6) in take a look at within the first quarter, however the playoff-bound Giants scored two times in the second one quarter to open up the sport en path to a 4-0 Senior Day victory.

Saturday additionally was once the remaining day of the regular season for all NHIAA field hockey divisions around the state. Tournament brackets shall be launched on Monday and playoff video games start on Tuesday.

The Hawks received’t be protecting their name this yr, however Hopkinton (2-11-1) performed aggressively early, outshooting the Giants 3-0 within the first quarter, however Brady freshman goalie Ava Archambault (six saves) was once equivalent to the duty.

Sophomore ahead Kimble Rose scored off a penalty nook, assisted by means of senior ahead Izzy Cochrane at 10:37 and junior ahead Hannah Poirer scored 3 mins later to make it 2-0.

Hopkinton junior goalie Carissa Muller made 11 saves, however junior ahead Carly Fuller scored off any other nook, assisted by means of Rose, within the 3rd quarter and freshman ahead Marcella Tonge scored within the first 4 mins of the fourth quarter to ice the win.

Having 4 objectives by means of 4 other gamers is strictly what Brady head trainer Kelly Owen desires to look because the Giants head into the postseason, most likely with the No. 7 or No. 8 seed.

“We’re just trying to continue to touch up a few things to get ourselves (ready for) the tournament on Tuesday,” Owen mentioned. “We’ve got to continue to play together from start to finish. We have to continue to work as a unit. Defend as 11, attack as 10.”

While the Giants have over part in their roster from remaining yr’s runner-up season returning together with 4 seniors – Cochrane, defender Danielle Lacourse, and midfielders Gabby Heck and Margaret Sheehan – the Hawks are at the different aspect of that coin.

Hopkinton graduated 8 seniors from remaining yr’s championship staff, misplaced a pair gamers to personal faculties and don’t have any seniors, nor a JV staff this season. When you evaluate this yr’s roster to remaining yr’s roster on the championship recreation, most effective 3 names fit.

“This has definitely been a season for growth and development,” Hopkinton head trainer Kate Hohenberger mentioned. “Each individual has grown, but we’ve also grown as a team and developed our skills and learned new things. A lot of these girls really should be JV level, but here you go, here’s varsity. … When they get there and they get the skill on the field during a game we jump out of our skin. This year has been about seeing who you are as a player.”

Sophomores Crissy Johnson, Kelsey Sullivan and Muller had been a few of the gamers who stood out within the Hawks’ finale.

“Girls coming out and doing things like touching the ball and making a whole play happen, you see us on the sideline losing our minds. That’s been the kind of season that we have,” Hohenberger mentioned. “We get so excited and are supportive of the little things. It’s not where we were last year, but we’re not last year’s team.”

The Giants have additionally had gamers step up in new roles, which can proceed to be important because the postseason starts.

“Kids have had to step up to take different roles than last year,” Owen mentioned. “So far, it’s worked.”

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