Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Field Hockey: Vikings take corners against Conant and advance to DIII Final Four

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Monadnock Ledger – Transcript

Posted: 10/23/2022 12:26:33

Modified: 23/10/2022 12:26:20

The Mascenic field hockey team took advantage of their corners on Friday afternoon, ruling out Conant’s visit in the NHIAA Division III quarter-finals to earn another shot at undefeated No. 1 Gilford in the semi-finals of Tuesday evening.

“I think it was the best game we’ve played all season,” Mascenic senior co-captain Leah St. John said after the Vikings’ 3-0 win. “We played so consistently as a whole team, and it was really great for all of us.”

St. John scored twice in the game after senior co-captain Lexis Vautour’s opening strike; both scored from Mascenic corners assisted by Lorelei Shippee.

“[Shippee’s] the hits have been so consistent, especially today and in practice,” St. John said. “So for her to be able to hit that cross ball where we need it and Lex and I to hit it is really, really special for our team.”

Conant had plenty of chances, especially in the first half, but Viking keeper Emma Cargill was unbeatable that day, diving, sliding and rolling to a shutout victory.

“We just couldn’t find the back of the net,” Conant head coach Jackie Brown said. “I couldn’t finish. But they played hard. It’s always a big rivalry between us, and it was a good game. It’s always sad when it ends, but my girls had a great season, so there’s always next year. I have nine seniors next year, so I expect to be strong.

Conant (10-5) will retain nearly all of his starting lineup next season, including junior co-captains Graecen Kirby and Maddie Bergeron, graduating only senior forward Rylee Herr.

“She will be missed,” Brown said. “She’s quick, especially in front of the net. She works one hundred percent all the time she’s on the pitch, so she’s a good role model that way.

[VIDEO: Mascenic vs. Conant quarterfinal matchup]

Fourth-seeded Mascenic (12-3) will have a second shot against No.1 Gilford (15-0) on Tuesday night in the semi-final at Exeter’s Bill Ball Stadium after the Eagles knocked out the No.9 Mascoma Valley 5-1 Friday. The Vikings lost 2-0 at Gilford on October 12; Mascenic head coach Selena Shaw said she respects the Eagles’ outstanding season while enjoying her side’s chances in the semi-finals.

“Gilford has been killing it all year,” Shaw said. “They still have an unbeaten season… so it’s going to be a tough game. But I’m very confident that we’ll be ready for them… Historically this season we see a team once and kind of sit down and let’s see what they’re going to bring to the table. Then when we see them the second time, we prepare really well for them.

Mascenic’s last appearance in a state championship game was in 2001, the Vikings’ second straight win and third consecutive trip to the Finals.

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