Local Roundup: Fitchburg State Rallies for Field Hockey Victory

September 16, 2018 GMT

SALEM -- The Fitchburg State University field hockey team rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Vikings of Salem State University Saturday afternoon in Little East Conference action at Alumni Field.

Salem State opened the scoring at the 23:40 mark as midfielder Emily Rapoza, of Townsend, gathered a feed from Vanessa Yavorski and found the back of the net for her second tally of the season.

Fitchburg State knotted the score 17 seconds later when forward Aislinn DeHorsey, of Leominster, received a pass from Molly Richard, of Leominster, and deposited a shot inside the near post for her third marker of the year.

Following the break, the Falcons (2-3, 1-1 LEC) took the lead in the 41st minute of play as DeHorsey connected on her second goal of the contest, before the visitors upped their margin to 3-1 just 23 seconds later when Emma Barnaby, of Leominster, struck for her first collegiate marker.


The Vikings (0-4, 0-2 LEC) answered back to knot the score at 3-3 with back-to-back goals in a span of 2:45, as Cassie Curtin struck for her first score of the year at the 48:34 mark before Jillian Dalton added her first of the season.

Fitchburg State regained the lead with just over six minutes left in regulation when sophomore Chloe Gladu netted her first goal of the 2018 season, resulting in the 4-3 final.

In the cage, Abby Bryant recorded four saves for the Falcons in the complete-game effort.

Men’s soccer

Fitchburg State 2

Mass. Maritime 0

Following a scoreless first half, Fitchburg State broke a 0-0 stalemate in the 60th minute of action as senior Stephen Nagle, of Lancaster, connected on his first collegiate tally for the 1-0 advantage.

The Falcons (3-1-0, 1-0 MASCAC) doubled their lead at 2-0 at the 62:39 mark when sophomore Yannick De Pina settled a feed from junior Larry Janvier and buried a shot into the upper-left corner for his team-leading fourth tally of the campaign.

In goal, sophomore Branton Abbett stopped eight shots for the Falcons to earn the clean sheet.

Women’s soccer

Fitchburg State 2

Mass. Maritime 0

Mikaela Mitchell opened the scoring in the first half as she gathered a loose ball at the 40-yard line, streaked down the right wing and deposited the ball top-shelf over the Maritime keeper.

Following the intermission, the Falcons (2-2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) doubled the advantage when Elicia Marshall collected the rebound off an initial shot from Madison Medina for the insurance marker.

In goal for the Falcons, sophomore Sarah Hemmings stopped all seven shots she faced en-route to her second win on the year.

Men’s cross country

Fitchburg State

The FSU men took 12th place with 173 points at the Corsair Cross Country Invitational in Dartmouth. Southern New Hampshire claimed first place with 57 points.


Fitchburg State was led by Jacob Movsessian (12th, 25:41.3) and Joseph Darrigo (33rd, 26:01.9) over the 8K course.

Also for the Falcons, Anthony Darrigo entered the chute with a time of 27:22.6 and Timothy Sheehy crossed the finish line at 27:36.0, while Stephen McCall (28:50.7), Anthony Ortwein (28:51.1), of Fitchburg, and Brandon DiGregorio (29:34.4) all ran well.

Women’s cross country

Fitchburg State

The Fitchburg State women finished in 39th place with 1,095 points at the Corsair Cross Country Invitational. Brandeis University won the meet with a total of 56 points.

Fitchburg State was paced by Amy Kelly (61st, 19:57.6) over the 5k course, while Savannah Wojcik (24:03.3), Jennifer Desilvestre (25:18.2), Nyasia Torres (25:31.5), of Fitchburg, and Rebbecca O’Brien (28:01.0).

Boys’ soccer

Lunenburg 6

Ayer Shirley 1

Jake Friend and David Gardner scored two goals each, and Ethan Tuttle and Brady Iovanni scored one apiece, to lead Lunenburg in Friday’s contest. Fayad Bashir scored the lone goal for Ayer Shirley. Dale Linabury and Anthony Firmani played well in net for the Blue Knights.

Girls’ soccer

North Middlesex 6

Tyngsboro 1

Myah Johnson recorded a hat trick, and Molly McFague had two goals and one assist to lead North Middlesex. Also playing well for the Patriots were Raelyn Callahan (goal), Annabelle Corrado (assist), Joanna Chase (assist) and Riley Patenaude (assist).

High school golf

Bay Path 162

Monty Tech 186

Shea Fairbanks recorded the lowest Monty Tech score in Friday’s match with a 41 at Gardner Municipal Golf Course. Monty Tech fell to 1-2, while Bay Path is 2-0.


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