Roundup: Gamberoni's goal with seconds remaining lifts Wahconah over Hoosac Valley and into Western Mass. tournament
Still chasing a postseason spot a year after making the Western Mass. Division III finals, the Warriors booked their postseason ticket when Victoria Gamberoni scored with five seconds left in a 2-1 win over Hoosac Valley.
"I'm proud of them," Wahconah coach Meg Smith said of her team. "They've been working hard and they've been fighting. I'm glad it paid off for them, they deserve it."
The goal capped a wild final four minutes in Dalton. After Johanna Esko put Wahconah (7-6-4, 2-2-3 Berkshire North) up at halftime, Hoosac's Claudia Bresett scored with just under three minutes to play to level things up for the Hurricanes (5-5-5, 1-3-3).
And just when it looked like the game would end in a deadlock, Gamberoni came to the rescue.
The goal was a ricochet, according to Smith. With the ball bouncing around the box in the dying seconds, it came out to Gamberoni, and Gamberoni was able to put the shot on net and set her fans into rapture. Allison Washburn was credited with the assist.
The Hurricanes are left in a perilous position. Needing 16 points to get into the tournament, the Hurricanes only have 15 with one game remaining against Mount Greylock. A draw would put Hoosac into the tournament.
Hoosac 0 1 — 1
Wahconah 1 1 — 2
W — Johanna Esko (Arden McKnight), 15:48.
HV — Claudia Bresett (unassisted), 67:21. W — Victoria Gamberoni (Allison Washburn), 79:55.
Saves — HV: Grace Kronick 3. W: Michaella Moncecchi 9.
Pioneer 6, McCann Tech 0
NORTH ADAMS — The Hornets dropped their final game of the season, leaving the team with a 2-16 record for 2017.
Pioneer scored twice in the first half to take command of the contest, then added four more in the second half for extra insurance.
Sarah Fortini stopped eight shots in the loss.
Pioneer 2 4 — 6
McCann 0 0 — 0
Goals — P: E. Raymond 2, K. Gibson 2, S. Martinez, E. Prulit-Dahl.
Assists — P: Gibson, Raymond, A. Kelton, A. Gries, T. Sadlowski.
Saves — P: Leah Furss 9. MT: Sarah Fortini 8.
Lenox 4, Monson 1
LENOX — The Lenox boys (10-4-3) picked up the season sweep over Monson with an emphatic win.
Matt Heim, Nic Baruch, Ian Laurin and Alex Jordan all scored for the Millionaires, while Mike Abdalla had a pair of assists.
At halftime, Lenox led 2-0.
"For us, this was exactly what the doctor ordered," Lenox coach Matt Cote wrote in an email. "We have talked a lot about how we need to treat every game of this final stretch like a tournament game. We looked sharp in practice yesterday, and we had a great pregame warmup, accompanied by many Lenox Youth Soccer players and their coaches (our first annual Youth Soccer Night). I felt like we absorbed Monson's high early pressure very well, and were able to stick to our gameplan, which included playing hard but clean."
Matt Tibbetts made five stops in the win.
Lenox wraps up its regular season on Monday against Mount Greylock.
Monson 0 1 — 1
Lenox 2 2 — 4
L — Matt Heim (Zi Santos), 21:00. L — Nic Baruch (Ian Laurin), 39:30.
L — Laurin (Mike Abdalla), 45:30. L — Alec Jordan (Abdalla), 47:30. M — Dylan Gunther (Ryan Monaghan), 77:30.
Saves — M: Sam Malo 4. L: Matt Tibbetts 5.
Westfield Tech 3, McCann Tech 0
WESTFIELD — The Hornets wrapped up the regular season with a loss on the road.
Westfield Tech scored twice in the first half to take command of the contest.
The Hornets finish the regular season at 9-5-4.
Devon Griswold had 10 stops for McCann in the loss. The Hornets now turn their sights to the Western Mass. Division IV tournament.
McCann 0 0 — 0
Westfield 2 1 — 3
Saves — WT: N/A 4. MT: Devon Griswold 10.
Ludlow 34, Drury 8
LUDLOW — The Blue Devils fell in their final game of the regular season, leaving Drury with an 0-7 mark going into its two crossover games beginning next week.
No more information was available at press deadline.
Lee 3, Monument Mountain 0
LEE — The Wildcats capped off another undefeated run through Berkshire County by topping the Spartans 25-13, 25-10 and 25-10. Lee is now 16-1 overall, and went 15-0 in the county to claim the Berkshire North crown and a unanimous Berkshire County title.
"We are a formidable force," Lee coach John Warner said. "I expect us to contend in Berkshire County. We've got a pretty scrappy team and a fairly diverse offense this year, and we'll see how far we go."
Surianna Lee had nine assists and two kills for Lee, Bailey Thomas added six kills and three blocks, Ahna Schlaefer had five kills and six digs, and Anna Wang had 20 digs.
For Monument, Ali Hiller had four digs, one kill and five blocks. Alex Troiano chipped in with four digs and two kills, and Alyssa Mack had one ace, one dig, three kills and one block.
Lee wraps up its regular season with a critical Western Mass. Division III game against Frontier. The winner of that game should have the inside track on the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Western Mass. tournament.
Pittsfield 3, East Longmeadow 1
PITTSFIELD — The Generals finished one game short of the postseason, but the team went out on a high with a 14-25, 25-14, 25-15 and 25-19 win on Senior Night.
Senior Danielle LaBlanc had five kills and four digs for PHS, while classmate Anna Quinto had nine kills. Aimee Bouley had 10 kills, and Brennah Brickle had 23 assists.
"They had one really good server that went on a long run, and we lost confidence a little bit," PHS coach Brian Lawton said of the first set and the ensuing turnaround. "We just had to regroup after that first game, and we started playing a lot better. The passing and the offense were great tonight."
Brook Shuttleworth had 11 assists and eight digs for East Longmeadow.
Bridgewater State men 1, MCLA 0
NORTH ADAMS — On Senior Night at Shewcraft Field, visiting Bridgewater spoiled the party with a first-half goal.
Ronaldo Powell scored on a header off a free kick from Zachary Ells to score the winner.
For MCLA (5-11, 2-5 MASCAC), Kamron Anderson stopped four shots.
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