Photo: Volleyball in action.
Field Hockey: Stoneham 2, Belmont 7
With a young defense still making progress as a unified squad, Belmont High School Field Hockey has found a unique approach to winning games while the ‘D’ gets up to speed.
Score goals. Lots of them.
On Friday, Sept. 11, Belmont (2-0-0) defeated host Stoneham, 7-2, scoring a combined 13 goals in its first two games while letting up just the pair.
“I’m happy with how the offense is scoring,” said Belmont Head Coach Jessie Smith.
“It’s always nice to be scoring seven goals a game. Although we played on a grass field which makes the game a bit more messy, the goals were all quite nice,” Smith said, as junior midfield standout AnnMarie Hebalow scored the hat trick with two unassisted goals and a penalty stroke, a brace coming in the first half.
“She took quick, hard shots today that were very effective,” said Smith.
Senior center forward Kerri Lynch scored her fifth goal of the season with the assist from Serena Nally who got on the goal scoring column with an assist from Hebalow. Newcomer Bridget Gardiner finished the five-goal first half with an assist from Kate McCarthy.
Nally got her second goal in the second half with a Habelow assist, as she finished the game with five points.
“Defensively I’m hoping we can step it up a bit,” said Smith. “We need to work on checking our speed, recovering, and moving the ball to the offensive end when we gain control of the ball.
Volleyball: Stoneham 0, Belmont 3
Couture said that in the match the Marauders lost to defending league champions Melrose, 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-8) on Wednesday, Sept. 9, senior captain Katelyn Messer led the front row with 3 kills and 4 blocks.
“She has the power to intimidate opponents by her presence in the front row. Her blocks and powerful kills energize the team,” said Couture.