Fall Sports Recap and Postseason Primer

As of October 30th, two Fall Sports teams at Hanover High School have had their seasons come to an end.  One begins its post-season on Halloween night and another on that very afternoon. Some are past the regular season but not yet done. Other team playoffs may begin Sunday. Here is a brief recap:

Field Hockey- The Field Hockey team had one loss in regular season play and spent a good portion of the season undefeated. Their lone loss came against Duxbury. They had a couple ties and played incredibly well every game this year. Seniors Amy Leonard, Hannah McCorkell, Aly Higgins, Madison Milligan, and Molly McMahon

Erika Nelson and Field hockey might be fall sports best chance at some type of title
Erika Nelson and Field hockey might be fall sports best chance at some type of title

have led a talented crew of juniors and sophomores on and off the field. The team opens up playoffs on Halloween afternoon  versus an unpredictable Dedham Marauders squad at the HHS Turf. Dedham comes out of a league of much bigger, better schools and their record is never indicative of their true ability. Still, under longtime coach Judy Schneider, “Fockey” has a great chance to make a deep tournament run.

Cross Country- The Cross Country team had a solid season. The Girls and Boys programs faced mixed results meet by meet in a tough Patriot League. Coached by the spirited Tim Brown, Senior boys Alex O’Dowd, Ernie Meads and Tim Good have been top runners for 4 years now and plan to finish the season strong. They are supplemented by Steve Griffin, Kenny Croke and Bryan Connors, who run hard and help lead the rest of the boys group. Christina Nee, Erin  Smith, Gina Carbone and the girls group have had lots of good races. They are capable of making noise down the stretch. They are coached by the most gregarious and ebullient guy at Hanover High, Kevin Perry, and the team receives important contributions from their underclassmen. The teams have an invitational meet this weekend followed by the State meet on the next weekend.

Football- The Gridiron Gang has had very successful season thus far.

Indians will have to trek down to Middleboro on Halloween night for their 1st playoff game
Indians will have to trek down to Middleboro on Halloween night for their 1st playoff game

They come into the MIAA D4 South playoffs with a well deserved 5-2 record. After a 26-0 drubbing at the hands of Middleboro during homecoming weekend, a game where they were thoroughly outplayed, the Indians now have to make the trip down to Middleboro for a first round rematch. Hopefully coming in with a fresh mindset and new game plan, the Indians have the ability to win some revenge. Win or lose, I believe the team with face the team who had a similar fate to them in the Apponequet (Lakeville & Freetown)- Dennis-Yarmouth game. The football playoff is different in that you keep playing even after initial elimination. Hanover may end up playing two teams twice. The seniors have been outstanding this year and there are too many to list, they have all contributed in some shape or form. Seamus Boutin’s scoring, Steve Cockey’s toughness, and Mike McLeod’s leadership come to mind. In his 2nd year as coach, Chris Landolphi has produced great results throughout the program this fall.

Girls Soccer- The Girls team may not have seen the success they would’ve liked in the regular season. but they made tournament and have a clean slate to work with. They start off with a long bus ride down to Old Rochester Regional. Hana Chahid, Steph Spitz, Holly Welch, Sarah Miller, and Sydney Lambert have kept spirits up on the team and provided good play on the pitch. The team also receives a lot of underclassmen help. After being battle-tested in the regular season, the girls have the ability to pull off a similar feat to last year’s team. In his first year, Mike Fraser took a moderately inexperienced group back to the tourney.

Boys Soccer- Andrew Zwart’s vocalness and Jack Phelan’s incredible work ethic have led the Indians through a great regular season. Joe Ferrarini, John O’Sullivan, Jason Gallagher, Joe Maguire, and Zach MacArthur have all been leaders in the way they carry themselves and the way they compete. The team will play a familiar foe, the Rockland Bulldogs. In the 8-9 match up, Hanover will travel over to Rockland. Rockland is a team Hanover should be 2-0 against but are in fact 0-1-1. The first game Hanover lost 1-0 at Rockland despite battling hard, they just couldn’t score. Then on senior day, Hanover held Rockland without a scoring bid but again could not find the back of the net in a 0-0 tie. Now, they will have to step up and adjust  after a key player became lost for two games to a suspension due to two yellow cards in a match. The team has battled every team they played and has a chance to make a lot of noise in the D3 South bracket if they can finish their chances and stay resilient on defense.  Coach Steve Rodday has pushed the team to reach its potential this season and his intensity has trickled down to the players, returning them to postseason play after a one-year hiatus.

Golf- The Golf team had a spectacular season, finishing with a record of 15-1. It is the best season maybe ever for the Golf team, certainly the best in recent years. Their only loss was to Duxbury toward the end of the year. In MIAA South Sectional, the team played well. They came in 4th, which was one spot shy of moving on and although the team played well, no individuals qualified either. Seniors Tyler Powers and Sophie Morrill led the way and both are expecting to play college golf.

Volleyball– The Volleyball team’s 4-11 league record doesn’t show OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhow competitive the squad really was. Led by senior captains Katie Hussey, Maranda Grant and Emily Lawrence, the team put up a fight throughout the season, often competing against larger schools.  Top servers included Hussey and juniors Caroline O’Rourke and Emily Hennessey. Junior Emma Hardy played well as the libero, a defensive specialist. Juniors Hennessy and Kylie Chetwynde combined with sophomores Megan Raab and Megan Dixon as fearsome hitters and blockers in the front row. With 8 varsity players potentially returning, and a promising crop of JV and freshman players, the team expects to make a powerful showing next season.

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  1. In an early version of this article, we stated that Golf Coach Jay Durfee was leaving HHS. According to Athletic Director Scott Hutchison, that information was not correct. We have eliminated the error and apologize for the confusion.

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