Martha’s Vineyard routs Westport in field hockey home opener

Katt Dorr tries to fend off a Wildcat. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard varsity field hockey team started off the Eastern Athletic Conference schedule in style with a 7-1 mauling of the Westport Wildcats in the home opener on Tuesday afternoon.

The Vineyarders (2-0-1) wasted little time in taming the ‘Cats, who came into the contest fresh off a solid 3-0 win over Durfee. M.V. struck five times in the first half to lead 5-0 at the break.

Taylor Poggi opened the scoring, with the assist to Kendall Robinson, who set up Katherine Dorr in short order for goal number two.

Dorr returned the favor and passed to Robinson for the third tally. Chantal Booker made it 4-0 and Alex Clark put in the fifth goal. Issy Smith set up both scores.

Westport got on the board early in the second half but the Vineyarders answered quickly when Tayla Kuehne scored from Kendall Robinson. Sydney Davies closed out the scoring, with the assist to Alex Clark.

After the win, coach Lisa Knight hailed her team’s effort. “The team put it all together fundamentally and it was so pretty to watch,” she said. “It was a stellar performance by all, especially Issy Smith, Dana Jacobs, Mary Ollen, and our goalie, Kathryn Antonsson.

“The best part was that we didn’t have any uniforms until the new ones arrived today at 11:22 am. It [the win] was a great way to claim our field today.”

The girls have little time to savor the victory because league powerhouse Bishop Stang comes calling today, Thursday, at 3 pm.

In jayvee action, the Vineyarders tied Westport, 1-1. Gabby Hoxsie scored for M.V.