MVRHS sports highlights

Caroline Gazaille races a Needham defender for a loose ball. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Field hockey

The Vineyarders stood at 4-2-1 heading into a home match with Bishop Fenwick of Peabody on Wednesday afternoon.

Coach Lisa Knight’s team got a solid 1-0 away win Monday at Natick. Belle Dining banged in the game-winner six minutes into the second half off a rebound of Kat Dorr’s initial shot. The win over the Red Hawks was welcome relief after a 2-0 loss Saturday at home to powerful Division 1 Needham. The Vineyarders played one Eastern Athletic Conference match in the past week and drew, 0-0, with visiting West Bridgewater on September 19.

The Vineyarders host Nantucket Saturday at 12:30 pm and EAC rival Westport on Tuesday at 3 pm.


The Vineyarders followed up a 247-258 EAC home win over Coyle Cassidy September 19 with successive home defeats. Falmouth topped the Purple 259-269 on Monday at Farm Neck and unbeaten EAC front-runners Bishop Feehan (8-0) beat the hosts 229-258 on Tuesday. Vineyard sophomore Kaitlyn Marchand shot a 41, while Feehan’s Chatfield brothers carded a 36, 36, and 39.

The Vineyarders played a league match Wednesday at Bishop Stang. They play at Coyle Cassidy on Monday and host Cape Tech Wednesday at 3:15 pm.

Cross country

The harriers, girls and boys, bested host Somerset Berkley in an EAC meet on September 18. The girls improved to 2-0 in the EAC with an 18-43 win, while the boys evened up their league record at 1-1 with a 19-41 win.

The Vineyard girls took positions 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. Julia Neville was first in 21:25, followed by Lilly Neville (21:49), Grace Oslyn (23:05), Willow Wunsch (23:23), and Willoe Maynard (23:31). Lucy Norris was eighth (23:48) and Ava Thors ninth (25:26).

Jeremy Alley-Tarter won the boys race in 17:21. Also in the points were Isaiah Maynard (3rd, 17:56); George Sykes (4th, 18:11); Patrick Best (5th, 18:25); and Nate D’Angelo (6th, 18:40). Thorpe Karabees was seventh (18:47), Silas Berlin 11th (19:19) and Galen Mayhew 12th (19:23).

The Vineyarders traveled to Brockton Wednesday and journey Saturday to Derryfield Park in Manchester, N.H. for the annual Manchester Invitational, one of New England’s most prestigious events.

Jayvee football

The Vineyard jayvees lost a hard-fought 13-6 game Monday at Tabor Academy in Marion. Justin Donahue scored on an eight-yard run in the fourth quarter, finishing with 45 yards rushing. He also had seven tackles. Curtis Farrell racked up 75 return yards and 20 yards rushing, while Elijah Matthews had 20 receiving yards on the TD drive, and Ennis Foster caught three passes on the day. Defensively, Lucas Bettencourt had a monster game with nine tackles, including one of the touchdown-saving variety, and a sack. Andre Bernier kept the Vineyard in the game by recovering a fumble in the fourth quarter. Other standouts were Daniel Costello and Chris Vought.