In its first playoff game in three years, the Bourne field hockey team was going to make the most of its appearance in the postseason.
As the 13th seed in the Division 2 South Sectional tournament, the Canalmen drew South Coast Conference Small Division rival Seekonk, the 20th seed, in the preliminary round. And much like their two previous meetings, it was a tightly contested match with a win-or-go-home mentality on the windblown Jackson Field.
The Canalmen were 2-0 against the Warriors in the regular season, winning both games by a score of 1-0. On Wednesday, October 30, the only difference the third time around was the team on the winning end. After playing to a 1-1 tie in regulation, Seekonk advanced by scoring with 2:35 left in the 7-on-7 overtime to dash Bourne’s playoff dreams, 2-1.
Bourne fell behind, 1-0, in the first three minutes of action — perhaps due to some pregame jitters. Fourteen minutes later, however, the Canalmen shook off the nerves and responded with a game-tying goal. Emily Strojny provided the heroics, aided by Julia Elicier to knot the game at one apiece.
“[Julia] split the defense and laid it off to [Emily], who buried the shot,” head coach Mike Massmann said.
The game stayed deadlocked at 1-1 through halftime and deep into the overtime period before Seekonk won in the sudden-death situation.
Despite the loss, Massmann said they had consistent offensive pressure throughout the game — especially in the second half when his team had 12 penalty corner opportunities.
“We just couldn’t find the back of the net,” he said.
Even in overtime he noted the presence of the offense, but added that the Warriors’ goalie made two big saves in the extra period.
Seekonk advances to play fifth-seeded Cohasset (13-4-1) Friday, November 1 at 3:30 PM.
Bourne 4, Fairhaven 0
Not only did the Canalmen score a shutout win in their regular season finale, but secured an undefeated season in the South Coast Conference Small Division.
Visiting the Blue Devils on Friday, October 25, Bourne was led by Strojny’s two-goal performance as the team wrapped up the SCC Small title and a spot in the Division 2 South Sectional tournament—both firsts under Mike Massmann.
Strojny’s goals put the Canalmen up early, 2-0, and the lead carried into halftime. Nearly seven minutes into the second half Mary Schmitt made it a three-goal lead before Elicier gave the game the final score later in the second half.
Elicier assisted on both of Strojny’s goals while Aaysham Tahir assisted on Elicier’s goal.
Bourne 2, Wareham 2
Trailing late in their home finale, the Canalmen salvaged a tie with a last-minute goal.
Hosting the Vikings on Thursday, October 24, Hannah Greene scored with just under three minutes to play to knot the game at two apiece. Wareham jumped out in front, 1-0, early in the first half before Sophie Stowe tied the game, 1-1, with 12:30 left before halftime.
Massmann noted the strong play of Taylor McCarthy, Phoebe Medeiros, Sam Rathburn, JJ Rodrigues and Schmitt in a game where Bourne out-cornered Wareham 20-2.
Bourne (9-7-3, 6-0-3 SCC-Small) completed its season and will look to build off a strong year in 2020.