Granville sports round-up, Sept. 16, 2021

Horde boys drop soccer opener

By Keith Harrington

Granville boys traveled to Hadley-Luzerne to open the soccer season against a solid Eagles squad hoping to begin on a positive note, with former Golden Horde coach Jay Condon back on the sideline working to help put Granville back on the Adirondack League soccer map. Condon’s team jumped out to an early lead but Hadley-Luzerne rallied for a 4-1 win.

Things looked promising for the Golden Horde early on. Christian Stevens scored for Granville at the 33:21 mark to give his team a 1-0 advantage.

The Eagles responded less than six minutes later when Mason Conklin converted a Evan Kader pass to tie the game.

Hadley-Luzerne then took control. Colby Hanna gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead when his shot found the back of the net with 19:02 remaining in the half.

Connor Moulton scored his first of two goals off a Conklin assist with 7:16 to go before the break. Moulton scored his second goal with 12:11 to play to provide the final margin of victory.

Zack Caldwell had five saves for Hadley-Luzerne. Caden Powers was busy as he was forced to stop 23 shots for the Golden Horde.

Hadley-Luzerne is 2-0, 2-0. Granville is 0-1, 0-1.

Horde romps in field hockey opener

By Keith Harrington

You know your team’s season opener was successful when the stat sheet is so full it would take too long to write everything in an email, so you just send a picture of the scorebook. That was the case for Granville field hockey coach Katie Barber last Friday.

The Golden Horde, co-champs of the Adirondack-Wasaren League during the Fall II season, opened their fall campaign in impressive fashion as they cruised past host Gloversville, 9-0.

“Too many stats to write. Just going to send you a picture of the book,” Barber said when sending in the result.

The veteran coach wasn’t kidding. Nine goals on 28 shots. Five different scorers. Six different players handing out assists. Two goalies combining on a shutout. It was a total team effort.

Barber’s squad has had to battle some adversity with injuries and illness during the preseason, not to mention losing some key parts of the team through graduation, but it didn’t show.

Melissa Beaver scored three goals for a hat trick, while Raegan Swain and Alyssa Martindale tallied twice each in the Granville romp.

The Golden Horde led 5-0 at the half on Beaver’s three goals and two from Swain.

Swain got Granville on the scoreboard at the 14:07 mark of the first quarter. Beaver scored her first of the afternoon to make it 2-0 at the 7:37 mark. Swain scored again just a minute and a half later to give the Golden Horde a 3-0 after the first quarter.

Beaver closed out her three-goal effort in the second. She scored her second goal of the contest with 11:29 to go in the half. Beaver tallied her final goal with 2:08 remaining.

Martindale scored her two goals in the second half. Gemma Castillo, and Ann Koutrakos also scored third-period goals.

Castillo also had a pair of assists. Swain, Catherine Gould, Emmalena Breault, Natalie Williams and Taylor Hoyt also had helpers.

The Golden Horde held a 28-2 shots-on-goal advantage.

Kalyn Gould and Megan Hover combined for the shutout in goal. Gould stopped one shot and Hover two.

Aaron Mcduffie had 20 saves for Gloversville.

Granville is 1-0. Gloversville 0-1.

Granville splits pair in field hockey

By Keith Harrington

Granville’s Lauren Bascom battles an Emma Willard player for the ball. (Photo by Kim Bascom)

After an impressive opening game win over Gloversville, Granville’s field hockey team took on a pair of Adirondack-Wasaren League foes last week, facing off with host Hoosick Falls in a rematch of the Fall II season league co-championship, and battling Emma Willard on a neutral field.

Against Hoosick Falls on Wednesday the Panthers avenged a late-season spring loss by rolling over Granville, 6-0.

The Golden Horde played Hoosick Falls even in the first quarter but the three-goal second period by the Panthers proved to be the difference.

“It was a tough game,” said Granville coach Katie Barber. “We looked solid defensively in the first quarter. And then we got down on ourselves.”

Emma McCart, Ava Kasulinous and Lyric Kriner scored in a four-minute span to give Hoosick Falls a comfortable halftime advantage.

McCart opened the second half with two more goals to complete her hat trick and Jania Harris added a fourth-quarter goal.

Kriner, Tatum Hickey, Gwyn Vincent and Mackenzie Powers had assists for the Panthers.

Marissa Landry had one save in goal to earn the shutout for Hoosick Falls. Kalyn Gould started in goal for Granville and recorded six saves. Megan Decker came on for the Golden Horde and stopped nine shots.

Hoosick Falls moved to 1-0, 1-0. Granville fell to 0-1, 1-1.

Things went much better for Granville on Saturday as they blanked Emma Willard, 4-0, at Black Horse Stadium in Schuylerville.

Granville used a first-quarter goal to lead 1-0 at the half, then pulled away over the final two periods.

The Golden Horde scored at the 10:03 mark of the first period on a Haylie Barber goal, with an assist from Katie McEachron.

In the third McEachron scored off a pass from Raegan Swain at the 12:56 mark to give Granville a 2-0 advantage. With 4:22 to play in the third Raegan Swain scored to extend the lead to 3-0. Barber sent a pass across the circle to Melissa Beaver who deflected it to Swain, who banged it home.

Ashley Pratt scored on a breakaway in the fourth period to give the Golden Horde a fourth goal.

“Rachel Beaver had a great scoop that led to the breakaway,” Barber said.

Granville held a 12-3 shots-on-goal advantage.

Megan Decker recorded the shutout in goal for the Golden Horde with three saves.

Granville raised its mark to 1-1, 2-1. Emma Willard is 0-1, 0-1.

Horde girls snap soccer losing streak

By Keith Harrington

Granville goalie Kiera Rice punts the ball after makin ga save against North Warren. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

The Granville girls soccer team snapped a losing streak with a victory over North Warren, 2-1, on Thursday.

 On their home pitch, Granville played a nearly perfect first half before fading in the second 40 minutes, holding off the Cougars to claim a 2-1 Adirondack League win.

It was the first win for a Granville girls soccer team since the 2018 season. The Golden Horde went winless in 2019 and in the recent Fall II campaign. Most of the team’s seniors had never tasted victory during their varsity careers.

It was also the first win under new coach Cathy Kilby.

The teams played evenly for most of the first half before the Golden Horde struck first. Senior Hannah Ingleston converted a pass from sophomore Alyssa Welner to give the Golden Horde a 1-0 lead. The speedy and skilled duo gave the Cougars fits all day long. The early goal was a huge momentum boost for Granville.

“I told them to score first and score often,” Kilby commented after the match. “We didn’t score often, but we scored enough.”

Granville took a 2-0 lead when Ingleston made one of her patented runs down the right wing and blasted a screamer into the net to cushion the Golden Horde lead before the break.

“The first half was amazing,” Kilby said. “The second was good, but we stopped communicating.”

North Warren was late for the game and had to warm up quickly, maybe explaining their slow start. But the Cougars started to show signs of life in the second half.

Granville’s Aspen Williams looks to clear the ball against North Warren. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

After controlling possession for a large portion of the half, North Warren finally was able to put a shot in the back of the net. Nicole Buckman split the Granville defense, dribbled in on Golden Horde goalie Kiera Rice and placed one between Rice’s fingertips and the crossbar to make it 2-1.

The Cougars had two great chances late in the contest. The first one came on a direct kick after a foul from 25 yards out, straight on the net. Rice handled the shot with relative ease. Rice also was forced to stop a shot at point blank range in the final two minutes to preserve the win.

Both Rice and North Warren goalie Ruth Briar put on a display of outstanding goalkeeping all afternoon.

Kilby was very pleased with the performance of Rice.

“She’s awesome. Just a 10th grader,” Kilby said.

Kilby credited Briar with keeping the Cougars in the game.

“She’s a good goalie. We could have scored a lot more without that goalie,” Kilby said. “We had to run at her, so she didn’t have free run. We gave her the whole box to run in. There were a lot of times that we did not crash the goal.”

Aspen Williams anchored the middle of the Granville defense, while Laura Arnhold helped control the midfield.

Granville raised its mark to 1-1 on the season. North Warren fell to 0-2.

On Tuesday the Golden Horde was on the  short end as Lake George rolled to their 56th straight Adirondack League win with a shutout at Granville, 7-0, in the league opener.

Lake George led 3-0 at the half and scored four more goals in the second half.

Lila Frasier and Samantha Gorey did all the work on offense for the Warriors. Frasier scored four times and Gorey chipped in a hat trick of her own.

Gorey also had a pair of assists.

Alivia Dean had two saves for Lake George and Alexandra Cavalier one as they combined for the shutout.

Rice had nine saves for Granville.

Horde golfers upset Lake George, 3-2

By Keith Harrington

After a successful Fall II sports season in the spring, Granville golf coach Justin Nassivera wanted to see his team close the gap between the Golden Horde and Adirondack League powers Hadley-Luzerne and Lake George. Last week half of Nassivera’s mission was accomplished.

On Wednesday at Skene Valley Country Club in Whitehall, Granville nipped Lake George 3-2 to upset one of the league’s upper-echelon teams.

“Lake George is always at the top of our league in golf,” Nassivera said.

Logan Harrington, Nathan Williams and Liam Farrell picked up wins in match play to lead the Golden Horde.

Harrington edged Lake George’s Christian Siletti 4-3. Williams defeated the Warriors’ Kyle Casabonne, 3-2. Farrell topped Anthony Halliday 3-1.

“Freshman Liam Farrell won the deciding match at the number five spot,” Nassivera added.

Lake George got match wins from Zach Bruno and Aidan Cardinale.

Bruno earned medalist honors for the match with a 42.

Granville moved to 3-0 with the win. Lake George fell to 0-1.

Fresh off that huge upset win, Granville kept rolling the following day , easily handling North Warren 5-0 in Adirondack League play at Skene Valley Country Club.

Andrew Rathbun, Logan Harrington, Nathan Williams, Ethan Martelle and Liam Farrell all picked up wins for the Golden Horde.

Rathbun shot a 45 to earn medalist honors.

Rathbun defeated the Cougars’ Wyatt Jennings, 1-up. Harrington slipped past Myles Walker 1-up. Williams edged Peyton Robbins, 2&1.  Martelle and Farrell both won their matches 4&3.

Granville is now 4-0 on the season. North Warren is 1-1.

Granville loses in volleyball

By Keith Harrington

After a 3-10 campaign during the Fall II sports season in the spring the Granville volleyball team opened the season at home last Wednesday against Lake George, traditionally one of the top teams in the Adirondack League, and they showed why against the Golden Horde as they rolled to a 3-0 win.

Set scores were 25-8, 25-7, 25-12,

Ella Fox led Lake George with 11 service points, eight aces, three kills and three digs. Shannon Starratt contributed 10 service points, two aces and five assists. Evelyn Burke also had a stellar match for the Warriors, recording 11 assists, nine service points and three aces.

For Granville, Sydney Liebig had two digs, one ace and two service points. Lilly Strout added one kill, one block and three service points. Sierra Braymer chipped in one kill and three digs.

Lake George is 1-0. Granville is 0-1.