Ahola, Raider field hockey advance

Payton Ahola (17), who secured a goal and an assist, fights off a defender and drives the ball towards the cage late in the first half.

By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Following a 10-7-1 regular season, the Dover-Sherborn varsity field hockey team was awarded the No. 15 seed in Division II South.

Maeve Keene (10) fires a shot on cage late in the first half.

Maeve Keene (10) fires a shot on cage late in the first half.

Last Wednesday, the Lady-Raiders opened up their 2018 postseason with a 3-1 preliminary round victory against Plymouth South.

After a scoreless first half that saw DS carry the majority of the play, senior captain Haley Gladstone got the Raiders on the board with 29:19 to play by firing home the rebound of a shot by Abigail Gramer to put DS ahead, 1-0.

With 17:40 remaining, Emma Goodness doubled DS’s lead by tipping a shot from Payton Ahola on a penalty corner attempt to make it a 2-0 game. Ahola notched her second point of the contest moments later with 8:39 to play when the junior flew in on a fast break, dangled a pair of defenders, and smacked home the dagger with a wicked shot into the back left corner of the net to make it 3-0.

DS senior captain Haley Gladstone (3) puts on the breaks and cuts back to the middle midway through the first quarter.

DS senior captain Haley Gladstone (3) puts on the breaks and cuts back to the middle midway through the first quarter.

Plymouth got one back with 7:43 to play to make it 3-1, but the Raiders bunkered down defensively and thwarted any sort of legitimate opportunity to come away with the two-goal victory.

On Friday, DS dropped a 2-0 heartbreaker at No. 2 Dennis-Yarmouth in the first round.

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