FIELD HOCKEY

Dennis-Yarmouth 2, Falmouth 0

Monday, Sep. 9, 2013, at South Yarmouth

Max Allen has done it again for the Dennis-Yarmouth field hockey team. He — yes, he — shut Falmouth down on Monday, making five saves to propel the No. 3 Dolphins to a 2-0 home win. Dennis-Yarmouth (2-0) beat No. 15 Hingham, 5-0, in a game that also featured five saves from Allen to open its season last Wednesday. “It’s not just him,” Dolphins coach Mary O’Connor said of her junior netminder. “The entire defense has done well. He had five saves, but our defense did a great job stopping Falmouth before they got to him.” As for Allen’s gender, O’Connor said it’s not much of an issue with other teams at this point. “It is what it is. He loves the sport and he’s doing it for all the right reasons,” O’Connor said, later adding Allen is a very skilled netminder. “He’s very knowledgeable, he’s flexible, he’s quick, which obviously you need a goalie that’s quick. He’s very good at helping the defenders in front of him.” At the other end of the field, junior forward Sarah Hollister scored an unassisted tally off the goalie’s pads about seven minutes into the first half to put Dennis-Yarmouth up 1-0. Senior forward Jess Benoit doubled the lead before halftime when she finished a well-placed cross from Hollister. “She really played outstanding today,” O’Connor said of Hollister, who is just two games into her varsity career. “She was all over the field.” The Dolphins are off to another strong start a year after their 16-3-1 campaign ended abruptly in the South semifinals with a loss to Walpole. “Last year was great,” O’Connor said, “but each year is different. The one thing about this team in practice and in the past two games is they don’t back down. They are hard-working kids. Even in practice, they want to do well, so they push themselves and they push each other, which is great.”

 

Updated: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 9:23 p.m.

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