SVC women's soccer edged in NECC semifinals

CHICOPEE, Mass. — The New England Collegiate Conference semifinals have been a hump the Southern Vermont College women's soccer team just hasn't been able to get over.

SVC has made it to that game two out of the three previous seasons, losing both times.

Wednesday was their chance to finally get into the conference finals when they went against Elms, but it wasn't meant to be for the Mountaineers as Elms scored with four minutes left to top SVC, 2-1.

SVC got on the board first and took a lead into halftime after a goal by Taylor Jarosz with the assist from Ashley Blom.

The Mountaineers couldn't hold off Elms in the second half though and a pair of goals, one by Brie Voight and the other from Mackenzie LaRochelle, ended SVC's season.

Mountaineers goalkeeper Melissa Mascari made six saves in the contest, while Blazers goalkeeper Rebecca Molin made two saves.

Masacri finishes her SVC career as one of the best keepers in program history.

She finishes her time as a Mountaineer with an overall record of 37-30-5 and a .549 career winning percentage, breaking the team's all-time mark of .534 set by Thalia Smith (29-25-5).

Mascari also finished with a career goals against average of 1.28 a team record, in addition to SVC's all-time high marks of career wins (37), shutouts (26), and saves (552). Her 0.60 GAA this year was the best ever for a single season as it topped Smith's 1996 mark of 0.92.

The Mountaineers finish the season with a record of 12-5-1 and its .694 winning percentage is the program's best ever.

Information Meeting for Bill Koch League

WOODFORD — The Prospect Mountain Bill Koch Youth Ski League will hold an informational meeting and ski/gear swap for new and returning families on November 11 at 4 p.m. at Prospect Mountain Nordic Center on Route 9 in Woodford.

The ski and gear swap (selling gently used skis, boots, poles and relevant clothing) will start at 4 p.m. in the Lodge, and will be followed by an information meeting about the Bill Koch Youth Ski League at 4:30. The meeting will provide an opportunity for prospective families to learn about the Bill Koch Youth Ski League, a cross country ski program for youth ages 4-13. The program introduces young people to the life-long sport of cross country skiing with all of its recreational, social, fitness and competitive opportunities. The program attracts children and families from nearby communities in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York.

The Prospect Mountain Bill Koch League practices every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Prospect Mountain in Woodford. Practices will begin on December 12 and will run through early March. Interested families attending the meeting on November 11 can register for the Program at that time, and there will be skis, boots and poles available for lease for those participating in Program.

For more information, please contact Katie Swabey at 413-664-7711 or

MAYAA registration

BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony Youth Athletic Association will host a pair of registration nights for its basketball program.

The two in-person registrations will take place on Nov. 7 and Nov. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bennington Elementary School.

The board will be at the registrations for parents to ask questions.

Registration is already online at and will be until Nov. 3. The cost is $40 per child or $70 per family.

MAYAA is for kids from grades 1 to 6.

For more information, contact president Tim Hutton at 802-688-6427.

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