Rangers Fall Sports Teams Ready For Playoff Run

The MHS field hockey, girls volleyball and football teams are all getting ready for state playoff action this week.

The fall sports regular season is winding down to a close for the student athletes at Methuen High School. Now, a trio of teams are preparing to take the next step in the state playoffs.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

The girls volleyball team finished their regular season with a win at home against North Middlesex Regional High School, a team that had lost just twice on the season. The win moved the team to 11-9 after winning four of their last five matches to qualify for the playoffs.

The Rangers finished with four home matches after a grueling 16 straight road matches due to the renovation of MHS’ Larry Klimas Field House. 

The win gave head coach Matt Twomey his 200th win as head coach! Here’s the team with Twomey after the win.

Playoff pairings are out and the Rangers are ranked No. 10 in the Division 1 North bracket. They will play at No. 7 Reading on Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.

“Ranger Nation Radio” broadcasted live from Klimas for the North Middlesex match. Watch it all below.

FIELD HOCKEY

The Rangers finished their regular season with a stellar 12-2-3 record and a MVC2 league title. Claudia Crowe led the Rangers in an amazing year with 23 goals for the year. The team finished off the regular season with a Senior Day 6-2 win over Tewksbury. Crowe had three goals and two assists, while Peyton Petisce, Charlotte Putnam and Kyra Meuse scored the other goals. Piper Hugus had two assists, goalie Izzy Putnam made 23 saves and Kaia Hollingsworth and Megan Melia had strong games for the Rangers.

The team will be the No. 8 seed in the Division 1 North playoffs. And they face a familiar foe in their first game. No. 9 Central Catholic will travel to Nicholson Stadium to face the Rangers on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m.

The Raiders handed Methuen one of their two regular-season losses in a hard-fought battle in Lawrence, a 4-1 loss on Oct. 6.

Here are the team’s seniors — Kaia Hollingsworth, Julia Tardugno, Piper Hugus and Claudia Crowe — with their families.

FOOTBALL 

The Rangers have faced a ton of adversity this season. After a 4-0 start to the year, the team lost both starting QB Connor Bryant and star two-way player Matt Martino to injuries.

Head coach Tom Ryan’s squad finished the season on a three-game losing streak but still made the Division 1 North playoffs as the No. 6 seed. They will travel to Andover Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff against the No. 3-seeded Golden Warriors.

Here are the team’s seniors and the cheerleading team cheerleaders!

For a look at the individual photos of football and cheerleading seniors with their families, check out the post from the MHS Athletic Department on Facebook.