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High schools: Watson lifts Coe-Brown boys’ lacrosse team to third win


Monitor staff
Friday, May 19, 2017

Every team has faced a similar predicament this spring, but for the Coe-Brown boys’ lacrosse program, which is playing just its third season of varsity lacrosse, the wet weather has been especially trying.

The Bears are trying to develop the chemistry and skills it takes to be a contending crew, but they’ve only had five outdoor practices this season, which makes improving tough. On Friday, however, Coe-Brown showed signs of progress with an 8-4 win against Campbell.

“They are really starting to look like what we expected them to look like at the beginning of the season,” Bears Coach Ryan Hanavan said. “It’s exciting to see.”

Defense led the way for Coe-Brown (3-10), starting with goalie Zach Sheehan, who finished with 14 saves against the Cougars (1-8). He had plenty of help from long stick midfielder Mitchell Wade, who has been an impact player all season. But against Campbell, Wade wasn’t the only Bear wielding an impressive long stick.

The close defensive trio of senior Shane Fillion and sophomores Dominic Cronshaw and Levi White also played well, helping to limit the Cougars to just two goals in the first half and holding them to a scoreless third quarter (Coe-Brown led 4-2 at halftime and 7-2 after three).

Hanavan was happy for Fillion, who played well on Senior Day, and pleased with Cronshaw and White, who have made significant strides over the course of the season.

Offensively, Ben Watson once again paced the Bears with three goals and an assist. Daniel Strum added two goals and an assist for Coe-Brown while Sam Godwin had a goal and an assist. Ben Heyliger and Corban LeBlanc each scored one.

The Bears close out their season on Monday with a trip to Stevens and, “we’re excited for that one, we want to see if we can keep this going,” Hanavan said.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

John Stark 9, Alvirne 6

Key players: John Stark – Noah Bellemore (3 goals, assist), Parker McQuarrie (goal, assist), Drew McQuarrie (goal, assist), Matt Bennetter (goal, assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals were down, 4-2, at the half after a slow start, but used a three-goal run early in the third quarter to take control.

Coach’s quote: “We made that harder than it had to be, but showed character in battling back.” – John Stark’s Howard Roever

Records: John Stark 6-7; Alvirne 2-9

Hopkinton 15, Pelham 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Joe Cullinan (4 goals, 2 assists), Liam Flanagan (3 goals, assist), Henry Yianakopolos (2 goal, 2 assists, 6 groundballs), Jake Tomlinson (2 goals), Prince Mansah (2 goals), Colby Quiet (goal, 2 assists), Gerry Donahue (great defense, goal, 6 forced turnovers, 6 groundballs), Sage Dubois (great defense, 3 forced turnovers, 5 groundballs), Derek Amoth (8 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks led 9-0 after the first and never looked back.

Records: Hopkinton 12-0; Pelham 6-5

Bishop Brady 6,
Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough 4

Key players: Brady – Bryce Johnson (3 goals, 2 assists) Rich Sullivan (2 goals, 2 assists), Colby Garcia (first goal of the season), Craig Newcomb (20 saves)

Highlights/key moments: This Thursday game was tied, 3-3, at the half, but the Green Giants locked down on defense to claim the win.

Coach’s quote: “We played very much under control and that helped us stay out of the box, which has killed us in close games.” – Brady’s Justin Loring

Records: Brady 6-4; IL-M 4-6

Merrimack Valley 10, St. Thomas 8

Key players: MV – Dillon Arrant (2 goals, 2 assists), Max Lacy (goal, assist), Chase Mercier (2 goals, assist), Peyton Russell (2 goals), Matt Jarvis (16 saves), Joshua Farmer (defense), Kyler Farmer (defense), Nick Koufos (defense), Rick Hazeltine (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride turned a 6-5 deficit in the third quarter to a 8-7 lead heading into the fourth.

Coach’s quote: “I could see the intensity and emotion in our players. We could see their hearts pumping on the field.” – MV’s Sean O’Brien

Records: MV 8-4

Kearsarge 7, Plymouth 5

Key players: Kearsarge – Justin Norris (2 goals), Colton Wihelm (2 goals), Leland Heckel (goal, assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars turned a 3-3 tie at halftime into a 5-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Records: Kearsarge 11-2; Plymouth 10-2

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Concord 17, Keene 6

Key players: Concord – Becca Proulx (6 goals), Delana Erickson (4 goals), Christina Soule, Nicole Toler, Jess Nelson, Madysen Audet, Olivia Painchaud, Emily Forward

Highlights/key moments: Proulx scored her 100th career goal as the Crimson Tide rolled to the win at home.

Coach’s quote: “The team played really well today, there were a lot of great transitions with everyone contributing to the win.” – Concord’s Steph Johnson

Records: Concord 7-5, Keene 1-11

Kingswood 19, Merrimack Valley 4

Key players: MV – Talia Dinger (3 goals), Ellie Acquilano (goal), Brittany Leonard (12 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride lost its sixth straight while Kingswood picked up its third win in a row.

Records: Kingswood 6-6; MV 3-8

John Stark 8, Windham 6

Key players: John Stark – Jillian Douzanis (3 goals), Lexi Knapton (2 goals, 2 assists, 5 draws), Sam Porter (10 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals secured a 4-2 lead at halftime, but Windham came out hard and scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter for a 5-4 lead. Knapton tied it and Douzanis scored her third of the game to take the lead with 10 minutes remaining, but the Jaguars tied it up with five minutes. Piper MacLean scored the game-winner off a free position with less than four minutes to play. Hannah Chartier provided the insurance goal.

Coach’s quote: “The girls really competed today. This was a huge win for us, our first ever over Windham, and it really helps our position in the playoffs.” – John Stark’s John Warner

Records: John Stark 9-3; Windham 10-6

Hopkinton 14, Pelham 8

Key players: Hopkinton – Amelia Bassett (6 goals, 3 draw controls), Taylor Signor (3 goals, 2 assists), Lyndon Flanagan (goal, 4 assists), Hannah Wood (2 goals, 2 assists), Ellie Morrall (goal, 2 assists), Chloe Wood (goal), Elizabeth Berliner (8 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Sofie Locke, Morrall and Signor helped the Hawks pick up their fifth win in six games.

Records: Hopkinton 9-3; Pelham 9-2

Bow 12, Laconia 8

Key players: Bow – Taylor Darrell (8 goals, 2 assists), Charlotte Ulrich, Maggie Vogt, Olivia Krause, Julia Landcastle

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons ran their winning streak to nine straight and became the first Division III team to beat Laconia, the two-time defending champs, this year.

Coach’s quote:

Records: Bow 11-1, Laconia 10-3

BOYS’ TENNIS

Concord 7, Hanover 2

Key players: Concord – Aidan Connor (8-6 win at No. 1 singles), Sebastian Hart-Meyer (8-1 win at No. 3), Kevin Neary (8-3 win at No. 5), Ethan Crandlemire (8-2 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: With playoff seeding on the line, the Crimson Tide got its best win of the season. Connor built a 6-1 lead at No. 1 and withstood a furious rally from Noah Borrel to hang on for the 8-6 win. Connor and Adam Bryant won, 8-4, at first doubles, Hart-Meyer and Matt Chorlian won, 9-7, at second doubles, and Neary and Anders Norton completed the doubles sweep with an 8-1 win.

Records: Concord 10-4, Hanover 9-4

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Concord 9, Londonderry 0

Key players: Concord – Alexandra Killinger (8-3 win at No. 1 singles), Rebecca Cistulli (8-0 win at No. 2), Abigail Pope (8-0 win at No. 3), Sabrina Hart-Meyer (9-7 win at No. 4), Emma Pedersen (8-3 win at No. 5), Lidia Yen (8-2 win at No. 6).

Highlights/key moments: Hart-Meyer clinched the win with her singles decision and then teamed up with Pope for an 8-5 win at second doubles. Cistulli and Killinger won, 8-0, at first doubles and Bailey Jackson and Lauren Mullen won, 8-2, at third doubles.

Coach’s quote: “Good to end the regular season on a strong high note as we head into the quarterfinals next Wednesday.” – Concord’s P.J. Cistulli

Records: Concord 10-4; Londonderry 2-12

Bow 8, Conant 1

Key players: Nandita Kasireddy (8-0 win at No. 1), Clair Mulvaney (8-5 win at No. 2), Isabella Urbina (8-3 win at No. 3), Gwen Molind (8-1 win at No. 4), Lara Chern (8-3 win at No. 5), Emma Conley (8-3 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: Molind and Urbina won the No. 2 doubles match, 8-6. Mulvaney and Conley won No. 3 doubles, 8-1.

Records: Bow 14-0; Conant 8-6