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Boys’ high schools: Rebuilding Tide open season with 13-4 win over Manchester Central

  • Concord's Eaton Tarbell (44) looks down field during Friday's boys' lacrosse game at Memorial Field in Concord on April 13, 2018. Concord defeated Manchester Central, 13-4. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Concord's Max Van Fleet (89) carries the ball during Friday's boys' lacrosse game at Memorial Field in Concord on April 13, 2018. Concord defeated Manchester Central, 13-4. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Concord's Jeffrey Emmons (85) makes a pass during Friday's boys' lacrosse game at Memorial Field in Concord on April 13, 2018. Concord defeated Manchester Central, 13-4. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Concord's Brendan Pearl (91) pushes forward during Friday's boys' lacrosse game at Memorial Field in Concord on April 13, 2018. Concord defeated Manchester Central, 13-4. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Concord's Noah Fye (77) looks down field during Friday's boys' lacrosse game at Memorial Field in Concord on April 13, 2018. Concord defeated Manchester Central, 13-4. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Concord High boys’ lacrosse co-captain Spencer Burgess hasn’t experienced a team like this before.

Burgess is a three-sport athlete at Concord High and is approaching the end of his senior year. In that time, he’s experienced different team dynamics from football to hockey to lacrosse.

But after graduating 11 seniors from last year’s boys’ lacrosse team and missing a few would-be returners who stepped away this year, Burgess and fellow returning starters Jack Diaz and Brendan Pearl have found themselves leading a team laden with young talent.

After taking a 13-4 win over Manchester Central in their season opener on Friday, Burgess came out of the game feeling more confident in what this inexperienced group can do.

“Things felt better than I expected, actually,” he said. “As the game went on, it got better and better. We were tight at first, a little nervous, but it was evident by the way our offense and defense played that as the game went on we created more looks.”

The Tide (1-0) finished 11-7 last season and reached the quarterfinals. It’s a completely different team this year with half of the roster totally new to Concord’s program. Through their first practices to preseason scrimmages and now in the regular season, Concord is focusing on one game at a time. That sounds cliché for most teams, but in this case it makes sense with many players learning the game and coach Jeff Smith’s system.

“You’ve just got to see what they know and see what they don’t, see what works,” said Smith, now in his sixth season coaching the Tide. “Every kid is different and can help in different areas. It’s fun for the coaching staff because that’s the challenge.”

Concord was given its first challenge in live action Friday when Central struck first less than four minutes into the game. The Tide responded with back-to-back goals by Pearl and freshman middie Sam Nichols, who finished with a team-high four goals plus an assist in his high school debut.

Concord added three more in the second quarter and Central got one back 1:26 before halftime to make it 5-2.

That was as close as the Little Green could get as Concord mounted a 6-1 run in the fourth quarter to pull away, as the Tide led 11-3 heading into the fourth.

Noah Fye scored three goals for the Tide and Pearl had two goals and five assists to lead the team with seven points. Burgess (2 goals), Jeff Emmons (2 assists), Eaton Tarbell (goal) and Max Van Fleet (goal) contributed scoring. Eddy Kalukiewicz made 10 saves in net.

Van Fleet’s goal was unique as it was the only one scored from a long pole on Friday. After gathering the ball in Concord’s end, the defender raced the length of the field toward Central’s crease and bounced one in the net.

Alex Marceau, a Concord grad now playing lacrosse in his freshman year at Division II Merrimack, was second in scoring last year for the Tide as a long pole. Smith gave Marceau free reign to be creative offensively last year, and the coach said it rubbed off on some of the younger players.

“The young guys learned a lot of fun stuff from him,” Smith said. “I saw Max do that in some preseason games, too. He’ll run down and shoot. You never see goalies warming up with long poles, so if you get a good look, take a shot.”

The main focus for Concord this season is developing the underclassmen and setting a new foundation for the team to grow going forward. Burgess also believes it could be a more competitive season than what is usually expected of a rebuilding team.

“Right now a lot of it is teaching the new guys and setting them up to grow the program in the future,” he said. “But I think with the guys we’ve got, we can be a competitive team. There’s no reason to count this season out.”

(Nick Stoico can be reached at nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Hopkinton 8, Monadnock 2

Key players: Hopkinton – Jake Tomlinson (3 goals), Colby Quiet (2 goals, 1 assist, 7 faceoff wins, 10 ground balls), Paul Molnar (2 goals, 1 assist), Corey Breault (goal), Gerry Donahue (great defense, 11 ground balls, 8 forced turnovers), Kiernan Byrne (great defense, 6 forced turnovers), Alex Rousseau (14 saves, 87.5 save percentage)

Highlights/key moments: Hopkinton took an early lead, making it 3-0 after the first quarter and 7-0 at half. Pressure defense, long possessions and some great saves made the difference for the Hawks.

Coach’s quote: “We were really clicking today on both ends of the field. The game was fast paced and very back and forth but we kept our heads about us and played well in transition.” – Hopkinton’s Deacon Blue

Records: Hopkinton 2-0; Monadnock 0-1

Coe-Brown 8, Gilford 6

Key players: Coe-Brown – Zac Sheehan (11 saves), Mitchell Wade (anchored defense, assist), Cole Hodgdon (5 goals), Ben Watson (goal, brilliant fourth quarter), Jacob Radwan (3 assists, goal), Cal Welch (game-opening goal)

Highlights/key moments: It was tight throughout, but Coe-Brown pulled out the road win with a good fourth quarter.

Coach’s quote: “The team’s focus and energy steadily improved as the game went on. It was a great team effort on both sides of the field.” – Coe-Brown’s Tony DePalma

Records: Coe-Brown 1-1; Gilford 0-2

BASEBALL

Bishop Guertin 6, Concord 3

Key players: Concord – Sean McDonough (4 IP, 1 H, 2 K), Jacob Knowles (2-RBI single, defense), Kurtis Stadnicki (2 hits, double), Griffin Gilbert (RBI single), Zach Morrissey (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Concord scored two runs in the top of the third, but Bishop Guertin answered with six in the bottom half to pull away. Concord got one back in the seventh and had the tying run at the plate but came up short.

Coach’s quote: “Great relief pitching by Sean today to keep us in the game. We struck out 14 times today. We need to get back to work.” – Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: BG 3-0; Concord 2-1

John Stark 2, ConVal 1

Key players: Stark – Brett Patnode (7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 10 K, W; double, run), Aaron Robertson (2-for-4, RBI, defense), Noah Greene (1-for-3, RBI), Ben Stogner (1-for-2, BB, run)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals scored a run in each of the first two innings and Patnode made it stand up for the win at home.

Coach’s quote: “Very good baseball game today. ConVal is an excellent defensive team and took many hits away from us. Fortunately Brett was on his game today. Definitely the best I have ever seen him pitch, but then again, he’s only a sophomore.” – Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: Stark 2-0; ConVal 1-1

Coe-Brown 9, Kingswood 3

Key players: Coe-Brown – Luke McCusker (6 IP, 8 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 0 R), Jacob Rich (3 hits), Brady Johnson (3 hits)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears held a 3-0 lead before breaking things open with six runs in the top of the seventh. Brendan Eaton triggered the rally with a two-run single with the bases loaded.

Records: Coe-Brown 1-1; Kingswood 0-1

Bow 10, Lebanon 3

Key players: Bow – Steven Guerrette (5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 K, W), Christian McDonald (3 hits, double) Levi McAllister (2 hits, double), Matt Hamilton (2 hits), Connor Blandini (2 hits), Ben Guertin (2 hits)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons scored a single run in the first, two in the second and broke things open with a five-run fourth inning to make it 8-0. Jack Corriveau added a solo home run in the fifth and Nick Kiah pitched two innings of relief.

Coach’s quote: “Great first start for Steven on the mound today.” – Bow assistant coach Chris Vaughn

Records: Bow 2-0; Lebanon 1-1

Sanborn 4, Merrimack Valley 1

Key players: MV – Brian Nylen (5 IP, 1 ER), Caleb Heath (1 IP, 0 R), Chase Keyser (2- for-2, first varsity hits), Griffin Wheeler (first varsity hit).

Highlights/key moments: MV jumped out to 1-0 lead in the first as Braedon Miller stole home on the back end of a double steal. Nylen scattered five hits, but the Pride committed four errors leading to three unearned runs.

Coach’s quote: “We are not good enough to allow teams extra outs. We have to tighten things up defensively or it’s going to be a long season.” – MV’s Sean Wheeler

Records: MV 0-2; Sanborn 1-1

Plymouth 4, Pembroke 3

Key players: Pembroke – Jared Murray (6 IP; 1-for-2, reached base all four times)

Highlights/key moments: Plymouth broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a walk, bunt, error and base hit. The Spartans answered by loading the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh, but they could only push across one run.

Records: Pembroke 0-2; Plymouth 1-1

Pelham 8, Laconia 6

Key players: Laconia – Thomas Turpin (2-for-4), Ryan Dee (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 doubles), Jack Maher (2-for-4), Ryan McCrea (2 RBI, hit)

Records: Laconia 1-1; Pelham 2-0

Belmont 11, Berlin 1

Key players: Belmont – Griffin Embree (7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 10 K; 4-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 runs, double), Colby Brown (3-for-3, RBI, 2 SB, 3 runs, double), Brett Auclair (RBI)

Highlights/key moments: Belmont rolled in its season opener behind Embree. The Raiders jumped to a 3-0 lead after one and when Berlin scored its only run in the top of the sixth, Belmont answered with four in the bottom half of the inning to make it 11-1.

Records: Belmont 1-0; Berlin 0-2

Franklin 5, Prospect Mountain 4

Key players: Franklin – Harrison Clark (5 IP, 8 K, 3 H, W), Jon Gilpatric (2 IP, 2 K, save), Kyan Graves (RBI, double)

Highlights/key moments: It was the season opener for Franklin, and the Golden Tornadoes scored twice in their first inning. They added three in the fourth and hung on for the win in Alton.

Coach’s quote: “Proud of the guys for battling early in the season and staying tough until the last out. “ – Franklin’s Mason Roberge

Records: Franklin 1-0; Prospect Mountain 1-1

Somersworth 8, Winnisquam 0

Key players: Winnisquam – Michael Allard (4 IP, 1 ER), Philip Nichols (2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER), Matt Ivester (hit)

Highlights/key moments: Somersworth took advantage of three Winnisquam errors during a five-run second inning. The Bears allowed seven unearned runs in all.

Coach’s quote: “We need to clean up just about every phase of our game. The pitching was good, we just didn’t make plays. But we won’t sniff a win until we fix what’s wrong the plate. We haven't been aggressive at all. One hit in two games won't win many games.” – Winnisquam’s Fred Caruso

Records: Winnisquam 0-2; Somersworth 2-1

Gilford 7, Stevens 4, 9 inns.

Key players: Gilford – Cody Boucher (winning pitcher), Isaac Wallace (5 IP, 1 H), Jack McLean (2 hits), Alex Muthersbaugh (2 hits)

Highlights/key moments: Boucher dealt four innings in relief to earn the win. Sebastian Brodeur hit a key two-RBI single with two outs in the ninth to help the Golden Eagles pull away.

Coach’s quote: “We gave up a three-run lead with sloppy defense in seventh inning, but guys showed some grit and grinded out a nice win on the road in nine innings.” – Gilford’s Eric Duquette

Records: Gilford 2-0; Stevens 0-1

Monadnock 11, Bishop Brady 2

Key players: Bishop Brady – Alex Andrews (2 hits, double, RBI), Nick Grimbilas (2 hits, double, run), Jack Compton (4 IP relief, 2 ER, 5 K)

Highlights/key moments: Andrews hit a long double to plate Compton in the top of the first for a 1-0 lead, but a pair of throwing errors in the early innings led to four unearned runs and six total for Monadnock. It was a hole Brady couldn’t climb out of against a strong Monadnock squad.

Coach’s quote: “Both young pitchers pitched well – freshman starter Connor Treybig and sophomore Jack Compton. We made too many mistakes behind them and you can’t give good teams extra outs.” – Bishop Brady’s Skip Foy

Records: Monadnock 2-0; Bishop Brady 2-1

Hopkinton 15, Epping 5

Key players: Hopkinton – Colby Marshall (2 IP, 5 K; 2 RBI), Caleb Yianakopolos (1-for-1, SB, BB, 3 runs), Dustin Rose (2 RBI), Max Rossignol (2 RBI), Sam Rawson (pitching win)

Highlights/key moments: It was an ugly game in Hopkinton as Epping pitchers gave up 14 walks and hit four batters. The Hawks scored nine times in the second inning, the final run coming when Yianakopolos stole home to make it 9-1.

Records: Hopkinton 3-0; Epping 1-1

BOYS’ TENNIS

Lebanon 5, Coe-Brown 4

Key players: Coe-Brown – Todd Holman (8-0 singles win), Mason Lebello (8-2 singles win), Nolan Grassi (8-6 singles win)Todd Holman and Nick Sanderson doubles 8-0

Highlights/key moments: After losing a tough tiebreaker to drop his match at No. 1 singles, Coe-Brown’s Nick Sanderson teamed with Holman to for an 8-0 doubles win, but the Bears couldn’t pull out the match on their home courts.

Coach’s quote: “Tough loss for our team today. All the players played hard and gave their all.” – Coe-Brown’s Sam Struthers

Records: Coe-Brown 0-4; Lebanon 2-1

Inter-Lakes 9, Berlin 0

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Nate Sullivan (8-0 win at No. 1 singles), Gable Busby (8-0 win at No. 2), Jake Borsh (8-4 win at No. 3), Sam Noe (8-2 win at No. 4), Simon Bird (8-1 win at No. 5), Stephen Bean (8-0 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: Sullivan and Busby sat out doubles, but the Lakers still swept – Borsh and Noe won 8-3 at first doubles, Bean and Ben Nye won 8-5 at second and Bird and Jack McCarthy won 8-4 at third.

Records: Inter-Lakes 3-1; Berlin 0-4

Gilford 8, Profile 1

Highlights/key moments: Christian Workman, Tyler Hanf, Mikey Eisenmann, Colton Workman and Donny Searle all earned singles win for Gilford. Christian Workman and Hanf then teamed for a win at first doubles while Colton Workman and Donnelly won at third doubles.

Records: Gilford 3-0; Profile 2-1

Pelham 5, Kearsarge 4

Key players: Tucker Valovic (8-3 win at No. 1 singles; 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles), Matt Hubley (8-6 win at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles), Brandon Waddell (8-6 win at No. 6 singles)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars gave the Pythons a challenge, but fell short of handing Pelham its first loss of the season.

Records: Kearsarge 1-2; Pelham 4-0

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

John Stark 3, Winnacunnet 0

Key players: Stark – Johan French (23 digs, 2 kills), Owen Payeur (10 kills, 3 blocks, 3 aces), Spencer Janelle (5 kills), Jackson Smith (22 assists, 7 aces)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals earned their first win of the season, taking early leads in each set (25-19, 25-20, 25-23) and closing things out in a tight third with solid serve receive and defense.

Coach’s quote: “It’s always great to get your first win. This team is starting to gel and are playing hard and having fun.” – Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: John Stark 1-3; Winnacunnet 0-2