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High school girls: Inconsistent play sinks Concord girls’ lacrosse, 12-9

  • H-B's Katie Tighe tries in vain to stop Concord's Adelaide Symmes during Concord Girls LAX vs. Hollis-Brookline at Memorial Field Monday, May 12, 2014<br/><br/><br/>Geoff Forester/ Monitor staff

    H-B's Katie Tighe tries in vain to stop Concord's Adelaide Symmes during Concord Girls LAX vs. Hollis-Brookline at Memorial Field Monday, May 12, 2014


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  • Concord's Delana Erickson gets defended by H-B's Alyssa Rich during Concord Girls LAX vs. Hollis-Brookline at Memorial Field Monday, May 12, 2014.<br/><br/><br/>Geoff Forester/ Monitor staff

    Concord's Delana Erickson gets defended by H-B's Alyssa Rich during Concord Girls LAX vs. Hollis-Brookline at Memorial Field Monday, May 12, 2014.


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  • Concord's Grace Orzechowski gets sandwiched by two H-B players during the second half of the Concord Girls LAX vs. Hollis-Brookline at Memorial Field Monday, May 12, 2014<br/><br/><br/>Geoff Forester/ Monitor staff

    Concord's Grace Orzechowski gets sandwiched by two H-B players during the second half of the Concord Girls LAX vs. Hollis-Brookline at Memorial Field Monday, May 12, 2014


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  • H-B's Katie Tighe tries in vain to stop Concord's Adelaide Symmes during Concord Girls LAX vs. Hollis-Brookline at Memorial Field Monday, May 12, 2014<br/><br/><br/>Geoff Forester/ Monitor staff
  • Concord's Delana Erickson gets defended by H-B's Alyssa Rich during Concord Girls LAX vs. Hollis-Brookline at Memorial Field Monday, May 12, 2014.<br/><br/><br/>Geoff Forester/ Monitor staff
  • Concord's Grace Orzechowski gets sandwiched by two H-B players during the second half of the Concord Girls LAX vs. Hollis-Brookline at Memorial Field Monday, May 12, 2014<br/><br/><br/>Geoff Forester/ Monitor staff

Concord girls’ lacrosse Coach Steph Johnson likes what she sees from her team. She’d just like to see it for the full 50 minutes of each game.

In the latest case of good news/bad news, the Crimson Tide jumped to a quick 4-1 lead yesterday, only to suffer several lapses that conspired to leave Concord with a 12-9 loss to visiting Hollis-Brookline in a matchup of two teams still trying to find their way.

“We had good passing combinations and good transition, and we were playing together as a team,” Johnson said, referring to the early minutes of the game. “But as the game went on, we fell apart from that model.

“I think we had a lot of moments where we did great things,” Johnson added, “but we need to be able to continue to play a whole game.”

Concord (2-7) scored first on a goal by Adelaide Symmes 2:39 into the game, then after Hollis-Brookline (3-6) tied things 29 seconds later, the Tide went on a scoring binge that made it 4-1. Delana Erickson scored at 3:39 to make it 2-1, Veronyca Daniels followed with a tally exactly a minute later, then Sarah Ek capped the run at 6:53.

The score stayed that way for nearly four minutes before the Tide had its first of several lapses, and the Cavaliers ripped off the next four goals to take a 5-4 lead with 7:00 left in the half.

The Tide, however, responded with goals from Daniels (with 6:31 left in the half) and Steph Resnick (with 3:51 left) to go back ahead, 6-5.

Continuing the game of runs, Hollis-Brookline scored the final two goals of the half, the second goal coming with 15 seconds left, to jump back ahead, 7-6, at the break. It kept the momentum to start the second half, scoring 25 seconds in on a fast break to spark a 4-1 run (Symmes had the Tide’s lone goal in that stretch) that made it 11-7 with 13:03 left in the game.

Johnson attributed the lapses to breakdowns in transition.

“Not as good a pass, not catching the ball, not getting to groundballs,” she said. “Just a breakdown in communication.”

The Tide was fighting an uphill battle at that point, and with a small roster on a hot day, Concord would have needed an extraordinary effort to rally.

“We’re a small team,” said Johnson, who had only three substitutes to play the field, seven fewer than Hollis-Brookline. “We got a little bit tired. (Their size) definitely helped them to be able to switch people in and out.”

Concord pulled within three at 11-8 on Erickson’s second goal of the game with 11:35 left, but the Cavaliers regained their four-goal edge with 7:58 left, and the Tide could muster just one more goal, from Grace Orzechowski with 6:08 left, to make it a 12-9 final.

Johnson praised the defense of Melissa Harper, Brittany Munnell and Molly Waite, and said that Bella Rubin had a great game intercepting passes. Goalie Avery Loosigian made 13 saves.

The Tide will try to snap a four-game losing streak when it returns to action tomorrow at Souhegan. It then hosts Manchester Central on Friday.

“We have a busy week and a lot of season left to play,” Johnson said. “The goal is to play 110 percent and work together. If we go out and play hard and play well, then we will win games.”

LACROSSE

Bow 16, Dover 8

It took the Falcons (3-6) five games, but they finally picked up a win at home in their game against the Green Wave (1-9).

Taylor Darrell (six goals), Amanda Murray (three goals, three assists) and Julia Currier (three goals) led Bow’s attack, and the team played very well on the defensive end.

Lebanon 12, Merrimack Valley 3

The Pride remained winless at 0-9 as the Raiders (7-2) took control early and were never threatened.

Lily Davis, Isabel Hoyt and Karra Hebert scored the Pride’s goals. Maddy Jaquith and Brittany Leonard split time in goal and played well.

Hopkinton 15, Plymouth 9

Caroline Sweny deposited five goals to lead Hopkinton (4-6) to a solid win over Plymouth (1-7).

The Hawks defense and midfielders disrupted the Bobcats all afternoon. Grace Givens led the defense in caused turnovers (two) and groundball control (three), while Sierra Schuster and Meg Hemmerlein led a midfield that combined for 14 caused turnovers and transitioned the ball quickly to the attack.

Hemmerlein, Schuster and Isabel Gesen all finished with two goals and one assist, Hanna Basssett scored twice, and Ally Rose and Josie Lavigne also scored for Hopkinton.

JOHN stark 14, Gilford 12

The Generals (8-0) won a hard-fought game against the Golden Eagles (2-6) to remain undefeated.

Gilford led early and went into halftime up 5-4. John Stark came out of the half with a lot of energy and began scoring goals in bursts. With five minutes to go, the Generals held a 14-10 lead. Gilford scored two goals to bring it within two, but the Generals held on.

Casey Poirier scored four goals to lead Stark. Katie Waligura (three goals), Emily Edwards and Gianna Pezzulo (two goals each) also added to the offensive attack.

Leading the defense was Clarissa Foote in goal with 15 saves. Steph Wetherbee, Liz Neal and MacKenzie Nase also stepped up on defense.

SOFTBALL

Concord 6, Winnacunnet 5

Concord (9-2) rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh and then escaped a jam in the bottom of the inning when Winnacunnet (3-8) put runners on second and third with no outs.

Deb Morrill (4-for-4) led off the seventh with a single up the middle and stole second. With one out, a walk to Cassidy Emerson and single by Molly Emerson loaded the bases. Meaghan Littlejohns drew a walk to force in the tying run, and Cassidy Emerson scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Dani Morrill worked out of trouble in the seventh by striking out two straight batters and coaxing a foul pop to Littlejohns for the final out.

Emily Redlon added two hits for the Tide.

Coe-Brown 9, Kingswood 0

Kianna Daudelin spun a two-hit shutout to lead the Bears (9-1) over Kingswood (1-8). Daudelin struck out five and helped her cause by belting her second home run of the season.

Coe-Brown backed Daudelin with some brilliant defense, led by shortstop Amanda Riley, who made a diving play and had six assists. Holly Donohue had an outfield assist, and Jesse Ohrenberger made some nice plays at first.

Shannon Burke went 2-for-4 with a triple and Emily Therrien was 1-for-2 as the Bears set the tone early with a five-run first inning.

Merrimack Valley 7, Hanover 2

An RBI triple by Lindsay Balch during the third inning sparked a four-run inning for the Pride (5-4) against the Marauders (1-7).

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, MV’s Kerry Fedion and Rachel Demers hit back-to-back doubles. Kaitlyn Hill then came to the plate and drove Demers home with a single.

Fedion threw a great game for the Pride, going six innings, striking out five, giving up one earned run and allowing only two hits .

Pembroke 7 Bishop Brady 2

Brady (2-7) hung around, trailing Pembroke just 4-2 through five innings, but the Spartans (6-4) broke it open with a three-run sixth. Brianna Connolly and Hannah Mitchell struck the key blows in the sixth.

Hits by Hannah Seidner and Marissa Kibbee plated three runs in the third, and an infield hit by Meghan Smith scored one in the fourth.

Lyla Boyajian (three innings, three hits, two unearned runs) and Seidner (four shutout innings, three hits) combined in the circle for Pembroke.

Emily Santis was 3-for-4 and Rebecca Olson was 2-for-4 to lead the Giants.

St. Thomas 4, John Stark 3

The Generals (6-3) stranded 10 runners in a tough loss to the Saints (4-6).

St. Thomas tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth. John Stark broke the tie with one run in the sixth, but St. Thomas answered with two in the bottom of the sixth to take the victory.

For the Generals, Carly Cook went 4-for-4 with two RBI and Maddie Jenelle was 2-for-3 with one RBI. John Stark pitcher Lyndsay Turner struck out eight, gave up five hits and walked one.

Belmont 18, Somersworth 1

Shannon Davies and Megan Prescott combined on a one-hitter, allowing just the lone unearned run, and received plenty of support from the offense, with eight of nine batters knocking hits.

Mary Kate Russo powered the attack with four hits, including two doubles, while Megan Bailey, Makayla Donovan, Cassie Contigiani and Davies added three hits each.

Belmont (5-4) broke open a tight 2-1 game with four runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth before ending the game by the mercy rule with a 10-run sixth.

Hopkinton 18, Bow 1

The Hawks (7-2) dominated the Falcons (1-8) for their fifth consecutive win.

Bow scored its lone run in the top of the first after a triple and a groundout. Hopkinton tallied three in the first, three in the second, five in the third and seven in the fourth.

Hawks pitcher Becca Shatney pitched four innings, allowing one hit, while striking out six.

Nine Hopkinton players had hits, with Kay Andrew (2-for-2, two runs) and Sloane White (2-for-3, 3 RBI) leading the way.

Franklin 13, Winnisquam 8

The Golden Tornadoes (6-4) had an 11-run first inning that gave them a lead they didn’t let slip away against the Bears (7-3).

After going down 11-0 in the first inning, Winnisquam outscored Franklin 8-2 the rest of the game, but the damage had already been done.

Franklin freshman Hailey Haskins (three hits, two triples, five RBI) along with Lauren Hennessey (three hits, two runs, RBI) led the Tornado attack.

Leading the way for Winnisquam were Rachel Wilcutt (2-for-4, two runs, double, RBI), Lauren Bolstridge (2-for-4, two RBI) and Lindsay Raymond (2-for-4, run, triple, RBI).

Newport 8, Kearsarge 5

The Cougars (3-9) came up short against the Tigers (5-3) for the second time this season.

Kearsarge allowed three Newport runs in the first and two more in the second. The Cougars, who had scored one in the first and two in the second, tied the game, 5-5, in the third behind hits from Mia Bailey and Maddie Folcik.

Bailey and Folcik rapped two hits apiece to lead the offense, while Victoria Botana belted a two-run home run.

Derryfield 12, Pittsfield 3

The young Panthers (0-10) can measure their progress through this game, giving up only half the number of runs it did in the first meeting with Derryfield (2-7) and taking the Cougars the full seven innings.

Stefani Gauthier went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs and Katie Small was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead the Pittsfield offense. Catcher Emlee Sanuth also had two hits and drove in a run as well as catching a pair of foul pop-ups. Destinee Ellis made a nice catch in right field.

TENNIS

Exeter 6, Concord 3

The Crimson Tide (4-6) lost three 8-6 matches against the Blue Hawks (9-1) that could have easily gone the other way for the home team.

No. 3 Gabby Killinger won her match, 8-4. On the No. 5 court, Irene Ireme won, 8-3. On the doubles courts, Ireme and Meg Olive paired up to win at No. 3, 8-3.

Bishop Brady 9, Lebanon 0

The Green Giants (8-2) defeated the Raiders (6-4) at Memorial Field in dominant fashion.

Winning for Brady were Shelby Herrington at No. 1 (8-4), Katie MacMullin at No. 2 (8-5), Lynn Yoon at No. 3 (8-2), Ravalika Damerla at No. 4 (8-6, after trailing 6-0), No. 5 Brianna Puleo (8-0) and No. 6 Jenny Zhuang (8-0).

In doubles, Herrington and MacMullin continued their winning ways, 8-3 at No. 1 doubles, Yoon and Damerla were victorious, 8-0, at No. 2, and the team of Puleo and Zhuang won decisively at No. 3 doubles, also 8-0.

Bow 6, Sanborn 3

The Falcons (10-1) matched their season-high five-match winning streak with a victory over the Indians (4-2).

On the singles courts, No. 1 Laura Zbehlik won her match, 8-0. No. 2 Claire Mulvaney won in close fashion, 8-6. Kristen Duval, playing on the third court, won 8-2. Danielle Gould won, 8-3, at No. 4 singles.

In doubles action, Zbehlik and Duval paired up on the No. 1 court to win 8-2. The No. 2 pairing of Mulvaney and Gould won, 8-5.

Monadnock 8, Kearsarge 1

The Cougars (0-10) woes continued with a loss to the Huskies (6-4), with just one singles win.

Elise Paquette picked up the lone victory, winning at No. 6 singles, 8-4.

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