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High Schools: Kearsarge boys’ lacrosse team comes alive in second half

  • Concord's Alex Bashios slides back to first base to avoid getting tagged out during the game between Concord and Nashua South baseball, May 16, 2013. <br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff

    Concord's Alex Bashios slides back to first base to avoid getting tagged out during the game between Concord and Nashua South baseball, May 16, 2013.
    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff

  • Concord's Ben Bengtson tosses the ball back to first during the game between Concord and. Nashua South baseball, May 16, 2013. <br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff

    Concord's Ben Bengtson tosses the ball back to first during the game between Concord and. Nashua South baseball, May 16, 2013.
    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff

  • Concord's Alex Bashios slides back to first base to avoid getting tagged out during the game between Concord and Nashua South baseball, May 16, 2013. <br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff
  • Concord's Ben Bengtson tosses the ball back to first during the game between Concord and. Nashua South baseball, May 16, 2013. <br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff

The Kearsarge boys’ lacrosse team chanted “one, two, three ... score” before taking the field for the second half, and the Cougars followed through with that objective as they outscored Merrimack Valley 6-1 in the third and fourth quarters to notch a 10-5 victory yesterday.

“We did everything but score in the first half,” Kearsarge Coach Mike Heffernan said.

The Cougars (8-4) held a narrow 4-2 lead over the Pride (2-9) at halftime, but in the second half they made their shots count.

Peter Allen (four goals, two assists) and Ollie Gallo (three goals, two assists) led the way offensively for Kearsarge. Praising the high level of play exhibited by the duo of Gallo and Allen, Heffernan said, “They’re just tremendous together. They’re fun to watch.”

Andrew Van Hooydonk, Robbie Lutz and Travis Newman each tallied one goal to round out the Cougars’ scoring.

Dylan Baer scored two goals for the Pride, while Warren Campbell tallied one goal and one assist. But MV struggled to put the ball in the net against Kearsarge goalie Will AuFrank, who tallied 21 saves.

“They gave us a good game,” Heffernan said of the Pride. “They always do.”

The Cougars host John Stark tonight for their senior night and final home game of the season, and they look to avenge a 9-6 loss suffered on April 16 against the 5-6 Generals.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Hanover 14, Concord 5

Concord dropped to 5-9 after losing a home game to a streaking Hanover team (13-2), winners of six straight.

Tyler Hatch (two goals, assist) and Austin Erickson (two assists) led the Tide offense, while Tyler Martel, Travis Duhammel and Adam Resnick each had a goal. Goalie Nick Zavorotny made nine saves.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Bedford 18, Bow 16

Lindsey Reynolds led the Falcons with eight goals as they came up short in a tight contest.

Kelsey Mumford added five goals for Bow, while goalie Mikayla Allen played what Coach Chris Raabe called “her best game of the season,” tallying 12 saves.

Kearsarge 7, Lebanon 6

The Cougars (11-0) remained undefeated after winning their second of two straight games against Lebanon (8-4).

Kearsarge jumped on top 3-0 in the first seven minutes and led 5-2 at the halftime break. The Cougars then built a 7-3 lead before the Raiders inched their way back into the game.

On the penalty kill with two minutes left, Kearsarge goalie Morgan Galluzzo (10 saves) made a momentum-shifting interception to give the Cougars possession at a key moment in the game.

Gemma Bready (two goals, assist), Geneva Heffernan (two goals), Haley Brook (goal, two assists), Caitlin Anderson (goal) and Jonalyn Burt (goal) contributed to the scoring.

Oyster River 11,
Merrimack Valley 7

The Pride fell to 2-10 after a road loss at Oyster River (5-6).

Hannah John, Lily Davis, Karra Hebert, Raquel Gelinas and Danielle Wiley scored for MV, while Sydney Rollins led the offensive effort and Alexandra Puntin worked hard on defense and in midfield play.

BASEBALL

Nashua South 4, Concord 3

Concord held a 3-0 lead going into the sixth inning, but the bats came alive for the Purple Panthers (6-8), and they were able to rally for the win in the final two innings.

John Clary started on the mound for the Tide (10-5), pitching five innings and allowing two runs, six hits and zero walks while striking out two. Seimou Smith relieved Clary and ended up suffering the loss, allowing two runs, two hits and three walks while striking out three.

Offensively, Cody Ferns recorded an RBI double, while Mitch Hayes and Smith each hit a double and scored a run. Clary added an RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Somersworth 3, Bishop Brady 1

In what Bishop Brady Coach Skip Foy called “a tight, well-played game,” the Green Giants (2-12) couldn’t generate enough offense to match Somersworth.

Bishop Brady’s lone run came in the second inning, as JP Nemcovich belted a single, stole second, reached third on a passed ball, and came home when Brendan Johnson staged a rundown between first and second.

Danny Fogarty started on the mound for the Green Giants, and was relieved in the fourth by Tim Harmon, who finished the game. CJ Puleo anchored Bishop Brady’s defensive effort from third base.

Campbell 4, Hopkinton 3

The Hawks couldn’t capitalize with runners in scoring position, stranding 13 over the course of Wednesday’s game.

Alex Lajeunesse and Wes Rose each tallied a hit and an RBI for Hopkinton (7-6), while Evan O’Keefe, Liam McNicholas and Nate Shatney all added one hit. McNicholas pitched a complete game, scattering seven hits, walking five, striking out six and allowing only three earned runs.

SOFTBALL

Concord 17, Nashua South 5

A seven-run second inning sent Concord (13-2) on its way to a lopsided victory at South (2-13).

Thirteen Tide players had hits, led by Rachel Stevenson (3-for-4, two runs, four RBI), Deb Morrill (3-for-3, two runs, two RBI), Cassidy Emerson (3-for-5, two runs, two RBI) and Meaghan Littlejohns (3-for-5, two runs, RBI). Katherine Muzzey (two runs, two steals), Annie Mullen (run), Dani Morrill (RBI), Amy Morin (double, two runs), Jess Carroll, Katie Kennard (run), Molly Emerson (two runs), Kelsey Bisson (RBI) and Jasmine Morin (two RBI) all added hits, and Delanie Pickering had an RBI and scored a run.

Dani Morrill earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings. Kaitlyn Kelleher closed, yielding three runs on seven hits in four innings.

Merrimack Valley 6, Lebanon 0

Kayla Kibbie and Jacey Fedion combined to allow only four Lebanon hits and one walk while striking out nine as Merrimack Valley (7-6) shut down the Raiders (2-12).

Kibbie pitched the first four innings, while Fedion came in for the final three. Offensively, the Pride were led by Erin Frost (3-for-4, two doubles and one triple), Rebekka Donovan (3-for-4, two RBI) and Maggie Carie (1-for-3, two RBI triple).

Coe-Brown 7, Souhegan 3

Kianna Daudelin went the distance in the circle for the Bears, striking out seven Souhegan batters and allowing just six hits, two earned runs and two walks.

Lauren Jones led the way for offensively for Coe-Brown (13-2), going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Shannon Burke was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Caitlin Foley went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Bishop Brady 1, Somersworth 0

In a pitchers duel that featured just seven total hits (four for Bishop Brady, three for Somersworth), the Green Giants (8-6) came out on top.

Bishop Brady scored its run in the fifth inning when Hannah Blandini reached first base on an error, took second on a passed ball, and was driven home by Rebecca Olson’s two-out single.

Meghan Kissinger pitched a complete game for the Green Giants, tallying three strikeouts.

Mascenic 8, Hillsboro-Deering 0

The Hillcats (2-10) hung with Mascenic (6-8) until the seventh inning when the Vikings doubled their four-run lead. Neither team hit well, with H-D getting four hits and Mascenic six, but the Vikings were able to drive in their baserunners.

Kaitlyn Bergstresser (2-for-3), Kymberlee Bergstresser (1-for-3) and Victoria Hebert (with her first hit of the season) supplied the four hits for the Hillcats. Alyssa Bailey pitched well for H-D but left the game early after getting hit by a line drive in the leg.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Concord 8, Spaulding 1

The Crimson Tide (13-1) finished its regular season with a win and secured the No. 2 seed in the upcoming state tournament. Spaulding (2-12) hosted the match and was able to take only the No. 3 doubles off of Concord.

Down the ladder with wins in singles action for the Tide were No. 1 Greg Cistulli (8-2), No. 2 Justin Toler (8-1), No. 3 Evan Hewey (8-3), No. 4 Josh Pifer (8-1), No. 5 Thomas Bengtson (8-1) and No. 6 Mattias Lambert (8-1).

In doubles, No. 1 Hewey/Bengtson won 8-1, and No. 2 Pifer/Lambert won in a tiebreaker 9-8 (8-6).

Portsmouth 7, Coe-Brown 2

The Bears (6-8) needed an upset of the undefeated Clippers (14-0) in their season finale, but despite playing competitively in nearly every match they fell far short and will miss out on tournament play.

Coe-Brown’s winners were Connor Bell at No. 6 singles (8-6) and the No. 3 doubles team of Jared Carlson and Connor Pevear (8-0). The Bears scored at least four points in five of their losses –they fell 8-5 in three matches, 8-6 in one and 8-4 in another.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Sanborn 8, Kearsarge 1

Kathleen Kowalski recorded the lone victory for the Cougars (1-12), winning 8-5 at No. 2 singles. Brianne Maguire lost a hard-fought match at No. 1 singles, 8-5, and the No. 1 doubles team of Maguire and Kowalski fell just short, losing 9-7.

Portsmouth 7, Coe-Brown 2

The Bears had wins from No. 4 Kate Forsythe, 8-4, and No. 6 Bianca Ketenci, 8-4. The No. 2 doubles team of Shannon Ketenci and Nikki D’alessandro lost a hard-fought match, 9-7. Coe-Brown finishes the season at 8-6, and looks to be either the seventh or eighth seed in the Division II tournament.

Portsmouth remains undefeated at 14-0.

Bow 8, Gilford 1

The Falcons (14-0) finished their regular season undefeated with a win at Gilford (11-3).

No. 1 Sunday Swett led off with an 8-0 victory, and the Nos. 3-6 players, No. 3 Jess Torres (8-2), No. 4 Laura Zbehlik (8-1), No. 5 Kristie Smith (8-0) and No. 6 Alex Lust (8-1), all followed with wins.

The doubles teams of No. 1 Swett/Nisha Naik (9-8, 7-1 tie-breaker), No. 2 Torres/Smith (8-3) and No. 3 Zbehlik/Lust (8-0) also came away with victories for Bow.

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