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High Schools: Bishop Brady field hockey team passes test for first win of the season

  • Pembroke Academy's Ellie Ferrera digs one out during Pembroke's girls field hockey loss at home to Bishop Brady on September 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Pembroke Academy's Ellie Ferrera digs one out during Pembroke's girls field hockey loss at home to Bishop Brady on September 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady forward Alexis Nelson had one goal and two assists in Brady's 5–1 girls field hockey victory over Pembroke Academy in Pembroke on September 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady forward Alexis Nelson had one goal and two assists in Brady's 5–1 girls field hockey victory over Pembroke Academy in Pembroke on September 10, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Pembroke Academy's Ellie Ferrera digs one out during Pembroke's girls field hockey loss at home to Bishop Brady on September 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady forward Alexis Nelson had one goal and two assists in Brady's 5–1 girls field hockey victory over Pembroke Academy in Pembroke on September 10, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

Bishop Brady field hockey Coach Kelly Owen says “athletes need to be students of the game, too,” and her players have certainly studied up.

After starting the season with consecutive shutout losses – 5-0 to Kennett and 4-0 to Goffstown – the Green Giants did their homework and it showed yesterday. Brady displayed improvement offensively and defensively, scoring for the first time this season and buckling down defensively in a 5-1 win on the road at Pembroke (0-3).

Junior Alexis Nelson opened the scoring with a goal with 8:50 left in the first half off an assist from Lauren Jobe for the only goal of the half, while solid defense kept the Spartans off the board.

The usual defensive unit of seniors Meg Houten, Danielle Provencher and Paige Belanger and junior Meg McMurphy took the field at the start of the game, but in a different setup and with a different strategy than usual, and it paid off. Pembroke still managed 15 shots in the game, but goalie Jessica Russell stopped the 11 that made it to the net and held the Spartans to one goal, which came off the stick of Jennifer O’Brien with 17:02 left in the game after Houten scored (Gabi Stewart assisted) at 19:26 to put Bishop Brady ahead 2-0.

“It went back and forth in the first half,” Owen said. “The second half was more in our favor.”

The Green Giants made sure there would be no doubt they’d get their first win, scoring three times in the final 13 minutes to put the game away and putting pressure on Pembroke goalie Rachel Stottler (10 saves). After scoring the game’s first goal, Nelson chipped in with a couple of helpers, assisting on goals scored by Provencher and Stewart. Faith McEvoy tallied the final goal with 1:44 left after taking a pass from Colleen Earley. But the amount of work that went into those goals and the number of players who contributed goes beyond the goal and assist stat line.

“Most of those goals were produced off of second or third touches. There should be a lot more players with assists,” said Owen, adding that the increased activity and better play-making on offense came from the players “doing what is expected of them and anticipating what needs to come next.”

Bishop Brady now looks to see if these positive steps will carry over into its next game when the Green Giants host Hanover tomorrow. The Marauders are 0-2, but lost both games 1-0 and are a perennial favorite in Divison II.


Lebanon 3, Bow 0

The Falcons (0-2) suffered their second straight road loss to start the season after Lebanon (3-0) scored once in the first half and twice in the second.

Freshman goalie Lyndsey Wheeler was stellar for Bow with 21 saves after facing 17 corners during the game. Forward Jordan Mylod and midfielder Katie Lawson were both solid in the transition game and played well defensively.

Berlin 10, Franklin 0

The scoreboard might not say so, but the Golden Tornadoes “are making progress,” according to Coach Deb Georgevits, whose team dropped to 0-2 with its second straight 10-0 loss.

Berlin, which improved to 3-0, took a 6-0 lead by halftime and extended it to 10-0 despite a strong game in goal by Franklin’s Shelby Joyce (21 saves). Berlin has outscored its opponents 18-0 in three games.

“We played better,” Georgevits said. “It’s a learning experience. We are learning the basics.”

Hopkinton 7, Sanborn 0

The Hawks (2-0) scored early and often in their home opener against a Sanborn team (0-1-1) that has yet to find the net this season.

Brittany Marshall scored twice in the opening four minutes and finished with three goals and two assists, and Ireland Tawney had three goals. Maddy Cudmore added the seventh goal, and Caroline Flood had an assist.

Goalie Maddy Bergethon made four saves for her first shutout of the year, with Sonja Leavitt and Emma Ouelette playing strong defense in front of her.

Monadnock 3, John Stark 0

Monadnock (2-1) scored twice in the second half to lengthen a 1-0 lead as the Generals (0-2) lost on the road for the second time in the young season.

Midfielders Carly Cook, Steph Wetherbee and Riley Beliveau had good games for John Stark.

Winnisquam 0, Gilford 0

The Bears (1-0-2) escaped with a tie thanks to the stellar play of goaltender Kendra Lonergan, who made more than a dozen saves over 75 scoreless minutes.

“Just an outstanding game; she made incredible saves,” said Winnisquam Coach Cherie Snow, who wasn’t as impressed by the execution of the rest of the team. “We had some gaps ... breakdowns in midfield, the front line was not moving. ... It wasn’t a good game for us, but overall they played hard.”

Snow praised the play and hustle of forwards Haley Poirier and Mackenzie Byers and midfielder Kayla Langan.

Gilford is now 2-0-1.


Manchester Central 1,
Concord 0, 2OT

Concord keeper Andrew Grondin made 12 saves, and stopped several breakaways in overtime, but the two-time defending champion Little Green scored on a penalty kick with less than a minute left in the second overtime to take the win under the lights in Manchester.

“It was an intense match from beginning to end and I was very pleased with the way we played,” Concord Coach Scott Dunlop said. “I just wasn’t happy with the result.”

Senior Ben Picard played well for the Crimson Tide, which got another strong performance from its back line of Dan Vignati, Augustine Fornor, Gaston Arocena and Emmanuel Smith.

Oyster River 1, Coe-Brown 0

The Bears (2-2) controlled play after going into halftime with a 1-0 deficit but simply couldn’t break through on the Bobcats keeper.

“We really did quite well in the second half,” Coe-Brown Coach Christian Gompert said. “We threw a different kind of pressure at them. ... We just couldn’t put it away.”

Spencer Nowland was a catalyst on offense, Gompert said, while Tom Esdale kept things in order on defense.

Oyster River (3-1) scored its goal in about the 30th minute after Coe-Brown failed to clear a corner kick.

Hopkinton 8, Campbell 5

Hopkinton (3-0) was cruising after a dominant 6-0 first half but gave up five goals to Campbell (1-2) in the second.

Senior Doug Fleury and freshman Jacob Rockwood each scored two goals to lead a Hopkinton offense that was scoring at will. Zach Rouleau (goal, two assists), Riley McNicholas (goal, two assists), Brian Hauschild and Liam McNicholas added the other four goals, while Austin Brehio and Tucker Windhurst added assists. Riley McNicholas scored the pick of the bunch on a great 30-yard shot, while Liam McNicholas’s goal proved to be the game-winner.

Campbell made the score 6-2 after six minutes in the second half before the teams went back-and-forth to give the Hawks an 8-3 lead, then the Cougars added two goals in the final two minutes.

Hauschild was strong in the center of midfield, and goalkeeper Rob Ferguson made five saves.

Epping 5, Concord Christian 1

Concord Christian (0-3-1) suffered a road loss to Epping (3-0) after giving up three answered goals in the second half.

The Blue Devils scored twice in the first half before the Kingsmen got on the board. Freshman Duncan Nee headed in a cross from Connor Nee to pull the deficit back to 2-1.

The Nee brothers, Jonathan Taylor and Eli Christensen played well on the offensive side of the ball, while Colin Lockwood and Joe Campbell led the defense.


Man. Central 2, Concord 0

The Crimson Tide (1-3) did just about everything right except put the ball in the net as it suffered its third straight loss.

“We hit the crossbar or the post four times,” Tide Coach Bill Nardino said. “We dominated play, but we just couldn’t finish. And we made two mistakes, and they finished.”

Central (2-2), which was outshot 18-8, scored off a corner kick in the first half and then padded its lead in the second half when a Concord defender deflected the ball into her own net as the Little Green went on a rare counterattack in the Tide end.

Nardino praised the play of forwards Claudia Roy and Danielle Rossetti and outside backs Kiersten Klose and Rachel Stevenson.

Belmont 6, Prospect Mountain 2

Freshman Kelsey Scott scored her first career varsity goal in the 10th minute and added two more for good measure, finishing with a hat trick as the Red Raiders took a 5-2 lead at halftime to remained undefeated at 4-0.

Belmont came out a little flat and Prospect Mountain (2-2) scored after a defensive miscue in the second minute to take a 1-0 lead, but the Red Raiders responded with four unanswered goals.

Cassie Contigiani (two goals, two assists) made a nice shot on goal that deflected off the fingertips of the Timberwolves goalkeeper and Scott put in the rebound. Contigiani then scored two goals off of corner kicks (in the 15th and 20th minutes) and assisted on a goal by freshman Emma Chase in the 19th minute. Emily Ennis and Megan Prescott played well from set pieces, assisting on Contigiani’s goals.

Prospect Mountain scored a goal in the 35th minute, but Scott answered three minutes later (Mikayla Donovan assisted) to end the first half scoring. Scott completed her hat trick in the 47th minute with assists from Ennis and Kylie O’Connell.

Belmont Coach Amy Dutton described the win as “a great team effort” and praised the play of her four defenders, Zoe Zeller, Chayleigh Cadarette, freshman Jasmine Syed and Courtney Clairmont, all of whom played the entire 80 minutes. Kaitlyn Berry made seven saves and Clorissa Roode came off the bench to make her first varsity save.

Hopkinton 2, Bishop Brady 0

It was a tale of two halves, but it didn’t matter to Hawks forward Courtney Benson. Benson netted a goal in each half, finding the back of the net on a free kick in the 18th minute and converting a penalty kick with under 10 minutes left in the game to lead injury-plagued Hopkinton (1-1-1) to a win at Bishop Brady (1-3).

Hopkinton’s bench players stepped up and spread the field, beating Giant defenders and creating many scoring opportunities to control the first half. Bishop Brady couldn’t connect passes, but goalkeeper Caitie Barrett (eight saves) kept the Giants in the game and Brady, led by Sarah Thomas, responded in the second half, creating lots of chances.

“She played a fantastic game ... she won a lot of balls that she shouldn’t have won,” Bishop Brady Coach Rich Dougherty said.

But Hawks goalkeeper Kacey Smith was equal to the task, making 10 saves for the shutout. Kelly Scammon and Aaliyah Curley also played well defensively, while Sarah Ewing played well in the middle of the field.

Lila Bradley and Taylor Fortin anchored the back four for the Green Giants.

Bow 7, Fall Mtn. 0

Bow (4-0) won its home opener and shut out its opponent for the fourth straight game to start the season. Fall Mountain fell to 1-2-1.

Maddie Cheney and Lindsey Vogt (two assists) each had two goals, while Naomi Kramer (two assists), Brie Achorn and Caitlyn Keenan each had a goal, and Sarah Carlson and Maddie Lust added a helper each.

Defenders Lilly Naimie, Madison Duffy and Maggie Vogt excelled for the Falcons.

Hillsboro-Deering 3, Conant 0

The Hillcats wasted no time taking control, scoring just two minutes into the game when Kymberlee Bergstresser collected a loose-ball rebound and sent it past the goalkeeper. Madisyn Winters then finished a great pass from Makayla Savoy for a goal 10 minutes later to make it 2-0, and H-D (1-2) was well on its way to its first win of the season.

Conant’s goalkeeper regrouped and did an outstanding job of keeping the ball out of the net until 16 minutes into the second half when Morgan Winters scored for H-D off a restart.

Emily Gibson played well on defense, Paytne Walker and Breahna Savoy played well in the midfield, and Hillary Madore (three saves) and Emma Moore (two saves_ spilt goalkeeping duties for H-D.


Concord first

Crimson Tide senior Ben Bengtson earned medalist honors with his round of 37 and Concord shot a season-low 192 to beat previously unbeaten Manchester Central (206), host Spualding (208) and Exeter (219) at Rochester Country Club.

“We’re seeing some good signs out there,” Tide Coach Ed Deshaies said.

Concord junior Samantha Reed was on her way to being medalist until she double bogeyed the last hole to finish with a 38. The Tide’s other scorers all finished with 39 – Matt LaTourette, Adam Godbout and Tim Levins.

Bishop Brady first

The Green Giants (5-2) were led by medalist Alex Von Svoboda, who shot a 2-over 38, to score a 211, good for first place ahead of Plymouth (215, 7-2 record) and Con-Val (234, 1-9 record) in a three-team meet at Beaver Meadow Golf Course.

Alex Thompson (40), Jack Bryck (42), Nick Vermette (45) and Danny Bryck (46) rounded out the rest of Bishop Brady’s top five.

John Stark third

John Stark’s score of 220 fell short of St. Thomas’s mark of 195 and Sanborn’s (3-7) score of 214. Brendon Scheffer of St. Thomas (8-1) shot a 37 for medalist honors. Chris DePaula had the lowest score for the Generals (3-9) with a 41.

Merrimack Valley third

The Pride (0-7) was three strokes behind second-place Kennett (229, 3-6 record), while front-runner Portsmouth (195, 9-0 record) pulled ahead in a meet held at North Conway Country Club.

Jesse Demers and Glen Shattuck led MV with rounds of 45, with Nicco Vizziello (46), Brandon Desilets (48) and Matt Gilliland (48) making up the complete top five.

Portsmouth’s Mike Brabazon was the medalist with an even-par 35.

Belmont first

Brandon Pearl and Caleb Drouin each shot 40 to lead the Red Raiders (182) to the win at the Claremont Country Club. Host Stevens finished second with 186, followed by Hillsboro-Deering (217) and Winnisquam (226).

Mike Sanborn (46) and Nicole Antonnucci (56) rounded out the scoring for Belmont.

H-D’s total came from Danny Egner (48), Brandon Soules (55), Hunter Ledoux (53) and Cody Brien (61). Winnisquam’s Jordan Dahl was medalist with a 1-over 35. He was followed by Riley Campbell (61), Andrew Broughton (62) and Matt Hoey (68).

Hopkinton first

The Hawks (4-1) had a team score of 180 to finish ahead of Inter-Lakes (180, 4-1 record) and Franklin (242, 0-4 record) at the Country Club of New Hampshire.

Junior Peter Benson shot a 3-over 39 to earn medalist honors.

“He had his best career competitive round for us,” Hopkinton Coach Jeff Cahill said.

Sam Winslow (42), Jamison Crouch and Max Legier (46) made up the rest of the top scores for Hopkinton.

Franklin was led by sophomore Jacob Geddis with a 56, followed by Corey Nelson (58), Courtney Mazur (59) and John Nesteruk (69).


Concord Fourth

Pepper Smith finished 11th in a time of 17:10 as the Tide’s top runner in a four-team meet at Alvirne. The hosts, Pinkerton and Merrimack all bested the Tide.

Alex Saveliev (22nd, 18:23), Michael Alexander (29th, 18:48), Jamie Nelson (35th, 19:09) and Cal Mackenzie (38th, 19:18) were the other Concord scorers, with Brad Hicks (39th, 19:20) and Jamie Wilkes (20:00) rounding out the varsity runners.

The average time of the varsity squad was 18:49, a significant improvement over the average varsity time at Concord’s last meet (19:41).

Merrimack Valley fourth,
Pembroke fifth

The Pride finished fourth out of five squads at a home meet. MV scored 71 points, while Pembroke was fifth with 117. The top three consisted of winners Hanover (50), runner-up Goffstown (57, second on a tiebreak) and Lebanon (57).

Carter Saltmarsh led the MV runners, finishing fourth overall in a time of 18:02. Making up the rest of the top five for the Pride were Walker John (eighth place, 18:36), Keegan Hanks (15th, 18:56), Brandon Richardson (16th, 19:03) and Damon Perron (35th, 21:00).

Pembroke was led by John Sanborn (seventh, 18:34), followed by Stephen Abbott (28th, 20:27), Drew Harrison (32nd, 20:45), Kam Anderson (34th, 20:48) and Ryan Jacques (42nd, 21:49).

John Stark at Milford

Kaden Hirschenhofer led the way for John Stark in a time of 21:11, 30 seconds ahead of teammate Robert Kram (21:41) in a meet a Milford. Noah Payeur (22:18), Joseph Boucher (22:29) and Tyler DeStefano (26:59) rounded out the scoring for the Generals. No team scores were reported.


Concord second

Smita Boesch-Dining took second place overall in 19:13, helping the Tide finish runner-up with 36 points in a four-team meet at Alvirne. Pinkerton won with 36 points; Merrimack and Alvirne also competed.

Kate Andy (20:19) was second for the Tide and sixth overall, while Cassie Shea (eighth, 20:44), Erin Waters (20:46) and Michaella Conery (11th, 20:57) also scored. Fiona MacWhinnie earned 13th place in 21:03, while Kaelin Willette (15th, 21:18) finished out the top seven for the Tide.

Merrimack Valley third,
Pembroke fifth

MV hosted a five-team meet and finished third with a team score of 80, behind winners Hanover (29) and runner-up Goffstown (59) and ahead of Lebanon (86) and Pembroke (102).

Raquel Gelinas led the Pride with a sixth-place overall finish in 22:15, followed closely by teammates Cindy Fanny (eighth, 22:56) and Cassie Owens (ninth, 23:16). Madison Irving (32nd, 26:48) and Miranda Crane (36th, 27:22) rounded out the top five for MV.

Pembroke was paced by Jayla Decker (16th, 24:13) and Mariah Mitchell (18th, 24:44), followed by Briana Walsh (34th, 25:42), Allison Fischer (36th, 25:42) and Larissa Amour (30th, 26:01).

John Stark at Milford

Hazel Johnstone ran the 5K course in 21:38 to finish second and was joined in the top 10 by teammates Madeline Ishak (fifth, 22:26) and Hailey Nase (ninth, 22:48) to lead the Generals in a meet at Milford. Becky Kuzma (25:45) and Erin Scott (25:49) ran well for John Stark. No team scores were reported.


Concord 3, Londonderry 1

Concord (2-0) went on the road and took three of four games from Londonderry (0-1) on Monday, 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-18.

Samantha Turner (five kills, two blocks), Heidi Breton (four aces, four kills) and Caitlin Shea (20 assists) starred for the Crimson Tide.


High school stars of the day

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Brittany Marshall, Hopkinton field hockey, three goals, two assists in 7-0 rout of Sanborn Lindsey Vogt, Bow girls’ soccer, two goals, two assists in 7-0 shutout of Fall Mtn. Alex Von Svoboda, Bishop Brady golf, medalist with a 2-over par 38 in team’s first-place finish Peter Benson, Hopkinton golf, medalist with a 3-over par 39 in team’s win Jessica Russell, …

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