High schools: Bishop Brady-Trinity girls’ hockey team rallies past Lebanon
With 4:47 left in the game, Bishop Brady-Trinity forward Ann Maragaret Disciscio crossed the blue line and fired a shot into the back of Lebanon’s net, giving the Green Giants girls’ hockey team a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over third-place Lebanon (10-4) last night and avenging a 4-2 loss earlier this season.
The win over Lebanon – a team that has made two trips to the finals in the six years girls’ hockey has been a varsity sport and has consistently been one of the state’s top teams – brings Brady-Trinity’s record to 8-5-0 and moves it into fifth place with one week remaining in the regular season. More importantly, it justifies the Giants’ confidence that has been growing over the course of the season.
“We’ve won several games in the last minute; the girls knew that if they played their own game they could win,” Coach Dan Earley said of the girls’ attitudes after giving up a 2-1 lead with two Lebanon goals in the last four minutes of the second period.
And the Green Giants did just that, sticking to their defensive game plan and making the most of their offensive opportunities.
“They’re great listeners, great learners,” Earley said. “Lebanon is extremely good at spreading the puck around. We wanted the girls to play man-to-man defensively and they didn’t allow (Lebanon) to get into open space.”
Brady-Trinity also capitalized on its chances, scoring four times on only 15 shots, including two clutch goals from Disciscio.
After Lebanon took a 1-0 lead, Disciscio scored off an assist from Stephanie Snow to even the score before the first break. Snow scored with 6:38 left in the second (Melissa Houde assisted) before Lebanon beat Brady goaltender Lauren Osowitz twice to take a 3-2 lead heading into the third. Stephanie Sloane scored 33 seconds into the final period (Disciscio and Snow assisted) to tie the game with Disciscio’s game-winner rounding out the scoring.
Defensively, Osowitz made 25 saves on the 28 shots that reached her, not including countless other shots blocked by Brady-Trinity defensemen. Earley also added that he has emphasized that his players block shooting lanes to help keep the puck away from the net. In addition to solid marking, Sloane also made some noteworthy blocks and took a cross-check to the face in a tough defensive effort.
Brady-Trinity now faces a grueling test with five games in the remaining week of the regular season.
CONCORD 57, EXETER 44
Cassidy Emerson had 21 points, 19 rebounds and six steals to lead the Tide (3-14) to its third win of the season over host Exeter (4-12). The Tide led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter and never relinquished the lead.
Janessa Luciano (15 points) and Deb Morrill (10 points, six rebounds) also helped the Tide offensive attack. Kalli Sargent and Peyton Osgood played well on both ends of the floor.
COE-BROWN 63, PEMBROKE 47
The Bears (11-5) jumped out to a 22-14 first-quarter lead and slowly padded that margin for the remaining three quarters to vault ahead of Pembroke (10-6) in the Division II standings.
Abby Ahern had 19 points, followed by Jen Schlim with 17 to lead the Bears’ balanced offensive attack. Sarah Curtin and Debbie Peabody chipped in eight apiece.
For the Spartans, Karli Loiselle and Hannah Seidner had 10 and nine points, respectively, to lead the offense.
MERRIMACK VALLEY 62, JOHN STARK 20
There was never a doubt, as the Pride (11-4) jumped out to a 22-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and never let up.
Sammi Osborne and Mayson Kimball spearheaded the offensive attack with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Emily Mulleavey and Mary Mullen provided eight points apiece.
Emilee Stenger paced the Generals (1-15) with four points.
Belmont 46, Gilford 33
For the 12th time this season, Chayleigh Cadarette had a double-double, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter to finish the Red Raiders’ victory over the Golden Eagles (10-7) with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Belmont (8-9) exercised great caution with the ball by only committing five turnovers. Cassie Contigiani, Makayla Donovan and Courtney Clairmont also played very strong for the Red Raiders.
Pittsfield 42, Portsmouth Christian 24
Stef Gauthier, Katie Small and Katie Doucette played possibly the last home game of their careers, and they made the most of it, not allowing the visiting Eagles (2-15) to score more than eight points in a single quarter during the Panthers’ senior night.
Pittsfield (11-7) was led on offense by juniors Gabby Bartlett (15 points) and Brooke Vien (11 points). The Panthers finished the regular season on a four-game win streak and now await where they’ll be seeded in the Division IV tournament.
Exeter 76, Concord 64
The Tide (6-10) had a close game slip away from it against Exeter (9-8), allowing 46 points in the second half after going into halftime with the game tied at 30.
Concord had strong offensive efforts from Seimou Smith (18 points), Jacob Szulc (14 points) and Garrett Jewell (10 points).
Pembroke 58, Coe-Brown 43
For the first three quarters, the Bears (8-8) kept pace with the Spartans, trailing by only three points at one point during the third quarter. However, Pembroke (15-1) scored 18 points to Coe-Brown’s 9 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Standouts for the Bears were Nick Rolser (17 points, four assists), Sam Langdon (eight points), Adam Edin (six points) and Luke Zollman (five points, 10 rebounds). Jordan Williams (23 points) and Patrick Welch (17 points) led the offensive attack for Pembroke.
Gilford 63, Belmont 40
The Red Raiders (1-15) gave the Golden Eagles (12-3) too many second and third offensive chances, according to Belmont Coach Derek Hamilton.
A 24-point second quarter put Gilford up 21 points going into the half, a lead that Belmont wasn’t able to overcome. Red Raiders freshman Tyler Hunt put up his second straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
PITTSFIELD 61, PORTSMOUTH CHRISTIAN 57
Kris Perkins’s 25 points catapulted the Panthers (10-6) past visiting Portsmouth Christian (5-9).
Xenthios Cyr and Cam Darrah also contributed offensively, adding 17 and eight points, respectively. Casey Ward played well coming off the bench.
Hopkinton 58, Mascenic 36
The Hawks (14-1) smothered the Vikings (6-8), taking a 32-11 halftime lead en route to a decisive win on Thursday night.
“It was one of our better defensive game,” Hopkinto Coach Dave Chase said.
Liam McNicholas (15 points), Gabe Nichols (14 points) and Sam Winslow (10 points) all reached double figures. Brian Hauschild added six assists.