High Schools: Bishop Brady girls’ lacrosse team pulls away from MV
Bishop Brady's Sarah Thomas puts pressure on Merrimack Valley's Melissa Gifford in the game between the schools on April 11, 2013 at Merrimack Valley High School. Bishop Brady defeated Merrimack Valley 12-7.
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Bishop Brady's Steph Sloane tries to stop a shot made by Merrimack Valley's Rebakah Sterns in the game between the schools on April 11, 2013 at Merrimack Valley High School. Bishop Brady defeated Merrimack Valley 12-7.
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Merrimack Valley's Emily Masse pushes back Bishop Brady's Jill Thomas in the game between the schools on April 11, 2013 at Merrimack Valley High School. Bishop Brady defeated Merrimack Valley 12-7.
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PENACOOK – The Bishop Brady and Merrimack Valley High School girls’ lacrosse teams came into the season looking for solutions to problems and answers to questions.
The Green Giants took a step yesterday toward solving their woes. And if you ask the Pride, they’re on the way as well.
Bishop Brady came out on top in a matchup of teams that limped through two-win seasons last year, as a stretch of four straight goals broke a 3-3 tie and sent the Green Giants on their way to a 12-7 victory. Brady improved to 1-1, while Merrimack Valley slipped to 0-2.
It was the first Division III victory for the Giants, who moved down a class before the year, but it didn’t come easily. The teams alternated goals to start before Brady took command, as four different players scored the last two goals of the first half and first two of the second to put the visitors ahead to stay.
“Something sparked,” Coach Kate Hohenberger said. “We got it together and we had more confidence. We went out there and we started to settle in and relax.”
Jill Provost put the Giants ahead on a shot from up close with 9:51 to go in the first half, and Perry Burdon scored 32 seconds later to make it 5-3. Brady kept it up in the second half, as Shannon Foye scored the first of her four goals with 21:24 left and Sarah Thomas notched her third with 19:02 to go.
“Once we settled down, we really started to think about what we were doing and think about our plays,” Hohenberger said. “I don’t think we ran one play in the first half. We tried, but nothing was working. … (It’s great) when they actually start putting the puzzle pieces together and making it work. I had one of my girls yell out to me, ‘Coach! It works!’ And I was like ‘I know, I was teaching you that for a reason!’ ”
Jill Thomas and Lauren Owsowitz also scored for the Green Giants, who were overmatched during a 2-12 season at Division II last year and who, according to Hohenberger, are expecting to see more games like yesterday’s as a result of the move.
“They’ve definitely felt it now, they’ve definitely seen their potential, and it’s just a matter of keeping the discipline,” she said. “We were competing last year, but we’d always lose by two or three goals, and then we’d lose by five goals. Our goals were always, ‘Let’s get one more goal,’ even though we were going to lose to the other team. Now it’s, ‘Let’s compete, let’s win.’ ”
The Pride was led by Karra Hebert, who scored twice, while Alexandra Puntin, Emily Masse, Hannah John, Lily Davis and Rebekah Stearns also had goals. MV also had to endure the agony of a 2-12 season last year, and new Coach Danielle Preece said this year is about making steps toward becoming competitive – and after the season opener, a 20-2 loss to Windham, that progress was more evident yesterday.
“Huge improvements,” she said. “It’s a different team than it was last year. … We can’t expect to come out and win everything right now, but I’m very happy with the way they played today.”
Preece wasn’t about to call it perfect, however. The Pride was still outplayed in the second half and worn down by the Green Giants, and the coach said she expects that to improve as the year goes on.
“We need a little more conditioning,” she said. “The second half, I think we just lost steam. … The more that they come together and play together, the better their season’s going to get.”
Bow 15, Timberlane 5
Lindsay Reynolds was too much for the Owls (0-3) to handle, as the sophomore midfielder scored nine goals to lead the Falcons (1-1) to the win in their first game of the season.
Amanda Murray (three goals, two assists) and Kelsey Mumford (two goals, assist) had multiple goals for Bow, while Julia Currier had three assists. Michaela Allen stopped four shots in net.
Hopkinton 13, Lebanon 6
Elizabeth Hancock scored six goals to lift the Hawks (2-0) to the home win.
Abby Lui added three goals and an assist for Hopkinton, while Becca Thomson also had a hat trick and Alexandra Flood added a goal. Meg Hemmerlein and Caroline Sweny played well on defense, and Tessa Garlow got the win in net.
Kearsarge 14, Con-Val 3
Gemma Bready and Libby Brooks scored four goals apiece to help Kearsarge (1-0) open with a rout of visiting Con-Val.
Eleanor Angus added three goals for the Cougars, while Caitlin Anderson scored twice and Lianna Blakeman and Hannah Anderson added a goal apiece. Christy Ross, Kate Scheuch and Kaileigh Davis led a tight Kearsarge defense.
Kearsarge 10, Lebanon 6
Jordan Barthol and Will Aufranc, who was credited with 31 saves, led the defense, and Peter Allen scored three goals with two assists to spark the offense in a hard-fought road win over the Raiders/
“Lebanon makes you earn everything. It was a physical game. Clean, but physical,” Coach Mike Heffernan said. “Everybody had to step up their scoring. They’re tough.”
Tom Barss added a pair of goals for the Cougars (2-0), while Andrew van Hooydonk, Alex Wilson, Matt Pickman, Travis Newman and Ollie Gallo also scored.
Hillsboro-Deering 10, 9 inn.
The Cougars (2-0) scored in the bottom of the ninth to break a 10-all tie in extra innings. H-D (0-2) had led 5-0 through 3 1∕2 innings before Kearsarge piled up six runs in the bottom of the fourth. The two teams then traded runs in the sixth and seventh frames to head into extras.
Juniors Nicholas Bailey (2-for-4) and James Scherer scored two runs each to lead the Cougars offense. Andrew Roberge (2-for-5) and Robert Armstrong (3-for-5, three runs) led the Hillcats at the plate, while Max Parenteau threw five solid innings in relief.
The Hillcats (2-0) scored 13 runs in the final three innings to pick up a strong road win over Kearsarge (0-2). The score was tied at 3-3 after the fourth inning before H-D scored three, four, and six runs in the last three frames.
The quartet of Erin Delacy (2-for-3, four runs, three steals), Sarah Egner (2-for-4, three runs), Leah Rheault (2-for-4, three runs) and Jenna Rheault (1-for-2, two runs) all reached base in four of five plate appearances to carry a well-rounded Hillcats offense.
Alyssa Bailey went seven innings on the circle with three strikeouts and just one earned run allowed for H-D.
Man. Memorial 1
The Crimson Tide (2-3) won at winless Manchester Memorial (0-4) in a weather-shortened match.
Sophomore Gabriella Killinger led the team with an 8-2 win in No. 1 singles, while Nos. 3-6 swept down the ladder, with Meagan Olive (8-3), Skye Reese (8-2), Irene Ireme (8-1) and Kristine Peterson (8-0) all winning.
The doubles matches were postponed.
Bow 7, Monadnock 2
The Falcons (4-0) remained undefeated in their toughest match so far and handed Monadnock (4-1) its first loss of the season in freezing conditions. In singles, both No. 1 Sunday Swett and No. 5 Laura Zbehlik swept their matches, 8-0, while No. 6 Alex Lust won 8-2 and No. 3 Jess Torres won a close match in a tiebreak, 9-8 (7-5). No. 2 Nisha Naik (8-6) and No. 4 Kristie Smith (9-8, 7-5 tiebreak) both lost narrow matches.
Bow swept the three doubles matches behind strong wins from all three duos, with No. 1 Swett/Naik (8-1), No. 2 Torres/Smith (8-2) and No. 3 Zbehlik/Lust (8-1) all coming out on top.