High Schools: Kearsarge girls’ lacrosse team wins battle of undefeated
Kearsarge's Haley Brook yells downfield while carrying the ball in the game between Hopkinton and Kearsarge on April 19, 2013 at Kearsarge Regional High School. Kearsarge defeated Hopkinton 11-10
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Hopkinton's Callie Chase looks to pass the ball in the game between Hopkinton and Kearsarge on April 19, 2013 at Kearsarge Regional High School. Kearsarge defeated Hopkinton 11-10
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
NORTH SUTTON – As Libby Brooks made her move with less than two minutes left on the clock, Gemma Bready knew it was time.
“I just came off a screen and I saw Libby, and we always pass to each other, so I kind of knew the pass was coming, and I got ready,” said Bready, Kearsarge’s senior All-American. “I just tried to quickly look at the goal and shoot, and it went in.”
And it proved to be the game-winner for the Cougars, who remained undefeated (5-0) and handed Hopkinton (4-1) its first loss with an 11-10 Division III girls’ lacrosse decision.
“You saw a good game and two teams that are very equal,” Kearsarge Coach Scott Slogic said. “Hopkinton is going to be a contender in the playoffs and a tough team to beat.”
Both teams were contenders last year as Kearsarge lost in the D-III final to Windham, the same team that beat Hopkinton in the semifinals. That recent history, plus the two teams’ undefeated records this season, gave the game extra weight.
“Hopkinton is always a really good team, so we were looking forward to a good game today,” said Bready, who will play at Colby College next year. “We’ve been preparing for them and everyone was really excited, and I think both teams brought it today.”
The Cougars brought it right from the opening whistle, netting four unanswered goals in the first 6:10 of the game. Caitlin Anderson scored both of her goals during the opening flurry, while Bready (four goals) and freshman Anna Stowell (four goals) had the other two.
“One of our goals was to start strong because they’re a really explosive team,” Bready said.
After the fourth goal of that strong start, Hopkinton Coach Eric Sideleau had seen enough and called timeout.
“They were a little nervous at first, and it showed when they went down early,” Sideleau said of his team. “During the timeout I just asked them to settle down and chill out and get back in the game, and I think they did a good job of that.”
They did a perfect job, answering Kearsarge’s four goals with four unanswered of their own. Using more patience on offense, the Hawks got scores from Sierra Schuster, Abby Lui (three goals), Meg Hemmerlein and Elizabeth Hancock (three goals) to tie the game at 4-4 with 6:46 left in the opening half.
But that tie lasted only 10 seconds as Bready won the faceoff, stormed straight to the Hawks cage, and beat Hopkinton goalie Tessa Garlow (six saves) to put the Cougars back on top. Goals from Kearsarge’s Stowell and Hopkinton’s Hannah Bassett made it 6-5 Cougars at halftime.
There were no long runs of unanswered goals in the second half. Instead, the teams went back and forth. Kearsarge got the first two goals after halftime (Bready and Caitlin Anderson), but Hopkinton came right back with two of its own (Lui and Hancock) to make it 8-7 with 18:16 left on the clock.
The Cougars then edged ahead 10-8 with a little more than eight minutes remaining before the Hawks mounted their final push. Hopkinton put together a long, hard-working possession that ended with Lui’s third goal to make it 10-9 with 6:21 to go. Then, with Kearsarge down a player, Hancock tied it with 2:01 left as she dodged to the net and stuffed home her third goal.
Kearsarge controlled the ensuing draw – “We knew who won that draw was pretty much going to win the game,” Sideleau said. And that was the case. The Cougars had a controlled possession of their own that ended with the Brooks-to-Bready game winner.
“I can’t say enough about Libby Brooks,” Slogic said. “She’s a player who went back and played on defense, came up in the attack, and played in the midfield. She put it all on the line today.”
These teams will get another chance to put it on the line against each other when they meet in Hopkinton on May 3.
“So we get to do it all over again in two weeks,” Slogic said, “but now we have to do it at their place.”
Hollis-Brookline 11, Concord 5
The Crimson Tide stumbled to a 6-2 halftime deficit en route to falling to 1-3.
Mary Annon, Hannah Bouchard, Lexi Erickson, Adelaide Symmes and Chelsey Jobin scored for Concord, while Grace Orzechowski also played well on offense and Melissa Harper and Bella Rubin led the defense.
MV 7, Gilford 6, OT
The Pride (1-3) came back from a 6-5 deficit with just over two minutes to play, tying the game at the end of regulation and winning in overtime.
Tanner Carter (two goals) scored the tying goal, assisted by David West (two goals, two assists). Dylan Baer tallied the game-winner two minutes into overtime. Cole Martin added two goals for MV, while Buddy Hughes led the defensive effort and recorded an assist on a fast-break transition. Alain Authier had 11 saves in net.
Hopkinton 15, Stevens 2
Austin Cowan (five goals, two assists) and Henry Merrow (two goals, five assists) led a Hopkinton attack that scored early and often, leading to a decisive victory.
Ben Thompson tallied one goal and two assists for the Hawks (4-0), while Evan Rudderman chipped in one goal and one assist. Nate Hunt anchored the defensive effort, and Matt French recorded 12 saves in net.
Bishop Brady 10, Laconia 9
Ryan Kirk (three goals, one assist) scored a Bishop Brady goal with three minutes remaining to tie the game at 9-9, and Jon Berry (four goals, four assists) netted the game-winner with one minute left to clinch the victory.
Dan Medvetz tallied two goals for the Green Giants (2-1), while Tom Palangas added one goal. Jason McKay led the defensive effort, shutting down Laconia’s top scorer. Evan Hall (18 saves) picked up the win in net.
Concord 5, Merrimack 4
Down to its last out, Concord (4-0) rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to beat Merrimack (1-4).
Deb Morrill watched four straight pitches for a two-out walk, then advanced to third on a bunt single by Annie Mullen. Katie Kennard then launched a triple to left-center to score both runners and give the Tide the lead.
A walk and a sacrifice bunt put the tying run in scoring position for the Tomahawks, but Kaitlyn Kelleher struck out the final two batters to earn her first varsity win with two innings of relief. Dani Morrill worked the first five innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs (one earned).
Cassidy Emerson (single, run, RBI), Amy Morin (triple, run) and Jess Carroll (double) also contributed to the offense.
MV 11, Kingswood 2
Bekka Donovan went 4-for-4 with five RBI, and Rachel Demers hit a home run in her first varsity at-bat to lead the Pride (2-2).
The offensive performances helped make a winner out of Kerry Fedion, who allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out two in seven innings. She also went 2-for-2 with an RBI to support her cause. Jacey Fedion added a triple for the Pride.
Hopkinton 12, Fall Mtn. 0
The Hawks (3-1) made it look easy while earning a victory on the road.
Becca Shatney pitched all five innings while striking out six and allowing only one hit. She also went 2-for-3 with two RBI for an offense that scored four runs in the fourth and six in the fifth to break open the game, while Maddie Bergethon went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI and Sarah Ewing had a two-run single.
White Mtns. 5, Winnisquam 1
The Bears managed only three hits against the solid defense of undefeated White Mountains (4-0).
Amanda Blier (1-for-2, walk), Alyssa Clogston (1-for-4) and Allie Trowsdale (1-for-3, RBI) led the way for Winnisquam (0-5). Trowsdale went the distance in the circle for the Bears, allowing only three earned runs on six hits while striking out five.
Concord 5, Merrimack 4, 9 inn.
The rematch of last year’s extra-inning Division I final needed extra baseball, as well, with Braden Smith driving in Alex Bashios in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Crimson Tide’s rally from a 3-0 deficit.
Bashios began the ninth by reaching on an error, and after Cody Ferns sacrificed him to second, Smith drilled a fly ball over the center fielder’s head to bring in Bashios for the walk-off win.
The Tomahawks (3-2) scored runs in the first, second and fifth, but Concord (5-0) rallied with a three-run fifth. Mikael Manoogian and Ben Bengtson came in when Ferns’s grounder to third was thrown away, and Smith hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Bashios and tie the game.
Cam Alosa started and went 4 2∕3 innings, striking out two and allowing three runs and nine hits. Ryan Place relieved with 3 2∕3 scoreless innings and Bengtson came on to turn a double play with Connor Ferns on a comebacker and end a Merrimack threat in the top of the ninth.
MV 8, Kingswood 1
Riley Linehan was impressive in his first varsity start, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out three in seven innings to pick up the win for Merrimack Valley (2-1).
Cody Barton had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three runs and a two-run single that put MV up 5-1 in the fifth and broke the game open. Jake Landry went 2-for-3 with a run.
Fall Mtn. 12, Hopkinton 11, 9 inn.
The Hawks (2-2) traded runs with Fall Mountain (3-1) and scored the tying run in the top of the seventh before the Wildcats won the game on an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
“We executed offensively,” Hopkinton Coach Dave Chase said, “but our pitchers ran out of gas.”
Hopkinton led 10-7 going into the bottom of the fifth, but Fall Mountain got a grand slam with two outs to take an 11-10 lead.
Steve Auger (3-for-4, RBI, four steals, three runs) plated the tying run in the seventh after getting on base with a double and coming around on a Liam McNicholas sacrifice bunt.
The Wildcats got a leadoff single in the ninth and, after a sacrifice and a pair of walks, scored the winning run on a single.
Jake Nelson (3-for-4, RBI) and Andrew Reale (3-for-5, three RBI) added offense, while pitchers Nate Shatney and Riley McNicholas were solid in their relief outings. Collin Paraskeva added a hit with two RBI and played well on defense.
White Mtns. 2
White Mountains got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead after one inning. But from there it was all Winnisquam, as the Bears (3-1) tallied 11 hits in what Coach Fred Caruso called “their best offensive performance of the year.”
Rob Goodell went 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs and two RBI. Curtis Archibald (2-for-2, RBI, run scored) and Dominic DeBlasie (2-for-4, RBI) also had strong performances at the plate. DeBlasie pitched 3 2∕3 innings, allowing just one hit, walking seven and striking out eight before being relieved by Caleb Hutchins, who pitched the remainder of the game, allowing one hit and striking out six.
Portsmouth Christian 1
The Panthers (3-1) scored 12 runs in the first inning en route to a mercy rule win over Portsmouth Christian (1-3). Pittsfield had 12 hits total and added two runs in the third and five more in the fifth.
Jacob Whittier (3-for-3, three doubles, two runs, six RBI), Chris Farr (2-for-4, two doubles, two runs, three RBI) and Jed Eastman (2-for-3, three RBI) led the way from the plate, while pitcher Kris Perkins went all five innings, giving up two hits and an unearned run with seven strikeouts and a walk.
Pinkerton 6, Concord 3
The Crimson Tide (3-4) couldn’t keep pace with Pinkerton, and fell short.
Skye Reese won, 8-6, at No. 4 singles, and Irene Ireme picked up an 8-1 victory at No. 5. Reese and Ireme continued their superb performances in doubles play, winning 8-6 at No. 3. The No. 1 doubles team of Gabriella Killinger and Emily Zimnosky lost a hard-fought match, 9-8 with a 9-7 tiebreaker.
Concord 7, Pinkerton 2
The Crimson Tide (7-0) continued its stellar start to the season with a hard-fought road victory over Pinkerton (3-5).
Winners in singles for the Tide were No. 1 Greg Cistulli (8-2), No. 2 Justin Toler (8-6), No. 5 Josh Pifer (8-4) and No. 6 Mattias Lambert (8-4). The doubles teams of No. 1 Cistulli/Toler (9-7), No. 2 Evan Hewey/Pifer (8-1) and No. 3 Thomas Bengtson/Lambert (8-6) were all victorious. Hewey and Pifer played their best match of the year in their strong 8-1 win, according to Coach Dave Page.
Kennett 5, Coe-Brown 4
The Bears (3-3) lost a home match to a hot Kennett squad (5-1) that has won five straight.
Coe-Brown’s two singles wins came from No. 1 Jakob Zylak (8-1) and No. 6 Brian Gordon (8-2), while the doubles groups of No. 1 Zylak/Alex Wimsatt (8-1) and No. 3 Gordon/Jeremy Fenerty (8-3) also picked up wins.
Coe-Brown 3, Mascenic 2
The Bears (3-2) prevailed in a five-setter at Mascenic (2-3), 25-14, 13-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-11.
Coe-Brown was led by Beau Pingree (16 kills, 12 digs), Devin Merchant (23 assists) and Mike LeDuc (team-leading 23 digs).