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High Schools: Kearsarge girls’ lacrosse team remains perfect

  • Kathleen Medvetz (left) of John Stark and Kate Scheuch (right) of Kearsarge chase down the ball in their game at Kearsarge; Thursday, May 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Kathleen Medvetz (left) of John Stark and Kate Scheuch (right) of Kearsarge chase down the ball in their game at Kearsarge; Thursday, May 9, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Jonalyn Burt of Kearsarge chases Liz Neal of John Stark in their game at Kearsarge; Thursday, May 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Jonalyn Burt of Kearsarge chases Liz Neal of John Stark in their game at Kearsarge; Thursday, May 9, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Kathleen Medvetz (left) of John Stark and Kate Scheuch (right) of Kearsarge chase down the ball in their game at Kearsarge; Thursday, May 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Jonalyn Burt of Kearsarge chases Liz Neal of John Stark in their game at Kearsarge; Thursday, May 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

The Kearsarge girls’ lacrosse team continued its undefeated run through the first two-thirds of the season yesterday, breaking open a tight game with a 5-0 scoring run in the second half to outpace John Stark and win at home, 16-5. The Cougars now stand at 9-0 with their second win of the season over the Generals (5-5), but were tested during a defensive struggle in the first half.

Slow starts have been one of the few frustrating aspects of Kearsarge’s play so far this year, as overall the Cougars have been better than expected after losing 10 girls to graduation after last season. Coach Scott Slogic’s squad features only three seniors and dresses seven freshmen for each game, but the combination of veteran and first-year players has been a fruitful one.

“Our senior leadership has helped us become a very strong and fun team that enjoys being together,” Slogic said. “It’s not always easy when you have freshmen (on a varsity squad), but this group of leaders has been great mentors to the young girls.”

Reigning D-III Player of the Year and First Team All-American Gemma Bready, two-time First Team All-State defender Christie Ross and leading attacker Caitlin Anderson certainly have enough experience and success to pass on to the beginning players, and that knowledge has rang loud and clear to the first-year group. Freshmen like Anna Stowell (third-leading scorer on the team), defensive starter Kaileigh Davis and the versatile Eleanor Angus are just a few of the rookies that are making a major positive impact for Kearsarge.

“I think we can attribute our winning streak to team chemistry and strong, good leadership,” Slogic said.

The Stark defense fought hard in the first half to stay within striking distance of the lead.

“We weren’t able to find open, well-placed shots,” Slogic said. “(Stark) has given us trouble in both games against them.”

“(Defender) Beckie Beaulieu and (goalie) Clarissa Foote did a good job on them in the first half,” Generals Coach Tom Warner said of his team’s early defensive effort. “But (Kearsarge) was able to penetrate us in the second.”

Leading 5-3 coming out of halftime, the teams traded early goals before the Cougars went on a game-changing 5-0 run to pull ahead 11-4.

“Stark challenged us (in the first half),” Slogic said, “but we started making good inside passes into the middle past their defense.”

The Cougars attack was led by Anderson, who scored a team-high six goals and added two assists. Bready pitched in with a hat trick, while junior midfielder Libby Brooks (two goals, two assists), Haley Brook (two goals) and Stowell (two goals) were also proficient offensively.

John Stark had its goals from Gianna Pezzulo, Kathleen Medvetz, Casey Poirier, Elizabeth Palmisano and Danielle Galli, while Beaulieu and Foote (12 saves) were strong defensively.

The undefeated Cougars will face a strong test over their next two games, taking on 7-2 Lebanon, which has moved down from Division II, twice in a row. Slogic still sees room for improvement, particularly in stopping the team’s habit for making slow starts to games as well as improving the midfield defense-to-offense transition, but Kearsarge’s mix of young and old has proven to be a perfect fit for the team.

“I did not expect the freshmen to come along as quickly as they have,” Slogic said. “It’s been a very pleasant surprise.”

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Plymouth 12, MV 5

Merrimack Valley (2-8) couldn’t quite match up with a strong Plymouth (7-3) squad.

Maddy Jaquith was strong in net for the Pride, turning aside 15 shots.

Hannah John scored twice and assisted on another to lead the MV offense, while Rebekah Stearns (one assist), Lily Davis and Amanda Nakodil also scored. Sydney Rollins had a strong game on offense, and Emily Davis was solid on defense.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Exeter 15, Concord 7

Tyler Martel and Tyler Hatch scored two goals apiece, but Concord (3-8) came up short against Exeter (7-5).

Adam Resnick, Tommy Skafidas and Austin Erickson each added a goal for the Tide, and Nick Zavorotny turned aside 14 Blue Hawks shots.

Kearsarge 6, Gilford 4

Two quick goals by Pete Allen and Ollie Gallo to start the second half turned a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead and Kearsarge (6-4) never trailed from that point on in a defensive battle at Gilford (2-8).

The teams played even, 2-2, in the first period before the Golden Eagles grabbed a 3-2 lead at halftime. A pep talk at the break got the Cougars refocused and they went on to control the second half.

Allen finished with three goals, Gallo had two and Matt Pickman one. Will AuFranc stood tall in the nets, making nine saves.

GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD

Merrimack Invitational

Coe-Brown athletes won nine events to lead the Bears to a convincing victory in the Merrimack Invitational, scoring 154 points to runner-up Exeter’s 87. Concord took third with 46 points and two event wins. Salem (44) and Merrimack (34.5) rounded out the top five in the 13-team field.

Jelasa Nelson swept the sprints, winning the 100 in 12.63 and the 200 in 26.33, and leading a 1-2-3 Bears finish in the long jump with a winning leap of 17-2 3∕4. Samantha Toscano (second 100 hurdles, third triple jump) was second and Arial Clachar (fourth 100, sixth 200) third in the long jump.

Megan Rouillard captured the javelin in 108-6 and took third in the discus. Alley Savioli won the shot put in 36-9 1∕2 and placed third in the javelin. Hannah Parker won the 800 in 2:10.98. And Brooke Laskowsky won the 1,600 in 5:31.99.

Coe-Brown also won both the 4x100 relay (51.08, with Lauren Montgomery, Nelson, Clachar and Toscano) and the 4x400 relay (4:07.78, with Parker, Laskowsky, Sarah Curtin and Katelyn Terry).

Elisabeth Danis (second 3,200), Sam Donohue (second discus), Terry (fifth 300 hurdles) and Jessie Carney (sixth 1,600) also scored for Coe-Brown.

Concord’s Rebecca Massah swept the hurdles, winning the 100 in 16.05 and the 300 in 47.49 to lead the Tide.

Smita Boesch-Dining was second in the 800, Hannah Orzechowski took third in the 300 hurdles, Jessie Bean was fourth in the long jump, and Michaella Conery took fifth in the 3,200.

Concord’s 4x400 relay of Amanda Schoenfeld, Orzechowski, Conery and Boesch-Dining took third.

John Stark 10th

John Stark finished in 10th place with two points at the 10-team SENH Meet at Spaulding. Winnacunnet won the meet with 194.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Timberlane (81).

Notable finishes for the Generals were Madeline Ishak in sixth place in the 3,200 (13:27) and a sixth-place time by the 4x400 relay of Megan Laramee, Hannah Erskine, Madelyn Widger and Brianna LeGrand (4:54.6).

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD

Merrimack Invitational

Concord finished in fourth place with 65 points at the Merrimack Invitational, a meet that usually provides a good measuring stick for the D-I championships. Coe-Brown took ninth place with 17 points. Nashua North won the meet with 114 points, and Pinkerton (82) took second.

The highlight of the meet for the Crimson Tide was the first-place 4x100 relay team of Walters Ndi, Tolbert Nemo, George Feliz and Marc Gaudet breaking a 33-year-old school record by half a second with a time of 43.65 seconds. B.J. Smith was first in the 3,200 with a time of 9:27.99, while George Feliz took first in the 100 hurdles in 40.73 and second in the 110 hurdles in 15.11. Nemo was second in the 100 (11.38) and fifth in the 200 (23.46). Angel Feliz (third in long jump, 20-1 1∕2), Ndi (third in 100, 11.41), Harry Gunn (third in high jump, 5-8) and Leo Sudieh (sixth in 100, 11.64) also finished near the top of their respective events.

Coe-Brown had top finishes from Jeremy Brassard (second in the 800, 1:57.04) and Noah Macri (tied for fourth in the pole vault, 11-0). The 4x100 relay team of Jake Habets, Justin Demers, Kyle Sanborn and Anthony Toscano was fifth in 46.03 seconds, and the 4x400 relay team of Drew Yonchak, Kyle Noel, Toscano and Brassard took fourth place in 3:38.58.

John Stark fourth

The Generals placed fourth out of 10 schools at the SENH Meet hosted by Spaulding. Stark came away with 43 points to finish just ahead of Somersworth (41) and behind third-place Timberlane (46). Portsmouth won the meet with 181 points, and Winnacunnet took second (114).

The lone event win on the day for John Stark was from the first-place 4x100 relay of Tyler LeGrand, Daniel Caterino, Patrick Morin and Joseph Nelson, who raced to a time of 47.1 seconds. LeGrand took second in the high jump (5-7), while Caterino was second in the shot put (41-7.5). Caleb Drury finished third in the 400 in 54.8 seconds, while sophomore Thomas Keon was fifth in 56.06. Nelson was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 124-7, and Joseph Liupi took fourth in the high jump (5-3).

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