High Schools: Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse team caps perfect regular season, then looks ahead
Bishop Brady's Madeline Moran keeps her eye on the ball in her No. 1 singles match against Oyster River's Becca Hoff in the Division II girls tennis quarterfinal between Bishop Brady and Oyster River on May 22, 2013 at Memorial Field.
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Bishop Brady's Katie MacMullen returns the ball in the Division II girls' tennis quarterfinal against Oyster River on May 22, 2013 at Memorial Field. MacMullen lost at No. 3 singles, 9-8 (9-7 in the tie-breaker).
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The Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse team wrapped up its perfect regular season without much drama in a road win over Bishop Brady, 9-6. The Hawks (14-0) outscored Brady 7-0 in the second period to open up a comfortable lead and withstood a late scoring run from the Green Giants (9-5) for a comfortable victory.
The Hawks are quickly turning the page to the postseason tournament with little fanfare for their undefeated record.
“It’s a nice accomplishment,” Hopkinton Coach Doug Maynard said, “but it’s all about the tournament.”
Though the team is ready to forget about the regular season and start the postseason, Hopkinton’s play has been impressive this year. Only four of the team’s games were won by less than a seven-goal margin. Yesterday’s game with Brady was one of those closer games, but it didn’t have that feel early.
After a slow first quarter, Hopkinton’s offense got going quickly and scored seven straight goals to lead 8-1 at the half. Senior attacker Henry Merrow was a big part of the action and tallied four goals and an assist. Unfortunately, Merrow left the game just before halftime with a knee injury, which perhaps contributed to the Hawks only scoring once more for the remainder of the game.
The third quarter kept the Hopkinton lead at a seven-goal gap, with each team scoring once, but in the fourth Bishop Brady made a push to get back into the game and scored four consecutive goals to make things interesting. Hopkinton, though, was able to keep the Giants at a distance, thanks in no small part to the team’s faceoff play, led by senior middie Ned Metcalf.
“They got closer, but we were confident because of our great faceoffs,” Maynard said.
Metcalf led the way in terms of draws, winning 14 out of 16 that he took part in. With Merrow going down before halftime, a major part of Hopkinton’s offense was lost, but Metcalf’s steady play allowed the Hawks to keep possession and control of the game, despite Brady creeping a closer.
“(Metcalf’s faceoffs) were key to our success,” Maynard said.
Another key was the consistent play of goalie Matt French, who made 13 saves and also played a big part in the general play as an aggressive last defender, coming outside his cage to intercept passes and create turnovers.
“It was a great game by (French),” Maynard said, “but he’s played like that all year. In my mind, he’s the best goalie in Division III.”
The rest of Hopkinton’s scoring came from Austin Cowan (two goals), Bennett Mosseau (two goals) and Metcalf (goal). James McCluskey and Nate Hunt led the defensive effort in front of French.
Leading the Green Giants offensively were seniors Jon Berry and Ryan Kirk, who tallied two goals and an assist each. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Brady, which has stepped up its game compared to earlier in the season in the eyes of Coach Maynard. Hopkinton had beaten the Giants, 10-3, on May 6 and faced a much stronger fight this time around.
“(Brady) has improved greatly,” Maynard said. “They’re a good, well-coached and tough team.”
Despite the perfect record, there are still some unknowns for Hopkinton as it moves into the tournament. Despite winning a lot of games by large margins this year, the Hawks have yet to face other D-III pacemakers such as Hollis-Brookline (13-1), Pelham (10-3) and the other undefeated group in the division, Derryfield (16-0).
Concord 15, Man. Memorial 3
Tyler Martel scored seven goals to lead Concord (7-9) to its second straight win to wrap up the regular season. Manchester Memorial (0-15) finished the season winless.
Tyler Hatch (two goals, assist), Sean Mamos (two goals), Austin Erickson (goal, assist), Adam Resnick (goal, assist), Josh Owens (two assists), Ian Scurra (goal), Max Foisy (goal) and Tim Weinhold (assist) made up the rest of the Crimson Tide offensive production.
Goalie Nick Zavorotny made 10 saves in net.
John Stark 14, Lebanon 2
The Generals (8-6) finished their regular season schedule on a three-game win streak after taking charge early against Lebanon (1-13) to lead 10-0 at halftime.
Matthew Richard led the offensive attack with four goals and three assists, while Brody Fredericks and Colbey Decotis (assist) each scored three goals. Thomas Zervos led the team with four assists, and Nicolas Lloyd, Grady Mullin, James Smugurski and Jacob Blanchette each scored a single goal. Nicholas Simeone led the defensive effort in front of goalie August Colburn (seven saves).
Bow 15, Timberlane 4
Twelve different Bow players recorded a point, with Jason Stickney (three goals) and Mike Fanaras (two goals, two assists) leading the way. Dan Crisman (goal, assist), Riley Keenan (assist), and Colby Desmairis all played excellent games on both offense and defense. Dylan LaBranche (two goals), Derek Gallagher (goal), Tyler Herricks (goal), and Matt Ehrenberg (goal) all contributed on offense. Riley Keenan and Colin Buck did a great job taking faceoffs. Bow finishes the regular season 10-4.
Pembroke 9, Merrimack Valley 3
The Spartans broke a five-game losing streak with the road win and finishes the season at 4-10.
Dylan Baer, Cole Martin, and Cody Thurston all scored goals for MV, which wins up at 3-11.
Kearsarge 16, Stevens 6
The Cougars ended their season with a convincing win in Claremont and figure to be a top eight seed in the Division III playoffs.
As usual, Ollie Gallo (three goals, four assists) and Peter Allen (four goals, three assists) led the Kearsarge offense. The Cougars also got some encouraging contributions from a pair of freshmen - Lucas Muzzey had three goals and played with some inspiring toughness, and Butch Bolger had a goal and was instrumental on the clear.
“It’s nice to have your freshman playing well going into the playoffs,” Kearsarge Coach Mike Heffernan said.
Salem 13, Concord 12
The Crimson Tide held a 6-4 halftime lead, but Salem came back in the second half to escape with a narrow victory.
Grace Orzechowski and Mary Annon led the way offensively for Concord, tallying four goals apiece. Lizzie Donlon recorded 17 saves in net. Concord finishes the season 7-10 and will play a first round playoff game on the road.
Windham 23, Merrimack Valley 4
The Pride (2-11) couldn’t hang with Windham (14-2) in MV’s penultimate game of the regular season.
Lily Davis (assist), Sydney Rollins, Hannah John and Karra Hebert each scored to make up the Pride’s goals. Rebekah Stearns (assist) played hard offensively, and Jordan Presby was strong on defense.
Pembroke 22, Pelham 14
The Spartans (3-10) snapped an eight-game losing streak with a home win over Pelham (0-13) on Tuesday.
Madison Cote scored seven goals to lead Pembroke, while Keerstyn Allen had six and Vanessa Lacey scored five. Devon Cassidy (two goals), Chantal Filiau and Kaitlyn Roukey also added goals. Senior Cathleen Steinbeiser was the defensive standout in front of goalie Nathalee Clarke, who made 14 saves.
Concord 4, Spaulding 4, susp.
The bottom of the Crimson Tide lineup sparked a late rally to send the game into extras, and heavy rains came a few innings later to suspend play at Memorial Field with two outs and a runner on first in the top of the ninth. The game is slated to resume today at 4 p.m., pending suitable field conditions.
Concord (10-6) trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth but got an RBI triple from Seimou Smith and RBI singles from Jon Dunn and Ben Bengtson to tie the game. Alex Bashios had an RBI single in the third for the Tide.
Pembroke 8, Plymouth 5
Pembroke (13-4) tallied six runs in the first two innings and withstood a late charge by Plymouth (8-8) to record the victory in a rain-shortened, six-inning game. The Spartans were led by Shane St. Onge, who threw five innings and gave up four earned runs. St. Onge also went 1-for-3 at the plate with a home run and two runs scored. Seth Gonya and Mike Barnum each went 2-for-3 for the Spartans, with Gonya tallying one run, one RBI and three stolen bases, and Barnum adding two RBI.
Sanborn 7, John Stark 2
After Sanborn scored two in the top of the first, the Generals (3-13) came back with two of their own in the bottom of the frame. But the Indians (6-10) kept scoring from there (three in the second and single runs in the fourth and sixth) while Stark’s bats got quiet.
Tyler Keim pitched six solid innings of relief for the Generals, giving up two runs and striking out six. Jeff Taylor (2-for-4, two stolen bases, run) and Nick Manna (RBI, stolen base, run) two of Stark’s six departs seniors, led the offense in the final game of the season.
Goffstown 7, Merrimack Valley 3
The Grizzlies (17-1) tallied five runs in the fourth inning to build a lead that Merrimack Valley (10-6) couldn’t overcome.
Cody Barton went 1-for-3 with two RBI for the Pride, while Andrew Peich went 2-for-3. Brooks Kimball pitched two innings of scoreless relief.
Goffstown clinched the No. 1 seed in the Division II tournament, while MV will host a first round playoff game as either the No. 7 or 8 seed.
Oyster River 6, Coe-Brown 1
Each team recorded five hits, but walks and errors plagued the Bears (5-11), as they allowed four unearned runs in the second inning and walked two base runners home in the sixth.
Garrett Wensberg drove in the lone run for Coe-Brown. Oyster River improves to 8-7 with the win.
Pelham 4, Bishop Brady 1
Adam Gamache was solid in a complete-game effort, but the Green Giants (3-13) couldn’t generate enough run production against Pelham (8-7) in their last game of the season. The Pythons scored a run in each of the first three innings, but the first two were unearned.
Brady scored on a throwing error in the fourth inning after Thomas Pelchat and Mack Sokul got on base. The Giants had chances to make the game closer but had trouble stringing hits together and had two baserunners thrown out at home plate.
Bow 3, Mascenic 1
Two runs in the top of the fifth allowed the Falcons (13-3) to grab the lead and, eventually, the win when rain cut the game short after five innings.
Hunter Berke began the final inning by reaching on a bunt single, and after he stole second, Sean Ford dropped a bunt to move him up. The ball was thrown wildly to first, allowing Berke to score and give the Falcons the lead, and the advantage went to two runs two batters later when Sam Morrow singled to bring in Ford.
Bow allowed Mascenic to take a 1-0 lead in the first but drew even in the fourth when Evan Vulgamore hit a two-out single and Nate Corriveau brought him in with a triple. Corriveau also got the start on the mound, going the five innings and allowing two walks and two hits while striking out two. Chris Fournier and Tyler Lambert also had singles for the Falcons.
Winnisquam 6, Newfound 6, susp.
Winnisquam (10-5) was down 5-4 in the top of the seventh inning before Caleb Hutchins blasted a two-run home run, giving his team a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the inning. Newfound (9-5) scored a run to tie the game, and with two outs and runners on the corners, the game was suspended due to torrential rain.
Dom DeBlasie (1-for-3, RBI, two runs scored) started the game on the mound for Winnisquam, pitching two innings before being relieved in the third by Parker Normand, who struck out six batters, walked five, allowed two hits and one earned run.
Curtis Archibald went 2-for-3 for Winnisquam, while Torrey Martinez tallied a single for his first varsity hit.
Concord 11, Spaulding 2
Concord (15-2) wrapped up either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed for the Division I tournament with a victory over Spaulding (12-5), which came in tied for fourth and riding an eight-game winning streak.
The teams traded single runs in the third before the Tide broke it wide open, plating five runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Katie Kennard struck the big blow in the fourth, clearing the bases with a double, and Jess Carroll stroked a two-run double for the big hit in the fifth.
The top of the order ignited things for the Tide, with Deb Morrill going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs and Annie Mullen going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Jasmine Morin (2-for-4, double, two RBI) and Molly Emerson (2-for-4, double, two runs, RBI) also had multiple hits, and Kennard (four RBI), Carroll (two RBI) and Amy Morin added to the 12-hit attack.
Kennard (win, 3-plus innings, one run, three hits), Dani Morrill (three innings, one run, three hits) and Kaitlyn Kelleher (one inning, no runs, no hits) combined in the circle and were backed by some stellar glovework, including diving stops by shortstop Amy Morin and third baseman Meaghan Littlejohns.
Coe-Brown 13, Oyster River 0
Kianna Daudelin went the distance for the Bears in last night’s five inning contest, allowing only two hits and no walks while striking out eight.
Offensively, Coe-Brown was led by Amanda Riley (4-for-4, triple, RBI) and Lauren Jones (2-for-4, five RBI, home run). Daudelin helped her own cause, going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. The Bears finish 14-2, and looks to be a top seed in the Divison II tournament.
Goffstown 3, Merrimack Valley 0
Goffstown (13-5) scored all of its runs in the first two innings, and the rest of the game was a pitchers’ duel. But the Pride couldn’t bring any runners home and they suffered the defeat, finishing the season at 8-8.
Kayla Kibbee went the distance in the circle for MV, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out two. Rebekka Donovan went 2-for-3 with a double, Maggie Carey went 2-for-3, and Amber Cronan went 1-for-3.
Winnisquam 14, Newfound 0
Allie Trowsdale struck out 11 en route to a no-hitter in yesterday’s dominating five inning victory.
Offensively, Winnisquam (8-9) was led by Madison Lang (3-for-3, three runs) and Alyssa Clogston (3-for-3, three runs, RBI triple). Marissa DeBlasie was 1-for-3 with a grand slam, and Kendra Lonergan was 2-for-4 with two doubles.
Monadnock 18, Hillsboro-Deering 6
H-D pitcher Alyssa Bailey tried to come back from a deep thigh bruise, but the injury wasn’t fully healed and Bailey lasted just two innings.
Senior Erin Delacy went 3-for-4 to lead the Hillcats at the plate. Maggie Girard (2-for-3), Kaitlyn Bergstresser (2-for-3), Jocelyn Butler (1-for-2) and Hilary Madore (1-for-1) also contributed to the offense, while catcher Sarah Egner had a nice game behind the plate.
Bow 11, Mascenic 4
The Falcons (6-10) snapped a five-game losing streak to finish the regular season and clinch a playoff spot. Bow scored seven runs in the second inning to open up an early lead.
Kylie Iasillo got the win from the circle, giving up five hits while striking out six and walking two. Sophomores Kelsie Flynn (2-for-four, double, triple) and Hannah Perna (two-run homer) led the way from the plate, while Megan Sackett (2-for-3), Amy Zahensky (2-for-4, two runs) and Madison Stanley (2-for-4, two RBI) added offense.
∎ In a doubleheader played on Tuesday, Bow was swept on the road by Raymond (8-8), 6-0 and 8-4. The Falcons had eight hits in the opening game but were held scoreless. Iasillo pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts, and Miki Dowd had three hits.
In the second game, Bow came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie things up before the Rams scored two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings. Maddie Palisi went the distance for the Falcons, giving up six earned runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Stanley (two RBI) and Dowd (RBI) each had three hits.
gilford 4, Franklin 1
Franklin (12-4) wrapped up its season with two straight losses after running into a hot Gilford team (14-1) that had won 14 straight and had its top pitcher throwing. The Golden Tornadoes had eight hits to Gilford’s nine but managed a single run on a Lexi Colpack solo homer in the third inning which tied the score at 1-1. Gilford had scored its first run in the second before adding two in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Pitcher Kelsey Bird (four strikeouts) was solid for the Tornadoes, but was overshadowed by Gilford’s starter, Sydney Strout, who had 12 strikeouts and pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam with three strikeouts in the third.
Shelby Joyce had three hits for Franklin, while center fielder Mariah Gauthier and left fielder Kat Styles made some slick plays in the outfield during the sixth inning.
Dover 3, Coe-Brown 0
The Bears (6-8) went on the road and were swept by Dover (3-11), 25-11, 25-20, 25-15. Dover snapped a seven-game losing streak.
Coe-Brown has two games left in the regular season.
D-II GIRLS’ TENNIS
No. 4 Bishop Brady 3, No. 5 Oyster River 3, susp.
The Green Giants (12-2) and Bobcats (9-5) managed to finish singles play before the rains came and will try to complete this quarterfinal match today.
No. 1 Maddy Moran (8-6), No. 2 Shelby Herrington (8-1) and No. 5 Mikayla Clarke (8-4) claimed the singles wins for Brady , while No. 3 Katie MacMullin lost a heartbreaker, 9-8 (9-7).
“Every single girl on the court played their brains out,” Brady Coach Marcia Moran said. “It was really fun to watch because both sides were playing at such a high caliber.