Concord girls use pack mentality to dominate home cross country meet
Concord's Smita Boesch-Dining, right, keeps a steady lead while running in the meet against Exeter and Salem in at NHTI on September 24, 2013.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Concord's Pepper Smith crosses the finish line second in the race against Exeter and Salem during a meet at NHTI on September 24, 2013.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
There’s been a familiar formula for the Concord High girls’ cross country team this season – Smita Boesch-Dining leads the way and the rest of the Crimson Tide sticks together and finishes as close to the leader as it can. That methodology worked well yesterday as Concord dominated a three-team meet at NHTI.
The Tide had 19 team points as it placed eight runners in the top nine, with Boesch-Dining finishing first overall in 19:54. Exeter was second with 45 points and Salem had 74.
“I always talk about how clumping has a lot to do with being successful as a team,” Concord Coach Lyn Viskus said. “Smita has always done a great job of getting us a top overall place and the other girls have worked really hard to stick together and close the gap. As Skye Reese said last Friday, ‘This is the team-iest team around.’ ”
Concord’s Erin Waters (third) and Cassie Shea (fourth) stuck very close together, as both came in with a time of 20:46. Michaella Conery (fifth, 20:50) and Kate Andy (21:16) also scored for the Tide, while Kaelin Willette (seventh, 21:33), Fiona MacWhinnie (eighth, 21:37) and Sam Pearl (ninth, 21:41) weren’t far behind.
“In our meets so far we have shown great depth,” Viskus said. “The top eight runners have mixed up positions with any one of them being able to help out a teammate who is not having her best race that day.”
Things were much tighter on the boys’ side where Salem (35 points) edged out Concord (39) with Exeter (51) in third. Pepper Smith finished second overall in 17:52 to lead the Tide. He was followed by Alex Saveliev (seventh, 19:06), Jamie Nelson (ninth, 19:36), Michael Alexander (10th, 19:39), Brad Hicks (11th, 19:41) and Cal Mackenzie (19:52).
“It was great to see the spacing from our second finisher to our fifth,” Tide Coach Tristan Black-Ingersoll said. “I would like to see them finishing closer to Pepper, but I’ve been very impressed with how they’ve progressed as a team.”
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
John Stark third,
Merrimack Valley fourth
John Stark came in third place with a score of 80, and MV placed fourth with a 101 team score, as Souhegan (15) dominated the Pride-hosted meet with a perfect score. Windham (66) was the runner-up, and Plymouth (114) brought up the rear.
Sophomores Hazel Johnstone (seventh place, 22:08) and Madeline Ishak (ninth, 22:19) paced the Generals effort, while Hailey Nase (23:00), Erin Scott (26:04) and Hannah Erskine (27:51) made up the rest of the Stark top five.
The MV girls were led by Raquel Gelinas (11th place, 22:29) and Cassie Owens (14th, 23:06), followed by Madison Irving (33rd, 26:02), Kelsey Belanger (39th, 26:43) and Abby Davis (47th, 28:09).
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Merrimack Valley second,
John Stark fifth
The Pride took second place at a home meet with a score of 57, finishing behind Souhegan, which won the meet with a score of 18. Windham (75), Plymouth (102) and John Stark (139) finished in the third through fifth spots.
Carter Saltmarsh led MV with a fourth-place overall finish in 18:08. He was followed by teammates Keegan Hanks (ninth, 18:36), Walker John (14th, 18:52), Brandon Richardson (21st, 19:37) and Brendan Polichronopoulos (22nd, 19:46).
Stark’s top runner was Kaden Hirschenhofer (19:58), ahead of Robert Kram (20:45), Noah Payeur (21:46), Joseph Boucher (22:00) and Zach Lanctot (24:20).
Concord 2, Nashua North 1, OT
The Tide (5-1-1) dominated the match, outshooting the Titans 17-2, but still needed 93 minutes to defeat Nashua North (2-5-1). The Titans capitalized on one of their only opportunities of the game in the 28th minute to take a 1-0 lead, but Concord goalkeeper Andrew Grondin handled any stray balls in the Tide’s end the rest of the way. Isaac Dugas played well in the midfield to help Concord control possession.
Chris Pinkham played well up front, creating many scoring opportunities, but it was Kyle Thayer who scored the equalizer in the 64th minute. In the 93rd minute, Thayer dribbled the ball down the right side before sending it to Dominique Girard. Girard sent a quick pass to Emmanuel Smith just inside the 18-yard box and Smith buried it for the game winner.
Portsmouth 2, Coe-Brown 0
The Bears (3-4-1) got off to a tough start against Portsmouth (5-1-1), giving up two goals in the first 15 minutes, but improved in the second half. Portsmouth was able to keep its shutout and has won five straight games while only allowing two goals over that span.
Alex Wimsatt and Trey Berry both put in solid shifts at outside midfield for Coe-Brown.
Bow 4, Mascoma 0
The Falcons (7-1) scored three second-half goals and the defense did not allow a single Mascoma (1-7) shot on goal in Bow’s second straight shutout victory.
The defensive unit of Thomas Poulin, David Merchan (assist), Mitchell Blair, Nathan Riera and Jacob Huppe formed an impenetrable back line in front of keeper Tim Bradley.
Jon Paul Merchan scored the lone goal for Bow in the first half. Corey Plumb (two assists), Chris Ketchum and Benjamin Maurer all had second-half tallies.
Belmont 5, Franklin 0
The Red Raiders dominated en route to earning their third straight win, taking a 2-0 lead by the end of the first half and then burying the Golden Tornadoes (0-7) in the second.
Matt Leclair and Dillon Duclos had the first-half goals, with Duclos scoring five seconds before the break. Austin Haddock, Nick Schott and Brad Cyr added goals in the second half, while Curtis McLelland, Colby Pickowicz, Joe Boles and T.J. Hennessey had assists.
Hopkinton 5, Kearsarge 0
Sophomore Nick Fleury scored two goals in three minutes in his first varsity start during the first half to spot the Hawks an early 2-0 lead. Hopkinton (6-0) went on to add two more goals in the first half before picking up a fifth early in the second.
Senior captain Doug Fleury completed a good night for the Fleury family with two goals of his own, and Evan Ruderman scored a pretty goal after shaking his defender on a crossover and hitting his target on the far side of the net. Zach Rouleau (two), Doug Fleury and Riley McNicholas provided the assists in the game.
Keenan Trahnstrom and Jake Hemmerlein led an organized defensive effort to help the Hawks preserve their fifth shutout of the season.
Kearsarge (4-2-1) had its four-game winning streak snapped. Cougars goalkeeper Mike Sullivan made seven saves.
Nashua North 4, Concord 2
Nashua North (4-2-2) had its offense going in the first half, taking a 3-0 lead going into halftime. The Crimson Tide (3-4) responded well in the second half and pulled within 3-2 with a late goal. North was able to score against the run of play in stoppage time after Concord committed a lot of players forward to try for a tie.
Freshman Ellie Pope and Caroline Andy scored the Tide goals, with Andy’s goal making it 3-2 with two minutes of normal time left to play. The back line of Kiersten Klose, Katherine Muzzey and Delana Erickson were solid for Concord.
“It was a good character game for us,” Tide Coach Bill Nardino said.
Bow 7, Bishop Brady 0
Lindsey Vogt and Sarah Carlson both scored twice to lead the Falcons (7-0) to an easy win.
Naomi Kramer, Lauren Scarpetti and Taylor Morrison also scored for Bow, while Maddie Cheney (two), Caitlyn Keenan and Scarpetti had assists. Julia Currier, Maddie Preston, Christy Vinnenberg and Lilly Naimie led a tight defense, and Janna Corsetti got the shutout in net.
Belmont 6, Laconia 1
Cassie Contigiani scored twice, and the Red Raiders (8-0) piled up the goals against Laconia (0-6-1), scoring all six in the first half.
After Contigiani started off the scoring in the second minute, Belmont struck again in the 18th, 23rd, 31st, 34th and 39th minutes.
Emily Ennis, Kylie O’Connell, Kelsey Scott and Hannah Shirley scored the other four goals, with assists coming from Scott, Shirley, Sarah Chase and Makayla Donovan.
The Hillcats (4-2-1) scored at the start and finish of the first half to get a road win over Kearsarge (1-5-1).
Sophomore Madisyn Winters finished off a great cross from Kymberlee Bergstresser in the third minute to start the scoring. Winters set up the second goal with a free kick that was redirected by freshman Kiersten Clough in the final minute of the first half.
Kearsarge got on the board in the 23rd minute of the second half.
Emma Moore made five saves in goal for H-D, while defender Sarah Ingalls, midfielder Paytne Walker and forward Makayla Savoy played well.
Concord Christian 0,
The Lady Kingsmen (1-6-1) avenged an 8-0 loss from earlier this season, holding out against Moultonborough (6-2-1) in overtime for a scoreless draw. Morgan Draus had her second consecutive shutout, while a valiant effort was given by midfielders Emily Purtell and Sally McDonald.
Concord Christian hopes to continue its two-game unbeaten streak tomorrow at Sunapee (6-1).
Merrimack Valley 2, Souhegan 1
The Pride (5-2) won its third straight, all against top competition, on an overtime goal from Olivia Thurber.
“Things are really starting to click,” MV Coach Kim Kenney said.
After Souhegan (5-2) took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, the Pride was able tie it up with no time left on the clock when the referee awarded a penalty corner as time expired in the first half. Lily Davis took the corner, Thurber had the assist, and Erin Frost found the back of the cage to tie things up at the break. Thurber scored the game-winner on a strangely wide-open shot 5:51 into overtime.
Cassidy Huckins, Autumn Hoyt and Bekah Stearns all played well for MV, which got nine saves from Maggie Carey.
Bow 1, Bishop Brady 0, OT
Katie Lawson scored just 1:12 into overtime to give the Falcons (3-3) their second win in a row and the third in their last four games. Lawson, who transferred from Brady to Bow two years ago, had a goal called back in the middle of the second half and was a factor throughout the contest.
Falcon freshman Lyndsey Wheeler finished with seven saves to post her first varsity shutout. Bow also got strong performances from Caitlin Meaney and Sarah Davis, who was celebrating her birthday.
Hopkinton 3, Profile 1
The Hawks (5-1) peppered the Profile (0-6) net with shots and Emma Oulette scored her first goal of the season in a win on the road.
Patriots goalie Franconia Jones made 27 saves, but sophomores Courtney Crouch and Shannon Pike each found the back of the net in the first half to give Hopkinton a 2-0 lead. Profile halved the deficit with 16:28 to go, but Oulette scored with less than four minutes left for some insurance.
Ireland Tawney had two assists and Brittany Marshall had one. Ally Rose and Caroline Flood played solid defense in front of Hawks goalie Maddy Bergethon (nine saves).
Kearsarge 2, John Stark 0
The Cougars (1-4-1) picked up their first win of the season after scoring a goal in each half. Ellie Chadwick opened the scoring, then Hannah Anderson doubled the Kearsarge lead 30 seconds into the second half.
Breyna Carey made two saves to pick up the shutout in net for Kearsarge, while freshman defender Paige Blake played well in her first game.
John Stark goalie Jerrilyn Wilson had a busy night, finishing with 16 saves, while forwards Kirstin Miller and Jilli Kilar played well in the second half for the Generals (0-5).
Berlin 1, Winnisquam 0, OT
The Bears (3-2-1) kept the undefeated Mountaineers (7-0) on their toes, dominating the game and keeping the play in Berlin’s end in overtime, but Winnisquam couldn’t capitalize on its chances in a heartbreaking overtime loss.
“The entire team played outstanding. We played like champions tonight. The girls put everything together to play a nice solid game,” Bears Coach Cherie Snow said.
Winnisquam missed scoring several opportunities in regulation and continued to pressure the Mountaineers in overtime with multiple penalty corners.
Bishop Brady first
Alex Thompson came in with a 1-over 37 to help the Green Giants (211) top both Kingswood (231) and Milford (240) at Beaver Meadow.
Alex von Svoboda fired a 39 for Brady, while Nick Vermette had a 41, Jack Bryck had a 45 and Spencer Fleming, playing in his first varsity match, shot 49.
The Cougars carded a 186 to finish just ahead of Prospect Mountain (188) in a four-team match at a windy Country Club of New Hampshire. Belmont ended up with 202 and Stevens had a 214.
“The conditions had a lot to do with it,” Kearsarge Coach David Muzzey said. “We were on our home course, and course knowledge in adverse conditions is probably worth a couple of strokes.”
Kearsarge’s Andy Arnold and Prospect Mountain’s Indiana Jones were co-medalists with 40s. Lucas Muzzey (43), Bailey Kane (51) and Laura Rodgers (52) completed the scoring for the Cougars. Belmont was led by Caleb Drouin’s 43. He was followed by Brandon Pearl (47), Mike Sanborn (52) and Trevor Hunt (60).
Jeremy Duhamel shot a 2-over 38 to become the fourth different medalist in five matches for the Falcons (13-0), which had a 157 at Canterbury Woods to finish ahead of Conant (205).
Jake Rand and Doug Champagne both shot 39 for Bow, while Josh Lacasse, who had a 41, rounded out the scoring.
The Hawks were missing two of their top five players (illness) and that was too much to handle against a Derryfield team that shot 168 at Candia Woods. Hopkinton (10-2) carded a 200 and Farmington finished with 229.
Senior captain Sam Winslow led the Hawks with a 42. He was followed by Jamison Crouch (50), Evan O’Keeffe (51) and Simeon Marklin (57).
Franklin (1-11) finished last out of four teams in a match at the Newport Golf Club. Newport shot a 181 for the win with Moultonborough (192), Sunapee (200) and the Golden Tornadoes (228) rounding out the field.
Jacob Geddis and Corey Nelson each shot a 52 to lead Franklin. Courtney Mazur carded a 56 and Billy Mazur scored a 68 to complete the scoring.
Hanover 3, John Stark 0
The Division III Generals fell to the D-II Marauders at home in three games, 25-15, 25-16, 25-18.
Emma Fredericks (three aces), Hannah Davis (two aces, one kill) and Brittney LaCerte (two aces, one kill) played well for John Stark.