High Schools: Concord girls’ lacrosse team takes down North in OT
Blake Gaboriault of Merrimack Valley carries the ball past Devin Mix of Kingswood during the Pride's 15-3 loss yesterday.
(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
Eric Lang of Merrimack Valley passes the ball in their game against Kingswood; Friday, May 3, 2013.
(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
After a sluggish first half that ended in a three-goal deficit, it looked like the Concord High girls’ lacrosse team was headed for its third straight loss and sixth of the season. But the Crimson Tide found its offensive groove to start the second half, scored late to force overtime, and then played its best lacrosse of the season in the extra session to claim an 18-15 win over Nashua North yesterday at Memorial Field.
“The six minutes in overtime was our best six minutes so far,” said Steph Johnson, Concord’s first-year coach. “You could tell they all really wanted it.”
Part of the early-season struggles for the Tide (3-6) can be blamed on the schedule. Concord has already played four games against the top three teams in Division I (Pinkerton, Souhegan and two against Exeter). But another major obstacle has been transition, offensively and defensively, and the Tide improved in both areas against North (4-5).
The defensive group of Molly Waite, Melissa Harper, Bella Rubin and goalie Lizzie Donlon played a big role in that transition improvement as they made the initial passes and moves to help spring the Tide out of its own half. That defense also kept Concord close in the first half as the offense stumbled and the Titans took a 6-3 lead into the break.
After halftime, the Tide did a better sharing the ball, playing as a team and finding fast-break offense. The immediate result was a four-goal run with four different players scoring – Adelaide Symmes (five goals), Grace Orzechowski (two goals), Jess Malfait (two goals) and Hannah Bouchard (three goals).
That run gave the Tide a 7-6 lead, and from there the two teams went back-and-forth, neither able to build anything more than a two-goal advantage. North went ahead late, but Bouchard scored with 3:12 left in regulation to make it 13-13 and force the eventual overtime. Concord scored the first two goals of the extra session, but the Titans came back with two of their own and things were knotted 15-15 at the end of the first three-minute overtime half.
Concord took a quick lead in the second of the overtime halves as senior captain Mary Annon (five goals) scored 29 seconds in, and then Orzechowski, a junior captain, made it a two-goal lead 27 seconds later. North put pressure on the Tide defense after that, but Donlon stood tall in goal and wouldn’t allow a thing. Annon, who also controlled the draws all game long, then finished the scoring with 44 seconds left on the clock.
“The best thing was everyone worked together as a team,” Johnson said.
Kearsarge 10, Hopkinton 7
In a rematch of a game two weeks ago that Kearsarge won by one goal, the Cougars once again edged the Hawks in a tight, defensive struggle.
Hopkinton (6-3) jumped out to a 2-1 lead, but Kearsarge (7-0) came back with three goals in the last four minutes of the first half to regain the advantage. The Hawks managed to come back, tying the game 7-7 with 5:22 remaining, but three goals by Kearsarge sealed the victory.
Haley Brook (three goals, three assists) and Caitlin Anderson (three goals, one assist) led the offensive attack for the Cougars. Jonalyn Burt tallied two goals and one assist, while Anna Stowell and Gemma Bready each chipped in one goal. Morgan Galluzzo recorded the win in net with eight saves.
Hopkinton was led by Elizabeth Hancock (four goals), Meg Hemmerlein (two goals) and Becca Thompson (one goal).
Bow 11, Dover 8
Bow (4-1) held slim one-goal leads after the first quarter and at halftime, 7-6, before taking a 10-6 lead after three to hold off Dover (4-5).
Devin Calkins and Matt Sanford each had three goals and an assist to pace the Falcons, Colby Desmarais and Mike Fanaras scored two goals each, Luke Laboe added one, and Alex Reitze, Charley Reagan and Corey Plumb played great at the defensive end, according to Bow Coach Ross Mondello.
Kingswood 15, Merrimack Valley 3
The Pride stumbled to a 7-1 halftime deficit en route to dropping to 1-5 for the season.
Dylan Baer, David West and Tanner Carter scored for MV, while Tucker Pendleton played well on defense and Alain Authier stopped 11 shots.
Pelham 9, John Stark 4
The Generals (4-4) had plenty of possession time, but they couldn’t crack Pelham’s zone defense often enough to avoid the road loss. Brody Fredricks scored three of Stark’s four goals. James Smugurski (goal, assist), Matt Richard (two assists) and Colbey Decotis (assist) all got their names in the Stark scorebook. Nick Simeone, Cooper Bourque and Gage Huard led the Generals defensive efforts. The Pythons improved to 5-3 with the win.
Concord 8, Keene 0
Dani Morrill and Kaitlyn Kelleher combined on the Tide’s sixth shutout and Concord rapped 16 hits around the Keene (0-9) diamond to improve to 8-1.
Morrill earned the win, throwing five innings of two-hit ball with seven strikeouts, and Kelleher retired all six batters she faced in relief.
Katie Kennard sparked the offense, going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Amy Morin (double, run, two RBI), Katherine Muzzey (two runs), Annie Mullen (run), Morrill (double, RBI) and Meaghan Littlejohns (RBI) all had two hits, while Rachel Stevenson (run), Cassidy Emerson and Deb Morrill (run) all contributed hits.
Merrimack Valley 6, Kennett 5
Erin Frost went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and scored the game-winning run after she delivered a two-out single in the top of the ninth.
MV (3-4) trailed 3-2 after four innings, but scored one in the fifth and two in the sixth for a 5-3 lead. Kennett (5-4) came back with two in the sixth against Pride starter Kayla Kibbee (nine innings, four strikeouts, one walk, seven hits, two earned runs) and the game eventually moved into extra innings. After Frost’s two-out single in the ninth, Bekka Donovan delivered a double down the left field line that one hopped the fence and plated Frost. Brooke Ellis (2-for-5, triple) also added to the MV offense.
John Stark 5, Plymouth 3
The Generals (4-5) knocked out 15 hits on their way to the win at home.
Riley Beliveau came through with a two-run double in the bottom of the second to help Stark to a 3-0 lead. Plymouth (3-7) answered with two in the top of the third against Lyndsey Turner (seven innings, eight strikeouts), but Kendra Barrasso (3-for-3) smacked a two-run double of her own in the fifth to push the lead back to three.
Sam Kazakis, Carly Cook and Becca Titcomb all had two hits for the Generals.
Pembroke 8, Lebanon 0
Hannah Seidner twirled a two-hit shutout, walking none, and Pembroke’s bats backed her with 13 hits in a victory over Lebanon.
The top of Pembroke’s order did much of the damage, going 9-for-16 and driving in six runs behind Katherine Arvanitis (2-for-5), Emma Gagnon (3-for-4), Madison Pellerin (1-for-3) and Marissa Kibbee (3-for-4). Hannah Mitchell added two hits and played solid defense in right field.
Hopkinton 5, Newport 4
Becca Shatney pitched Hopkinton (6-2) to its third victory of the week against a team with a better than .500 record, helping the Hawks hand Newport (7-2) just its second loss of the season.
Shatney faced just one batter over the minimum through six innings before Newport rallied for four runs in its final at-bat on two singles, a triple and a pair of Hopkinton errors. She finished with 11 strikeouts and just one walk while allowing three earned runs.
Sarah Ewing (2-for-3) drove in a pair of runs in the first for an early Hopkinton lead, and the Hawks added single runs in the third, fourth and fifth. Emily Bogart (2-for-3, RBI), Caroline Flood (1-for-3, RBI) and Kasey Smith (2-for-4, run, three steals) helped lead the Hawks to victory.
Bow 12, Fall Mountain 0
Maddie Palisi tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking two, as Bow (4-3) beat Fall Mountain (1-7) in five innings.
The Falcons broke it open with a seven-run second inning and finished it with a five-run fifth.
Miki Dowd went 3-for-4 to pace the offense, along with Hannah Kearns (double, three RBI, two SACs), Megan Sackett (2-for-3, two RBI), Kelsie Flynn (2-for-2, walk) and Hannah Perna (1-for-3, RBI).
Conant 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0
Up against one of the top teams in Division III, the Hillcats (2-7) held their own, staying close but not finding the offense necessary to get over the hump against the Orioles (8-1).
Junior Jenna Rheault pitched six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out five and scattering six hits. She also went 1-for-3 for the Generals, who made only one error in the field, and senior Leah Rheault also went 1-for-3.
KeenE 10, Concord 9, 9 inn.
A furious rally to take a one-run lead after falling behind 8-2 couldn’t hold up for the Crimson Tide (7-3), which let the advantage slip away in the sixth before giving up the winning run on an error in the ninth.
Concord grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first but was denied more runs despite loading the bases with no outs, a missed chance that seemed to hurt the team when the Blackbirds built a six-run lead going into the bottom of the fifth. The Tide rallied with seven runs in the frame, however, to take the lead before Keene caught up in the next half inning, with errors (Concord made five during the game) proving to be the culprit there as well.
Ben Bengtson (3-for-5, two runs, two RBI), Braden Smith (2-for-5, run, three RBI) and Jon Dunn (2-for-4, RBI) led the way on offense for the Tide. John Clary got the start, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in 41∕3 innings, while Seimou Smith (42∕3 innings, six hits, two strikeouts, one walk) pitched well in relief.
Pembroke 7, Lebanon 5
Alex Martinez kept Lebanon off the scoreboard through five innings to pick up his first varsity win as the Spartans improved to 7-2.
The Raiders (1-8) rallied from a 7-0 deficit with five runs in the sixth, but Michael Barnum shut the door for his second save.
Seth Gonya went 3-for-4 with a run, two steals and two RBI to ignite the Pembroke offense. Shane St. Onge (2-for-4, triple, two runs) made a gem of a play in the field, going to his right and snagging a line drive.
Plymouth 5, John Stark 4
The Generals (2-6) fought back with a run to tie things at 4-4 in the top of the seventh, but the Bobcats answered with a run in the bottom half of the frame to improve to 5-4.
Stark’s Josh Colby made his first start of the year and battled for all 5 1∕3 innings he pitched, striking out five, walking four and allowing three hits and four runs (three earned). James Henry (two runs, three stolen bases) drew a walk in the seventh, stole second and third, and came home on a single from Nick Manna. David Nelson (3-for-4, double, RBI, run) and Colby (RBI double, run) also contributed to the Stark offense.
Merrimack Valley 4
The Pride took a 4-0 lead after three innings, but could only watch as the Eagles rallied with a run in the fourth, three in the fifth and the decisive two in the sixth.
Riley Linehan got the start for MV (6-2), going 5 1∕3 innings while striking out one and allowing eight hits and three earned runs. Brooks Kimball drove in a pair while going 1-for-4 at the plate, and David Drouin went 2-for-3.
Souhegan 4, Coe-Brown 2
Brennan Riley went 2-for-3 with a home run and pitched five strong innings (six strikeouts, four hits, two runs), but Souhegan (4-5) was able to scratch out two early runs and get two more in the sixth for the road win. The Bears (3-6) scored one in the fifth when Thomas Esdale singled home Riley, who hit his solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.
Bow 3, Fall Mountain 2
The Falcons spotted the Wildcats a two-run lead before staging a late rally, scoring twice in the sixth and again in the seventh to walk off with the win.
Tyler Lambert got things started for Bow (7-1) when he led off the seventh with a single and stolen base, and Matt Murray followed with a single. After Sam Morrow was intentionally walked, Chris Fournier hit a soft grounder to second and the Wildcats weren’t able to get Lambert at the plate.
“It was just perfectly placed for what we needed,” Coach Ben Forbes said.
Bow’s sixth inning began when Murray, the ninth hitter, singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Morrow’s single. Morrow (who advanced on the throw home) went to third on Fournier’s sacrifice bunt, and Nate Corriveau brought him in with a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Corriveau pitched the first 5 1∕3 innings, allowing nine hits and two runs while fanning three, and Lambert got the win with 1 2∕3 innings of hitless relief.
Hopkinton 5, Newport 2
The Hawks got a rejuvenating win, scoring three runs in the first and taking a 5-1 lead by the third on the way to improving their record to 3-5.
“You could just get the sense that they were starting to press,” said Coach Dave Chase, whose team snapped a four-game losing streak. “They were losing games, and they hadn’t lost games. … This was just what we needed.”
In the first, Steve Auger singled, stole two bases and came home on a Colin O’Keeffe single, and Wes Rose and O’Keeffe scored when the Newport shortstop misplayed Evan O’Keeffe’s grounder. In the third, Jake Nelson doubled and scored on Andrew Reale’s sacrifice fly, and Collin Paraskeva also came home on a sacrifice fly hit by Liam McNicholas.
McNicholas started and allowed three walks and five hits while striking out four in five innings, and Harry Legier, coming off of a broken wrist, allowed one hit over the final two innings in a relief stint that came after he threw a runner out at home from the outfield to end the fifth.
Conant 5, Hillsboro-Deering 0
Conant produced consistently from the plate, scoring one run in each of the first five innings while stifling the Hillcats offense throughout the game.
Dan Kulbacki pitched four innings for H-D (1-6), allowing four earned runs while striking out two. Max Parenteau finished the game, allowing one earned run with two strikeouts. Offensively, Danny Egner led the Hillcats with two hits, while Andrew Roberge, Tim Wilson and Parenteau each chipped in one.
Pittsfield 15, Wilton-Lyndeborough 0
The Panthers scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back, dominating Wilton-Lyndeborough for a convincing, five-inning victory.
Chris Farr earned the shutout, throwing 12 strikeouts and allowing only two hits and one walk. Aaron Manteau, Kris Perkins and Farr all tallied three hits for Pittsfield (7-2), while Tyler Stockman, Colby Clark and Jacob Whittier had two hits each.
Bow 8, Pelham 1
Bow swept through singles to remain undefeated through nine matches, dropping Pelham to 4-4.
Evan Maccani, at No. 1 singles, and Ben Maurer, at No. 5, both won their matches 8-0. Other singles winners were No. 2 Zach Zbehlik (8-1), No. 3 Harrison Beck (9-7), No. 4 Tim Bradley (8-3) and No. 6 Nate Louf (8-4).
Zbehlik and Bradley teamed for an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, while Ross Cook and John Gibbens picked up an 8-3 win at No. 3. The tandem of Maurer and David Anderson-Nelson lost a close one, 9-7, at No. 2.
Portsmouth Christian 6, Kearsarge 3
Tim Berube and Drake van Kannewurff earned singles wins for the Cougars, who fell to 2-8.
Berube won, 8-1, at No. 3, and van Kannewurff took an 8-4 win at No. 6. The tandem of Sam Bourcier and Jack Van Etten won, 8-6, at third doubles.
Souhegan 3, Coe-Brown 2
Coe-Brown grabbed a 2-1 lead, winning 25-11, 15-25, 25-22, but dropped the final two sets, 18-25, 7-15, to lose a close match to Souhegan (5-3).
Coe-Brown (4-4) was led by Beau Pingree with 18 kills and nine digs, Mike LeDuc with 15 assists and eight digs, and Evan Horvath with 12 kills and five blocks.
Pinkerton 3, John Stark 0
John Stark (6-2) saw its five-match winning streak end with a 25-22, 25-18, 25-12 loss to Pinkerton (7-3).
The Generals received strong play from Simon Becka (two aces, nine assists), Zach Grattan (two kills, three blocks), Serge Boucher (five kills, eight assists), Brandon Dugay (four kills) and Ian Franco (six digs).