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High Schools: Come crunch time, Kearsarge boys’ lax team excels

  • Kearsarge Regional High School's Peter Allen, #11, looks to make a pass as ConVal Regional High School's Nick Phillips, #21, gives chase during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-6 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge Regional High School's Peter Allen, #11, looks to make a pass as ConVal Regional High School's Nick Phillips, #21, gives chase during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-6 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Kearsarge Regional High School's Baley Kane, #8, runs with the ball away from ConVal Regional High School's Clay Lyons, #12, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge Regional High School's Baley Kane, #8, runs with the ball away from ConVal Regional High School's Clay Lyons, #12, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • ConVal Regional High School's Clay Lyons, #12, tries to hold back Kearsarge Regional High School's Peter Allen, #11, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    ConVal Regional High School's Clay Lyons, #12, tries to hold back Kearsarge Regional High School's Peter Allen, #11, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Kearsarge Regional High School's Peter Allen, #11, avoids ConVal Regional High School's Shawn Broderick, #11, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge Regional High School's Peter Allen, #11, avoids ConVal Regional High School's Shawn Broderick, #11, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Kearsarge Regional High School's Andrew Von Hooydonk, #19, runs from ConVal Regional High School's Gavin Chamberlain, #20, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge Regional High School's Andrew Von Hooydonk, #19, runs from ConVal Regional High School's Gavin Chamberlain, #20, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

    (TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

  • Kearsarge Regional High School's Peter Allen, #11, looks to make a pass as ConVal Regional High School's Nick Phillips, #21, gives chase during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-6 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Kearsarge Regional High School's Baley Kane, #8, runs with the ball away from ConVal Regional High School's Clay Lyons, #12, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • ConVal Regional High School's Clay Lyons, #12, tries to hold back Kearsarge Regional High School's Peter Allen, #11, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Kearsarge Regional High School's Peter Allen, #11, avoids ConVal Regional High School's Shawn Broderick, #11, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)
  • Kearsarge Regional High School's Andrew Von Hooydonk, #19, runs from ConVal Regional High School's Gavin Chamberlain, #20, during a game at Kearsarge Regional High School. The Kearsarge Regional High School Cougars defeated the ConVal Regional High School Cougars by a score of 10-5 in North Sutton; Tuesday, May 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(TAEHOON KIM / Monitor staff)

The Cougars had their chances to pull away early, but they couldn’t convert. When the fourth quarter rolled around, however, the Kearsarge boys’ lacrosse team showed the maturity it’s been building all season.

The defense threw a shutout at Con-Val in the final frame, the offense was smart, patient and scored the goals it needed, and by the end, Kearsarge had a 10-6 victory, its third straight.

“We’re starting to show some maturity and we’re gutting out some wins,” said Kearsarge Coach Mike Heffernan, whose team improved to 7-4 with the victory at home.

Kearsarge senior Ollie Gallo (four goals, one assist) opened the scoring 2:07 into the game, and it stayed 1-0 until Con-Val tied things with 6:05 left in the first. But Peter Allen (four goals) answered just 13 seconds later to put the home team back on top.

“Any momentum they got, Peter scooped it right back,” Heffernan said.

Less than a minute later, Robbie Lutz made it 3-1 as he took a pretty feed from Gallo and found a crease in Con-Val’s tightly packed zone defense. Con-Val (4-7) battled back to tie things, but Allen scored with 1.6 seconds left in the first to give Kearsarge a 4-3 edge to start the second.

That lead grew slightly by halftime (6-4), but it stayed right there all the way through the third, which ended with the home team on top, 8-6. Kearsarge had some point-blank opportunities to increase that margin, but Con-Val goalie Sean Stinehour stood tall in his cage and kept things close.

Kearsarge also had a tough time figuring out the Con-Val faceoff approach, but that changed in the fourth. Matt Pickman and Lutz solved the faceoff riddle, and the Kearsarge offense took advantage of the extra possession time with solid ball control that eventually led to a 9-6 lead with 8:32 left in the game.

“We weren’t forcing things and we really controlled that quarter,” Heffernan said. “Getting the three-goal lead was important.”

The Kearsarge defense made sure that cushion stayed at three. Senior Jordan Barthol (four groundballs) was all over the loose balls, as usual, and anchored the unit, but he had plenty of help from Ben Gambino, who is finding his groove after three years away from the sport, and Keatton Hanson, who played his normal smart and steady game. And all three of them needed to be good after goalie Will AuFranc (12 saves) hurt his foot in pregame warmups and felt the effects for most of the game.

Andrew Van Hooydonk finished the scoring with 4:24 left on the clock when he made a nice dodge and ripped his lefty shot. Kearsarge will now try to build on this momentum and extend its winning streak with a pair of home games – one against a team trying to fight into the Division III playoffs (2-8 Merrimack Valley tomorrow) and one against a team trying to solidify its postseason position (5-6 John Stark on Friday).

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Concord 10, Salem 8

Tyler Martel scored four goals and Adam Resnick recorded three goals and two assists to lead the Tide (5-8) over Salem (3-9).

Tyler Hatch (goal, assist), Sean Mamos (goal, assist), Ian Scurra (goal), Austin Erickson (assist) and Bradley Wheeler (assist) also contributed offensively. Nick Zavorotny made nine saves in net.

∎ Concord (4-8) thoroughly dominated Memorial (0-11), 13-0, on Monday, using a balanced offense that saw six players score.

Tyler Martel scored four goals and Tyler Hatch scored three and doled out an assist to lead the attack. Ian Scura and Max Foisy scored two each, and Travis Duhamel and Adam Resnick potted a goal apiece. Tommy Skafidas, Bradley Wheeler and Austin Erickson provided assists.

Hopkinton 13, Stevens 3

The Hawks (11-0) scored early and often, cruising to a convincing win.

Henry Merrow led Hopkinton’s offense with two goals and seven assists, while Austin Cowan tallied four goals and one assist and Ned Metcalf added three goals. Bennett Mosseau (two goals), Evan Rudderman (one goal) and Peter Sawitsky (one goal) also contributed to the Hawks’ scoring effort.

Matt French spent the first half in net, tallying six saves, while Jake Hemmerlein recorded five saves in the second half.

Plymouth 9, John Stark 3

Plymouth only led 2-1 at halftime, but pulled away late in the third quarter.

Scoring for the Generals (5-6) were Matt Richard (one goal, one assist) and Brody Fredericks (two goals). August Colburn was stellar in goal with a season-high 15 saves.

Merrimack Valley 17, Lebanon 9

After trailing to Lebanon (1-10) 3-2 after the first quarter, Tanner Carter (six goals, two assists) had two goals and two assists in the second frame to put the Pride (2-8) up 8-5 at halftime, and MV held the lead to win its second game of the year. David West (four goals, two assists),Warren Campbell (three goals, one assist) and Carter, the starting attacks, recorded hat tricks. Dylan Baer had two goals and one assist and Cody Thurston (one goal, three assists) also played well.

“We shot better than usual today as a team,” Coach Sean O’Brien said.

BASEBALL

Merrimack Valley 2, Kennett 1

Pitching and defense continue to be the Pride’s strengths as MV (8-4) snapped a two-game losing streak with a win at home.

Starter Cody Barton improved to 3-1 on the season, pitching a complete game and fanning seven batters. Kennett (6-6) only managed one run on four hits. Riley Linehan hit a double to left center with one out in the fifth to drive home Brooks Kimball and Jake Landry.

“This was a great game for us. We’d like to get our offense going, but our pitching and defense have been doing great for us,” Coach Sean Wheeler said. “If we can get our offense going we’ll be just fine.”

BOYS’ TENNIS

Bishop Brady 8, Manchester West 1

The Green Giants (8-5) were able to get some new players into the lineup in a decisive win over Manchester West (0-12).

The regular starters played in the singles matches, with Raventh Damerla (8-2), Jack Bryck (8-4), Brendan Bryck (8-0), Logan Sigua (8-1), Nick Vermette (8-0) and Tim Garrett (8-0) winning at No. 1 through No. 6 singles, respectively.

Bishop Brady fielded different players in doubles. Thomas MacMullin and Jake Davis lost, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles and Trenton Bonk and Jackson Bouley won, 8-3, at No. 2. Charles McMurphy and Connor Devoe, both first-year seniors on the team, won their first career varsity match, 8-1, at No. 3 doubles.

The Green Giants travel to Kennett (10-3) tomorrow. A win for Bishop Brady will solidify its No. 8 seed in the playoffs.

Pelham 6, Kearsarge 3

Kearsarge had singles wins from No. 5 Drake vanKannewurff (8-3) and No. 6 Jack Van Etten (8-2). The No. 3 doubles team of Van Etten and Sam Bourcier won, 9-8, with a 7-1 decision in the tiebreaker. Carter Bosela and Vincente Metrano lost a hard-fought match at No. 1 doubles, 8-4.

The Cougars finished the season at 2-12.

Souhegan 8, Pembroke 1

Alex Chea battled to a 9-7 victory at third singles, but that was the only point the Spartans (4-7) could pick up in Monday’s loss to Souhegan (8-4).

Pembroke competed hard in several other matches, with Joe Caraway losing a tough match at No. 2, 9-8 (7-4), and the doubles teams all playing close. Andrew Goulet and Caraway fell, 8-4, at No. 1, while the tandems of Andrew Boddie/Kyle Haas and Chea/Sam Yeaton each lost, 8-5.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Bishop Brady 9, Manchester West 0

Bishop Brady (10-2) only dropped six games in nine matches in a rout of Manchester West (1-11).

Maddy Moran (No. 1), Mikayla Clarke (No. 5) and Lynn Yoon (No. 6) all blanked their singles opponents, 8-0, and Clarke and Yoon won at No. 3 doubles by the same score. Shelby Herrington (No. 2), Katie MacMullin (No. 3) and Caroline Urbanek (No. 4) won, 8-1, as did Moran and Herrington at No. 1 doubles. MacMullin and Urbanek won, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles.

BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD

Pinkerton 83, Concord 61

Nine wins weren’t enough for the Tide to overcome the Astros in a dual meet.

B.J. Smith (3,200, 9:55; 1,600, 4:43), George Feliz (110 hurdles, 16.7; 300 hurdles, 44.8) and Harry Gunn (high jump, 5-10; javelin, 144-11) won two events each for Concord. Wally Ndi won the 100 (11.2) and Cole Patoine won the long jump (19-7). The 4x100 relay of Marc Gaudett, Tolbert Nemo, Feliz and Ndi also won.

JOHN STARK FIRST, Bishop Brady third

The Generals won seven events and tallied 87 points to win a four-team meet at home over Trinity (77), Bishop Brady (38) and Pembroke (28).

Dan Caterino won two events, the high jump (5-6) and the shot put (39-6), to lead John Stark. Thomas Keon finished first in the 110 hurdles (20.6) and second in the triple jump while Caleb Drury won the 400 (54.7) and was fourth in the 200. Joe Nelson threw a personal best 145 feet to win the javelin in addition to a runner-up finish in the 100. He also teamed up with Caterino, Tyler LeGrand and Pat Morin on the winning 4x100 relay (47.84). LeGrand, Joe Lupi (second, high jump), Keon and Drury formed the winning 4x400 relay (3:49). Justin Clark finished second in the 1,600 and Nathaniel Moore was second in the discus.

Bishop Brady was led by Warren Bartlett with wins in both the 800 (2:14) and 1,600 (4:49), ahead of Jake Boesch, who was third in both events. The only other win came from Chandler Robinson in the 300 hurdles (55.37). Nick Feltham (second, 300 hurdles) and David Rauseo (third, discus) also did well.

Pembroke had a win from Drew Harrison in the 200 (24.26) and he was a member of both the second-place 4x100 and 4x400 relays with Cody Steed (fourth, 400) and Ryan Jacques. John Sanborn (fourth, 1,600) ran on the 4x400 and Edward Miner completed the 4x100. David O’Brian (second shot put) also placed well.

Hillsboro-Deering Second

The Hillcats finished second in a meet hosted by Fall Mountain. Bellows Falls, Vt. (227) finished ahead of the Hillcats (156), but H-D beat Fall Mountain (124), Conant (107) and Twin Valley, Vt. (26).

Viktor Montanez won the 100 (11.9) and the 200 (24.48) and Tyler Merrill won the triple jump (39-1) and finished second in the long jump to lead the Hillcats. The 4x100 relay (48.65) also won. Josh Gould and Brad Moore tied for second in the javelin. Gould (400), Chris Cook (800), Dom Downs (3,200), Seth Johnson (300 hurdles) and Moore (high jump) all recorded third-place finishes.

GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD

Concord 84.5, Pinkerton 51.5

The Tide won 12 events in a dual meet at home. Rebecca Massah won the 100 hurdles (16.0) and 300 hurdles (49.6), ahead of Hannah Orzechowski (second in 300 hurdles). Concord swept the 100, 400 and 800 with Megan Hall (13.3 in the 100), Amanda Schoenfled (64.7 in the 400) and Erin Waters (2:31 in the 800) claiming victories, with teammates Miranda Harris (second, 100), Casey Riddell (third, 100), Kayli O’Donnell (second, 400), Catherine Zarakotas (third, 400) Katharine Tebbets (second, 800) and Sabrina Lawrence (third, 800) also running well. Nicole Chase won the 200 (29.2) and Smita Boesch-Dining took first in the 1,600 (5:15), while Michaella Conery and Kate Andy finished second and third in the 3,200, respectively. The 4x100 meter relay of Schoenfeld, Hall, Jessie Bean and Massah won (53.0) and the 4x400 meter relay (Schoenfeld, Massah, Conery and Boesch-Dining) also took first (4:22).

In field events, the Tide was led by wins from Megan Reese in the pole vault (10-6), Bean in the long jump (15-11) and Orzechowski in the triple jump (30-9). Hana Knowles (second, shot put; third, discus) also did well.

Bishop Brady Second

Bishop Brady (46), Pembroke (45) and John Stark (40) were evenly matched in a four-team meet won by Trinity (89) hosted by the Generals.

Bishop Brady was led by wins from Haley Parent in the triple jump (30-43∕4), Lauren Abbott in the 400 (1:11) and the 4x400 relay (4:41) of Parent (also second in the 800), Abbott, Brooke Solomon (third, 200 and fourth, 100) and Josie Kliebenstein (second, 200). Margaret Kennedy (second, shot put), Emily Rauseo (third, discus) and Megan Morey (third, javelin) did well in the throws.

Pembroke had wins from Kelly Jacques in the long jump (13-103∕4), Molly Hamilton in the discus (60-8) and Elizabeth Abbott in the 1,600 (6:23). The 4x100 of Emma Foss (second long jump), Maddie Bardier (second triple jump), Hamilton and Jacques finished second, as did the 4x400 relay of Abbott, Alexandra Reade, Bardier and Briana Walsh.

John Stark had wins from Madeline Ishak in the 3,200 (13:32) and Sarah Clements in the shot put (21-71∕2), while Ishak was also third in the 1,600. Megan Laramee did well in multiple events, finishing second in the 300 hurdles, third in the triple jump and fourth in the javelin.

Hillsboro-Deering Fourth

The Hillcats (97.5) finished behind Bellows Falls, Vt. (153.5), Conant (115.5) and hosts Fall Mountain (115.5) in a five-team meet.

Katie White won the javelin (98-11) and was third in the shot put, and Avril Howe won the 3,200 (14:46) to lead H-D. The Hillcats got a lot of points in the distance events from Zaida Healey (second, 3,200), Khysha Negron (third, 3,200) and Dominique Vaillancourt (third, 1,600). Breahna Savoy (second, 400) and Brittany Croatti (fourth in both the 100 and discus) also placed well.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

John Stark 3, Goffstown 2

Simon Becka had 18 digs and 18 assists to help the Generals to the road win, snapping a short, two-game losing skid and moving Stark to 8-3 on the season. The game scores were 25-21, 25-23, 17-25, 19-25 and 15-12.

Carson Dunn also came through with a huge performance for the Generals. The middle hitter finished with 15 kills, six blocks and 19 digs. John Stark also got solid contributions from Zach Grattan (seven kills, seven blocks), Serge Boucher (18 assists, two aces), Ian Franco (eight digs), Cody Lemay (five digs), Ryan Compagna (five kills, one ace, first varsity block) and Brandon Dugay (three kills, ace).

Hollis-Brookline 3, Coe-Brown 1

The Bears battled, but visiting Hollis-Brookline did enough to come away with the 25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 25-17 win. Coe-Brown falls to 5-7 with the loss while H-B moves to 6-6.

Beau Pingree (nine kills, eight digs), Evan Horvath (eight kills, two blocks) and Mike LeDuc (10 assists) led Coe-Brown.

∎ Coe-Brown (5-6) came from behind Monday night to earn a huge 3-2 victory at Keene (2-7). Scores were 12-25, 25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 15-8.

Beau Pingree notched 11 kills and 19 digs, Charlie Allan came up with 22 digs and Alfred Agnew had six kills and nine digs to spark the Bears.

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