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John Stark holds off Brady for 13-12 girls’ lacrosse win

The Bishop Brady girls’ lacrosse team scored twice in the final minute of yesterday’s Division III playoff opener, making a tight game even closer. But in the end, John Stark withstood the rally and held off the Green Giants, 13-12.

“It was a crazy game,” John Stark Coach John Warner said. “Both teams played hard.”

The No. 8 Generals jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but No. 9 Bishop Brady battled back, with John Stark holding a 7-4 advantage at the half. The teams stayed close throughout the second half, with Stark taking a 13-10 lead with 1:30 remaining in the game. That’s when Brady battled within a goal.

“They didn’t back down,” Bishop Brady Coach Kate Hohenberger said, speaking about her team’s resiliency in the game’s final moments. “They kept pushing until the very last second.”

Clarissa Foote recorded the win in net for John Stark, tallying 23 saves, including several key stops down the stretch. Offensively, the Generals were led by Casey Poirier and Gianna Pezzulo, who each tallied four goals and one assist. Danielle Galli had three goals and one assist, Katie Waligura added one goal, and Sam Valcourt contributed four assists. Kathleen Medvetz chipped in an assist and controlled the midfield, winning several draws that Warner said was key to his team’s victory.

“It seemed like whatever team could win the draw would score,” Warner said.

Bishop Brady was led offensively by Steph Snow (four goals) and Bekka Sansouci (three goals). Jill Thomas and Shannon Foye each tallied two goals, while Sarah Thomas added one. Gabby Eaton anchored the defense for the Green Giants.

“It was tough,” Hohenberger said, “but we had an excellent season.” Bishop Brady improved on last year’s 2-12 season, going 7-7 in the regular season this year. It will lose only one player to graduation, putting next year’s team in prime position to continue improving.

John Stark (8-7) will face undefeated Kearsarge in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

“We played them twice already and they’re a tough team,” Warner said. “We need to play at a different level.”


No. 2 Pinkerton 21,
No. 7 Concord 9

Pinkerton (15-4) came out strong, scoring the first nine goals of the game and putting the Crimson Tide (7-11) in a hole it couldn’t dig out of.

Mary Annon led Concord with four goals, while Veryonica Daniels chipped in two goals. Lexi Erickson and Grace Orzechowski played well in midfield, and Bella Ruben and Melissa Harper anchored the Tide’s defensive effort.


No. 7 Hopkinton 13,
No. 10 Oyster River 8

Elizabeth Hancock (four goals, two assists), Abby Lui (two goals, three assists) and Alexandra Flood (three goals) led the Hawks (9-6) to a win over Oyster River (6-9) and a berth in Saturday’s quarterfinals against No. 2 Windham.

The Hawks had a strong first half, taking a five-goal lead into halftime. The Bobcats came out strong in the second half, but Hopkinton was able to contain them with a strong defensive effort. Sierra Schuster scored twice for Hopkinton, while Izzy Gesen added one goal and one assist, Caroline Sweny chipped in two assists, and Meg Hemmerlein tallied one goal.

No. 5 Lebanon 19, No. 12 Pembroke 5

The Spartans (4-11) saw their season come to an end at the hand of the Raiders (11-4). No details were reported.


No. 5 Sanborn 4, No. 12 Merrimack Valley 3

The score was tied, 3-3, through four innings, but an unearned run in the fifth inning gave Sanborn (14-5) a lead that proved to be enough to advance to the next round.

“We had a few chances,” MV Coach Sam York said. “We just couldn’t capitalize after the third inning.”

Kayla Kibbee went the distance for the Pride (8-9), striking out four while allowing five hits. Maggie Carey led MV from the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Amber Cronan was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Lindsay Balch went 2-for-3 with a double.

No. 4 Goffstown 7, No. 13 Pembroke 6, 8 inn.

Pembroke (8-10) nearly pulled off the upset, but lost a tight game to the Grizzlies (14-5) in extra innings. Ashely Henshaw got the start, throwing five innings and giving up two runs on four hits while striking out three.

The Spartans were behind 2-0 going into the seventh, but plated five runs on hits by Hannah Seidner, Emma Gagnon, Katherine Arvanitis and Rachel Carignan to take a 5-2 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, however, Goffstown got the best of reliever Seidner, tallying three runs on a three-run home run to tie the game. Pembroke scored a run in the eighth with an RBI single by Amanda Clement, but the Grizzlies came right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.

Madison Pellerin led Pembroke’s defense at third base and behind the plate.


No. 18 Bow 12, No. 15 Raymond 10

After falling to Raymond twice (8-4 and 6-0) last week, and facing a 1-0 deficit in the second inning yesterday, Bow (7-10) came back to upset the Rams (8-9).

In the top of the third, the Falcons scored four runs. Raymond answered back with one run, but was met with a five-run retaliation in the top of the fourth, giving Bow a 9-2 lead. Raymond got two back in the bottom of the fourth, but Bow plated its final three runs in the top of the fifth for a commanding 12-4 advantage. Bow traded runs for outs, the rest of the way.

Madison Stanley (2-for-4) led the Falcons offense, contributing two doubles and five RBI and also scoring a run. Amy Zahensky (2-for-3, two RBI, run), Miki Dowd (2-for-3, RBI, two runs) and Regan Naughton (2-for-4, three runs) all contributed to the scoring effort. Kylie Iasillo pitched a complete game, allowing six earned runs on eight hits, striking out four and walking five.

The Falcons will travel to No. 2 Campbell tomorrow for a second-round game.

No. 13 Bishop Brady 9, No. 20 Mascenic 8

The Green Giants (10-7), down by two in the bottom of the seventh inning, faced elimination. But, according to Coach Shawn Brechtel, faced it “relaxed … (with) timely hitting and patience at the plate,” and with two outs, it paid off.

Having experienced a handful of walk-off wins already this season, Brady was no stranger to playing catch-up, and put that experience to work against Mascenic. The Vikings (6-13) scored three in the top of the first, but the Giants answered back with two in the bottom of the inning. Mascenic scored three more in the third for a 6-2 lead, but Brady scored one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the sixth to tie it at 6.

Mascenic scored two in the seventh, putting Brady on the brink. With one on and one out, freshman Hannah Blandini (3-for-4, two runs) beat out an infield hit to put runners on first and second, and Becca Olson walked to load the bases. Meghan Kissinger (1-for-4, run) flied out for the second out, making way for Emma Olson (3-for-5, three RBI, run) to drill a two-run double that tied the game at 8. Becca Olson then scored on a passed ball to give the Giants the walk-off win.

Kissinger also maintained control in the circle, allowing six hits while walking three and striking out two. Bishop Brady will travel to No. 4 Conant tomorrow at 4 p.m.

No. 17 Winnisquam 27,
No. 16 Mascoma 0

Marissa DeBlasie allowed just two hits while striking out eight as the Bears (9-9) shut out Mascoma (8-9) in five innings to advance to the second round. DeBlasie also put on a stellar performance at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a grand slam, five runs scored and six RBI.

Erica Doubleday went 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI, and Lindsay Raymond went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored.

The Bears travel to No. 1 White Mountains tomorrow.


No. 11 Newmarket 5, No. 6 Pittsfield 2

Pittsfield (9-8) was an upset victim to Newmarket (8-9) in the first round. No details were reported.


No. 8 Kingswood 12, No. 9 John Stark 8

Despite controlling most of the play throughout, the Generals gave up a slew of unsettled goals late in the third and early fourth periods, and fell short in Tuesday’s first-round game.

Brody Fredericks led John Stark with five goals and two assists. Matt Richard tallied one goal and three assists, while Colbey Decotis and Keith Galli each added one goal. Tom Zervos had an assist while leading the team in groundballs, bringing his season total to 132. August Colburn had a stellar game in net, while Cooper Bourque, Gage Huard and Terry Zervos at long stick midfielder were strong on defense in front of him. The Generals finished the season at 8-7 while advancing to the playoffs for the first time in their history.

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