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Division I quarterfinals

No. 8 Alvirne (12-7) at No. 1 Concord (17-2), 4 p.m.

Previous tournament games: Alvirne beat No. 9 Londonderry, 10-3. Concord blanked No. 16 Nashua South, 12-0.

Head to head: Concord topped Alvirne in Hudson, 9-3.

Notes: The last two years, Alvirne has eliminated Concord from the postseason, and the Tide is determined to make it a different outcome this season. This is a matchup of two dangerous offensive teams. Concord’s production comes throughout the lineup, with three starters – Deb Morrill, Annie Mullen and Katie Kennard – hitting better than .400 and five others hitting better than .300. The Tide had either a hit or an RBI from every spot in the lineup in the first round. The first five in the Broncos’ lineup accounted for all six of their hits in the earlier meeting. Expect a different look in the circle from when the teams met three weeks ago, when neither ace threw. Concord is likely to start Kennard (11-1, 1.53 ERA) with Megan Radziewicz tossing for the Broncos, though the Tide can change up looks with Dani Morrill (3-0, 0.79, 2 saves), as well.

Division II quarterfinals

No. 8 Milford (10-7) at No. 1 Coe-Brown (15-2), 4 p.m.

Previous tournament games: Milford stopped No. 9 St. Thomas, 5-1. Coe-Brown beat No. 16 Plymouth, 3-1.

Head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Notes: Coe-Brown avoided a first-round trap game and now hopes to be clicking on all cylinders as it ventures deeper into the tournament. Amanda Riley was the offensive catalyst in the opener, going 3-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Kianna Daudelin, Lacey Locke, Emily Therrien and Lauren Jones were also key to the attack, which averages nearly 10 runs per game. Daudelin is the mainstay in the circle, earning the win while allowing just the one run on nine hits. The Bears shouldn’t read too much into Milford’s record; six of the Spartans’ losses were to top-seven teams, several of those being very close games.


Division I quarterfinals

No. 10 Dover (11-9) at No. 2 Concord (13-6), 4:30 p.m.

Previous tournament games: Dover upended No. 7 Merrimack, 4-3. Concord bested No. 15 Trinity, 4-2.

Head to head: Concord beat Dover, 9-6, in the regular season finale May 26.

Notes: The Crimson Tide seemed to find its form from last year’s title run, dispatching the Pioneers with a good blend of defense, pitching and timely hitting. Its next test comes against a Green Wave team that, despite getting handled by Concord in the season finale, showed it shouldn’t be taken lightly after upsetting Merrimack, a Division I finalist last year, in the second round. Concord will give the ball to John Clary (2-1, 3.54), who pitched six innings to get the win against Dover in the finale, while a lineup that was already dangerous with Ben Bengtson, Cody Ferns and Braden Smith at the top got a boost from Alex Bashios, who went 4-for-4 with two RBI against Trinity.

Division II quarterfinals

No. 6 Windham (12-6) at No. 3 Pembroke (14-4), 2 p.m.

Previous tournament games: Windham beat No. 11 Plymouth, 7-2. Pembroke ousted No. 14 Manchester West, 3-1.

Head to head: Pembroke edged Windham, 10-9, on May 17.

Notes: To advance to the semifinals, the Spartans will have to beat a solid Windham squad without relying on the right arm of Autrey Gates, who went the distance in the first round against Manchester West. It’s a task that Pembroke’s already proven it could handle, however, as Jeremy Caruso beat the Jaguars in his first start of the season earlier in the month, and year-long No. 2 Shane St. Onge (5-1, 2.20), who notched wins over No. 1 Goffstown and No. 8 Hanover, will get a crack at them today. He’ll need support, however, from a lineup led by himself, Seth Gonya and Mike Martinez, which was quieter than usual against the Blue Knights.

Division III quarterfinals

No. 8 Winnisquam (12-5) at No. 1 Laconia (16-1), 4 p.m.

Previous tournament games: Winnisquam downed No. 9 Farmington, 5-2. Laconia blanked No. 17 Fall Mountain, 10-0.

Head to head: Laconia beat the Bears, 7-1, on May 20.

Notes: The Bears will be going up against a titan in Laconia, which went undefeated against Division III competition this year and hasn’t lost at all since April. The Sachems are led by their deep and heavy-hitting lineup, which scored 158 runs in 16 games, and Winnisquam will be leaving the task of holding them at bay to Caleb Hutchins, who was 4-1 with a 1.36 ERA. The senior is a pitch-to-contact hurler, however, which means the Bears will have to play airtight defense to keep Laconia’s chances at a minimum.

Division IV quarterfinals

No. 6 Profile (11-6) at No. 3 Pittsfield (14-3), 4 p.m.

Previous tournament games: Profile shut out No. 11 Canaan-Pittsburg, 6-0. Pittsfield ousted No. 14 Portsmouth Christian, 6-2.

Head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Notes: Coach Rob Stockman started No. 2 Chris Farr against Portsmouth Christian, which means the Panthers are free to use ace Kris Perkins, who went 6-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 42 innings, against the Patriots. If Perkins gets the ball, he’ll have to go against a Profile team that’s high on confidence, having now won four straight games and five of its last six. The Panthers will look for continued offensive contributions from first-round standouts Max Tuttle, Branden Smith and Perkins, while Tyler Stockman and Wes Ward will also look to chip in to the attack.

Boys’ lacrosse

Division II semifinals

At Exeter H.S.

No. 4 Bow (11-4) vs. No. 1 Bedford (19-0), 8 p.m.

Previous tournament games: Bow nipped No. 5 Portsmouth, 10-9. Bedford rolled over No. 8 Oyster River, 17-2.

Head to head: The Bulldogs beat the Falcons, 13-6, on May 13.

Notes: The Falcons got a close win over the Clippers to start the postseason, but they’ll have work to do to get past a Bulldogs team that has scored in double figures every game and topped 15 points 11 times. The game has the makings of a shootout, which means Bow will need great efforts from Devin Calkins (three goals, four assists against Portsmouth), Matt Sanford, Mike Fanaras and Dan Crisman. Faceoff guru Riley Keenan will also be a key player, as the Falcons will need to go on the attack every chance they get to keep pace with the potent Bulldogs.

Division III semifinals

At Stellos Stadium

No. 3 Hollis-Brookline (15-1) vs. No. 2 Hopkinton (16-0), 5 p.m.

Previous tournament games: Hollis-Brookline eliminated No. 14 Manchester West, 11-5, and No. 11 Windham, 12-3. Hopkinton ousted No. 15 Con-Val, 8-4, and No. 7 Kearsarge, 12-3.

Head to head: The two teams did not meet during the regular season.

Notes: The Hawks keep flying, and they’ve rediscovered their offensive rhythm to boot, but they’ll face their stiffest opponent yet in a Cavaliers squad that suffered its only loss to No. 1 Derryfield and that exceeded 15 goals in 11 of its 13 wins. Matt French’s goaltending has been a strength for Hopkinton all year, and the junior will have to be in top form against a relentless Hollis-Brookline attack. The Hawks will also have to score in bunches, but with Austin Cowan (team-high three goals against Kearsarge), Henry Merrow, Bennett Mosseau and Ned Metcalf leading the way, they’re more than equipped to meet the challenge.

Girls’ lacrosse

Division III quarterfinals

No. 8 John Stark (8-7) at No. 1 Kearsarge (13-0), 5 p.m.

Previous tournament games: John Stark edged No. 9 Bishop Brady, 13-12. Kearsarge received a bye.

Head to head: The Cougars won both matchups, taking a 10-5 decision April 13 and winning, 15-6, May 9.

Notes: The Generals are the latest team tasked with figuring out the Cougars, who’ve been cruising all year and held seven of their last eight opponents to single figures. The Kearsarge defense should expect a handful from a Stark offense that was clicking against the Green Giants, getting four goals apiece from Casey Poirier and Gianna Pezzulo, three from Danielle Galli and four assists from Sam Valcourt. The Cougars counter with plenty of firepower of their own, however, with Libby Brooks, Gemma Bready, Caitlin Anderson and Anna Stowell leading the way, while goalie Morgan Galluzzo is the fixture of that steady defense.

No. 7 Hopkinton (9-6) at No. 2 Windham (15-2), 5 p.m.

Previous tournament games: Hopkinton topped No. 10 Oyster River, 13-8. Windham received a bye.

Head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Notes: After dropping four of their final six regular-season games, the Hawks returned to form with a commanding win over the Bobcats in the first round. Their reward for stepping it up in the postseason is a date with the defending champions, who, with losses only to Division II Portsmouth and Division I Pinkerton, have been as good as anyone in the division. For the Hawks, the goal is straightforward enough: Score, score, and score some more. With 307 goals scored in their 15 wins, and over 20 goals in 12 of them, the Jaguars haven’t been stopped yet, so a Hopkinton attack led by Elizabeth Hancock, Alexandra Flood, Abby Lui and Meg Hemmerlein will have to play its best game of the season.

Track & field

Meet of Champions

At Londonderry H.S., 2:30 p.m.

Order of events: Field events – 2:30 p.m., boys’ high jump, girls’ triple jump, boys’ long jump, girls’ pole vault, boys’ javelin, girls’ discus; 3:45 p.m., girls’ high jump, boys’ pole vault, girls’ shot put, boys’ discus; 5 p.m., boys’ triple jump, girls’ long jump, girls’ javelin, boys’ shot put; Track events – 3:30 p.m., 4x800 finals (girls then boys), 110/100 hurdle trials (boys then girls), 100 trials (boys then girls); 4:30 p.m., (all girls then boys) finals of 100/110 hurdles, 100, 1,600, 4x100, 400, 300 hurdles, 800, 200, 3,200, 4x400

Area female qualifiers (with top-six seeds): Concord – Smita Boesch-Dining (fifth 800), Michaella Connery (3,200), Rebecca Massah (sixth 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Megan Reese (second pole vault), 4x100, 4x400, 4x800 (second); Coe-Brown – Jelasa Nelson (fourth 100, 200), Ariel Clachar (100, fourth long jump), Hannah Parker (first 800), Brooke Laskowsky (800), Meg Scannell (1,600), Elisabeth Danis (third 3,200), Katie Scannell (3,200), Samantha Toscano (100 hurdles, fifth long jump, triple jump), Kayla Roberts (pole vault), Katelyn Terry (triple jump), Alley Savioli (first shot put, tied-sixth javelin), Megan Rouillard (discus), 4x100 (fifth), 4x400 (third), 4x800 (first); MV – Meredith Ramsey (sixth 100, 200, first 400), Nancy Taban (fourth 100 hurdles), Julianah Adejuyigbe (fourth shot put, fifth discus), Mary Mullen (fourth discus), Maureen Mullen (discus, javelin), Madison Irving (javelin); Belmont – Rebecca Drew-Moyer (shot put); Bow – Taylor Morrison (100, 200), Brooke Fortin (400), Katrina Wiesner (1,600), Nora Scanlon (300 hurdles), Maggie Jensen (fifth triple jump), 4x100, 4x400, 4x800; H-D – Katie White (shot put, first javelin); Hopkinton – Sarah Nadeau (1,600), Katie Irwin (1,600), Emily Calder (3,200), Brittany Marshall (pole vault), 4x800; Kearsarge – Aryn Morcom (high jump), Carolyn Haron (pole vault); Winnisquam – Jaila Remillard (third 400, 100 hurdles, long jump), Erin McNamara (800), Carissa Archibald (tied-fourth high jump)

Area male qualifiers (with top-six seeds): Concord – Tolbert Nemo (second 100), Walters Ndi (tied-third 100), B.J. Smith (first 1,600, first 3,200), George Feliz (second 110 hurdles, second 300 hurdles), Harry Gunn (high jump, discus), Angel Feliz (long jump), 4x100 (third); Coe-Brown – Jeremy Brassard (third 1,600), Noah Macri (pole vault), Stevie Frase (discus), 4x400; John Stark – Daniel Caterino (high jump); MV – Andrew Alicea (tied-third 100, long jump, shot put), Brendan Polichronopoulos (400), John Lindonen (110 hurdles, triple jump, first javelin), 4x100 (fourth), 4x400 (second), 4x800 (sixth); Pembroke – Drew Harrison (400), Cody Steed (third triple jump); Belmont – Joseph Boles (800), Bruce Zimmer (shot put); Bow – Jordan Birtz (100), Kevin McCully (triple jump), 4x400, 4x800 (first); H-D – Viktor Montanez (100, sixth 200); Hopkinton – Cam DeBrusk (1,600), Dom Repucci (3,200), Aaron Beckwith (first pole vault), Slattery Donohue (pole vault), Brandon Cayer (shot put); Kearsarge – Zach Beltz (100, high jump), Gabe Carter (110 hurdles, third long jump, fifth triple jump), Sam Vanetten (high jump), 4x100; Sant Bani – Javin de Mello-Folsom (400), Colby Clark (3,200)

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