High schools: Reed’s big day helps Concord golf to second-place finish
Members of the Concord High School golf team warm up during Concord's match against Bedford, Dover and Keene at Concord Country Club on September 4, 2013.
WILL PARSON / Monitor staff
Concord High School's Matt LaPourette takes a swing during Concord's match against Bedford, Dover and Keene at Concord Country Club on September 4, 2013.
WILL PARSON / Monitor staff
Samantha Reed came into yesterday’s home match for the Concord golf team in the eighth position on the Crimson Tide lineup, and at the end of the day she played a big part in helping her team to second place – not to mention the No. 2 position for the next match. Reed’s 41 helped propel the Tide to a 208 team score, and Concord (5-1) held on to second place thanks to a seventh-spot tiebreak win over Keene (3-3). Bedford (7-2) came out in first at 203, ahead of Concord, Keene and Dover (218, 4-5 record).
On a day when Concord’s Adam Godbout paced the field with a 35 and earned medalist honors at Concord Country Club, the focus was on the play of Reed, who qualified for the eighth spot the day before and ended up with the second-best score on the team.
“She won the match for us singlehandedly. When she came in, we were six (strokes) behind Keene,” Concord Coach Ed Deshaies said. “She’s played a lot of tournament golf, and it doesn’t surprise me what she did today because she shot a 41 last night (in the qualifiers).”
The low scores of Reed and Godbout helped Concord on a day when other Tide golfers who shot well the night before ended up with high scores. Behind the top two were Ben Bengtson (42), Lucas Karathanasis (43) and the duo of Tim Levins and Matt LaTourette, who each shot a 47. Levins and LaTourette ended up matching scores with Keene’s fifth and sixth golfers, so the tiebreak fell to Sam Tardiff, who shot a 49 to finally give Concord a second-place finish.
It was a good day for Concord golfers at very different spots in the lineup. Godbout continued his usual solid performances this season and has earned the top spot on the team.
“(Godbout’s) been steadily shooting right around par,” Deshaies said, “and has distanced himself as the number one guy.”
In Reed’s case, she’ll be in an unfamiliar spot in the lineup for the next match, but has earned it with her match-clinching performance.
“In mine and Chick Smith’s 10 years of coaching, it’s the first time a girl has been up in the number two spot,” Deshaies said. “It’s nice to see Sam come in and do that well.”
Bow first, Belmont third
Bow freshman Doug Champagne shot 1-under par 35 at Canterbury Woods to earn medalist honors in his first varsity match and lead the Falcons (3-0) to victory with a team score of 146. Gilford took second at 170, followed by Belmont (192) and Prospect Mountain (196).
Jake Rand came around in 36, Josh Lacasse in 37 and Jacob Berrigan in 38 to complete Bow’s scoring.
Belmont (1-2) had a trio of players all shoot 45 – Caleb Drouin, Brandon Pearl and Mike Sanborn – while Nicole Antonucci carded a 53.
Merrimack Valley fourth
Connor Nagle shot 1-over 37 at Loudon Country Club to lead Hanover (200) to victory over Kingswood (233), Milford (254) and Merrimack Valley (263).
Jesse Demers had the low card for the Pride (0-3), coming around in 43. Matt Gilliland was next with a 51, and Brandon Desilets carded a 52.
Franklin (0-2) came up short in its season-opening match at Mojalaki, shooting a 231 to finish behind Newport (175) and White Mountains (186). Freshman Corey Nelson shot 47 in his first varsity match to lead Franklin. Courtney Mazur (59), Billy Mazur (62) and Jacob Geddis (63) rounded out Franklin’s top four.
Laconia 3, Belmont 1
Matt Leclair gave Belmont (1-1) a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute and the Red Raiders outshot Laconia, 11-7, but the Sachems took advantage of their openings and got three goals from Jacob Sykes for the win in Laconia.
“We played well all around and defensively we were solid,” Belmont Coach Mike Foley said.
“We just made a couple costly mistakes.”
Sykes scored his first goal just one minute before halftime, and the game stayed tied until there were only five minutes left on the clock, when Sykes snuck in behind the Belmont defense for the game-winner.
He finished the hat trick on a penalty kick with 30 seconds remaining.
Joe Boles was solid in the midfield for Belmont and Curtis McLelland created multiple chances from the wing.
Hopkinton 9, Conant 0
The Hawks (1-0) got off to an excellent start for the season with a road shutout of Conant (0-2).
Riley McNicholas scored a natural hat trick in 28 minutes before Hopkinton added two more tallies to lead 5-0 at the half.
Matt French added two goals, with the other scores coming from Jacob Rockwood (his first varsity goal), Brian Hauschild, Zach Rouleau and Wes Rose.
Evan Ruderman and Doug Fleury had two assists, and Austin Brehio added one more helper.
Pittsfield 3, Lin-Wood 2
Xenthios Cyr scored a hat trick to give Pittsfield (1-0) a dramatic home win over Lin-Wood (0-1) to start the season. After giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute, Cyr went on to score two more goals in the 70th and 77th minutes to pull Pittsfield back from a 2-1 deficit.
Max Tuttle assisted on two of Cyr’s goals, while defenders Jesse Slater and Chris Farr stood strong during the victory.