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High schools: MV field hockey team knocks Lebanon from ranks of undefeated

  • Kearsarge's Maicy Hansen and Hopkinton's Kelly Scammon battle for the ball in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge's Maicy Hansen and Hopkinton's Kelly Scammon battle for the ball in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Kearsarge's Geneva Heffernan and Hopkinton's Lilias Whitehead battle for the ball in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge's Geneva Heffernan and Hopkinton's Lilias Whitehead battle for the ball in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Kearsarge's Maicy Hansen and Hopkinton's Kelly Scammon battle for the ball in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Kearsarge's Geneva Heffernan and Hopkinton's Lilias Whitehead battle for the ball in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton defeated Kearsarge 4-0 in the game between the schools on September 17, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

After watching her team lose its last two games, Merrimack Valley field hockey coach Kim Kenney knew it was time to make some changes.

“We wanted to see if some different combinations would work, we worked on some weaknesses during the week, and we set some goals before this game,” Kenney said.

The changes proved effective and the goals were met as the Pride (3-2) claimed a 2-1 overtime win at home yesterday over defending-champion, and previously undefeated, Lebanon (4-1). It marked the first time since 2008 MV has beaten the Raiders.

“I can’t think of one person who wasn’t doing what we asked of them; this was really a total team game,” Kenney said. “Even the players on the bench, they were so supportive, especially in overtime.”

Overtime lasted for most of its allotted 15 minutes, but Lily Davis ended things with 1:49 on the clock, scoring on an assist from Cassidy Huckins. The game-winner was a product of one of the team’s pre-game goals – timely and frequent passing.

“There was so much excitement when we won,” Kenney said. “It was a spark that I hadn’t seen before with this team.”

The first adjustments for MV came before the game as three players switched positions and a fourth, sophomore Izzy Hoyt, was called up from junior varsity and inserted into the starting lineup at forward. While the changes proved effective in the end, Lebanon did score first, taking a 1-0 lead with 5:08 left in the first half. But the MV defense tightened after that as the Pride fulfilled its other pre-game goals – getting back on defense and finding the ball when the opposition was taking its free hits.

“The girls really did a great job with everything that we worked on during the week,” Kenney said.

With its own end secure, MV went to work on offense and tied things up with 11:13 left in the game on a penalty stroke from Olivia Thurber. That set the stage for a high-intensity finish to regulation and a nail-biting overtime.

“This definitely had the feel of a tournament game, and it’s only game five,” Kenney said. “I don’t know if I can take too many more of these.”

FIELD HOCKEY

St. Thomas 4, Bishop Brady 0

Led by the defensive efforts of Meg McMurphy, Meg Houten, Paige Belanger and Danielle Provencher, the Green Giants (1-4) played visiting St. Thomas (3-2) to a scoreless tie in the first half, but the Saints kept up the pressure in the second half for the win.

“There were times when we were on defense for a long stretch,” Brady Coach Kelly Owen said. “We had some opportunities, but we just couldn’t finish.”

Jess Russell finished with 10 saves for the Giants.

Bow 3, Hollis-Brookline 2, OT

Bow (1-2) won its first home game of the season on Monday in dramatic fashion to honor Bow High teacher Michelle Cadorette, who passed away from cancer on the first day of the new school year. The Falcons and their supporters wore purple in memoriam.

Hollis-Brookline (1-2) held a late 2-0 lead, but Bow rallied to tie the game with two goals in the final 10 minutes, the first two goals of the year for the Falcons.

Senior Katie Lawson made it 2-1 with 7:18 left before Jordan Mylod tipped home a Hannah Berman pass to tie the game with 4:51 left. Lawson won the game in overtime after scoring from a one-on-one chance.

Freshman Lyndsey Wheeler made several good saves for Bow.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Merrimack Valley 0, Lebanon 0, 2OT

The Pride (3-1-1) had an 8-2 shot advantage, but it couldn’t find the finishing touch on the road against Lebanon (2-2-1).

“It was a hard-fought game, and our whole team played well, we just couldn’t find the back of the net,” Pride Coach Kyle Reed said.

Keeper Mary Mullen (two saves) and Mayson Kimball anchored the MV defense, while Brooke Ellis and Emily Mulleavey played well in the midfield.

Con-Val 2, John Stark 1

The Generals (2-2-1) gave up two goals to Con-Val (3-2) in the first half and couldn’t pull all the way back despite some dominating play.

Chloe Loos scored the lone John Stark goal four minutes into the second half.

Nicole Beeso, Brooke Shatney, Jordan Shatney and Bri Legrand played well in midfield, while defenders Liz Brandt and Liz Neal were solid.

Pembroke 2, Bishop Brady 1, 2OT

The Spartans (1-3) picked up their first win of the season as they edged the Giants (2-4). Molly Hamilton was stellar on defense for Pembroke, while Kaity Morency played well in the midfield.

Hopkinton 4, Kearsarge 0

Sophomore Lily Scammon had a natural hat trick and the Hopkinton offense dominated possession as the Hawks improved to 2-1-1.

Scammon scored unassisted goals in the sixth and 27th minutes to give Hopkinton a 2-0 lead at halftime. Her third goal was a header off a corner kick from Courtney Benson seven minutes into the second half. Sabrey Montore completed the scoring, assisted by Benson. Aaliyah Curley and Nikki Cullinan also played well for the Hawks.

Belmont 4, Somersworth 0

The Red Raiders (6-0) stayed undefeated, scoring two goals in each half at home against Somersworth (1-3), which has lost three straight.

Makayla Donovan and Kelsey Scott scored in the first half before Chayleigh Cadarette and Anna Scott doubled Belmont’s advantage in the second. Scott added two assists. Cadarette’s goal was a great shot from 30 yards out.

Junior sweeper Zoe Zeller made a big defensive play in the first half, clearing a ball off the goal line during a goalmouth scramble. Goalie Kaitlyn Berry got the shutout, and outside half back Jennifer Hamilton came off the bench and played very well in the second half.

Bow 2, Pelham 0

Bow had two second-half goals to beat Pelham (1-5) on the road. The Falcons are now 5-0 and haven’t surrendered a goal this season.

Sarah Carlson scored the first goal in the 45th minute on an assist from Naomi Kramer, who netted a goal of her own in the final minute of the game on a Lindsey Vogt assist.

Goalkeeper Janna Corsetti got the shutout, while Lauren Scarpetti, Julia Currier and Caitlyn Keenan all played well.

Hillsboro-Deering 4, Newport 0

The Hillcats (3-2) bumped their winning streak to three games after topping Newport (1-4). After starting the season 0-2, H-D has won three straight road games, all shutouts.

Paytne Walker, Hannah Murdough and Bridgette Winters all scored in the first half. Sam Audette found the fourth goal late in the second.

An in-control H-D side was led by defenders Sarah Ingalls and Morgan Winters and goalies Emma Moore and Hillary Madore, who combined for four saves.

Audette, Madisyn Winters and Ashley Parent had assists for the Hillcats.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Coe-Brown 5, St. Thomas 4, OT

The Bears (3-2-1) were pushed to the limit by St. Thomas (0-5) and came back from three different deficits.

St. Thomas led 2-0 in the first half, went up 3-1 in the second half and took a 4-3 lead with 40 seconds left. Coe-Brown sophomore Jake Dunkerly found the miraculous game-tying goal with just 10 seconds left off a free kick from Isaac Nowland.

Nowland finished the job by scoring the game-winner in overtime, cleaning up a rebound off a shot from his brother, Spencer Nowland.

Alex Wimsatt, Garrett Kunz and Jayson Cleveland scored the other three Coe-Brown goals.

“To keep battling at the end of the first half and the end of the game, it was a testament to this team’s fight,” Coe-Brown Coach Christian Gompert said.

Pembroke 6, Bishop Brady 1

After scoring seven goals in their last game, the Spartan offense was shut out in the first half of this one. But that all changed after halftime. Pembroke scored three goals in the first nine minutes of the second half and never let up, moving to 4-1 with the win at Bishop Brady.

Sam Earp gave the Green Giants (1-3) a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute and it stayed that way until the break. The Spartans then broke it open with goals from Aaron Locke (44th minute), Jeremy Caruso (46th) and Parker Heath (49th). Austin Sartwell assisted on Heath’s goal, and then assisted on the next three goals as well – Justus Turk (59th minute), Locke (65th) and Seth Bean (78th).

Belmont 3, Farmington 1

T.J. Hennessey netted a pair and the Belmont back line of Kyle Gelinas, Cory Derosier and Tyler Fleming limited Farmington (3-2) to just three shots as the Red Raiders (2-2-1) won for the first time since their season opener.

“There was a lot of good stuff out there,” Belmont Coach Mike Foley said.

Hennessey opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 27th minute, but that lead was short lived as the Tigers scored two minutes later. Hennessey broke the tie after halftime with a goal in the 67th minute off an assist from Austin Haddock, and Brad Cyr added the final goal in the game’s final minute.

Kearsarge 5, Winnisquam 1

The Bears (1-4) jumped to a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute, but it was all Kearsarge after that as the Cougars improved to 3-1-1 with the road win.

Andrew Van Hooydonk knotted the score in the 19th minute and it stayed 1-1 until halftime. Nick Bailey went to work from there, scoring in the 47th minute and again in the 53rd to give the Cougars a 3-1 lead. Van Hooydonk (assisted by Bobby Lauster) and Nick Brady (assisted by Tad Sternberg) added two late goals. Mike Sullivan (six saves) had a solid game in net for the Cougars.

VOLLEYBALL

Belmont 3, Laconia 0

Senior Megan Bailey had 16 assists, four digs, two kills and two aces as the Red Raiders remained perfect (4-0) with a 25-17, 27-25, 25-16 win at Laconia (0-2).

Belmont served well as a team (47 total points) and got big contributions from Jessie Bergeron (five aces, three kills, 14 digs), Alyssa Wood (three aces, five kills, four digs), Bridget Annis (three kills, one block) and Shannon Conway (three aces, three kills, four digs).

Campbell 3, John Stark 0

The Generals fell to 0-2 with the loss at Campbell (5-0). Alex Story (two blocks, two aces, three kills), Emma Fredericks (six digs) and Brittney LaCerte all played well for Stark, which plays again tonight at Mascoma.

Merrimack 3, Concord 0

Concord (3-2) dropped its second straight match after getting swept at Merrimack (2-1) on Monday, 25-15, 25-16, 25-18.

Caitlyn Shea (eight assists), Claire Celestin (three kills, two blocks) and Shea Mathews (two aces) played well for the Crimson Tide.

GOLF

John Stark second

The Generals (4-10) had their best team performance of the year with five players shooting in the 30s, good for a 188 team score to finish behind undefeated Portsmouth (12-0), which carded a 176. Plymouth (7-4) took third place with a 216.

Ben Guilmette, Kyle Kolehmainen and Chris DePaula each shot 37 to lead John Stark, while Zach Hellings (38) and Cian Bremer-Zydenbos (39) rounded out the top five.

Portsmouth’s Tom Hixon was the medalist with a 31.

GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

John Stark at Con-Val

The Generals had two runners in the top 10 overall, with sophomores Hazel Johnstone (sixth place, 21:41) and Madeline Ishak (eighth, 22:17) leading the way.

Hailey Nase (22:49), Abigail Kuzma (25:41) and Erin Scott (25:44) also placed for John Stark.

Bow first, Hopkinton second

Bow won its home dual meet with the Hawks on a sixth-runner tiebreaker to edge Hopkinton after both squads finished with 29 points.

The top five for Bow was led by freshman Olivia Krause, who was third overall in 22:38. She was followed by Allie Krause (fifth, 23:15), Ashlie Tucker (sixth, 23:38), Hannah Weckstein (seventh, 24:20) and Haleigh Garrett (eighth, 24:34). Sophomore Naina Vig was the win-clinching sixth runner for Bow, coming in ninth place in 24:36.

Hopkinton’s top five consisted of overall winner Sarah Nadeau (21:37), Maddie Clark (second, 21:43), Emily Calder (fourth, 22:46), Melissa Irwin (10th, 26:22) and Emmaleigh Sabol (13th, 28:24).

Each team was missing a top runner, as Sohani Demian was out for Bow and Katie Irwin was out for Hopkinton.

Merrimack Valley fifth

The Pride (98 points) took fifth behind host Hanover (23), Goffstown (64), Windham (83) and Lebanon (93).

The top five runners for MV on the 2.8-mile course were Raquel Gelinas (sixth, 19:02), Cassie Owens (17th, 20:43), Cindy Fanny (21st, 21:00), Kelsey Belanger (32nd, 22:50) and Jessica Belanger (46th, 24:43).

BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY

John Stark at Con-Val

Kaden Hirschenhofer led John Stark with a time of 20:20 at a meet in Peterborough. He was followed by teammates Robert Kram (20:51), Noah Payeur (21:55), Joseph Boucher (22:24) and Tyler DeStefano (25:28).

Bow first, Hopkinton second

The Falcons swept the second through fifth spots to finish with 22 points and win the dual meet with visiting Hopkinton (33).

Bow was led by Andrew Weckstein, who took second place with a time of 18:04. The rest of Bow’s top five consisted of Peter LaRiviere (third, 19:02), Zachary Zbehlik (fourth, 19:40), Andrew Attorri (fifth, 19:45) and Jacob Proulx (eighth, 20:21).

Dom Repucci paced the Hawks with a first-place finish in 17:47. Cody Roberge (sixth, 20:18), Chris Barnard (seventh, 20:20), Declan Campbell (ninth, 20:27) and Peter Sawitsky (10th, 20:30) were the other top Hopkinton runners.

Merrimack Valley third

The Pride finished third among five teams at a Hanover-hosted meet, which was held on a 2.8-mile course. Hanover took first with 38 points to best Goffstown (46), MV (78), Windham (85) and Lebanon (109).

Carter Saltmarsh was fifth overall in 15:34 to lead MV. Keegan Hanks (12th, 16:03), Walker John (13th, 16:06), Damon Perron (29th, 17:20) and Kyle Rheaume (38th, 17:54) made up the remaining top five for MV.

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Lily Scammon, Hopkinton girls’ soccer, 3 goals in 4-0 win T.J. Hennessey, Belmont boys’ soccer, 2 goals in 3-1 win Austin Sartwell, Pembroke boys’ soccer, 4 assists in 6-1 win Isaac Nowland, Coe-Brown boys’ soccer, winning goal in OT, set up tying goal in last 10 seconds of regulation in 5-4 OT win Kelsey Scott, Belmont girls’ soccer, goal, 2 … 0

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