High schools: Offense clicking for Tide field hockey team
Concord's Steph Resnick, shown here in a game against Manchester Memorial last year, led Concord in scoring last year and returns to power the Tide's attack.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Concord's team walks off the field after winning their game against Manchester Memorial High School on September 18, 2013 at Rollins Park.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Concord passed its first couple of tests. The Tide field hockey team showed it has a more lethal offense, and it proved it can win games. But how would the team respond to its first loss?
The answer came yesterday in the form of a 3-1 victory over Manchester Memorial, when Concord bounced back from Monday’s first setback of the season with a solid win to improve to 4-1.
“Definitely every day we’re improving, every game we’re improving,” Concord Coach Steph Johnson said. “We’re working hard in practice and transferring those skills to the game.”
Yesterday, the Tide displayed a versatile offense, with three players scoring, and an unflappable defense that withstood a flurry of seven Memorial corners in the first half.
Grace Orzechowski got things started just 6:45 into the game, receiving a left-to-right crossing pass from Steph Resnick low in the circle before lifting the ball past the Crusader goalie.
The one-goal lead stood until halftime, but not before goalie Colleen Casey (five saves) and a defense anchored by Sarah Ek stood tall in the face of the Memorial corners, clearing the circle time and again and starting the Tide on the attack thanks to strong midfield play from Molly Waite.
The second half started much like the first, with Concord scoring 6:48 in, this time with Resnick firing a shot under the goalie to the far right corner. Kaela Nickodem made it 3-0 about 10 minutes later, sending a shot low along the end line that eluded the goalie and crossed the line just before finding the side of the cage.
“It’s good because everyone is making an impact,” Johnson said. “Teams can’t double-team one player because everyone is focused on scoring.”
Memorial (0-5) got one back with 5:35 to play, but by then it was too late. The Tide had passed its latest test.
Oyster River 1, Bow 0
It was simply a matter of finishing for Bow (1-3), which dropped a tight, back-and-forth game at Oyster River (2-2).
The Bobcats scored the lone goal 12:20 into the game on a deflection of a cross in front of the net. The Falcons had plenty of chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Goalie Lyndsey Wheeler made double-digit saves to keep the Bobcats at a single goal, while center back Laura Zbehlik had a strong game on the defensive end, and center forward Katie Lawson sparked the offense.
Pembroke 3, Franklin 1
After a scoreless first half, Franklin’s Lauren Pelletier gave the Golden Tornadoes (0-3) a 1-0 lead. But Emma Jewett scored three goals for Pembroke (2-4) to give the Spartans their second straight win.
Brigette Robichaud recorded an assist on Pelletier’s goal, while Lexi Colpack played well in the midfield and Anna Doherty led the way defensively for Franklin.
Newfound 3, Hopkinton 2
The Hawks (3-1) dropped their first game of the season after failing to come back from a 3-1 deficit.
Newfound (3-1) opened the scoring in the first half. The Hawks responded to tie the score, but the Bears scored the next two goals on either side of the halftime break. Hopkinton pulled back to within a goal after scoring with eight minutes left but couldn’t find another score.
Brittany Marshall scored both goals for the Hawks, and both were assisted by Ireland Tawney. Maddy Cudmore and Ally Rose played well, and goalie Maddy Bergethon made 10 saves.
The Bears (2-0-2) dominated, particularly in the second half, scoring three of their goals in the final 15 minutes.
Erin McNamara tallied two goals and one assist, Lauren Bolstridge scored one goal and added two assists, Mackenzie Byers scored one goal, and Erin Atherton recorded one assist.
Kendra Lonergan picked up the shutout in net, tallying five saves, while Olivia Decormier played a superb game in the midfield.
Merrimack Valley 0
The Pride (2-4) was shut out on the road by a free-scoring Lebanon team (3-1).
Freshman Ben Davis played strong in the middle, Noah Seltzer was solid on the outside, and Kevin Crutchfield also played well for MV.
The Hawks (5-0), led by sweeper James McCluskey, stopper Liam McNicholas and backs Matt French and Wes Rose, shut down Bow’s offensive attack. The Falcons’ best scoring chance came about 15 minutes into the game, but Hopkinton goalie Rob Ferguson (four saves) made an incredible full-extension tip over the bar on a 25-yard laser of a shot.
Hopkinton’s first goal was scored in the 36th minute by Doug Fleury from Brian Hauschild, and Riley McNicholas added an insurance goal unassisted in the 71st minute.
Tim Bradley tallied nine saves for Bow (5-1).
Moultonborough 1, 2OT
Max Tuttle scored in the 71st minute to bring Pittsfield (3-2-1) even with Moultonborough (5-1-1), which had opened the scoring in the first half. Both teams had momentum at different moments in the late stages of the game but weren’t able to break the deadlock.
Panthers goalkeeper Colby Clark made eight saves, including a huge save with four minutes left to keep the game tied.
Defenders Chris Farr and Ryan Marquis were strong at the back for Pittsfield.
St. Thomas 0
After a scoreless first half, Coe-Brown’s Ariel Clachar scored on a pass from Hailey Sereno to give the Bears (4-1-1) a 1-0 lead that was ultimately enough to win the tight contest over the Saints (0-4).
Alley Savioli recorded 10 saves for her third shutout of the season, while Sarah Curtin and Kayla Patten anchored the defense, limiting the attack of St. Thomas’s forwards.
The Crimson Tide was trailing as the final rounds were finishing, but Ben Bengtson’s score of 40 pushed the Tide golfers over the top and Concord pulled off a narrow victory with a team score of 198. Winnacunnet placed second with a 199, Londonderry came in third with a 200 and Bishop Guertin tallied a 201.
Josh Pifer was the low-scorer for the Crimson Tide (19-2) with a 38, while Adam Godbout shot a 39, Tim Levins shot a 40, and Matt LaTourette rounded out the scorers with a 41.
The Falcons (8-0) dominated at Laconia Country Club, shooting a 147 to top Laconia (179) and Stevens (211).
Jake Rand was the medalist with a 1-under 35, Doug Champagne shot a 36, and Josh Lacasse and Jeremy Duhamel each shot 38.
Bow looks to remain undefeated as it travels to the Country Club of New Hampshire today to take on Kearsarge, Pelham and Mascenic.
The Hillcats (2-8) struggled, shooting 224 as a team. Mascenic placed first with a 176 and Pelham placed second with a 187.
Emma Moore (53) and Danny Egner (57) led the way individually for H-D, which plays at Campbell on Monday.
Franklin (1-8) got its first win of the season, finishing third with a 218 at Mojalaki Country Club to beat Lisbon’s 240. Derryfield won the match with a 153, while Newmarket placed second with a 201.
Jake Geddis led the Golden Tornadoes with a 48, while Corey Nelson (51), Courtney Mazur (57) and Billy Mazur (62) rounded out Franklin’s scorers.
The Hawks (7-1) cruised to a first-place finish with Peter Benson leading the way at Blackmount Country Club in North Haverhill. Benson earned his second medalist honor in two matches, shooting a 3-over 39 to pace Hopkinton, who finished with a team score of 172 to top Littleton (206, 5-5 record), host Woodsville (220, 3-5 record) and Sunapee (222, 3-5 record).
Sam Winslow and Max Legier each shot a 44 to tie for second overall on the leaderboard, and Jamison Crouch had a 45.
Oyster River 1
Coe-Brown (2-1) rebounded from a recent loss with a win in four games in a home match against Oyster River (1-2), 25-10, 22-25, 25-19, 25-13.
Megan Rouillard and Emma Easler each had 12 kills, while Sadie Steffen dished out 24 assists and Debbie Peabody had 26 digs.
John Stark 3, Mascoma 0
The Generals (1-2) won their first match of the season, sweeping Mascoma (1-5) in three games, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16.
Standouts for John Stark were Shelby Brouillet (11 aces, eight kills), Kendall Wilkins (four kills) and Emily Edwards, who did well receiving.
Portsmouth Christian 3,
Pittsfield (0-5) took the loss, but the Panthers played Portsmouth Christian to five sets. The Panthers were led by team captain Katie Steeves with 16 kills, five blocks and a strong defensive effort.