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High Schools: Hopkinton field hockey team cruises into quarterfinals

  • Hopkinton senior midfielder Brittany Marshall hits it hard as Hopkinton girls field hockey beats Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton senior midfielder Brittany Marshall hits it hard as Hopkinton girls field hockey beats Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton sophomore forward Ireland Tawney pushes up the field as Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton sophomore forward Ireland Tawney pushes up the field as Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton sophomore forward Ireland Tawney pushes up the field as Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton sophomore forward Ireland Tawney pushes up the field as Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton senior midfielder Brittany Marshall hits it hard as Hopkinton girls field hockey beats Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton sophomore forward Ireland Tawney pushes up the field as Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton sophomore forward Ireland Tawney pushes up the field as Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton girls field hockey hosts Somersworth in the first round of D-III playoffs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

The fourth-seeded Hopkinton field hockey team’s Division III first-round game against No. 13 Somersworth had a familiar look about it.

The Hawks (13-2) played to their strengths and won the matchup the way they usually have done this season: by taking the lead (with Brittany Marshall likely to be involved) and holding on to the advantage with clean defense. Yesterday’s contest was no exception, as the team went ahead early, got a goal and three assists from Marshall, and did not allow goalie Maddy Bergethon to make a single save in a 4-0 home shutout of the Hilltoppers (6-9).

Maddy Sorel got the ball rolling for Hopkinton less than six minutes into the first half, scoring off an assist by Marshall. Marshall went on to score a second Hawks goal (Caroline Flood with the assist) before recording a helper on Ireland Tawney’s goal toward the end of the half to put the team three goals ahead.

“Coming out and scoring three in the first half lets you take a deep breath and relax a little,” Hopkinton Coach Patty Connolly said. “But Somersworth has 10 seniors and we didn’t want to underestimate them.”

The Hawks again scored early in the second half, striking before two minutes had passed with Tawney finding the net from Marshall’s third assist.

Marshall continues to be the focal point of the Hopkinton offense but has made her game all about finding the teammates around her. This makes the senior’s impact all the more valuable considering opposing defenses are putting extra bodies on her.

“She likes to distribute, get everybody involved and always tries to look for that extra pass,” Connolly said of Marshall. “She gets a lot of pressure on her, and other defenders know her now, so her ability to see the open player and get the ball to her is important.”

The other key element of Hopkinton’s game was also in effect yesterday, as the Hawks defense, led by juniors Callie Chase and Maddy Cudmore, not only held Somersworth without a shot but also allowed the visitors only one corner in the game.

“(The defense) was impressive,” Connolly said. “They’re keeping play away from the goalie and not making any mistakes.”

Hopkinton will hope its winning formula will hold up in the quarterfinals against No. 5 Newfound, one of two teams to best the Hawks this season and the only squad to win in Hopkinton this year. The Bears have had Hopkinton’s number in recent history, beating the Hawks in every game the two have played in the last four years.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Connolly said, “but because we’ve played them we can make adjustments, and I know we’ll be okay.”

The quarterfinal game is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. in Hopkinton.

D-III FIELD HOCKEY

No. 7 Winnisquam 3, No. 10 Laconia 0

Erin McNamara scored a goal in each half to lead the Bears (10-3-2) past Laconia (9-6) in the first round.

McNamara made it 1-0 at the end of the first half off a corner hit. Kayla Langan doubled Winnisquam’s advantage in the second half before McNamara put the game away with her second goal.

Lauren Bolstridge assisted on both of the second-half scores, and Madison Langan added a helper.

The Bears will take on No. 2 Gilford on the road in the quarterfinals Saturday at 2 p.m.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Pembroke 3, Goffstown 1

The Spartans (12-2-1) scored back-to-back goals late in the second half to pick up their fourth straight win.

Justus Turk and Aaron Locke found the net in the 73rd and 74th minutes, respectively, to break a 1-1 tie. Spencer Nowe had started the scoring in the 10th minute before Goffstown (6-6-2) tied it.

Brendon Pettigrew, Jeremy Caruso and Parker Heath had assists.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Belmont 2, Prospect Mtn. 0

The Red Raiders (12-2-1) scored once in each half to pick up a comfortable home win over Prospect Mountain (7-7-1).

Hannah Shirley and Cassie Contigiani were the goal scorers. Emma Chase assisted on Contigiani’s second-half goal, while Contigiani provided the pass for Shirley’s early score.

Chayleigh Cadarette led another strong defensive performance, with help from outside backs Courtney Clairmont and Jasmine Syed. Kelsey Scott played well up front, and Sarah Chase played well off the bench.

Hopkinton 4, Somersworth 0

Courtney Benson notched her third hat trick of the season as the Hawks (12-2-2) cruised in their regular-season finale. Somersworth fell to 6-9.

Lily Scammon put the Hawks on the board in the 16th minute when she headed in a crossing pass from Aaliyah Curley. Benson made it 2-0 in the 26th minute with an assist from Caroline Sweny, then struck twice in the second half to put the game away, first from Kelly Scammon in the 12th minute and then unassisted in the 16th minute.

Josie Lavigne and Meg Hemmerlein played well on defense, and goalie Kasey Smith made three saves for another shutout.

Hopkinton sits in third place in the Division III standings but could climb to second if Belmont (12-2-1) loses in its regular-season finale against White Mountains tomorrow.

Coe-Brown 1, Lebanon 1

Jelasa Nelson scored the tying goal to help the Bears (8-5-2) to a draw on the road at Lebanon (4-7-5) on Tuesday.

The Bears had chances to win the game in the extra periods but couldn’t get a winner across. Ariel Clachar assisted on the goal, while Audra Jenkins and Emily Blad played well. Goalie Alley Savioli made nine saves.

Coe-Brown has built a wealth of experience playing in overtime this season, as the team is 4-1-2 in seven OT games.

VOLLEYBALL

Coe-Brown 3, Kingswood 0

Coe-Brown (15-1) navigated a nailbiter of a second game to end up sweeping Kingswood (7-7) on the road, 25-11, 31-29, 25-17, in the team’s final regular-season match. The win was highlighted by libero Debbie Peabody’s 1,000th career dig, with the junior getting 30 digs on the night.

“She plays aggressive and she’s not afraid,” Bears Coach Rick Veno said of Peabody. “Her confidence has blossomed over the years.”

Megan Rouillard led the team with 12 kills and added 11 digs, while Abigail Ahern had 19 digs and 10 kills. Katie Tomaszewski had six kills and five blocks, and Sophia Wensberg filled in for Emma Easler and had five kills and four blocks.

The win is Coe-Brown’s 14th straight.

Winnisquam 3, Franklin 0

The Bears (13-2) won their fifth straight match with a road sweep of Franklin (3-12), 25-16, 25-8, 25-11, while also marking Winnisquam Coach Mike Livernois’s 200th win as a coach.

Hannah Chapin (10 kills, two blocks) and Bailey Long (eight kills, six aces) led the Bears, while Carissa Archibald (four kills), Jaila Remillard (three kills), Marissa Deblaise (five aces) and Mo Raymond (five aces) pitched in. Setter Erica Doubleday had 21 assists and three aces on a night in which the Bears team recorded 26 aces as a team.

Sunapee 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0

The Hillcats (3-12) were swept on the road by a Sunapee team (14-1) that has won 12 straight matches, 25-10, 25-23, 25-16.

Virginia Philbrick (seven digs) and Hannah Pepper (four digs) led H-D.

John Stark 3, Stevens 0

The Generals (6-9) helped their playoff push with an easy 25-12, 25-11, 25-9 road victory over the winless Cardinals (0-15).

Stark took control with its service game, as Kendall Wilkins (nine aces), Emily Edwards (seven aces) and Madalyn Lover (six aces) all dominated.

Stark is likely to enter the D-III tourney as the 15th or 16th seed.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Debbie Peabody, Coe-Brown volleyball, 30 digs, records 1,000th career dig in 3-0 win Brittany Marshall, Hopkinton field hockey, goal, 3 assists in 4-0 first-round win Erin McNamara, Winnisquam field hockey, 2 goals in 3-0 first-round win Courtney Benson, Hopkinton girls’ soccer, 3 goals in 4-0 win … 0

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