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Hopkinton teammates embrace an unseen Ireland Tawney after Tawney scored in overtime to defeat Gilford, 2-1, to win Thursday's D-III field hockey semifinal game at Exeter High School, Oct. 30, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

In semifinals, Hopkinton field hockey team wins in overtime again

Friday, October 31, 2014

EXETER – Patty Connolly insists the Hopkinton field hockey team isn’t doing it on purpose – the high-wire act, taking games to overtime, letting their picture-perfect season come within one shot of crumbling to pieces. Intentional or not, it’s working. The Hawks don’t know how to make things easier for themselves. But they also don’t know how to pay for their risky style. Hopkinton’s quest for both a championship and a perfect season survived another challenge from a big-thinking underdog, as the top-seeded Hawks got a goal from Ireland Tawney 3:31 into overtime to lift them over No. 12 Gilford, 2-1. Hopkinton (17-0) will play …

High schools: Coe-Brown girls’ soccer team breaks away in second half

Friday, October 31, 2014

They competed all season with the purpose of playing at home when the tournament began. And for the Coe-Brown girls’ soccer team, one home game wasn’t enough. So there was no way the third-seeded Bears were going to overlook 14th-seeded Merrimack Valley in the first round of the Division II tourney yesterday. “For us, it’s been about defending our home field all year,” …

High school football: An early start to playoff pressure

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween can be a scary night. High school football teams around the state are hoping it doesn’t turn into a horror story. In this, the final weekend of the regular season, playoff implications hinge on the outcome of nearly every game involving area teams. It all starts tonight with a trio of must-win games covering each division, and continues tomorrow with two more …

High schools: Hopkinton boys’ soccer team up to a challenge from Bow

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOW – For the first 39 minutes, it was all Hopkinton. The Hawks built a two-goal lead, dominated possession and didn’t allow Bow a shot on goal. But the Falcons scored just before the half and the match’s …

Merrimack Valley field hockey team wins in OT to reach quarterfinals

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

PENACOOK – Denied once, Cassidy Huckins wasn’t going to be denied a second time. The Merrimack Valley senior scored off the rebound of her own shot a minute and a half into sudden death overtime to give the …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Field hockey Division I first round No. 9 Concord (6-7-1) at No. 8 Exeter (7-6-1), 3 p.m. head to head: Concord beat Exeter, 3-1, in its home opener. Notes: It’s been a long season since the teams met, but they’ve nearly mirrored each other in results against common …

High school Stars of the Day

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cassie Contigiani, Belmont girls’ soccer, 3 goals in 4-0 win Gabby Bartlett, Pittsfield girls’ soccer, 2 goals, assist in 4-0 win Maddie Cheney, Bow girls’ soccer, game-winning goal in 1-0 OT win Jonny LeClair, Belmont boys’ soccer, three saves, shutout in 2-0 win Evan Ruderman, Hopkinton boys’ soccer, …

High school Stars of the Day

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Angela Beeso, John Stark girls’ soccer, goal in 1-0 OT win Elysia Carroll, H-D girls’ volleyball, 10 aces in 3-0 win Alex Lugar, Belmont girls’ volleyball, 14 digs in 3-2 win Jackelyn Robarge, Belmont girls’ volleyball, 7 digs, 6 kills in 3-2 win …

High schools: Belmont volleyball rallies from two-set hole to beat Inter-Lakes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Belmont girls’ volleyball trailed Inter-Lakes, two sets to none and two points away from losing the third. What could have ended as a loss in straight sets instead became a come-from-behind 3-2 victory for the Red Raiders …

Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Field hockey Division II first round No. 9 Hanover (6-7-1) at No. 8 Merrimack Valley (7-7-0), 3 p.m. head to head: MV blanked Hanover, 3-0, in late September. Notes: A 7-2 start to the season turned into a winless October for MV, but don’t read too much into …

High schools: Bow football puts it away early in 55-6 rout of Raymond

Sunday, October 19, 2014

RAYMOND – It would have been easy for Bow to lounge its way into Raymond. After all, the undefeated, defending champion Falcons were at the top of the Division III standings coming into yesterday’s football game and Raymond …

No stopping the insanity in Bow when it comes to defense

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BOW – Most call it a three-and-out when a defense forces a punt after just three plays. Bow Coach Paul Cohen likes to call it “18 seconds of craziness,” six seconds for each play. So far this season, …

Bow’s stingy defense by the numbers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Yards and points allowed by the Bow defense against each opponent: 70 7 vs. Campbell 50 0 vs. Stevens 101 0 vs. Bishop Brady 126 6 vs. Epping-Newmarket 106 6 vs. Farmington-Nute 106 6 vs. Raymond 93.2 4.2 average per game …