Wednesday’s high schools: H-D boys’ lax wins first game in program history, Kearsarge boys’ tennis wins 9th straight, other area results

  • Bishop Brady’s Nate Smith (left) takes a hit from Hopkinton’s Lincoln Wilson during a 2021 Division III boys’ lacrosse preliminary round playoff game. Hopkinton won, 15-3, to advance to the quarterfinals. JEFF SULLIVAN /

Published: 5/12/2022 10:24:48 AM

Merrimack Valley 6, Hollis-Brookline 2

Key players: MV – Simon Keary (7 IP, 2 H), Ben Rose (2-for-4, 2 runs), Dylan Garvin (RBI)

Highlights: MV jumped out to an early two-run lead after the first inning and Keary – in his first varsity start – did the rest, allowing just two hits and not walking a single batter. The Pride tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh, highlighted by Garvin’s run scoring single.

Coach’s quote: “Good team win today against a quality Hollis ballclub. Simon Keary set the tone early and pounded the strike zone.” – MV’s Sean Wheeler

Records: MV 6-3; Hollis-Brookline 8-1

Pembroke 4, Souhegan 3

Key players: Pembroke – Preston Wallis (6 IP, 7 K, 4 H, 1 ER; 1-for-2, 2 runs, sacrifice), Matt Wagner (1-for-3, 2 run double), Brent Cloonen (1 IP, 3 K, 1 H)

Highlights: Souhegan led 2-1 after the first inning, but Wagner’s two-run double in the fifth put Pembroke ahead to stay. Wallis threw six strong innings and Cloonen came in for the save as the Spartans topped the second-place Sabers.

Coach’s quote: “We played with a lot of grit today. Wallis kept us in the game, the boys battled and Wagner got the big hit when we had our chance.” – Pembroke’s Joshua Coughlin

Records: Pembroke 5-5; Souhegan 11-3

Belmont 5, Mascoma 1

Key players: Belmont – Liam Waldron (7 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 10 K; 1-for-3, RBI), Jaxson Embree (2-for-3, 2 runs), Jonny Phillips (2-for-3, 2 runs), Andrew Rowley (1-for-3, 2 RBI), Owen Waldron (1-for-4, RBI)

Highlights: Belmont broke onto the scoreboard in the third inning when Embree reached base on a single, stole second and scored on a sacrifice grounder. Phillips also reached on a single and scored in the same frame to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead. Belmont tacked on another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth when Rowley drove home two runs on a line drive to right field.

Coach’s quote: “On a day where our usual contributors struggled a bit, it was nice to see the bottom of the order produce. Liam pitched a great game; no walks and 10 strikeouts are a recipe for success. He’s limited pitching mistakes all season, and we benefit from his presence on the mound.” – Belmont’s Matt LeBlanc

Records: Belmont 8-2; Mascoma 0-10


Bow 5, Sanborn 1

Key players: Bow – Hannah McGonigle (7 IP, 10 K; 2-for-4, double, 2 runs), Lilly Wright (2-for-3), Kelly Harris (2 RBI)

Highlights: Aggressive baserunning in the fourth helped bring in four runs for the Falcons. McGonigle went from first to third on a hit to right field, and pinch runner Emma Kelly took an extra base on a missed cutoff throw.

Coach’s quote: “Flawless game defensively; first time all season. That bodes well going into the final games of the regular season.” – Bow’s Jen Boyden

Records: Bow 4-6; Sanborn 3-5

John Stark 13, Kennett 1 (6)

Key players: John Stark – Olivia Hargreaves (6 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 10 K), Olivia Hargreaves (3-for-3, BB, 2 doubles), Ava Rivers (1-for-1, 3 walks, 3 runs), Ruby Dykstra (3-for-4, run)

Highlights: The Generals scored two runs in the first inning, two in the second and six in the fifth.

Coach’s quote: “Offensively, the entire lineup top to bottom is just hitting the ball really well. After a real rainy and cold April, we are loving the warmer weather and playing some top-notch softball.” – John Stark’s Gerry Morin

Records: John Stark 8-1; Kennett 4-6

Merrimack Valley 13, Hollis-Brookline 5

Key players: MV – Livie LaCasse (2-for-4; 7 IP, 8 K), Kayla Smith (3-for-4), Caydence Allberg (2-for-4), Macy Gordon (3-for-4), Kalee Keyser (HR)

Highlights: Down 4-2 going into the fifth, Keyser hit a solo shot over the wall and the Pride strung together six consecutive hits for a seven-run inning.

Coach’s quote: “The kids just hung in the game; nobody hit the panic button, and we strung together key hits in the fifth.” – MV’s Kevin O’Brien

Records: MV 8-1; Hollis-Brookline 7-3

Belmont 23, Mascoma 0

Key players: Belmont – Lena Rodrigues (3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB), Madi Smith (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB; 2 hits), Madi Paquette (multiple hits), Katie Walker (multiple hits), Carly Drouin (multiple hits)

Coach’s quote: “Good team win after a long bus ride.” – Belmont’s Bill Clary

Records: Belmont 5-3; Mascoma 1-10

Hopkinton 10, St. Thomas 2

Key players: Hopkinton – Maddie Carmichael (3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBI, home run, double), Kyanna Landry (2-for-4, 2 triples, 5 RBI, run), Lizz Holmes (2-for-3, 3 stolen bases, defense), Julia Baer

Highlights: Carmichael got the Hawks started with a two-run bomb in the first inning. Kyanna Landry added five RBIs in the third and fourth innings with two triples to break things open and give the Hawks a 10-0 lead. The baserunning of Baer and Holmes helped spark the Hawks, and Steph Elrick earned yet another win in the circle.

Coach’s quote: “Good practice yesterday translated into a focused group today. Very proud of the team.” – Hopkinton’s Dan Meserve

Records: Hopkinton 9-3; St. Thomas 7-3

Boys’ Lacrosse

Goffstown 10, Bow 9

Key players: Bow – Gavin McCabe (6 goals), Brodie O’Neil (goal), Canyon Batchelder (goal), Hollis Jones (goal)

Highlights: Injuries to two key players cost the Falcons the game, Bow’s third one-goal loss this season.

Records: Goffstown 6-4; Bow 0-11

Hillsboro-Deering 8, Stevens 3

Key players: H-D – Paulo Vasquez (5 goals, 100% on faceoffs), Ryan Podsadonski (goal, 2 assists), Manny Velazquez (goal, assist), Kolin Paradise (goal, assist), Ethan Benn (assist), Jacob Davies (assist), Jared O’Connor (15 saves)

Highlights: The Hillcats celebrated their first victory in program history with Wednesday’s victory over the Cardinals.

Coach’s quote: “After 17 games (over two seasons), it feels satisfying to finally get the first W. These kids battle and I’m proud of them all.” – H-D’s Howie Roever

Records: H-D 1-6; Stevens 0-10

Hopkinton 20, Bishop Brady 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Ryan Brown (4 goals, 4-for-4 shooting), Aidan Burns (3 goals, assist, 3 ground balls), Josh Duval (2 goals, 2 assists), John Despres (2 goals, assist, 3 ground balls), Patrick Buss (2 goals, 3 ground balls), Quinn Whitehead (goal, assist, 4 ground balls), Garrett Fitzgerald (goal, assist), Andrew Zankel (2 assists, 3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers), Ethan Molnar (2 assists, 4 ground balls), Connor Tewksbury (assist, 9 face-off wins), Avery Condon (goal, 2 caused turnovers), Steven Reddy (3 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers), Nolan Staples-Roy (4 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers), Eli Standefer (8 saves, 0.889 save %)

Highlights: Hopkinton jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after the first quarter. The Hawks kept the pressure on with steady scoring and defensive stands. Bishop Brady wouldn’t be shut out, scoring a nice turnaround shot with 19 seconds left in regulation.

Coach’s quote: “We showed a lot of improvement today and did a great job of sticking to the game plan and finding good scoring opportunities. I was impressed with our ability to share the ball on offense, as 16 different players had goals and/or assists.” – Hopkinton’s Deacon Blue

Records: Hopkinton 7-1; Bishop Brady 2-6

Girls’ Lacrosse

Exeter 15, Concord 14

Key players: Concord – Mary Martinson (9 goals, 6 draw controls, 2 caused turnovers), Emma Beaujouan (3 goals, 5 ground balls, draw control, caused turnover), Sophia Branch (4 ground balls, 2 draw controls), Sarah Leuci (2 goals, 3 caused turnovers, ground ball, draw control), Greta Norton (goal, 2 ground balls)

Coach’s quote: “Although unfortunately we did not get the win today, we needed to be tested in a game like this. I am very proud of how our team responded after a tough game yesterday and back-to-back road games. We are on the road again on Friday at Londonderry, and I am looking forward to seeing how we compete.” – Concord’s Ashley Durepo

Records: Exeter 7-5; Concord 4-8

Hopkinton 19, Derryfield 11

Key players: Hopkinton – Sarah Chodosh (4 goals, 2 assists), Hannah Hoyt (4 goals, 3 assists), Rose Finlayson (4 goals, assist), Annie Higginbotham (3 goals, 2 assists), Madi Zahn (3 goals, 2 assists), Olivia Cressy (goal), Sydney Westover (9 saves), Izzy Afflerbach (defense), Amelia Lynch (defense)

Highlights: The Hawks avenged their loss in last year’s championship game with a solid victory over the Cougars. Last year’s title game was decided by one goal, but Hopkinton led by as many as nine goals in this victory.

Coach’s quote: “Always fun to play Derryfield since they have had a strong lacrosse tradition for years and there is a rivalry there. It was a clean, fast game from both teams. We had a better game today too, limiting unforced errors.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Hopkinton 8-1; Derryfield 6-3

Pelham 12, Kearsarge 11

Key players: Kearsarge – Caroline Damp (6 goals, 3 assists), Arden Rossi (3 goals, 2 assists), Valerie Soule (goal), Devin Phyllides (goal, 2 assists)

Highlights: Kearsarge found renewed energy in the second half, staging a comeback, but falling short by one goal.

Coach’s quote: “Kearsarge showed tremendous grit to come back and tie the game when four goals down. The defense got better at picking up Pelham on fast breaks as well as defending cutters during the second half of the game.” – captains Caroline Camp and Devin Phyllides

Records: Pelham 5-2; Kearsarge 5-5

Boys’ Tennis

Kearsarge 9, Inter-Lakes 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Toby MacLeod (No. 1), Liam Miller (No. 2), Davis West (No. 3), Graham West (No. 4), Thomas Shepherd (No. 5), Bryce Wilmer (No. 6)

Highlights: Wilmer and Kritsada Panya won the No. 3 doubles match, 8-2, to cap the Cougars’ ninth straight win.

Records: Kearsarge 9-1; Inter-Lakes 3-7

Girls’ Tennis

Bow 7, Milford 2

Key players: Bow – Katie McCabe and Sophia Samsel (8-2 win at No. 3 doubles)

Highlights: Bow swept singles, losing a total of only two games. Amy Gray and Josefine Jaques won 8-1, while Sudy Chakraborty, Cailyn Benson, Jaden Glace and Grace Modzeleski all won 8-0.

Coach’s quote: “We were able to sub in six new players in doubles to get them some experience.” – Bow’s Steve Langevin

Records: Bow 8-3; MIlford 1-11

Kearsarge 8, Monadnock 1

Key players: Kearsarge cougars – Anela Branco (8-0 win at No. 5 singles), Kelsey Kane (8-0 win at No. 6 singles), Anna Cook and Amber Houle (8-0 win at doubles)

Coach’s quote: “There are many skills I have covered with the girls individually, but their ability to support each other in a true team manner is what impresses me most and what guides this group.” – Kearsarge’s Jay Stadler

Records: Kearsarge 10-0; Monadnock 3-7

Boys’ Track

Coe-Brown 101.5, Pelham 75.5, Souhegan 45, Kennett 36

Key players: Coe-Brown – Anders Larson (1st pole vault, 1st long jump, 1st triple jump, 5th discus), Matthew Corriveau (1st 200, 1st high jump), Jacob Cowan (1st 300 hurdles, 2nd triple jump), Zachary Bistany (1st shot put, 2nd discus), Liam Wheeler (1st discus), Pacey Labelle (2nd javelin, 3rd shot put), Rowan Boyce (2nd long jump, 5th triple jump)

Highlights: The Bears won all but one of the field events to claim a four-team meet on their home track.

Girls’ Track

Coe-Brown 107, Kennett 87, Pelham 35, Souhegan 20

Key players: Coe-Brown – Natalie Riley (1st shot put, 1st discus), Natalie Sicard (1st 100 hurdles, 2nd long jump), Makena Lee (1st pole vault, 4th long jump), Emma Zeblisky (1st javelin, 4th high jump), Josephine Malloy (1st triple jump), Mallory Taylor (1st 1,600), Amelia Edmonds (2nd pole vault, 5th triple jump)

Highlights: The Bears did well in the field events and held off some stiff competition from Kennett to win a four-team meet on their home track in Northwood.

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