High schools: Hopkinton girls’ lacrosse outlasts Derryfield in OT

Monitor staff
Friday, April 13, 2018

When Lyndon Flanagan found an open Amelia Bassett for the game-winning score 19 seconds into overtime on Thursday, it was more than just a regular-season win for the Hopkinton girls’ lacrosse team.

It was the first time in program history that the Hawks defeated perennial contender Derryfield, and it took 17 goals to get it done.

Flanagan found the back of the net eight times to go along with four assists and Bassett finished with one assist and five goals – none bigger than her last to lift Hopkinton past Derryfield, 17-16, in the Hawks’ season opener at Derryfield High School.

“It’s impressive, the girls have worked really hard over the years and the program has definitely grown so it’s exciting to see the Hopkinton program get to that level that we can compete with that kind of competition,” Hopkinton coach Tim Bassett said.

While the victory required a total team effort with goals from eight different players, including one apiece for Sophia Staples-Roy, Hannah Wood, Ellie Owen, Fiona Beane and Taylor Signor, it was the duo of Flanagan and Amelia Bassett that drove the Hawks.

“We depended on the two of them last year and they were very, very strong so they tend to have a lot of defenses keying in on them,” coach Bassett said. “But they’re able to work together and basically if one is getting defended tightly, the other can get some goals in for us.”

Hopkinton, which trailed 8-7 at halftime, received strong defensive performances from Cathen Hall, Amelia Thomas, Piya Bryant, Sage Hubicki, Sofia Locke, Owen and Signor. Goalie Elizabeth Berliner came up with 10 saves.

“Derryfield has a couple of very strong players that are so impactful,” coach Bassett said. “Once we kind of got them lined up and figured out in that second half, the defense did really well on keeping those girls in check.”

The Hawks host Gilford on Saturday.


Lebanon 15, Bishop Brady 12

Key players:Brady – Bryce Johnson (10 goals, 1 assist), Richard Sullivan (5 assists, 1 goal), Alex Snow (1st varsity goal)

Highlights/key moments: Thanks to Johnson’s double-digit scoring outburst, the Green Giants kept it close and played well enough to earn the win, but needed a few more stops on Lebanon to get it done.

Coach’s quote: “For our first game of the season, I was very happy with the team effort. With the youth of our team, the way we played only bodes well for the rest of the season.” – Brady’s Jeff Kaplan

Records: Brady 0-1; Lebanon 1-1


Belmont 5, Fall Mountain 0

Key players:Belmont – Brett Lima (7 IP, 3 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 0 ER), Matt Pluskis (2 RBI), Bret Auclair (2 RBI)

Highlights/key moments: It was an encouraging start to the season for the Raiders, who found a way to plate a few runs off imposing Fall Mountain starter Kendal Heath. Belmont scored twice in the second, twice in the third and added one more run in the fifth and let Lima do the rest. Belmont’s No. 2 starter didn’t allow his first hit until the fifth inning in picking up the shutout win.

Coach’s quote: “It was a good way to star the year. Nice to be able to put up a couple of runs against a starter like (Heath).” – Belmont’s Matt LeBlanc

Records: Belmont 1-0; Fall Mountain 0-2

Newmarket 10, Pittsfield 9

Key players: Pittsfield – Kyle Stockman (3 hits, 2 doubles, HR, 3 RBI, 3 runs), Casey Clark (2 hits, 2 walks, 3 runs)

Highlights/key moments: In a rematch of last year’s Division IV quarterfinals contest, the Panthers held a 5-3 lead entering the fifth when they spotted Newmarket seven runs on walks and mishaps. Trailing 10-5, Pittsfield plated two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to make it a one-run game before the tying run was thrown out at the plate to end it.

Coach’s quote: “I thought the boys battled tonight when our pitching just wasn’t there. One bad inning was the difference in the game.” – Pittsfield’s Rob Stockman

Records: Newmarket 3-0; Pittsfield 0-1

Campbell 3, Hillsboro-Deering 2

Key players:H-D – Sawyer Jones (3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER), Kevin McCaffery (2 hits, 1 RBI), Sean Moran (3 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 0 ER)

Highlights/key moments: McCaffery picked up two hits and an RBI to lead the Hillcats offensively on Wednesday. Freshman Owen Coombs added an RBI and catcher Thomas Ferguson threw out three base runners.

Coach’s quote: “The team is hungry for a win. It’s nice to see the group starting to advance from all the hard work they had put in at the beginning of the season. I believe it will start to payoff with some wins.” – H-D’s Erik Hagstrom

Records: H-D 0-2; Campbell 1-0


Concord 9, Merrimack 0

Key players:Concord – Kevin Neary, Liam Grennon, Anders Norton, Ethan Crandlemire, Nate Levine, Jonathan Shamash

Highlights/key moments: The Tide picked up its second road win in as many days, making quick work of Merrimack. Neary won at No. 1 singles, 8-1, and Grennon followed at No. 2 singles with an 8-3 win. Norton (8-0 win at No. 3), Crandlemire (8-0 win at No. 4), Levine (8-1 win at No. 5) and Shamash (8-0 win at No. 6) all picked up victories.

Records: Concord 3-1; Merrimack 0-2

Profile 5, Inter-Lakes 4

Key players:Inter-Lakes – Sam Noe (comeback win at No. 4 singles)

Highlights/key moments: Noe was the highlight of the afternoon for the Lakers as he rallied back from a 5-1 deficit to win in a tiebreaker, 9-8. Inter-Lakes won four singles matches, but lost in all three doubles.

Coach’s quote: “Team needs to work on doubles play.” – Inter-Lakes’ Bill West

Records: Inter-Lakes 2-1; Profile 2-0


Hollis-Brookline 5, Pembroke 2

Key players:Pembroke – Mary McCulloch (8-6 win at No. 1 singles), Alison Sobezenski (8-5 win at No. 2 singles)

Highlights/key moments: McCulloch and Sobezenski spent a long time on the court battling for their wins. Unfortunately, they were the only victories the Spartans could manage on the afternoon.

Coach’s quote: “We started with a win at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, but Hollis-Brookline had depth in the lineup to pull out the victory.” – Pembroke’s David Goulet

Records: Pembroke 1-3; Hollis-Brookline 2-2


Souhegan 3, John Stark 0

Key players:Stark – Owen Payeur (6 kills, 5 digs), Jackson Smith (8 assists)

Highlights/key moments: It was a strong effort for the Generals, who lost in three sets, 25-13, 25-16 and 25-7.

Coach’s quote: “We worked hard and never gave up. Plenty of positives to build on.” – Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: Stark 0-1; Souhegan 1-0