High schools: Bishop Brady field hockey stays unbeaten with 4-0 win at John Stark

  • Bishop Brady Senior Ashlyn Toupin (left) charges after Aubrey Fischer (center) from John Stark on Wednesday. ALLIE ST PETER photographs/ Monitor Staff

  • Brady Senior Halle Laramie facing off with Stark Senior Jacqueline O'Donnell ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • John Stark Junior Linsey Hagman (left) and Bishop Brady Senior Kathryn Weed rush to the ball.

Monitor staff
Published: 10/16/2020 10:34:29 AM

Bishop Brady and John Stark entered Wednesday’s field hockey game in Weare with one loss between them, and for the first three quarters just one goal separated them.

But Brady came alive in the fourth quarter with two goals from Libbey Hicks and another from Margaret Sheehan, surging to a 4-0 win that pushes its record to 7-0-1. The Generals drop to 5-2-0 with the loss.

“Brady definitely has a full team of talent. There’s really no weak point to their game that you can attack,” Stark coach Dennis Pelletier said. “We played well for most of the game, and I don’t think the final score is really indicative of some big talent gap between us and them, but they just played a better team game than we did. I was really impressed with how they played together, their coach has done a great job with that.”

That coach, Kelly Owen, certainly emphasizes the team game with her players.

“Each day we take the opportunity to continue working together as a team and to support each other as a family,” Owen said. “Communication and believing in each other is a goal that we never want to push aside.”

Riley Marsh got the Giants on the board midway through first quarter when she carried the ball into the circle and got off a shot that beat Stark goalie Sydnee Pelletier (29 saves), who was outstanding for the Generals.

“I was thrilled with the way Sydnee played,” said coach Pelletier (who is not related). “She really competed hard and she even gave me a little grief when I took her out for the last few minutes of the game, but she had such a fantastic game and I didn’t want to leave one of my top players in a game that we didn’t really have chance to win anymore and just let her get cooked in goal with shots whistling at her.”

Pelletier’s goalkeeping helped the Generals stay close for the next two-plus quarters as the Giants built huge advantages in shots on goal and corners (20-3 by the end of the game). All that pressure finally translated into another goal when Hicks scored just 1:37 into the fourth. She added another unassisted tally about six minutes later to make it 3-0. Sheehan completed to scoring when she knocked home a pretty cross from Ashlyn Toupin with 2:47 left on the clock.

“Ashlyn is a fantastic player and she was really good in this game,” coach Pelletier said.

The Generals have only trailed by more than one goal twice this season, and on both occasions they gave up more goals from there on their way to their only two losses of the season. The first time that happened was in a 4-1 loss at Hopkinton on Oct. 6, but Stark made some adjustments and beat Hopkinton, 2-1, three days later. The Generals will try to duplicate that turnaround when they travel to Concord on Friday for a rematch with Brady.

“Last week we made some personnel and tactical adjustments between games with Hopkinton and it paid off,” Pelletier said. “I’m not sure we’ll do that again, but we do need to make some mental adjustments before we test ourselves against them again. We really need to improve our concentration.”

Julie Blais finished with six saves for the Giants, who can cap off an undefeated regular season with a win against Stark on Friday. Not that it matters for the tournament. On Tuesday, the NHIAA revealed field hockey playoff brackets for the open tournament with random seedings and Brady, despite its record, will travel to Swanzey for a first-round Division III game at Monadnock on Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. John Stark will play at Bow in a D-II first-round game on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.

As far as attending those playoff games, fans should check with their schools. The NHIAA, “recommended that each rostered student athlete on the varsity team, both home and away, are provided two tickets per game. Should local school rules mandate a more strict policy regarding visitors and fans to their school campus, such rules will take precedent over the NHIAA’s recommendation.”

All CDC and New Hampshire Department of Health guidelines will be enforced at the tournament games, and all the guidelines set forth in the Governor’s Safer at Home guidance for “Amateur and Youth Sports” and the NHIAA’s “Reopening Sports Guidance” will be followed.

Field Hockey

Concord 3, Bedford 1

Key players: Concord – Kait McKinnon (goal), Emma Beaujouan (goal), Andie Reed (goal), Alice Rosenberg (assist), Maria Armaganian (assist)

Highlights: Goals by Reed and McKinnon gave the Tide a 2-0 halftime lead and Concord withstood a Bedford surge in the second half to finish the regular season with an undefeated record. Beaujouan deflected home a shot by Armaganian in the fourth quarter to secure the win after the Bulldogs had cut the lead to 2-1.

Records: Concord 8-0-1; Bedford 6-3-0

Hopkinton 5, Pembroke 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Kate Bouchard (goal, assist), Steph Elrick (first varsity goal), Isabella Upton (first varsity goal), Kate Bouchard (goal, assist), Natalie Allen (goal), Rose Finlayson (goal), Abby Condon (assist), Julia Baer (assist), Meggie Haley (assist), Hannah Hoyt (assist), Grace Hall (defense)

Coach’s quote: “We started off slow tonight, but then we started to get things rolling as the game went on and they started to come together. We look forward to our next match with (Pembroke) on Friday.” – Hopkinton’s Kate Hohenberger

Records: Hopkinton 5-1-1; Pembroke 0-8-0

Boys’ Cross Country

Bow 17, Merrimack Valley 44

Key players: Bow – Ben Neff (1st, 17:54), Connor Bernard (2nd, 18:43), Wyatt Weber (3rd, 19:07), Michael Pelletier (4th, 19:13), Owen Miller (7th, 20:14); MV – Ethan Dodenhoff (5th, 19:45), Marshall Carey-Matthews (6th, 20:05), Oliver Forsha (10th, 20:19), Elisha Dodenhoff (12th, 20:35), Jack Colvin (15th, 21:45)

Highlights: Neff stayed perfect on his home course and the Falcons swept the top four places in a decisive win over the Pride.

Hopkinton 21,
Pembroke Academy 36

Key players: Hopkinton — Ben Daniels (1st overall, 18:55), Matt Clarner (2nd, 19:00), Michael Eggers-Emerson (4th, 20:04), Nick Simpkins (6th, 20:21), Conrad Mollano (8th, 20:52); Pembroke Academy — Ben Dugas (3rd, 19:13), Hayden Goyette (5th, 20:19), David Testerman (7th, 20:23), Isiah Berkeley (9th, 20:54), Jesse Garcia (12th, 22:14)

Coach’s quote: “The team is on a good run heading into the championships.” — Hopkinton’s Rob Rothe

Girls’ Cross Country

Bow 20, Merrimack Valley 38

Key players: Bow – Maya Brochu (2nd, 21:07), Delia Brochu (3rd, 23:42), Emily Kiah (4th, 24:25), Louisa Carey (5th, 25:35), Susanna Zahn (6th, 25:45); MV – Sophia Reynolds (1st, 20:04), Carlie Saltmarsh (7th, 26:30), Victoria Hildreth (8th, 26:48), Samantha Kimball (10th, 27:10), Alyssa Ishii (12th, 27:40)

Highlights: Reynolds won by over a minute, but the Falcons claimed the next five spots for a commanding victory in their final home race of the season.

Hopkinton 15,
Pembroke Academy 48

Key players: Hopkinton — Cate Westbrook (1st overall, 21:38), Anna O’Reilly (2nd, 21:41), Cailey Stockwell (3rd, 21:47), Clara Locke (4th, 22:30), Gianna Covello (5th, 23:48) Pembroke Academy — Lizzy Duchesne (6th, 23:59), Charlotte Corbitt (9th, 25:19), Abby Duchesne (10th, 26:22), Olivia Berkeley (11th, 27:00), Quinn Lesmerises (12th, 28:24)

Highlights: Hopkinton swept the top five spots to post a perfect score on its home course.

Middle School results

Weare Wildcats defeated Goffstown Wednesday 4-0 continuing their 27 game winning streak over the last 2 years. Strong midfield play by Adie Bolduc had a hat trick to lead the Weare Middle School girls’ soccer team to a 4-0 win against Goffstown. Jillian Fredette had a goal and an assist for Weare, which ran its winning streak to 27 straight games over the last two years. Lauryn Guevin , Emelie Lundeen , Caylin Worthen , Kaitlin Dennis and goalie Addy Pelletier all played well for Weare.

■ Shaylee Murdough placed first overall and Annie Daniels had an amazing finish to wrap up the scoring as all five members of the Hopkinton Middle School girls’ cross country team ran their best times of the season on a challenging course at White Park in Concord racing against Rundlett Middle School.

■ Kinley St. Cyr, Sofia Upton, Annie Morrall and Alivia Walsh all played for the Hopkinton Middle School girls’ soccer team in its win against the Rundlett Middle School ‘B’ team.

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