High schools: Offense on display for Bow lacrosse in season-opening win over ILM

  • Bow’s Charlotte Ulrich (21) takes a shot and scores in front of Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough’s Devyn Vaal (10) during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Bow High. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Lindsey Nelson (left) tries to go around Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough’s Katie Duddy (20) and Katie Dubois (7) during Tuesday’s game at Bow High School. Nelson finished with three goals and the Falcons claimed a 17-6 win in the season-opener for both teams. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Emma Gagne (center) drives toward the net to score one of her goals in a 17-6 victory over Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough on Tuesday at Bow High School. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Emma Gagne (left) scoops up a loose ball in front of Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough’s Katie Duddy (20) and Zoey Norton (8) during Tuesday’s contest at Bow High School. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Published: 4/10/2018 11:50:24 PM

BOW – The hopes were high that last season would be the one where the Bow girls’ lacrosse team broke through for its first title since 2009. When the Falcons fell short in the semifinals, the team learned that even as favorites, nothing comes easy.

“We were the favorite team and ended up coming in fourth. I think coming off a season like that shows us that we need to be a little more humble and really work for what we get,” Bow senior Shannon Murray said. “But I think we look pretty good this year.”

Tuesday’s result would agree with Murray’s assessment.

Bow received scoring from eight different players, including four goals on four shots from returning junior midfielder Sofia Darrell as the Falcons opened the season with a 17-6 victory over Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough at Bow High School.

“I think it’s important to start the season on a good note,” Murray said. “So that way you kind of carry along the positive vibes and positive mojo throughout the whole year.”

It didn’t take long for the Falcons to find those positive vibes.

After ILM opened the scoring in the first minute for the early lead, the Falcons responded with five unanswered goals and kept building from there. Bow scored five more times in the first half for a 10-4 lead at the break, and got the second half going by scoring the first three goals of the frame for a comfortable edge.

In total, the Falcons scored 17 goals on seven assists with team-wide contributions. Behind Darrell’s scoring outburst, senior Lindsey Nelson poured in three goals on three shots, while Sonya Delorie, Emma Gagne, Charlotte Ulrich and Elizabeth Guertin all finished with two goals apiece. Freshmen Barrie Guertin and Makayla Murray each scored once.

“There were a little bit of jitters but it was good,” said Bow coach Chris Raabe, who’s in her 19th season with the program. “There’s a lot of combinations (on attack) which is nice to see. It wasn’t just one person driving to goal, there’s a lot of passing going on.”

For ILM, the contest was less about the result and more about continued development. After integrating nine first-time players into the program last year, the Lakers brought back a nice core of sophomores led by Reagan Buhrman, who scored all six goals for ILM against the Falcons.

Facing Bow in the opening game was a tough task, but third-year coach Beth Doda was encouraged by the performance.

“We’re a very positive team and this is a very high-energy team so I’m excited,” Doda said. “Not by the score, but I’m excited for how we performed today and what we take away. ... Half of our team is sophomores so this year we’re going to build and build and build and as this goes on, it will be a really great group of girls to watch play and grow.”

Coming off a 5-9 season, the Lakers are hopeful to make an appearance in the tournament this spring. Learning from a team that made the final four a year ago goes a long way toward that goal.

“When you see a team that plays like that, and my girls don’t give up or throw in the towel, hopefully they learn from it, learn how to move the ball and I think it will be good,” Doda said.

ILM hosts Pelham on Thursday for its first home game. Bow heads to Plymouth on Friday as the Falcons gear up for what’s hopefully another strong campaign.

“I don’t think we’re looking too far ahead, it’s a pretty new crew,” Raabe said. “A ton of starters graduated so we’re kind of feeling our way through with a new group and a different vibe.”

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)


Keene 13, John Stark 10

Key players: John Stark – Matt Bennetter (3 goals, assist), Peyton Marden (2 goals, 2 assists), Kayden Easter (2 goals, assist), Ethan Konrad (8 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Despite the multi-point contributions of Bennetter, Marden and Easter, the Generals came up short in their season-opener against the Blackbirds.

Records: Keene 1-0; John Stark 0-1

Laconia 12, Coe-Brown 3

Key players:Laconia – Jake Steele (4 goals, 3 assists), Riley Roy (4 goals), Ryan Chiasson (goal, 2 assists), Bailey Moore (goal), Drew Muzzey (goal, defense), Ethan Sirles (goal), Steve Towers (12 saves), Noah Shastany (defense), Garrett Whitney (defense), Jordan Brown (defense), Parker Minor (defense); Coe-Brown – Ben Heyligger, Mitchell Wade, Zach Sheehan, Ben Watson, Evan Conway

Highlights/key moments: The Sachems took a 5-3 lead at halftime and added seven more goals in the second half.

Records: Laconia 1-0; Coe-Brown 0-1


Laconia 18, Coe-Brown 6

Key players:Laconia – Skyler Tautkus (5 goals, 6 assists), Becca Howe (6 goals, 3 assists), Sydney Stevens (3 goals, 3 assists); Coe-Brown – Kendall Nester (5 goals)

Highlights/key moments: Behind Howe and Tautkus, the Sachems jumped out to a 9-3 lead at halftime before scoring three goals in the first minute of the second half. But it wasn’t just the offense as Laconia limited the Bears to only 10 shots on goal.

Records: Laconia 1-0; Coe-Brown 0-1

Brattleboro Union 14, Kearsarge 13

Key players: Kearsarge – Leslie Angus (6 goals, assist), Emilie Webster (4 goals, assist), Megan Norris (3 goals)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars lost a narrow contest in their season opener against Vermont’s Brattleboro Union High School. The game counts toward the NHIAA standings.

Records: Brattleboro Union 1-0; Kearsarge 0-1


Inter-Lakes 8, White Mountains 1

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Nate Sullivan (8-6 win at No. 1), Gable Busby (8-4 win at No. 2), Sam Noe (8-3 win at No. 4), Simon Bird (8-0 win at No. 5), Stephen Bean (8-0 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers won five singles sets to secure the win before doubles began. The Lakers swept doubles with the following groups: Sullivan and Jake Borsh (8-5 win at No. 1), Busby and Noe (8-3 win at No. 2), and Bird and Ben Nye (8-4 win at No. 3).

Coach’s quote: “We beat the rain and snow. Tough match coming on Thursday against Profile.” – Inter-Lakes’ Bill West

Records: Inter-Lakes 2-0; White Mountains 0-1


Inter-Lakes 6, Moultonborough 2

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Alyssa Floyd (8-5 win at No. 1), Ava Dumazlar (8-5 win at No. 2), Gabriele Nedeau (8-2 win at No. 3), Ella St. Cyr (8-1 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: Floyd and Nedeau won the first doubles match, 8-1. Dumazlar and Phoebe Hoag teamed up to win the second doubles match, 8-3.

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


Concord first

Key players: Concord – Aidan O’Hern (1st 1,600), Jacob Nichol (1st 110 hurdles, 1st 300 hurdles), Colin Conery (1st 800), Dalton Mutz (1st 100, 1st 200, 1st javelin)

Highlights/key moments: O’Hern pulled away from the pack with 200 meters to go and cruised to a win in the 1,600. The Tide 4x100 relay team took first. Concord scored 109 points to win the tri-meet over Nashua North (92) and Bishop Guertin (31).

Coach’s quote: “It was a solid day for the boys. Considering it was a cold day and rained a bit, we performed well in the conditions. ... Jacob Nichol looked in mid-season form. Colin Conery had a smart, well-paced effort in the 800. Dalton was Dalton winning the sprints and even the javelin.” – Concord’s Hayden Daly

Coe-Brown first

Key players: Coe-Brown – Orion Clachar (1st 100, 1st 400, 1st javelin), Tyler Troy (1st high jump, 1st pole vault), Dawson Dubois (1st 800), Luke Tkaczyk (1st 3,200), Jonathan Mohelmann (1st 110 hurdles, 2nd 300 hurdles), Jonathan Thorne (1st discus, 2nd shot put), Kyshaun Rowell (1st 300 hurdles, 2nd long jump, 3rd 100), Aidan Ahern (1st triple jump), Porter Heigis (2nd 200, 2nd 400), Gavyn Lewis (2nd 1,600, 2nd 3,200), 4x400 (1st)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears won 12 of 17 events and scored 122 points to cruise to a season-opening win on their home track. Coe-Brown’s score nearly tripled Milford (48) and Kennett (44).

John Stark first

Key players: John Stark – Manuel Biskaduros (1st 100, 1st 200), Patrick Kalob (1st 300 hurdles, 1st triple jump, 3rd long jump), Colin Astholz (1st 110 hurdles, 2nd 300 hurdles), Vedin Fowler (2nd 400, 2nd triple jump), Brandon Langdon (2nd 1,600), Aram Fowler (2nd javelin), 4x400 (1st), 4x100 (2nd)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals won six events and were especially strong in the sprints and jumps, winning a four-team meet at Souhegan to open the season. John Stark (76) narrowly topped the host Sabres (73), Hollis/Brookline (56) and Trinity (33).

Coach’s quote: “This was a very good opening meet for us. We battled challenging weather conditions, and led by our seniors, got solid performances all around.” – John Stark’s Tim Finn

Pembroke second

Key players: Pembroke – Justin Smith (1st long jump, tied 1st 400), Josh Crandall (1st 3,200), Michael Harris (2nd 3,200), Tyler Serafin (2nd 100, 3rd long jump), Tyler Smith (2nd long jump, 3rd 100), 4x400 (1st)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans tallied 38 points, falling to hosts Portsmouth (125), but topping St. Thomas (11) in a season-opening meet.

Kearsarge third, Laconia sixth

Key players:Kearsarge – John Cunningham (1st pole vault), Gavyn Magistro (1st 100, 3rd long jump), Ben Corbyn (2nd high jump), Berhan Kidane (2nd triple jump), Max Salathe (2nd javelin), 4x100 (1st); Laconia – Frank Heckler (2nd 100), Thomas Bastis (2nd long jump), Noah Mousseau (3rd triple jump), Ben Beliveau (3rd shot put)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars scored 72.5 points to finish third in a nine-team meet on their home track to open the season. Thetford Academy, Vt. (84) and Newport (74) were the top two teams. Laconia had 33.5 points.


Concord first

Key players: Concord – Grace Devanny (1st 400, 1st 200), Paulette Niwewase (1st javelin)

Highlights/key moments: Concord won the 4x100 relay and gathered 86 points to edge Nashua North (80) and Bishop Guertin (40) in the tri-meet.

Coach’s quote: “Although we did not have a ton of first-place finishes it proves how deep this girls team is. They fought for second-place finishes and third and even fourth and that proved to be the difference.” – Concord’s Hayden Daly

Coe-Brown first

Key players: Coe-Brown – Mabel Mackey (1st 100, 1st 200), Rebekah Hinrichsen (1st 300 hurdles, 1st javelin), Kathleen Collins (1st discus, 1st shot put), Abby O’Connor (1st 800, 2nd 1,600), Amelia Brackett (1st 100 hurdles, 3rd 300 hurdles), Isabel May (2nd 100, 3rd 200)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears had three athletes win two events each and finished second in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays to win a tri-meet at home to open the season. Coe-Brown (97 points) beat Milford (71.5) and Kennett (49.5).

John Stark second

Key players: John Stark – Ashley Audet (1st javelin, 2nd 100), Alison Wright (2nd 300 hurdles, 3rd 100 hurdles), AJ Corbett (2nd javelin), Camryn Plaza (3rd 200), Mia Paveglio (3rd triple jump), Melina Jackson (3rd javelin), 4x100 (2nd)

Highlights/key moments: Souhegan (141 points) defended its home track, but the Generals (46) scored enough points to garner second place. John Stark topped Hollis/Brookline (36) and Trinity (18).

Coach’s quote: “This was a good opening meet for us. Although small in number, we competed aggressively and scored in many events.” – John Stark’s Tim Finn

Pembroke third

Key players: Pembroke – Haley Royce (2nd 800), Madison Bennett (3rd 200, 3rd triple jump), Kassidy Larson (3rd javelin)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans (14 points) finished third in a tri-meet to Portsmouth (121) and St. Thomas (45).

Kearsarge fourth, Laconia fifth

Key players:Kearsarge – Meg Roy (1st javelin), Mya Dube (1st 1,600), Avril Prak (1st 200, 3rd 400); Laconia – Delia Cormier (2nd 400, tied 2nd high jump, 3rd 1,600), Victoria Dean (3rd 100, 3rd 200), Rylie Treat (2nd discus)

Highlights/key moments: Kearsarge and Laconia finished in the middle of the pack in a nine-team meet hosted by Kearsarge. Thetford Academy, Vt. (131.16) and White Mountains (81.5) were the top two teams. Kearsarge scored 39 points and Laconia scored 35.33.

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