High schools: Bow XC sweeps homecoming meet

Monitor staff
Friday, September 29, 2017

With one month to go until the cross country division championships, the Bow Falcons are coming into form, sweeping both team titles at their Homecoming race.

Sarah Ciotti finished third in the girls’ race in a season-best time of 22:01, leading the Division III Falcons to wins over D-II John Stark, Pembroke and Manchester West.

Bow and John Stark tied for first with 28 points, but the Falcons had the faster sixth-runner to take the title. Pembroke finished third with 85. Manchester West did not have enough runners to score, but had the top two runners with Julia Robitaille (18:36) taking an early lead and blowing out the rest of the field, followed by Corrine Robitaille (20:58).

Bow was led by Ciotti, Ines Tarek (seventh, 23:17), Libby Parker (eighth, 23:19), Regan Irish (ninth, 23:27) and Juliette Doucet (11th, 24:35) with Grace Maurer (12th, 24:43) finishing as the deciding sixth-runner.

Haleigh Bilodeau (fourth, 23:05), Laura Martin (fifth, 23:07), Madison McDonald (sixth, 23:11), Hailey Erskine (10th, 24:08) and Katelyn Brennan (13th, 24:56) scored for John Stark.

Avery Gamache (28:47), Amanda Montminy (28:47) and Julia Valotto (28:48) finished 32nd through 34th to lead Pembroke.

The Bow boys (28 points) won by a more comfortable margin, placing five runners in the top nine to top John Stark (44), Manchester West (70) and Pembroke (91).

John Stark’s Brandon Langdon won the race in 17:59 with West’s Max Frazier (18:12) and Bow’s Sam Berube (18:19) rounding out the top three.

Kirpal Demian (fourth, 18:42), Caleb Olson (fifth, 19:09), Gabe Neff (seventh, 19:13) and Calvin Carey (ninth, 19:21) also scored for Bow.

Jack Hagan (eighth, 19:20), Collin Astholz (10th, 19:30), Owen Payeur (11th, 19:34) and Erik Hilyard (14th, 20:10) were the other scorers for John Stark.

Josh Crandall (23rd, 22:07) and Jack Harkness (24th, 22:08) were the top runners for Pembroke.


Coe-Brown 1, Hollis-Brookline 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Emily Olofson (goal), Amelia Brackett, Katie Messenger, Savilla Flores

Highlights/key moments: Olofson bent a corner kick into the net in the 18th minute to give Coe-Brown a 1-0 lead. H-B answered three minutes later to go into the half tied, 1-1. Both teams found opportunities to score in the second half, but strong goal keeping and defensive play resulted in a draw.

Coach’s quote: “This was a fun game where both teams played extremely hard. It was great to get a result tonight and build some momentum.” – Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils

Records: Coe-Brown 4-6-1; Hollis-Brookline 3-6-1

John Stark 2, Milford 1

Key players: John Stark – Cady Loos (goal), Chelsea Woodsum (goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals punched up and took down one of the top teams in Division II.

Coach’s quote: “The entire team showed how dangerous they can be when they bring their A game. They dominated the field and played an outstanding game keeping control of the ball, sending balls wide and through the middle and playing with such intensity and passion.” – John Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: John Stark 7-1-2; Milford 8-2

Kearsarge 2, Sanborn 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Brie Von Beren (goal), Emily Webster (goal), Kaylyn Storozuk (2 assists), Payten Hebert (12 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Von Beren gave the Cougars an early 1-0 lead in the first half. Webster doubled their lead in the second.

Coach’s quote: “The last five games have been very close. The team has been coming out hard and playing every game all the way through.” – Kearsarge’s Travis Dezotell

Records: Kearsarge 4-5; Sanborn 2-4-2

Belmont 7, Berlin 0

Key players: Belmont – Morgan Rule (2 goals), Molly Sottak (goal), Rebecca Fleming (2 goals), Julianna Estremera (2 goals), Emma Cochran (6 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders led 3-0 at halftime and Cochran deflected all of Berlin’s shots on net. It was Belmont’s third shutout win of the season.

Coach’s quote: “We possessed the ball and played very well. Still improving every day.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 4-3-3; Berlin 1-7-1


Bow 1, Plymouth 0

Key players: Bow – Will Russo (goal), Joseph Rychwalski (goalkeeper), Max Elsasser (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Russo gave the Falcons an early lift with his goal eight minutes into the game and Bow held on from there.

Coach’s quote: “Bow should have scored more than one goal, Plymouth should have scored more than zero. Good win.” – Bow’s George Pinkham

Records: Bow 10-1; Plymouth 5-5-1

Windham 5, Merrimack Valley 0

Highlights/key moments: The Pride struggled to hold off the mighty Jaguars, who sit in second place in the D-II standings.

Records: Windham 9-1; MV 6-5


Prospect Mountain 176, Sanborn 182, Bow 185, Pelham 192

Key players: Bow – Nate Benoit (46), Justin Murphy (46)

Coach’s quote: “We were a bit inconsistent in this match. Hoping to build confidence heading into the state tournament.” – Bow’s Matt Davis

Records: Prospect Mtn. 18-6; Sanborn 15-5; Bow 18-6; Pelham 10-14