High schools: Concord field hockey optimistic despite 6-0 defeat

  • Concord’s Haley Munroe (right) tries to keep up with Merrimack’s Molly Beaulier at Rollins Park on Monday. The Tide fell, 6-0. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Concord’€™s defense could only watch as the ball goes under goalie Audrey Carlson’s stick for Merrimack’s fourth goal of the first half Monday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Concord’s Carly Torrance lines up for a shot during the first half agains Merrimack at Rollins Park on Monday September 11, 2017. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

If you looked at the scoreboard it might have looked like a nightmare, but the Concord field hockey team didn’t see it that way.

True, the Tide lost 6-0 to Merrimack on Monday and are 0-4 to start the season, but that’s not the whole story.

What the scoreboard doesn’t show is that Concord outshot the Tomahawks, 25-10 and limited Merrimack to only one shot in the second half.

But in the end, the Warriors took advantage of their opportunities and the Tide failed to capitalize on theirs.

“We probably had 70 percent possession. We absolutely pounded the ball all game,” first-year head Coach Andrew Briers said. “It was probably the best Concord played all year, but you would never see that from the scoreline. Everybody played very well. I do feel really badly for the team today.”

Thanks to strong play on the defensive end from Makenzie Muir and strong ball movement from freshman Maria Armaganian, the Tide limited Merrimack’s chances.

But out of the Tomahawks’ 10 chances, seven were on goal and six found the back of the net, giving Merrimack a 5-0 halftime lead.

Concord’s defense buckled down even more in the second half, and the Tide’s offense, led by Haley Munroe and Carly Torrance, had 15 shots to Merrimack’s one. But out of 25 shots in the game, 16 were on goal and none of them beat the Tomahawks’ goalie.

“Merrimack played a long-ball tactic and played it very well,” Briers said. “They had some very good hitters at the back and redirected their (shots) very well. Merrimack scored some extraordinary goals. It was impossible for our keeper to stop them.”

Although the Tide have scored three goals and allowed 16 through its first four matches of the season, the Tide’s defense was surprisingly solid. In three of its four matches, Concord did not allow a single goal in open play. The vast majority of Concord’s opponents have scored goals on corners, and this is something Briers is confident the Tide can fix.

“Limiting the amount of corners we give other teams and taking advantage of our shots on goals,” will be the keys to Concord’s improvement, according to Briers.

The Tide has also been resilient in the face of the some tough losses. Concord has played three halves where its opponent has only had one shot, although on all three occasions the opponent scored.

“It looks like a terrible record and we’ve had lots of goals against, but we’re a young team,” Briers said. “We had one nightmare game, but they’re playing well. They’re a really good group this year.”


Franklin 4, Kearsarge 2

Key players: Franklin – Lauren Marsh (goal, 2 assists), Meghan Johnston (goal, assist), Brooke Perry (2 goals), Clarissa Martin (8 saves); Kearsarge – Audrey Kenyon (goal), Abby Nadeau (goal), Chase Lennon (offense), Lilly Woods (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Kenyon and Nadeau scored their first varsity goals, but the Franklin won its first game of the season.

Coaches’ quotes: “Jill Weaver carried the ball well down the field at wing and fed the line. Ryley Haskins, Makayla Mitchell, Lexus Fredette, Jada LaPierre and Emma LaPierre were tight defensively and kept the ball in scoring position. Everything we have been working on in practice clicked for the team today. The little things are being fixed and they are playing hard. We still have work to do, but I know they will succeed if they keep working as hard as they have been.” – Franklin’s Nancy Hicks

“I was glad to see the offensive work we’ve been doing materialize into more than one goal, but overall we lacked the kind of effort that wins games and we made too far many errors. Franklin earned a deserved win.” – Kearsarge’s Dianne Chadwick

Records: Franklin 2-1; Kearsarge 1-2

Gilford 5, White Mountains 2

Key players: Gilford – Kellie Ryan (2 goals), Laurel Gingrich (goal, assist), Bri Salanitro (goal), Sydney Lehr (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Lehr moved the ball well and Jenna DeLucca made nine saves to secure the Eagles’ win.

Coach’s quote: “We need to keep on working at consistently going to the ball and keeping sticks on the ground. There is a reason it is called field hockey.” – Gilford’s David Rogacki

Records: Gilford 4-1; White Mtns. 1-2

Newport 4, John Stark 0

Key players: John Stark – Melina Jackson (11 saves), Olivia Fatcheric (2 shots on goal, strong midfield play), Abbey Jensen (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals played well, but were shutout for their third straight loss.

Coach’s quote: “We are getting ever so close. We are making good plays and getting in the right spots. We just need to start finishing plays off.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: Newport 1-2; John Stark 0-3

Stevens 2, Pembroke 0

Key players: Pembroke – Haley Brown (offense), Kim Dugan (defense), Michaela Dupuis (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans dropped a contest on the road against the Cardinals.

Coach’s quote: “Pembroke outshot Stevens and played so well on offense. We had several scoring opportunities that we just couldn’t finish. Stevens is a good team and they were able to capitalize on a couple of scoring opportunities to take this win today. I was proud of how my girls played. They have great chemistry on the field. We just need to finish.” – Pembroke’s Aimee Monterio

Records: Stevens 3-1; Pembroke 1-3


Plymouth 2, John Stark 1

Highlights/key moments: The Generals dropped their first match of the season.

Records: Plymouth 2-2-1; John Stark 4-1-0

Raymond 7, Hillsboro-Deering 1

Key players: H-D – Julian Howell (goal), Ben Ketterer (assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats were without three defenders and their goalkeeper due to injuries and trailed 3-0 at halftime to the undefeated Rams. Howell scored for H-D in the 56th minute.

Coach’s quote: “Jacinto (Caceres) stepped up to play goalkeeper and Ben (Ketterer) was all over the place, breaking up everything (Raymond did) as best he could. We made a valiant effort under the circumstances.” – H-D’s Glenn Winters

Records: Raymond 6-0-0; H-D 2-2-1

Hopkinton 4, Mascenic 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Gerry Donahue (3 goals), Dustin Rose (goal), Azarius Meister (2 assists), Max Rossignol (assist), Pete Sintros (3 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Donahue scored a hat trick thanks to goals in the 33rd, 37th and 67th minutes, and Sintros recorded his first career shutout.

Coach’s quote: “A dominating win from start to finish tonight against a much-improved Mascenic side. Zach Signor played particularly well on defense today, as he challenged for many balls in the air and also provided much-needed high-pressure to keep the big Mascenic players from breaking out of their end.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Hopkinton 4-0-0; Mascenic 2-2-1

Laconia 3, Winnisquam 0

Key players: Laconia – Kaleb Shumway (3 goals), Thomas Turpin (assist), Cole Champoux (assist), Cam Souda (4 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Shumway broke the scoreless tie 15 minutes into the first half, while Ryan Paiva and Tanner Shore played great on defense.

Coach’s quote: “Defensively we looked great in stretches, but we still have a long ways to go. Today was a good win to start off a tough week of games.” – Laconia’s Joey DiTommaso

Records: Laconia 2-2-0; Winnisquam 0-3-1


Kearsarge 166, Bow 183,
Gilford 184, Belmont 206

Key players: Kearsarge – Sean Higgins (37), Jake Bears (43), Will Chadwick (43), Solomon Newirt (43); Bow – Jason Howe (45), Zach Townsend (45); Gilford – Shaun Edson (42); Belmont – Robbie Staff (49)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars opened their season with a victory over three other teams at Pheasant Ridge. Higgins earned medalist honors.

Coach’s quote: “It was our first match of the year so it was nice to see them fire off what they did.” – Kearsarge’s David Muzzey

Records: Kearsarge 3-0; Bow 7-2; Gilford 1-3; Belmont 0-3

Hopkinton 176, Hillsboro-Deering 208

Key players: Hopkinton – Trent Gagnon (43), Larsen Burack (43), Andrew Fairneny (44), Brandon Boris (46)

Highlights/key moments: Gagnon and Burack tied for co-medalist honors at Angus Lea and the Hawks shot a season-low 176.

Coach’s quote: “It was nice to see each golfer scoring in the 40s.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Hopkinton 4-0; H-D 0-4


Concord 3, Londonderry 0

Key players: Concord – Maria Wimpey (8 kills, 10 digs), Emma Ferguson (7 kills), Brenna Vandersea (10 digs), Abby Rochette (27 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide won in straight sets, 25-14, 25-11, 25-13.

Coach’s quote: “Passing greatly improved tonight. Concord showed signs of improved ball control which enabled a varied offense. We are striving to be a well balanced team.” – Concord’s Jonathan Flower

Records: Concnord 4-0; Londonderry 1-3

Gilford 3, Kingswood 0

Key players: Gilford – Lexi Boisvert (10 kills, 14 digs, block), Brooke Beaudet (9 kills, 5 digs), Maggie McNeil (7 kills, 6 digs), Karly Sanborn (26 assists, 2 kills, block)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles dominated the first two sets, 25-8 and 25-11. Kingswood battled back and nearly forced a fourth set but fell in the third, 25-22.

Records: Gilford 1-1; Kingswood 0-3

Winnisquam 3, Trinity 0

Key players: Winnisquam – Talia DeBlasie (21 assists, 2 kills, 3 digs), Shannon Goodwin (13 kills, 4 digs), Gabby Isabelle (7 kills, 3 digs), Aubrey St. Onge (10 digs), Alli Foster (3 kills)

Highlights/key moments: DeBlaisie’s first assist of the night was the 1,000th of her varsity career, while Coach Mike Livernois earned his 250th win. Winnisquam dominated all three sets, 25-6, 25-11 and 25-8.

Records: Winnisquam 3-0; Trinity 1-1

Nute 3, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Fatty Kaspszak (4 aces), Addison Granger (4 aces), Peyton Farnsworth (2 aces), Lexy Lynch (2 kills)

Highlights/key moments: The Tornadoes remain winless with a loss on the road to the Rams.

Records: Nute 1-1; Franklin 0-3

Sunapee 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Key players: H-D – Kaelyn Snair (5 aces, 5 kills), Kimmie Rodier (5 kills, 7 digs), Maddee O’Brien (5 kills, 6 digs), Kenzie Murdough (8 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats couldn’t come out on top in a tough match against the Lakers.

Coach’s quote: “Sunapee is always a great competitor for us. The girls had excellent serve receive tonight and set up some great plays and volleys, but couldn’t quite hold them to win. We look forward to playing them again.” – H-D’s Nicole LaRoche

Records: Sunapee 2-1; H-D 0-3