High Schools: Hopkinton falls to Derryfield in boys’ lacrosse showdown

  • Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse captain Aidan Burns looks up after firing a shot during the first half against Derryfield on Tuesday. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton midfielder Aidan Burns tries to reach the ball as he pushed over by two Derryfield players during the first half on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton midfielder Etan Molnar and Derryfield defenseman Tyler Lautieri battle it out near the sideline during the first half of the game on Tuesday.

  • Hopkinton captain Aidan Burns gets shoved by Derryfield midfielder Kyle Carpentier during the first half of the game in Hopkinton on Tuesday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton goalie Elijah Standefer watches the ball go into the net as Derryfield attacker Chili Cabot scores in Tuesday.

Monitor staff
Published: 5/12/2021 9:41:37 AM

There was a meeting of boys’ lacrosse royalty in Hopkinton on Tuesday afternoon when Derryfield, which has won four straight Division II titles and been to seven straight finals, was in town to visit the three-time defending D-III champion Hawks.

For the first eight minutes, the contest lived up to the expectations as the teams engaged in a low-scoring deadlock. Then, Derryfield’s explosive offense created a gap that Hopkinton couldn’t close. The Cougars (9-1) built a three-goal lead by the end of the first, pushed that advantage to six goals by halftime and in the end left Derryfield with a 17-3 win. It’s been years since the Hawks (4-3) have lost by that many goals, but Hopkinton coach Deacon Blue isn’t about to panic.

“We played well today and did a lot of things nicely,” Blue said. “The final score doesn’t really tell the whole story.”

Goalie Eli Standefer and the defense topped that list of positives for Hopkinton. Standefer finished with 20 saves and he got excellent defensive help from Steven Reddy (seven ground balls, one caused turnover) and Vince Waddell (four grond balls, one caused turnover). Aidan Burns, Ryan Brown and Josh Duval each scored a goal for the Hawks.

Derryfield’s Cole Giersch finished with a game-high four goals. Chas Dean (three goals, assist), Alex Murray (two goals, two assists), Ryan Etzo (two goals, assist) and Chili Cabot (two goals, assist) also had good games for the Cougars.

Hopkinton will get another crack at Derryfield when the two teams meet on the Cougars’ artificial turf in Manchester on Friday.

“We will draw what lessons we can from this game and play them tough on Friday,” Blue said.

Boys’ Lacrosse

Exeter 16, Concord 5

Key players: Concord — Sam Nichol (goal, assist), Brody McGonigle (goal, assist), Joey Tarbell (goal), Eaton Tarbell (goal), Nate Doherty (goal), Colin Nelson (assist)

Highlights: Concord was still in the game at halftime, trailing 9-4, but the Blue Hawks posted a shutout in the second half to claim the win at Memorial Field.

Records: Exeter 9-2; Concord 3-6

Pembroke Academy 13,
Coe-Brown 11

Key players: Pembroke Academy — Gavin O’Brien (3 goals, 3 assists), Jack Schaefer (4 goals), Jack Harkness (2 goals), Hayden Godin (3 goals)

Highlights: Pembroke had to hold off a furious late Coe-Brown comeback to hang on for its fourth straight win. It was Senior Night for the Spartans, and they got contributions from from seniors like goalie Adam Omundson (10 saves on 21 shots), Schaefer, Godin, Harkness, Logan Commerford (assist), Michael Perkins and D’Andre Mitchell. PA led 6-2 after the first quarter, 8-4 at halftime and 12-5 after three quarters. The bears scored six goals in the fourth to cut the lead down to one goal with under two minutes to play, but Omundson and the PA defense held on from there, and Schaefer added an insurance goal with 46 seconds remaining. The two teams will meet again this coming Friday.

Coach’s quote: “It was great that we could get a win tonight for our seniors. For a good part of the game, it looked like we would coast to the win. We have to hand it to Coe Brown for stepping up. They capitalized on their opportunities in the fourth to keep the game tight to the end.” — Pembroke’s Matt Dion

Records: Pembroke Academy 5-1; Coe-Brown 4-4

Kearsarge 13, Bow 12

Key players: Kearsarge — John Fraioli (7 goals); Bow — Andrew Robbins (4 goals), Brodie O’Neil (4 goals) , Ben Berube (3 goals), Ethan Tobler (goal)

Highlights: This was back-and-forth until the very end, when Kearsarge scored with less than a second on the clock to pull out the win in North Sutton. The Cougars took an early led, but Bow battled back to go in front in the second quarter and the Falcons stayed there for most of the game.

Coach’s quote: “Frustrating loss.” — Bow’s Darren Premo

Records: Kearsarge 3-3; Bow 3-4

Girls’ Lacrosse

Exeter 19, Concord 14

Key players: Concord — Mary Martinson (7 goals, assist), Greta Norton (5 assists), Maria Armaganian (2 goals), Grace Leonard (2 goals), Kaitlyn McKinnon (2 goals)

Records: Exeter 5-4; Concord 1-6

Derryfield 15, Hopkinton 6

Key players: Hopkinton — Olivia Cressy (strong defense), Rose Finlayson (4 goals), Annie Higginbotham (2 goals, 8 draw controls), Katie Brown (assist), Sarah Chodosh (assist), Ana Miller (4 saves)

Highlights: Derryfield scored nine of their 15 goals in the first half on its way to the win in Manchester. These two teams will meet again on Friday in Hopkinton.

Coach’s quote: “We knew Derryfield would be the biggest test of our season and most likely a team that will go deep into the playoffs. We just were not ready for their attacking intensity from the beginning whistle. Took us until the second half to settle our nerves and start playing a bit better. Our game will be much more improved come Friday for the Hawks home matchup.” — Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Derryfield 7-0; Hopkinton 4-1

Bow 18, Kearsarge 4

Key players: Kearsarge — Megan Norris (2 goals), Ellie Camp (goal), Adara Boucher (goal), Adison Whitty (3 caused turnovers)

Records: Bow 7-0; Kearsarge 3-2

Bishop Brady 15,
Hillsboro-Deering 7

Key players: Hillsboro-Deering — Zoe Kemp (4 goals), Gracie Atkins (goal), Kaylea Davison (goal), Eva LaValley (goal)

Records: Bishop Brady 4-2; Hillsboro-Deering 0-4

Boys’ Tennis

Concord 8, Spaulding 1

Key players: Concord — Finn Conery (8-5 win at No. 2 singles), Finn Brown (8-0 win at No. 3), David Bean (8-1 win at No. 4), Tyler Coskren (8-0 win at No. 5), Knox Brown (8-3 win at No. 6)

Highlights: This was the first win of the season for a rebuilding Concord team, which clinched in singles and then swept the doubles for good measure. Daniel Pederson and Finn Brown earned an 8-5 win at first doubles. Conery, playing with new strings, teamed up with Bean to win, 8-2, at second doubles. And Coskren and Knox Brown won, 8-2, at third doubles.

Coach’s quote: “Our kids have continued to persevere despite a very difficult start to the season and that paid dividends today. We showed tremendous improvement in our volleying skills and doubles play. Daniel Pedersen served four aces in a single game to lead his doubles team to victory on his birthday.” — Concord’s Dave Page

Records: Concord 1-7


Pittsfield 9, Farmington 4

Key players: Pittsfield — Casey Anderson (2-for-3, 2 RBI), Abraham Marcotte (1-for-1, RBI, 4 SB, 2 walks)

Records: Pittsfield 5-3; Farmington 3-6

Reserve results

Matt Jenness pitched six innings and struck out six as teh Concord Reserve baseball team beat Exeter, 8-4. Ben Leon (two hits), Mitchell Coffey (hit, three RBI), Josh Turant (hit, 2 RBI), Brett McDonough (hit) and Griffin Norwalt (hit) all contributed to the Concord offense.

Middle school results

The Hopkinton Middle School softball team traveled to Pembroke to play Three Rivers and the hosts came away with a 5-0 win. The Panthers were led by the pitching of Allison Tessler, who had 19 strikeouts. The Hawks were led by hits from Bella Correa and Paige Boudette along with defense from Mackenzie Marshall and Avery Loew.

Youth baseball results

■The Associated Grocers defeated Granite State Glass, 13-2, in Concord Little League AAA action. Associated Grocers was led by the pitching of Nicholas Mericer and Amare Durgin. The defense was led by Alique Valeras and Edward Castle. The offense was powered by Patrick Fennessy. Granite State Glass had strong performances from Bennet Pouliot (pitching), Harrison Beecher (catching) and Brayden Bailey (fielding).

■ In Concord Northeast Majors baseball action, Banks Chevrolet defeated Bow Shirtmaster Orioles, 11-6. For Bow, Landen Krause and Jacob Filkins had two hits and Dylan Oosterveen pitched well. For Banks, Wyatt Rockwell, Chase Haskell and Preston Alosa pitched well and Kole Hines had three hits and two RBI.

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