High schools: Newfound field hockey tops Gilford in potential playoff preview

  • Gilford senior Kellie Ryan pokes the ball away from the stick of Newfound’s Savanna Bony during Thursday’s game in Bristol. Newfound defeated Gilford, 1-0, to stay unbeaten at 12-0.

  • Gilford’s Jillian Lachapelle follows through on a shot attempt in front of Newfound defender Savanna Bony during Thursday’s game in Bristol. The Bears blanked the Golden Eagles, 1-0. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Gilford’s Nicole Berube tries to stop a Newfound player from going upfield during Thursday’s Division III game in Bristol. Newfound won, 1-0, to remain undefeated at 12-0. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Friday, October 06, 2017

BRISTOL – They entered Thursday’s game with a combined 55-3-3 record since the start of the 2016 regular season. They’ve been two of the premier teams in Division III for a handful of years and share three state championships between them since the start of 2008.

So even if the Newfound field hockey team’s impressive 1-0 victory over Gilford at Kelley Park was just a regular-season affair, it felt more like a postseason preview with the tournament just around the corner.

“I’d say that it’s a good thing to be 2-0 against them because obviously they’re one of the top teams in Division III,” said Newfound Coach Karri Peterson, who has the Bears rolling with a perfect 12-0 mark on the year. “But obviously I would much rather take (this win) in a few weeks.”

The Bears have been a force all season, picking up lopsided wins left and right, including a 12-0 victory over Kearsarge, an 8-1 win over Littleton and several other one-sided scores. But it’s games like Thursday’s that matter most to Peterson, especially after struggling with Gilford over the years and falling to the Golden Eagles in last year’s semifinals.

“Big players step up in big games and little players step up in games that don’t matter,” Peterson said. “The fact of the matter is you don’t remember those (lopsided) games in the long run. The ones you had to work hard, those are the ones you remember.”

The Golden Eagles (10-2-1), whose only two losses on the season have come against Newfound, knew what they were in for when they took the field. There’s hardly ever a dull moment when the two teams meet, and coming off a scoreless tie against a strong Winnisquam team, Coach Dave Rogacki and his girls are closing out the season against some tough competition.

“This is what you want at the end of the season,” Rogacki said. “If you get too confident, then all of a sudden you play a tough team and don’t know how to react. We know how to close things out and we know how to play in overtime. … It’s always a good game between these two. If you look at the scores over the last three or four years, it’s always competitive games and we just have to see who’s going to end up playing in the tournament.”

While the Golden Eagles were the ones who dominated the stat sheet in the first half, Newfound was the team to cash in with a goal.

The Bears tight-roped around six corners and five shots on goal by Gilford in the first half and used a nice connection from freshman Jasmine Peterson to forward Kylee MacDonald with 15:17 remaining in the half to rattle one into the cage for the 1-0 advantage.

It was the only goal allowed on the day for the Gilford defense and goalie Jenna DeLucca (five saves), but the offense couldn’t hold up their end.

The Golden Eagles rarely saw Newfound’s end of the field, especially in the second half, and when they did, it only resulted in missed opportunities.

“Every time we got a breakaway, or every time we got the ball in, we just needed that extra body to be there to push it in and we just weren’t there,” Rogacki said.

What it made it even tougher was the fact that the Bears spent the opening 12 minutes of the second half peppering the cage with shots. Newfound had four corners during that span and five total in the second half to Gilford’s zero in the final 30 minutes of play.

“Today we had control, I thought, for most of the game other than a couple minutes here and there,” Peterson said. “I think, again, the key is (the ball) was on our right-hand side.”

And while the one goal was enough for Newfound on Thursday, it likely won’t be come postseason time.

“I always tell them that if you want to be a state champion, you have to be able to score three goals a game,” Peterson said. “I think we have a strong enough defense and a strong enough goalie that we’re not going to give up more than three goals a game.”

Newfound closes out the year at Winnisquam on Wednesday before hosting White Mountains in its season finale. Gilford also returns to action on Wednesday as it welcomes in Laconia for one last playoff tune-up.

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


Derryfield 4, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: Merrimac Valley – Meg Doughery (forward), Lauren McLaughlin (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars pulled ahead, 2-0, at the half and stayed consistent throughout with two more scores in the final 30 minutes.

Coach’s quote: “Even though we only have one win this season, I am proud of the effort this team continues to put into every game.” – MV’s Kim Kenney

Records: MV 1-10-1; Derryfield 9-1-2


Merrimack Valley 3, Kingswood 2

Key players: MV – Zac Laroche (goal), Pedro Godio (goal), Noah Gove (goal), Tiegan Friedrich (assist), Dillon Arrant (assist)

Highlights/key moments: While Laroche netted a quick one for the Pride, Kingswood answered back just as fast to tie the game at 1-all. Tiegan found Godio for a goal later in the first half and MV preserved its lead until the final whistle.

Coach’s quote: “It was great to get the win, but we need to be ready to go for a tough Bow team on Tuesday under the lights.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: MV 7-6; Kingswood 2-8-1

St. Thomas 2, Coe-Brown 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Lucciano Minasalli (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Lucciano’s goal came off a penalty kick with a minute left in the first half. Unfortunately for the Bears, St. Thomas netted two goals off free kicks, including one back-breaker in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We couldn’t answer, had a few hit the post and we had plenty of opportunities. So it’s just frustrating.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

Records: Coe-Brown 5-7-1; St. Thomas 4-9

Fall Mountain 8, Franklin 1

Key players: Franklin – Jacob Weaver (goal), Drew Croteau (keeper)

Highlights/key moments: It was another high-scoring outing for Franklin’s opposition as the Golden Tornadoes are still in search of their first win on the season.

Records: Fall Mountain 6-6; Franklin 0-11

Hopkinton 4, Somersworth 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Max Rossignol (goal), Dustin Rose (goal), Paul Molnar (goal), Dan Miner (goal), Corey Breault (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Scoring two goals in each half, the Hawks held a comfortable lead throughout and dominated time of possession. Miner’s goal was the first of his varsity career.

Records: Hopkinton 10-2; Somersworth 6-5-1

Belmont 5, Sanborn 0

Key players: Belmont – Nate Sottak (2 goals, 2 assists), Jake Deware (4 saves), Zach Ennis (goal), Lucas Mathieu (1st varsity goal), Nolan Gagnon (goal)

Highlights/key moments: It was a runaway win for the Raiders, who scored three times in the first half and added two more insurance goals in the second. Sottak was all over the place, scoring twice and assisting on goals to Ennis and Mathieu.

Coach’s quote: ‘The last couple of games things have really started to click for us. Our focus is still one game at a time.” – Belmont’s Michael Foley

Records: Belmont 8-2-1; Sanborn 5-6-1


Merrimack Valley 8, Kingswood 0

Key players: MV – Sara Osborne (goal, assist), Miah Boucher (goal), Sarah Davis (goal), Kerragan McNeil (goal, 2 assists), Emily Knouse (goal, 2 assists), Kyle Curtin (2 goals, 2 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride put one on the scoreboard just nine minutes in and never looked back. Seven different players scored for MV in what resulted in a blowout win.

Coach’s quote: “The girls are in a great place right now. They understand the importance of balance between having fun and getting to work.” – MV’s Jeff Richard

Records: MV 10-3; Kingswood 0-10

Bow 3, Pembroke 1

Key players: Bow – Madi Paul (goal, assist), Miah Munro (assist), Anna Lafreniere (goal), Lauren Goyette (midfield), Bridget Ehrenberg (keeper); Pembroke – Jade Pescinski (goal), Morgan Ranfos (assist), Courtney Jacques (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons grabbed a quick lead thanks to a goal from Paul just 4:40 into the game and the defense controlled the Pembroke attack to maintain Bow’s advantage on the scoreboard.

Coach’s quote: “This was a good win against a determined Pembroke team. We did a better job in the second half controlling the ball and letting it do the work.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt.

“The girls played amazing today against a tough Bow squad. I am so proud of them. It’s one of their better matches of the season. That’s the kind of play we need in October.” – Pembroke’s Jess Croft

Records: Bow 11-1; Pembroke 6-7

John Stark 3, Goffstown 0

Key players: Stark – Cady Loos (goal, assist), Chelsea Woodsum (goal, assist), Hannah Bishop (goal)

Highlights/key moments: A cross from Woodsum to Loos provided the Generals with their first goal of the game. Loos later connected with Bishop and Woodsum scored the final goal off a rebound in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “Today was a dream game. Everything came together perfectly.” – Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: Stark 8-2-2; Goffstown 6-6-1

Kearsarge 2, Lebanon 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Taylor Albright (goal), Kaylyn Storozuk (2 assists), Payton Hebert (14 saves)

Highlights/key moments: After getting outshot in their last meeting against Lebanon, the Cougars exacted some revenge. Kearsarge edged Lebanon in shots, 23-14, and held on for the win with some sharp play in net friom Hebert.

Records: Kearsarge 6-6; Lebanon 6-5-1

Hillsboro-Deering 3, Conant 2

Key players: H-D – Mara Grady (2 goals), Emily Wightman (goal), Lexi McClure (assist), Izabella Warren (assist), Zoe Kemp (7 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats pulled off an impressive win in a back-and-forth contest. Conant scored two goals in the final five minutes of the first half to pull ahead, but H-D responded with a goal from Wightman and Grady’s second goal of the game.

Coach’s quote: “The team played a great game of possession and their transitions were excellent.” – H-D’s Susan Else

Records: H-D 8-4; Conant 8-3-1

Bishop Brady 4, Berlin 0

Key players: Brady – Dana Fahey (2 goals), Olivia Crainich (goal, assist), Lauren Beitler (goal), Jane Bradley (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Led by the playmaking of Fahey, the Green Giants ran their unbeaten streak to eight games.

Coach’s quote: Everybody on the team contributed to the win today and kept a shutout on the board.” – Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Brady 9-2-1; Berlin 3-9-1


Inter-Lakes 3, Mascenic 1

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Jessalyn Brown (33 assists, 25 service points, 22 digs), Emma Wheeler (19 kills, 6 blocks), Jordan Durand (19 digs, 8 kills), Morgan White (5 kills, 16 digs)

Highlights/key moments: It took four sets to do it, but the Lakers kept their record unblemished, using key players from Alison Haight and Madisyn Wilson near the end of a closely contested fourth set.

Coach’s quote: “Inter-Lakes rose to the challenge from a very scrappy Vikings team.” – I-L’s Randy Mattson

Records: Inter-Lakes 11-0; Mascenic 6-5