High schools: Gilford field hockey makes return to final four

  • Gilford crashes the Berlin net during Sunday's girls' field hockey game at Gilford High School on Oct. 22, 2017. Gilford defeated Berlin, 1-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Gilford's Jillian Lachapelle (29) makes a hit during Sunday's girls' field hockey game at Gilford High School on Oct. 22, 2017. Gilford defeated Berlin, 1-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Gilford’s Kellie Ryan (5) pushes the ball through the Berlin defense during Sunday’s Division III tournament game at Gilford High School. BELOW: Gilford’s Jillian Lachapelle (29) strikes the ball down the field. The fourth-seeded Golden Eagles defeated No. 5 Berlin, 1-0, and will meet undefeated Newfound in the semifinals at Bill Ball Stadium on Thursday. Elizabeth Frantz photos / Monitor staff

  • Gilford’s Nicole Berube (9) takes control of the ball during Sunday’s Division III quarterfinal game against Berlin at Gilford High School. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Gilford's Laurel Normandin (22) readies her swing during Sunday's girls' field hockey game at Gilford High School on Oct. 22, 2017. Gilford defeated Berlin, 1-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

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Published: 10/22/2017 11:22:44 PM

It’s always a good game between Gilford and Berlin. That’s what David Rogacki said, and he wasn’t wrong.

It was a deadlock for most of Sunday’s quarterfinal, but Laurel Gingrich redirected a Jillian Lachapelle pass into the back of the net in the second half, lifting the No. 4 Golden Eagles (13-2-1) to a 1-0 victory over the No. 5 Berlin (10-6-0).

“Over the last three or four years, we’ve only had great games with Berlin because both teams have the same mindset in how they play,” said Rogacki, who coached the Golden Eagles into the Division III semifinals for the fifth straight year.

Although they do have similar styles, it was the Mountaineers who executed better early on, keeping the majority of the action in the Eagles’ end of the field, despite an equal number of corners (four per team) in the first half.

Berlin had 10 corner’s to Gilford’s seven in the match.

“They did a much better job as far as attacking us,” Rogacki said. “Berlin did a much better job moving the ball up the field. We had to spend more time moving back. I called a timeout and I told the girls, ‘You can’t just go four or five minutes and take a break, you have to keep going all the time.’”

Goalie Jenna DeLucca (five saves) was sharp in net, earning Gilford’s 11th shutout of the season.

“This is probably the best game Jenna played in the whole season,” Rogacki said.

The Eagles came out much stronger in the second half, thanks in part to the play of seniors Cloe Boucher up front and Callie McGreevy in the midfield, who brought new energy into the match and allowed Rogacki to rest some starters.

Gilford was also bolstered by Laurel Normandin and Taryn Fountain who played solid defense and passed the ball well.

“In the second half we started attacking (Berlin) and using both sides of the field,” Rogacki said. “We executed better. They went to the ball instead of waiting for the ball to come to them. That helped us keep the pace up ... we went to the ball much more aggressively.”

That aggressive play and pressure on Berlin’s half is what resulted in Gingrich’s goal 10 minutes into the half.

Gilford had the ball inside Berlin’s circle, Lachapelle collected a rebound off a shot by a teammate and passed it to Gingrich, who redirected it into the cage.

“We took advantage of the shots we had and they couldn’t capitalize on theirs,” said Rogacki, whose team was outshot by Berlin, 5-3.

Some of those shots came shortly after Gilford’s goal when the Mountaineers brought the ball back toward DeLucca who made a diving save and swatted another shot away before the defense made the clear.

The win sets up a rematch of last year’s semifinal with another familiar opponent –– No. 1 Newfound (15-0).

Gilford and Newfound have played each other five times already in the past two seasons, including last year’s semifinal when Gilford was the No. 2 seed and beat No. 3 Newfound, 2-1, on the way to the D-III title.

This past regular season Newfound has had the upper hand, winning 3-1 on Sept. 8 and 1-0 on Oct. 5.

“(Newfound’s) Coach (Karri) Peterson has a good group of five or six seniors who know how to execute and know Peterson’s style of play,” Rogacki said. “We need to play our game and not get caught up the theirs. We have to keep the field spread out and use both sides of the field. When we get corners we have to execute better.”

The Golden Eagles will take on the Bears on Thursday at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter at 7 p.m.

No. 3 Monadnock and No. 10 Mascoma will in the first semifinal match at 5 p.m.

D-III FIELD HOCKEY

No. 1 Newfound 1, No. 8 Winnisquam 0

Key players: Newfound – Julianne Marchand (goal), Kylee MacDonald (assist), Hayleigh Letourneau (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Newfound had scoring opportunities right from the opening whistle, but couldn’t find the back of the cage until there was 6:51 left in the game. Newfound took an offensive corner and LeTourneau sent the ball to Jasmine Peterson who stayed high and drew out Winnisquam’s middle defender and passed to MacDonald. MacDonald redirected the ball to the right post where Marchand was able to put it in the back of the net. Newfound’s 15th victory earned the Bears a trip to Thursday’s semifinal at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter. Newfound will take on No. 4 Gilford.

Coach’s quote: “The seniors stepped up today for us and led the way.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 15-0; Winnisquam 9-5-2

No. 3 Monadnock 4, No. 11 Bishop Brady 1

Key players: Brady – Kathryn Weed (goal), Emma Windsor (8 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Huskies kept up their hot streak, winning their fifth straight game, to eliminate the Green Giants from the playoffs. Brady held Monadnock to a 1-0 halftime lead, but the Huskies had seven corners and netted three goals in the second half to take a 4-0 lead. Weed put the Giants on the board with 8:14 left in the game. Monadnock had 10-5 advantage in corners in the match.

Coach’s quote: “With only being down 1-0 at the half I was pleased with how my team paced themselves with a more experienced team. The second half experience over youth kicked in. I can’t say enough about this group. I had the opportunity to be a part of a journey that made for a rewarding season that made us a family in so many ways.” – Brady’s Kelly Owen

Records: Monadnock 14-2; Brady 7-9




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