Postponed to Thursday: D-III boys’ lacrosse, D-III softball semifinals

The following is preview capsules of semifinal action for area teams:
Published: 6/4/2019 11:24:24 PM

BOYS’ LACROSSE

DIVISION III SEMIFINALS

No. 2 Hopkinton (14-1) vs. No. 3 Monadnock (13-2), 4 p.m., at Bill Ball Stadium, Exeter High School

HEAD TO HEAD: The Hawks beat Monadnock in overtime, 15-14, on April 22.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Hopkinton got past No. 7 Kearsarge, 10-2, in the quarterfinals, while the Huskies beat No. 6 Trinity, 17-4.

NOTES: The two-time defending-champion Hawks are one win away from playing in their third straight final, while Monadnock is looking to reach a title game for the first time in program history. The Huskies gave Hopkinton all it could handle in the regular season meeting when the Hawks had to score three times in the final four minutes just to force overtime. Hopkinton’s Colby Quiet had nine goals, including the OT game winner, and three assists in that April 22 game. Quiet, a powerful junior attack, also led the Hawks in their quarterfinal win as he scored four goals and assisted on two others against Kearsarge. Monadnock’s only two losses this year came against Pelham, the No. 1 seed, and Hopkinton. Since that loss to the Hawks, the Huskies have won 10 straight.

SOFTBALL

DIVISION III SEMIFINALS

No. 6 Belmont (15-3) vs. No. 7 Hopkinton (14-4), 5 p.m., at Chase Field, Plymouth State University

HEAD TO HEAD: Belmont beat the Hawks, 8-7, on May 15.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Hopkinton downed No. 10 Gilford, 6-4, and upset No. 2 Mascenic, 2-1. The Raiders beat No. 11 Conant, 11-5, and No. 3 White Mountains, 2-1.

NOTES: Both of these teams are coming off impressive quarterfinal wins. Hopkinton’s Megan Kimball-Rhines won an extra-inning duel against Mascenic’s Madison Labrie, the 2018-19 GGatorade Player of the Year for New Hampshire who posted a 0.30 ERA during the regular season but got touched up for two runs by the Hawks. Kimball-Rhines gave up just one hit and no earned runs, got tons of help from a stingy Hopkinton defense, and delivered a triple in the sixth inning to plate Maurgan McGrath with the tying run. Belmont did something in the quarterfinals that no D-III team has been able to do in seven years – beat White Mountains before the final. The Spartans had been to seven straight finals, and won titles in 2012, ’16, ’17 and ’18, before losing to the Raiders on Saturday. Belmont’s Morgan Hall struck out nine and gave up just four hits against White Mountains and got all the support she needed from Lizzie Fleming’s two-run double in the fourth inning. The regular-season meeting between Hopkinton and Belmont was a roller coaster that went to extra innings. The Raiders built a 5-1 lead, then coughed it up and faced a 6-5 deficit before tying things with two outs in the seventh. Julianna Estremera put Belmont up by two with a two-run double in the eighth, and the Hawks plated one in the bottom of the inning before Raven Gates closed the door.




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