High schools: Winnisquam field hockey makes quick work of Laconia

  • Laconia defenseman Lauren MacDonald blocks a shot during the second half against Winnisquam on Monday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Winnisquam midfielder Makenzie Snow celebrates with teammates after the Bears scored their third goal of the day against Laconia on Monday afternoon. Winnisquam blanked the Sachems, 5-0. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Winnisquam field hockey team (8-2-1) is taking a new approach this season. Instead of analyzing every team and its position in the standings, instead of preparing for specific opponents and their strengths and weaknesses, Bears Head Coach Cherie Snow is focusing on one thing – Winnisquam field hockey.

And it’s hard to argue with the results.

The Bears defeated Laconia in a decisive 5-0 contest on their home field on Monday, extending their unbeaten streak to nine games.

“We have a really good group of seniors,” Snow said. “We’ve got a lot of strong players on the team with a lot of great skill. We’re coming together each game more and more ... we’re taking it game by game this year. I’m not looking at where anyone else is standing. We don’t discuss any teams we’re going to face like we have in the past. That’s how I’ve been approaching the season. It’s been working pretty well for us.”

Winnisquam made quick work of the Sachems (2-8) with seniors Makenzie Snow and Cailey Clogston each netting first half goals to give the Bears a 2-0 halftime lead.

Clogston and sophomore Meghan Cote had the assists.

The Sachems kept Winnisquam off the board in the second half until 8:22 remaining in the contest when junior McKayla Toupin scored off an assist from Makenzie Snow. Freshman Madison House and sophomore Hannah Max scored goals over the final three minutes to cap the victory. Makenzie also assisted on the final goal of the game.

On the scoreboard it looked like a fine performance, but not one befitting a team on a streak like Winnisquam’s, according to Coach Snow.

“We were very slow coming off this weekend. It wasn’t our best game performance wise,” the seven-year coach said. “We don’t like Monday games. We just looked very sluggish.”

Specifically, the Bears did not look sharp on corners despite having several opportunities during the onslaught of the Laconia net.

While admittedly not their best performance, Winnisquam did enough to prevent the Sachems from putting any pressure on the Bears’ cage, allowing senior goalie Riley Toupin to earn the shutout without making a single save.

The Bears earned their fifth shutout of the season and their third in the last four matches.

The last time Winnisquam allowed more than one goal in a game came on Sept. 6 in a 7-2 victory over the same Sachems.

After opening the season with 3-1 and 2-0 losses, the Bears have outscored their opponents 38-5 in the last nine games and are currently in sixth-place in Division III – a good place to be with only three games remaining and the top 15 teams qualifying for the postseason tournament.

“I think its the approach I’m taking of not caring about the other team’s records and who they are,” Coach Snow said. “We just go in and worry about us and what we have to do on the field. If we do that, everything else will fall into place.”

(Dan Attorri can be reached at dattorri@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @DanAttorri.)


Mascenic 6, John Stark 0

Key players: John Stark – Elizabeth Aubin (strong second half on defense), Olivia Fatcheric (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: The Vikings jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead and the Generals couldn’t make up any ground in the second half despite getting some scoring chances.

Coach’s quote: “We struggled defensively in the first half again today. We are having trouble taking our defensive success in practice into games right now. We are still showing glimpses of very good offensive skill and hopefully that shows on the scoreboard Wednesday.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: Mascenic 8-2; John Stark 1-10


Kearsarge 2, Goffstown 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Brad Underhill (2 goals), Mike Geary (assist), Levi Wilson (PK save)

Highlights/key moments: Underhill scored on a pass from Geary 20 minutes into the match. Wilson saved a penalty kick with 10 minutes remaining in the half to keep Goffstown off the board. Underhill got his second goal just minutes before the half ended.

Coach’s quote: “The team had a great mixture of effort, pace and ball movement today. It was nice to see everything finally click.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

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


Kearsarge 177, Prospect Mountain 204,
Laconia 222, Monadnock 300

Key players: Kearsarge – Jake Bears (medalist, 39), Will Chadwick (45), Bennett Pitts (46), Adam Bartlett (47)

Highlights/key moments: Bears earned medalist honors for the third time this season and Bartlett and Pitts shot career-lows to end the Cougars’ season on a high note. Kearsarge has the No. 2 seed heading into next week’s Division III state tournament.

Coach’s quote: “It was nice to see the team come together at home. It was nice to see Bennett (Pitts) come out with a 46 and shoot a career-low.” – Kearsarge’s David Muzzey

Records: Kearsarge 24-3; Prospect Mtn. 20-7; Laconia 3-24; Monadnock 2-25

Mascenic 173, Newport 208,
Hopkinton 212

Key players: Hopkinton – Larsen Burack (50), Andrew Fairneny (51)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks struggled at Shattuck Golf Course, but should still earn a spot in the D-IV state tournament.

Records: Mascenic 13-2; Newport 4-11; Hopkinton 10-9


Gilford 3, Oyster River 1

Key players: Gilford – Brooke Beaudet (21 digs, 16 kills), Lexi Boisvert (21 digs, 10 kills), Maggie McNeil (15 digs, 8 kills), Karly Sanborn (26 assists, 16 digs), Bailey Hildreth (15 digs) and Kasey Moore (12 digs)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles won the first game comfortably, 25-12, before dropping the second 25-22, but Gilford ultimately came out on top, 25-22 and 25-21 in the third and fourth sets. Beaudet served an ace with the score tied 21-21 in the third game, giving the Eagles a crucial one-point lead and Boisvert put down three kills in a row to close the set. Gilford combined for 108 digs and 42 kills.

Records: Gilford 8-2; Oyster River 5-4

John Stark 3, Pelham 0

Key players: John Stark – Sarah Wagner (6 kills), Hannah Chartier (10 digs, 6 kills, 4 aces), Nicole Yelle (29 assists, 4 kills, 3 aces), Courtney Lavigne (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals defeated the Pythons in straight sets, 25-17, 25-13, 25-18, thanks to a strong service game and a balanced offense.

Coach’s quote: “Good serving and good serve receive is getting stronger. It’s great to get all of the players playing time.” – John Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: John Stark 7-2; Pelham 1-9

Laconia 3, Hanover 0

Key players: Laconia – Hannah Dow (13 digs, 11 kills), Maddy Todd (13 kills, 9 digs)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers beat the Marauders in straight sets, 25-13, 27-25, 25-15.

Coach’s quote: “The second game of this match was a nailbiter. Our girls fell behind early due to service errors. We were pretty lucky to put together that come-from-behind victory. Our girls never gave up and fought hard for that W.” – Laconia’s Jeff Twombly

Records: Laconia 6-2; Hanover 4-6

Inter-Lakes 3, Epping 0

Key players: I-L – Jessalyn Brown (22 assists, 7 digs, 14 service points), Emma Wheeler (7 kills, 9 service points, 4s blocks), Delaney Smith (4 blocks, 3 kills), Hailey Hart (8 service points, 6 digs, 4 kills)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers defeated the Blue Devils in straight sets to remain undefeated.

Coach’s quote: “Good team effort for the Lakers against a scrappy Epping squad. Seven different team members recorded kills and eight registered service points.” – I-L’s Randy Mattson

Records: I-L 9-0; Epping 3-5

Winnisquam 3, Moultonborough 1

Key players: Winnisquam – Shannon Goodwin (18 kills, 10 digs), Talia DeBlasie (34 assists, 7 digs, 3 kills), Gabby Isabelle (14 kills, 14 digs, 3 aces), Madisyn Skeats (9 digs, 2 kills, 2 blocks), Olivia Dill (7 digs), Aubrey St. Onge (5 digs)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears took a big lead in the first set and held on to win 25-21. Moultonborough won the second set, 25-15, but the Bears won the last two sets to secure the match, 25-15, 25-18.

Coach’s quote: “For the most part I was happy. Moultonborough didn’t let go. You have to give them credit for that. They played really well. (Teams) better watch out for them in the tournament. They have a 4-7 record, but are pretty good team and could catch someone off guard.” – Winnisquam’s Mike Livernois

Records: Winnisquam 11-0; Moultonborough 4-7