High schools: Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse winning streak ends at 43

Monitor staff
Published: 5/10/2019 10:19:51 PM

The Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse team lost its first game since 2016 on Friday, falling to Pelham, 9-5, in a battle of Division III unbeatens.

“We played tough defense today and both goalies were absolutely on fire, making it difficult for both teams to score,” Hopkinton coach Deacon Blue said. “We struggled to capitalize on ‘O’ and got beat up in what was a very chippy game.”

The Hawks had won 43 straight coming into Friday’s game in Pelham, including the last two D-III championships. Hopkinton looked ready to extend that streak after scoring the first two goals, but the Pythons (8-0) answered with a five-goal run and took a 6-3 lead into half.

Pelham slowed the game down in the second half, tiring out Hopkinton’s defense, keeping the ball away from the Hawks and salting away the biggest win in D-III this season.

Paul Molnar led Hopkinton with three goals, while Colby Quiet had three assists. Nick Higginbotham and Allan Faulkner scored one each for the Hawks, while goalie Benny Madden (23 saves), Thayer Maughan (two groundballs), Kiernan Byrne, Ryan Hughes and Steven Newton-Delgado anchored Hopkinton’s defense.

“I’m incredibly proud of my team for keeping their composure and not getting taken out of their heads,” Blue said. “We persevered to the end, but it wasn’t our day.”

Boys’ Lacrosse

Coe-Brown 7, Memorial-West 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Zach Sheehan (10 saves), Ryan Nester (G), Ryan Whitcher (G), Wells Lambert (G, A), Dakota West (G), Aaron Bono (2 G, A), Jack Cinquegrano (2 A), Will Sawyer (A), Cal Welch (A)

Coach’s quote: “This was maybe our most focused effort of the year. We will need to maintain it through a stretch of critical games next week. We are looking forward to it. We hope to be hitting our stride at the right time down the home stretch. I’m proud of the work the guys did today.” – Coe-Brown’s Tony DePalma

Records: Coe-Brown 4-5; Memorial-West 2-5


John Stark 7, Manchester West 1

Key players: John Stark – Tyler Descoteau (7 IP, W, 6 K, 1 ER), Gracie Bolduc (2-for-3), Sarah Ferguson (2-for-3), Kali Kolehmainen (2 RBI), Elizabeth Aubin (2 RBI)

Highlights: This win wrapped up a week where the Generals played four games in five days and won all four.

Coach’s quote: “The team played really solid softball this week and earned a well-deserved two days off.” – Stark’s Gerry Morin

Records: John Stark 8-2; Manchester West 2-7

Merrimack Valley 9, Pelham 1

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Sadie Barton (7 IP, W, 10 K, 5 H, 1 ER), Sadie Merrow (2-for-4), Alani Ramas (2-for-3), Meghan McGonagle (2-for-4, RBI), Lauren McLaughlin (2-run double), Miah Boucher (hit, RBI), Jadyn Holmes (hit)

Highlights: The Pride got off the bus in Pelham and put up three runs in the top of the first to take control early and give Barton all the support she needed.

Coach’s quote: “Sadie scattered a few hits and was dominant, at times. We did enough offensively to ensure the win.” – MV’s Sam York

Records: Merrimack Valley 10-2; Pelham 5-4

Girls’ Tennis

Coe-Brown 8, Pembroke 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Megan Wimsatt (8-5 win at No. 1), Mary Thoms (8-1 win at No. 2), Addi Leifer (8-0 win at No. 3), Kira Nealburk (8-2 win at No. 4), Skye Loto (8-2 win at No. 5), Lily Libby (8-1 win at No. 6); Pembroke – Gwen Collins (doubles win), Sam Muise (doubles win)

Highlight: Pembroke’s Collins and Muise won, 9-7, at second doubles to prevent the sweep against the Bears, who have now won seven straight.

Coach’s quote: “Coe-Brown is a strong team with depth. It was nice to get one win at number two doubles.” – Pembroke’s David W. Goulet

Records: Coe-Brown 9-2; Pembroke2-8

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