High schools: Hopkinton, Brady to meet in D-III field hockey quarterfinals

  • Hopkinton goalie Sienna Mills smiles after her team posted a 6-0 shutout in a Division III field hockey playoff game at Conant on Friday. Hopkinton face Bishop Brady in Concord on Monday in a 3 p.m. quarterfinal game. BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Hopkinton’s Caroline Barrett (right) and Conant’s Bella Hayes go after the ball in midfield during Friday’s Division III field hockey playoff game in Jaffrey. Hopkinton won, 6-0, to advance to Monday’s quarterfinals.  BEN CONANT photos / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Hopkinton’s Kate Bouchard (right) makes a move during Friday’s Division III field hockey playoff game in Jaffrey. Bouchard scored a goal and Hopkinton won, 6-0, to advance to Monday’s quarterfinals.  BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Hopkinton’s Caroline Barrett (right) and Conant’s Bella Hayes go after the ball in midfield during Friday’s Division III field hockey playoff game in Jaffrey. Hopkinton won, 6-0, to advance to Monday’s quarterfinals.  BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monitor staff
Published: 10/24/2020 7:05:27 PM

The top two Division III field hockey teams in the area have been circling each other all fall, and now they’re finally going to meet.

Even with localized schedules, Bishop Brady and Hopkinton didn’t face each other during the regular season. But after both teams traveled west on Friday and posted dominant, shutout wins, they’ll be meeting in the D-III quarterfinals at 3 p.m. on Monday at Bishop Brady.

Hopkinton claimed a 6-0 win against Conant, and Brady, the defending D-III champs, roughed up Monadnock, 8-0.

“We worked hard and played together tonight,” Hopkinton coach Kate Hohenberger said.

Conant (5-2) had not been held scoreless this season until the Hawks showed up in Jaffrey on Friday. Madeleine Maughan and Caroline Barrett anchored the Hopkinton defense in front of goalie Sienna Mills, who has not allowed a goal in two playoff games after not posting a shutout in the regular season.

Freshman Hannah Hoyt gave the Hawks (7-1-1) a 1-0 lead just 1:24 into the game on an assist from captain Meggie Haley. That lead doubled midway through the first when Hoyt assisted on a goal from Rose Finlayson.

Isabella Upton, another one of Hopkinton’s talented freshmen, scored the first of her two goals with 4:32 left in the second quarter to give the Hawks a 3-0 advantage they took into halftime. Upton found her second goal with no time left on the clock at the end of the quarter on an assist from Natalie Allen off a penalty corner. Julia Baer (goal, assist) and Kate Bouchard both had goals in the fourth quarter and Charlotte Presti and Abbie Condon both had assists.

Bishop Brady (9-0-1) had its own offensive eruption on Friday at Monadnock (2-4). Libbey Hicks (goal, assist), Halle Laramie (two goals) and Laura Yap (goal, assist) all scored first period goals, Yap’s coming off a penalty corner with no time on the clock, to build an early 3-0 lead. Ashlyn Toupin (goal, two assist), the 2019 Monitor Field Hockey Player of the Year, scored the only goal of the second quarter to give the Giants a 4-0 advantage at halftime.

Margaret Sheehan (two goals), Rebecca Murphy (goal, assist) and Laramie all scored in the fourth quarter. Brady goalie Julie Blais needed just one save for the shutout and the Giants finished with a 23-2 advantage in penalty corner.

“Every player had a hand in this win,” Brady coach Kelly Owen said. “After having a week off it was nice to start the tournament a great team victory.”

Although Brady and Hopkinton haven’t met this season, they have played a slew of common opponents – Merrimack Valley, John Stark, Bow, Pembroke Academy and Conant. The Giants have a 7-0-1 record against those teams while Hopkinton is 7-1-1.

Boys’ Cross Country

Merrimack Valley 27,
John Stark 28

Key players: Merrimack Valley — Ethan Dodenhoff (2nd), Elisha Dodenhoff (4th) John Stark — Eli Lemire (1st), Logan Montgomery (2nd)

Highlights: Lemire held off a strong charge from Ethan Dodenhoff for the win, but the Pride pack held together to secure a one-point team victory.

Girls’ Cross Country

Merrimack Valley 26,
John Stark 29

Key players: Merrimack Valley — Sophia Reynolds (1st); John Stark — Brianna Langdon (2nd)

Highlights: Reynolds outpaced the field for a comfortable individual win that helped the Pride to a competitive team win over the Generals.

Middle school results

Paige Prisco-Nelson scored in regulation and goalie Paige Boudette came up big as the Hopkinton Middle School girls’ soccer team beat Weare, 2-1 in penalty kicks, in a Tri-County playoff game to advance to Tuesday’s final. Annie Morrall, Madi Zahn and Bell Serzans scored PK goals for the Hawks.

■Turner Zapton scored twice in regulation while Ty Higginbotham, Merrick Chapin, Deegan Tomaz and Kristof Cauley all converted clutch penalty kicks as the Hopkinton Middle School boys’ soccer team claimed a 3-2 win in penalty kicks against Litchfield in a Tri-County semifinal.

■The Bow Middle School boys’ soccer team finished its season unbeaten after a 2-2 tie with Weare. Bow’s James Green opened the scoring on a feed from Luke Hartshorn, and Kody McCranie sniped from 22 yards out on a feed from Liam Miller for Bow’s second goal. Ryan Dolder, Will Bennett and Cam Leonard were key defensive stoppers.




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