High schools: Hopkinton field hockey blanks Brady in clash of top D-III teams

  • Hopkinton's Katie Meserve (7) gets congratulated after scoring her second goal against Bishop Brady on Friday, October 4, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton's Fiona Beane (left) and Bishop Brady's Jill Weaver (23) battle for the ball during the second half on Friday, October 4, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton's Fiona Beane (left) and Bishop Brady's Jill Weaver (23) battle for the ball during the second half on Friday, October 4, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton's Katie Meserve (7) yells that she is open in the second half against Bishop Brady on Friday, October 4, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 10/4/2019 10:49:38 PM
Modified: 10/4/2019 10:49:24 PM

It had the feeling of a tournament atmosphere when Hopkinton and Bishop Brady, two of the premier field hockey programs in Division III, went toe-to-toe with each other on Friday afternoon with first place on the line.

With both teams coming in with one loss, the Hawks and Giants were as evenly matched as it gets for the majority of the opening half. The time of possession was balanced, both sides raced back and forth up the field for scoring chances and matched each other save for save when things got dicey inside the circle.

Then suddenly, Hopkinton turned a grind-it-out game into a statement victory.

The Hawks scored twice with four minutes left in the first half before stunning the Giants with four more goals in the final 6:32 of play to leave Bishop Brady High School with an impressive 6-0 shutout win.

“It still felt like a very tough game and I think that’s really good for our confidence to beat a team like this that we’ve been working really hard to play against. We feel like now we can play up to their level,” said Hopkinton forward Katie Meserve, who delivered a hat trick and two assists to propel to the Hawks to the top of D-III at 11-1.

“We’ve had issues in the past where we play down to teams’ levels,” Meserve said. “I feel like today we really picked it up and played like we really can with all the potential we have.”

For the Giants (9-2), the result was a bit of a shellshock. Brady came in allowing just one goal per game and had not surrendered more than three goals in any game this season.

“We played a different way in the first half and it just did not transition into the second half of the game,” longtime Bishop Brady coach Kelly Owen said. “We have our good days and we have our bad days. This was definitely not our day.”

Hopkinton’s run of goals started late in the first half, the first tally coming following a corner when Meg Haley slipped a shot past Brady’s sophomore goalie Julie Blais (five saves) off an assist from Avery Barrett. Less than four minutes later, Meserve scored the first of her three goals by creating some space around a Brady defender inside the circle and firing a rocket into the back of the cage for the 2-0 advantage.

“It took them 30 minutes to score two goals and what we said at halftime is we have 30 minutes to score two goals or three. That was our approach to them going into the second half,” Owen said.

Brady’s aggression to start the final half was expected.

Hopkinton’s outpouring of goals really wasn’t, not even by head coach Kate Hohenberger.

“I wasn’t anticipating it to get where it got,” Hohenberger said. “Just the passing combinations and connections and we finally figured out that just a simple touch instead of trying to dribble through everybody, just a touch in the direction you want to go makes a world of difference and I think that helped us out big time.”

Just like the first half, Hopkinton waited a long time before rediscovering its scoring touch. When the Hawks finally did, they put the contest out of reach in a hurry.

Despite Blais’s best effort in front of the cage, Hopkinton was relentless in creating chances late. Meserve scored with a little less than seven minutes remaining to up the lead to 3-0 before Emma Tworek got in on the action with a goal of her own three minutes later.

With 1:46 to go, Meserve finished off the hat trick and Julia Baer (two assists) added her first goal of the game to put an end to the scoring with nine seconds left.

“I thought for sure they were going to come at us (in the second half),” said Hohenberger, who spent several years as an assistant coach under Owen at Bishop Brady. “They started to, but once we took control in that first half a little bit, I think it took a little wind out of their sails and then we got the third goal and that really, I think, did it.”

The loss was a difficult one for Brady, but not one that’s going to shake the confidence of a talented group who very well may see Hopkinton again in the postseason.

“The first half up until that goal, that’s what tournament games look like,” Owen said. “We’ve got to learn from today, move on and look forward to the next game.”

Hopkinton, meanwhile, is on the path to a No. 1 seed and the Hawks, the runner-up last year, are aiming for their first state title since 1992.

“The playoffs are going to be crazy because it can go either way,” Hohenberger said. “Anything can happen. It’s just anybody’s game and that’s the way it is.”

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)

Field Hockey

Concord 3, Keene 1

Key players: Concord – Kait McKinnon (2G), Ella Doherty (G), Erin Doherty (A), Emma Beaujouan (A), Alice Rosenberg (A), Rhyden Wheldon (goalie), Julie Auld, Sam Ossoff

Highlights: The Tide subs came off the bench and stepped up after a starter got injured and McKinnon found the back of the cage twice to lift Concord to a victory on the road.

Records: Concord 8-3; Keene 3-7

John Stark 4, Pembroke 0

Key players: John Stark – Gracie Bolduc (2G), Elizabeth Aubin (G, A), Meg Girardet (G, A), Courtney Cranshaw (A), Sydnee Pelletier (3 saves)

Highlights: The Generals took a 3-0 halftime lead and Pelletier secured the shutout in net.

Coach’s quote: “Some great offensive output from us today and we got 19 players involved in the game.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 6-4; Pembroke 0-10

Bow 1, Portsmouth 1

Key players: Bow – Elizabeth Guertin (G), Amelia Coe (defense), Madeleine Kropp (offense), Jocelyn Webber (midfield), Megan Lavigne (midfield), Maddie Soucy (goalkeeper)

Highlights: Guertin scored the game-tying goal to force overtime. The Falcons and Clippers battled to a scoreless first half and neither team found the cage in extra time.

Coach’s quote: “I see growth and improvement every time we take the field.” – Bow’s Rebecca Cleary

Records: Bow 4-5-1; Portsmouth 3-5-1

Mascoma 6, Franklin 1

Key players: Franklin – Jasmyn Long (27 saves), Danyelle Hines (G), Alyssa Cornell (A)

Coach’s quote: “The girls played a great game today. They stayed positive the entire time and kept each other motivated until the very end.” – Franklin’s Shelby Joyce

Records: Mascoma 7-3; Franklin 0-11


Concord 28, Timberlane 14

Key players: Concord – Cortland Miller (TD run), Ronan McGonigle (TD run), Jackson Tewksbury (TD run), Kody Rashed (TD run), Paul Buckles (lineman)

Highlights: The Tide and Owls were even, 7-7, at halftime, but Timberlane fumbled a squibbed kickoff by Concord and McGonigle scored on the ensuing possession for a 14-7 lead. Tewksbury scored on the next drive to give Concord some breathing room. Paul Buckles had a strong two-way game on both the offensive and defensive line, allowing the Tide runners to find the end zone.

Coach’s quote: “The offensive line blocked really well. Much improved from weeks past, but we’ve got a ways to go. It was a good team win. The kids are working hard and I’m proud of them.” – Concord’s Eric Brown

Records: Concord 1-4; Timberlane 0-5

Merrimack Valley 28, Hanover 7

Key players: MV – Travis Knouse (166 rush yards, TD run), Chase Keyser (108 pass yards, 2 TD passes), Jaden Vasquez (25-yard TD catch), Cam Butt (25-yard TD catch), Habakuu Tarwo (8-yard TD run), Tanna Valliere (8 tackles), Trent Waters (5 tackles), Zach Williams (4 tackles), Aslan Hodge (4 tackles), Chris Lorden (blocked punt), Seth Baylus (blocked punt), Jake Currier (blocked punt recovery), Kalvin Maier (recovered fumbled kickoff)

Highlights: The Pride scored 21 points in the third quarter to overcome a 7-0 halftime deficit. MV had 314 total yards on offense, thanks to a line that was strong on both sides of the ball.

Coach’s quote: “Hard-fought win. Came on strong in the second half. The coaching staff worked hard this week in preparation for this game.” – MV’s Joseph Raycraft

Records: MV 2-3; Hanover 0-5

Winnisquam 44, Mascoma 6

Key players: Winnisquam – Phil Nichols (3 TD passes), Garret Mango (2 TD catches), Andre Cormier (2 rush TD), Gunner Horman (TD catch)

Highlights: Nichols connected with Mango twice in the first half (including the first touchdown on a fourth-and-goal) and Cormier ran for two first-half touchdowns to give the Bears a commanding 35-6 halftime lead. Winnisquam’s defense did not give up any points and also recorded a safety. The Royals scored their lone touchdown of the game on a fumble recovery.

Records: Winnisquam 5-0; Mascoma 2-3

Boys’ Soccer

Merrimack Valley 3, Pembroke 3

Key players: MV – Logan Cassin (2G), Ryan Schoffield (G), Coby Mercier (A), Dylan Campbell (A)

Highlights: The Pride went down 2-0 early in the first half and a 3-0 early in the second half, but came back to force overtime.

Coach’s quote: “We made some mistakes and Pembroke capitalized. It was nice to see us fight back from being down 3-0 to tie things up. I was very happy with what some of the bench players added to the game. We have a big week next week with Milford and ConVal so we need to clean things up.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: MV 7-3-1; Pembroke 5-4-1

Girls’ Soccer

Pembroke 2, Merrimack Valley 1, OT

Key players: Pembroke – Hannah Brown (G, A), Gade Pescinski (G), Cierra Hill (midfield), Britney Hill (midfield), Emily Weldon (midfield); MV – Rhiley Tanguay (G), Miah Boucher (A), Alyssa Woodman (midfield), Hayley Kenney (midfield), Lauren Pettingill (forward), Miah Boucher (defense), Katelin Locke (defense), Elizabeth Philbrook (defense)

Highlights: After a scoreless first half, Brown scored minutes into the second, but Tanguay answered 10 minutes later off a throw-in from Boucher to force overtime. Pescinski finished a Brown through ball on a breakaway five minutes into overtime to secure a thrilling homecoming victory.

Coaches’ quotes: “Our girls dug deep and found the fire within to finish the job today. MV is well-coached and the Pride came ready to battle. We were able to overcome windy and cold conditions to come out on top in this crucial game.” – Pembroke’s Jess Kaufman

“Both teams played hard in a back-and-forth game. We defended well, but there were a couple mistakes that Pembroke made us pay for. Our energy was great. One of those games that could’ve went either way. Tough luck to be on the losing end.” – MV’s Nick D’Agostino

Records: Pembroke 8-1; MV 4-6

John Stark 0, Oyster River 0

Key players: John Stark – Makayla Couturier, Arden Ulmer, Samantha Veilleux, and Madison Porth

Highlights: The Generals and Bobcats held each other scoreless in a tight game in Weare.

Coach’s quote: “The ability of the girls to transition so fluidly from position to position and formation to formation is fantastic to see.” – John Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: John Stark 6-3-1; Oyster River 4-5-1


Concord 209, Timberlane 220, Manchester Memorial 244

Key players: Concord – Matt Burns (39, medalist), Parker Savoy (42), Colin O’Brien (42), Cam Brown (43), Dylan Miles (43)

Highlights: The Tide picked up a pair of wins at Concord Country Club, but will be without its top golfer, Matt Hauschild, for the rest of the season due to an injury. Concord will conclude its regular season next week on Tuesday at Bretwood Country Club against Bedford and Keene.

Records: Concord 13-7; Timberlane 14-6; Memorial 3-20

Girls’ Volleyball

John Stark 3, Oyster River 1

Key players: John Stark – Riley Lord (15 kills, 12 digs, 5 aces, block), Lillian Stogner (17 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces), Brooke Patnode (19 assists, 3 aces, 3 kills), Brianna Bodner (12 assists, 5 blocks), Izzy Nelson (21 digs)

Highlights: The Generals dropped the first set, 25-17, but won the last three, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19, in a tightly-contested match against the Bobcats. After losing the first set, John Stark took leads and held them in the remaining three.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight was a great battle between two solid teams, it’s was a great win. One of our better matches. Great team effort.” – John Stark’s Jeff McClellan,

Records: John Stark 9-2; Oyster River 9-2

Boys’ Cross Country

Bow 15, Fall Mountain 58, Epping 76, Hinsdale 108, Raymond 121

Key players: Bow – Colin Lessard (1st, 16:50), Ben Neff (2nd, 17:04), Gabe Neff (3rd, 17:17), Adem Aricanli (4th, 18:11), Wyatt Weber (5th, 19:10), Connor Bernard (6th, 19:10; H-D – Elias Ek (27th, 21:59), Izaac Healey (41st, 23:19), Sean Austin (44th, 23:43), Nathan Ledvina (55th, 25:21)

Highlights: The D-II Falcons swept the top six and placed eight in the top 10 at the Hillcat Homecoming Invitational. H-D did not have enough runners to score, but Ek had an impressive race for the host team, besting his personal record by over a minute.

Coaches’ quotes: “This was a day made for cross country running on a lovely New England course. The Bow boys are running great, right on schedule as we enter the final weeks of the season.” – Bow’s Katie McDonald

“All the Hillcat runners competed well against the other D-III schools on our scenic and fast home course.” – H-D’s Steve Cousens

Hopkinton 4th, Kearsarge 6th, Winnisquam 8th, Bishop Brady 10th, John Stark 11th, Belmont 12th
at Jeri Blair Invitational

Key players: Hopkinton – Theodore Mollano (10th), Shepyrd Murdough (11th), Michael Eggers-Emerson (17th), Nick Simpkins (31st), Parker Wuellenweber (32nd); Kearsarge – Gavin Garzia (9th), Ed Stowell (13th), Aaron Sullivan (28th), Matt Berns (75th), Evan Pauling (76th); Winnisquam – Riley Mann (8th), Dylan Robert (19th), Evan Griffin (57th), Jack Richard (83rd), Brennan Dunn (98th); Bishop Brady – Oscar Miller (56th), Colby Despres (59th), Maxwell Brown (64th), Conor Donovan (73rd), Charles Miller (94th); John Stark – Jack Hagan (35th), Reece Montague (61st), Jack Barnes (67th); Belmont – Jared Whitcomb (65th), Chris Pare (71st), Micah Edgren (78th), Charlie Carrol-Burr (79th)

Highlights: Mann was the top area finisher at Belmont’s Jeri Blair Invitational, finishing the 5,142-meter course in 18:08. Mascenic’s Landen Vaillancourt won in 16:42. Hanover (48) was the winning team, followed by Mascenic (86). Sanborn and Hopkinton both had 97 points, but the Indians took third place over the Hawks due to a tiebreaker (faster sixth runner). Hollis Brookline (142), Kearsarge (175), Inter-Lakes (215), Winnisquam (227), Prospect Mountain (267), Bishop Brady (294), John Stark (313) and hosts Belmont (324) were the top 12 of 19 teams.

Coach’s quote: “The boys fought hard today and continue to strengthen within their division. As their No. 4 and No. 5 (runners) get closer to their top three, they will be able to form a strong group that will be able to challenge more teams for the top spots.” – Hopkinton’s Rob Rothe

Girls’ Cross Country

Bow 39, Newmarket 50, Hinsdale 52, Fall Mountain 93

Key players: Bow – Maya Brochu (3rd, 21:30), Delia Brochu (6th, 22:06), Autumn Boisvert (7th, 22:18), Susannah Zahn (10th, 22:21), Leah Boisvert (11th, 22:21); H-D – Emma Curley (32nd, 26:08)

Highlights: The Falcons responded well to an unfamiliar and fast course, taking four of the top 10 and seven of the top 13 spots at the Hillcat Homecoming Invitational. Curley ran well as the lone competitor for hosts H-D.

Coach’s quote: “The Bow girls continue to race strong and challenge each other. Five runners finished within five seconds of each other, establishing new personal records across the board.” – Bow’s Katie McDonald

“With team captain Elizabeth Labier injured, Emma Curley was our only runner at Homecoming this year. She got off to a strong start and gutted out the last mile to PR by just under a minute.” – H-D’s Steve Cousens

Hopkinton 1st, Kearsarge 2nd,
John Stark 4th, Belmont 9th
at Jeri Blair Invitational

Key players: Hopkinton – Emma Rothe (3rd), Cailey Stockwell (6th), Hannah Bennett (7th), Anna O’Reilly (8th), Lily Sabol (11th), Sydney Stockwell (13th), Cate Westbrook (15th); Kearsarge – Mya Dube (1st), Lili Baer (2nd), Jenna Bears (4th), Madelin Prak (23rd), Marla Richer (31st), Katelyn Harvey (32nd), Ellie Madigan (33rd); John Stark – Brianna Langdon (10th), Katie Palmateer (21st), Madison McDonald (24th), Grace Caplan (34th), Libby Barnes (57th); Belmont – Aurora Coutu (29th), Alyssa Edgren (45th); Winnisquam – Faith Gosselin (9th); Bishop Brady – Abby Shagena (19th)

Highlights: Dube won the 5,142-meter race in 19:43, leading a 1-2-4 performance from the Cougars, but the Hawks placed seven runners in the top 15 to claim the team title at the 19-team Jeri Blair Invitational hosted by Belmont. Baer (20:35) and Rothe (20:49) rounded out the top three individual spots. Hopkinton scored 30 points to win the team title. Kearsarge (53), Hanover (90), John Stark (117) and Mascenic (171) rounded out the top five team scores. Winnisquam and Bishop Brady competed, but didn’t have enough runners to score as a team.

Coach’s quote: “Another dominant and consistent performance by the girls in a big field. Once again they showed their pack running strength, even with some movement within their own ranks.” – Hopkinton’s Rob Rothe

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