High schools: Championship-hungry Hawks keep perfect season rolling against Bow

  • Hopkinton attacker Lyndon Flanagan follows through on a goal against Bow on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton attacker Lyndon Flanagan hugs Sophia Staples-Roy (8) after Roy scored a goal during the second half at Bow on Wednesday, May 8, 2109. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton midfielder Ellie Morrall (13) battles Bow midfielder Barrie Guertin on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton midfielder Ellie Morrall gets ready to shoot during the second half on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 5/8/2019 10:43:08 PM

BOW – The window of opportunity to win a state title can open and close in a hurry. Talented players eventually move on, complete rosters turn over at rapid rates and it can be difficult to replicate that same magic from year to year.

The Hopkinton girls’ lacrosse team doesn’t want to miss its window.

A season after falling short in the championship game, the Hawks once again find themselves among the premier teams in Division III and they kept their red-hot season rolling Wednesday with a 20-8 victory over Bow to remain unbeaten at 9-0.

It’s another good start, but regular-season wins are not what drives this Hopkinton team anymore. These Hawks have a championship in mind.

“That’s our goal every day. Whenever we’re kind of slouching or we’re kind of tired, we’re like, ‘All right, if we want to win a championship, we have to pick it up a little bit,’ ” Hopkinton senior forward Amelia Bassett said after scoring five times to help ground the Falcons.

“It’s always in the back of our heads no matter who we’re playing, from Belmont to Bow, we’re trying really hard to work that out.”

Hopkinton entered the contest with a near unstoppable offense, outscoring opponents, 125-38, over its first eight games. Both the Bow defense and the scoreboard had trouble keeping up with the Hawks.

Hopkinton fired in 12 first-half goals, receiving scoring from all over the field and quickly pulled ahead of Bow, 7-2, with 10:33 to play in the first despite the Falcons dealing the first blow when Zoe Jukoski scored 20 seconds into the game.

“The warmups today started very lackluster and I think that first goal by Bow, it really kind of made us go, ‘Oh crap, we actually have to play.’ So that kind of snapped us out of it,” Hopkinton coach Tim Bassett said.

Bow got one back on Charlotte Ulrich’s second goal of the game late in the first half to make it 7-3, and drew even closer after converting a free shot moments later. But there were just too many weapons and too many options for the Hawks to turn to.

Hopkinton went to work late in the first half as Sophia Staples-Roy (three goals, two assists), Lyndon Flanagan (four goals, one assist), Ellie Owen (three goals) and Amelia Bassett all notched solo scores to make it a 12-4 game at halftime.

“We did not play very well today, so everything was a challenge,” said Bow coach Chris Raabe after the Falcons dropped to 3-3.

For the Hawks, all those playmakers on the field make life that much easier, especially in a physical game against a good test in the Falcons.

“We have so many girls who are able to score and I think that’s something we always keep in our head,” Amelia Bassett said. “If somebody gets hurt, we’re like, ‘All right, we got more girls to go in their spot.’ We’re just very flexible with who we put out there.”

The Hawks scoring didn’t cede much in the second half.

The Falcons made a small run with another goal from Ulrich and two for Sofia Darrell to cut the lead to 14-7, but the Hawks kept their foot on the gas. Hopkinton scored six more times over the final 17:16, including a third goal for senior midfielder Ellie Morrall.

“We lost to Bow three years ago by that score. We lost to Derryfield, 22-1. We’re used to being on the other side of things so it’s nice to see our experience coming through,” coach Bassett said.

As for that title.

“Yeah, we’re gunning for it,” he said.

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

Girls’ Lacrosse

Pembroke Academy 15, Milford 7

Key players: Pembroke Academy – Cierra Hill (4 G, 2 A), Britney Hill (G), Kerra Vallee (4 G, 2 A), Savannah Wallace (4 G, 2 A), Ali Corriveau (G)

Highlights: Pembroke scored three goals in the first five minutes to take control early on its home field.

Coach’s quote: “Our girls came ready to put the pressure on today. After a tough loss to Bow on Monday, we re-evaluated and worked to clean up our game play today against Milford. It was awesome to see the girls possess the ball for the majority of the game and make some smart shots against a very talented goaltender.” – Pembroke’s Kayla Granoff

Records: Pembroke Academy 4-4; Milford 2-6

Boys’ Lacrosse

John Stark 15, Spaulding 4

Key players: John Stark – Peyton Marden (8 A, G), Cam Fortin (5 G, A), Kayden Easter (3 G), Aiden Moser (2 G, 2 A), Logan Beliveau (G), Bowdyn Egner (G), Owen Jones (G)

Coach’s quote: “Peyton was like a point guard out there today.” – John Stark’s Howie Roever

Records: John Stark 4-4; Spaulding 0-7


Bow 6, Kennett 2

Key players: Bow – Riley Elliott (W; double, RBI), Ben Harris (save), Steven Guerrette (3-for-3, 2 RBI),

Highlights: Bow’s Connor Blandini led off the game with a single, stole second, went to third on a sacrifice from Kyle Martin and scored on a single from Matt Hamilton to start a four-run first inning for the Falcons. Nick Kiah, Guerrette and Elliot also drove in runs for the Falcons in the first. Bow made it 6-0 in the fifth and kept Kennett off the board until the bottom of the seventh.

Coach’s quote: “Good to get back on track tonight. Kennett is a solid team and this was a great baseball game for both teams. Our hitters made consistent, solid contact early and Elliot did a great job on the mound with the lead.” – Bow assistant coach Dennis Ordway

Records: Bow 7-1; Kennett 6-5

John Stark 10, Sanborn 2

Key players: John Stark – Brett Patnode (6 IP, W, 10 K, 1 R; 2-for-4, triple, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Aaron Robertson (2-for-4, triple), Rian Queen (1-for-2, 2 RBI), Jaimason Lacasse (defense)

Highlights: For the second consecutive game, the Generals used a huge sixth inning to pull away from an opponent. After scoring seven runs in the sixth on Monday to beat Hanover, 9-5, Stark scored eight runs in the sixth on Wednesday to claim the win and back another strong outing from Patnode.

Coach’s quote: “We struggled out of the gate once again, but the third time through the order was the key once again.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 9-0; Sanborn 2-6

Hanover 17, Pembroke 5

Key players: Pembroke – Cam Nixon (3-for-3, double), Jaxen Dupuis (2-for-2), Cove Boucher (2-for-3)

Records: Pembroke 5-4; Hanover 3-3

ConVal 10, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: MV – Matt Renfors (2-for-3), Kyle Dube (2 IP in relief, 3 K)

Highlights: The Pride lost for the third time in the last four games to drop below .500 on the season.

Records: ConVal 7-2; MV5-6

Bishop Brady 9, Winnisquam 3

Key players: Bishop Brady – Nick Grimbilas (7 IP, W, 1 ER, 6 K, 5 H; 2 hits, RBI, 2 runs), Pat Brust (2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Logan Hannigan (3 hits, 3 RBI); Winnisquam – Dante Gentile (4 IP in relief, 2 H, 3 K, 0 R, 0 BB), Michael Allard (HR)

Highlights: After Winnisquam scored one in the top of the first on a solo home run from Allard, Brady answered with six runs in the bottom half of the first and three more in the bottom of the third. Grimbilas made those runs stand up with his complete-game effort that saw him give up just one earned run.

Coach’s quotes: “We got another gutsy performance by Nick and we had enough offense early to get a big win against a team that has been playing well recently.” – Brady’s Skip Foy

“We couldn’t find the plate in the first inning. Can’t walk five and make a key error against a lineup like Brady’s. Our goal after being down 9-1 in the second was to play seven. Dante gave us a chance to do that. ” – Winnisquam’s Fred Caruso

Records: Bishop Brady 7-3; Winnisquam 3-6

Hopkinton 14, Fall Mountain 2 (5 inn.)

Key players: Hopkinton – Larsen Burack (5 IP, 5 K, 0 BB, 0 ER), Sam Crawford (4 RBI), Caleb Yianakopolos (4 SB, 3 runs), Colby Marshall (2 RBI), Mike Baer (2 RBI), Kevin Newton Delgado (2 RBI)

Highlights: Yianakopolos got the Hawks going in the first after he walked, stole two bases and scored on a sacrifice fly from Crawford. Hopkinton kept the pressure on with another run in the second and four in the third on their way to the road win.

Coach’s quote: “Playing our third game in three days I was a little worried we wouldn’t be ready, but the boys scored quickly, Burack threw eight pitches in the bottom of the first and we were hitting again. Great job by all.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Hopkinton 9-1; Fall Mountain 1-7

Belmont 11, Inter-Lakes 0 (5 inn.)

Key players: Belmont – Austin Didsbury (5 IP, W, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K; 1-for-1, HBP, BB, 2 runs); Jason Gaudette (1-for-2, double, 3 RBI), Cam Magerer (2-for-4, double, SB, RBI), Colby Brown (1-for-3, double, BB, SB, 2 RBI)

Highlights: After getting blanked in the first inning, Belmont put up three runs in the second and four in the third to take control. The Raiders kept tacking on, finished with seven steals and got an efficient outing from Didsbury.

Coach’s quote: “A good bounce-back game after a tough loss yesterday. It was nice to see Didsbury respond positively after struggling in his last start. He was able to locate all of his pitches and the offense gave plenty of support. The defense played well again today and we feel good about our ability to put the past behind us.” – Belmont’s Matt LeBlanc

Records: Belmont 8-2; Inter-Lakes 1-7


Merrimack Valley 18, ConVal 1

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Miah Boucher (5-for-5, 2 RBI), Sadie Barton (3 IP, 3 K, 0 H, 0 R; hit), Kinley Gaudette (2 IP, 1 H, 1 R), Lauren McLaughlin (3 hits), Emma Steenbeke (3 hits, HR), Sadie Merrow (2 hits), Molly McLaughlin (2 hits), Meghan McGonagle (2 hits), Aislinn McDonald (hit), Jadyn Holmes (hit)

Coach’s quote: “Good focus in practice Tuesday and it carried over to the game today.” – MV’s Sam York

Records: Merrimack Valley 9-2; Con Val 1-6

Bishop Brady 12, Winnisquam 0
(5 inn.)

Key players: Bishop Brady – Isabella Rivera (3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, triple), Halle Laramie (5 IP, W, 2 K, 1 BB, 5 H, 0 R; HR, double), Ashley Brust (2 hits, 2 runs), Jess Beeso (RBI double), Jayden Johnson (RBI triple), Ami Rivera (RBI, hit, run), Hannah Hicks (RBI, hit, run), Libbey Hicks (RBI, hit, run), Kat Weed (hit, run); Winnisquam– Carly Catty (2-for-3); Olivia Dill (2-for-2)

Highlights: Laramie hit an inside-the-park-homer to lead off Brady’s first inning for the second straight game, and Johnson made it 2-0 when her RBI triple plated Hicks. Winnisquam couldn’t convert on its chances in the first two innings, and the Giants pushed their lead to 6-0 after two on their way to ending the game early on the 12-run rule.

Coach’s quote: “Halle got us going again with another inside the park bomb to give us the early lead and then pitched a good game after she settled down. Good hitting performance throughout the lineup with 13 hits.” – Bishop Brady’s Freddy Rivera

Records: Bishop Brady 8-2; Winnisquam 6-2

Hopkinton 5, Fall Mountain 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Megan Kimball-Rhines (No-hitter, 7 IP, 15 K), Katie Meserve (HR), Brooke Carlson (HR), Kally Murdough (double)

Highlights: The Hawks scored two in the top of the first but things looked bleak in the bottom of the inning as Kimball-Rhines walked the first two batters and the third reached on an error to load the bases with nobody out. She then allowed one base runner the rest of the way, striking out 15 en route to the victory. Meserve and Carlson added back-to-back solo homers in the sixth over the left field fence to cement the victory.

Coach’s quote: “We weren’t as crisp as usual today, maybe the long bus ride was an issue. Nice to come out with another win though.” – Hopkinton’s Dan Meserve

Records: Hopkinton 9-0; Fall Mountain 5-4

Boys’ Tennis

Concord 9, Winnacunnet 0

Key players: Concord – Liam Grennon (8-3 win at No. 1 singles), Anders Norton (8-2 win at No. 2), Winsor Bean (8-2 win at No. 3), Matthew Burns (8-3 win at No. 4), Jon Shamash (8-4 win at No. 5), Philip O’Sullivan (8-2 win at No. 6)

Highlights: It was the fifth straight win for the Crimson Tide, which swept doubles with wins from the teams of Grennon and Norton (8-0), Bean and Shamash (8-2) and Burns and O’Sullivan (8-4).

Records: Concord 8-2; Winnacunnet 2-7

Bow 6, Plymouth 3

Key players: Bow – Caleb Olson (8-4 win at No. 1 singles), Matt Ferland (9-7 win at No. 2), Jon Cook (9-7 win at No. 4), Noah Leuctenberger (8-6 win at No. 5)

Highlights: After taking a 4-2 lead in singles, the Falcons clinched the match in doubles as the No. 2 team of Ferland and Cook won, 8-4, and the No. 1 team of Olson and Neeraj Naik claimed an 8-6 win.

Records: Bow 6-4; Plymouth 5-4

Girls’ Tennis

Bow 8, Plymouth 1

Key players: Bow – Emma Conley (8-0 win at No. 2), Lauren Goyette (8-2 win at No. 3), Miah Munro (8-1 win at No. 4), Alyssa Harpring (8-0 win at No. 5); Madeline Lessard (8-3 win at No. 6) Parzick/Harpring 8-1; Goyette/Munro 8-1; Conley/Dolcino 8-0

Highlights: After losing a tough 9-7 match at No. 1 singles, Bow sophomore Olivia Parzick came back in doubles and teamed with Harpring for an 8-1 at first doubles. The second doubles team of Goyette and Munro also posted an 8-1, and Conley and Dolcino teamed up for an 8-0 win at third doubles.

Records: Bow 12-0; Plymouth 4-5

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