High schools: Playoffs actually here, Hopkinton field hockey advances

  • Hopkinton’s Kate Bouchard challenging Mascenic’s Angelina Mcabe for the ball ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Hopkinton’s Isabella Upton scoring against Mascenic’s Maddie Dameny and Goalie Ally Adams ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Mascenic Goalie Ally Adams attempts to block a shot made by Hopkinton’s Charlotte Presti.

  • Hopkinton’s Madeleine Maughan tries to steal the ball from Mascenic’s Jade Traffie. ALLIE ST PETER photographs / Monitor Staff

Monitor staff
Published: 10/20/2020 4:37:56 PM

The final result, a 5-0 win for Hopkinton, seemed about right. The Hawks, after all, did enter Monday’s Division III field hockey playoff game with a 6-1-1 record after playing nothing but D-II teams during the regular season, while Mascenic came in with a 2-3 mark after hiccuping through a schedule that was shortened more than most by the coronavirus.

Even if the final score was to be expected, simply holding a playoff game this fall was something of a surprise considering the COVID circumstances.

“We had our Senior Game in our second or third game of the season because we were scared the season was going to get shut down,” Hopkinton captain Madeleine Maughan said. “So, to even make it to the playoffs and for us to be able to keep playing and keep being a team together is great.”

The Hawks will now travel to Jaffrey to face a tough Conant team (5-1-0) on Friday at 3 p.m. The winner there will advance to the D-III quarterfinals.

“I didn’t know if we were even going to have playoffs, so we’re incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to keep playing and that’s what we keep saying – we have the opportunity to keep going and keep playing,” Hopkinton coach Kate Hohenberger said. “So, we won today and that means we have three more practices together and one more game, and hopefully we get to the next level, but we’re just taking in one game at a time, one step at a time, especially this year.”

Monday’s win was a team-wide effort as five different players scored for the Hawks – Natalie Allen, Meggie Haley, Isabella Upton, Rose Finlayson and Maughan. The assists also were spread out among five players – Julia Baer, Abby Condon, Charlotte Presti, Kate Bouchard and Upton.

“We were connecting a lot on our passing and attacking with 11 of us instead of just forwards and midfield, we were really playing as a whole team,” said Bouchard, who was making plays all over the field and is one of the team’s captains along with Maughan and Haley. “We were really creating a lot of options to score.”

Allen, assisted by Presti, gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead late in the first quarter. Haley, assisted by Bouchard, made it 2-0 early in the second.

Upton jammed a ball past Mascenic goalie Allie Adams (25 saves) at the left post midway through the third quarter to make it 3-0. Upton was back at the same post minutes later trying to stuff in another goal, and this time Adams saved it, but Finlayson knocked home the rebound for her score. Maughan completed the scoring late in the fourth when she tipped home a nice shot from Condon off a penalty corner.

Upton and Grace Hall, who played the entire game at defensive wing, are part of a strong freshmen class that has been instrumental for the Hawks this season. After losing some key players to graduation and other considerations, Hohenberger wasn’t sure what her team might look like this season, but the freshmen have stepped up sooner than expected to fill the gaps.

Hannah Hoyt and Steph Elrick are two more freshmen who have made varsity contributions all season. Hoyt played her usual minutes on Monday, but Elrick injured her ankle in the warmups before the game and did not play.

“The freshmen class came in with lots of talent and hard work and … Steph has been a kid who has jumped right in and plays whatever position we ask. She and Hannah have been switching off at midfield and forward, so it was weird not having (Elrick) today,” Hohenberger said.

Elrick may have been missed, but the Hawks were fine without her on Monday. Hopkinton finished the game 14 penalty corners and 30 shots on goal, while the Vikings had zeroes in both categories.

“We worked really hard as a team and hustled all game,” Maughan said. “I felt like we came together and just drove the field.”

Boys’ Soccer

John Stark 3, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: John Stark — Nathan Innerfield (goal, assist), Nolan Scott (goal), Anthony Bencosme (goal), Emmet Rinehimer (assist), Miles Lanier (assist), Daniel Hilyard (5 saves, 5th shutout of the season)

Highlights: Innerfield scored off a corner kick from Rinehimer just four minutes into the game to give the Generals an early lead. Scott got in behind the MV defense early in the second half to double lead and Benscome finished the scoring in the 75th minute on an assist from Lanier. The Generals will try to complete an unbeaten regular season on Thursday at MV.

Coach’s quote: “Good start to the game and competed hard throughout the game. Picked up the pace in the second half and controlled the ball with more efficiency. It was key we got off to quick starts in the first and second half. MV moves the ball well, but our defense and mids played solid today.” — Stark’s Gerry Allen

Records: John Stark 6-0-3; Merrimack Valley 4-5-1

Hopkinton 5, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Key players: Hopkinton — Garrett Fitzgerald (2 goals), Rory Campbell (goal, assist), Ethan Molnar (goal, assist), Quinn Whitehead (goal), Ian Heck (assist), Thomas Hoffman (defense), Peyton Marshall (defense) Hillsboro-Deering — Logan Clough (18 saves), Dylan Braun (midfield), Griffin Cassidy, Evan Winters

Highlights: Whitehead scored an unassisted goal in the 11th minute to give the Hawks an early lead. Fitzgerald, who made evasive runs and passes all game, made it 2-0 in the 30th minute and three minutes later Molnar added another goal to that lead.

Records: Hopkinton 3-5-1; Hillsboro-Deering 1-6-0

Coe-Brown 1, Pittsfield 0

Key players: Coe-Brown — Nick Principato (goal)

Highlights: The Panthers had a free kick at the end of Saturday’s match with a chance to tie the game, but the shot was redirected off the post and the rebound went over the net as the Bears hung on for the victory.

Coach’s quote: “After the rain (opn Friday night) the field was very soft and the residual winds made for challenging conditions. I was proud of our guys for trying to play good possession ball and continuing to work on intelligent, more dynamic soccer. Our team defense is improving. Same with our attack. We just need a bit more composure in front of the net. It’s been a great experience watching these guys come together and improve.” — Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

Records: Coe-Brown 6-3; Pittsfield 1-6

Girls’ Soccer

Merrimack Valley 4, John Stark 1

Key players: Merrimack Valley — Colby Magoon (goal, 2 assists); Hayley Kenney (goal, assist), Rylee Boucher (goal), Kristen Therrien (goal), Julianna Palhof (assist); John Stark – Ruby Dykstra (goalie), Meghan Mefford, Diana Stafford, Arden Ulmer

Highlights: Mefford and Stafford combined to give Stark a 1-0 lead with just two minutes left in the first half. MV’s Boucher tied things up 15 minutes into the second half on a breakaway and then Kenney converted a PK A few minutes later to give the Pride a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Coaches’ quotes: “We missed some early opportunities and didn’t really get into a rhythm. Stark’s goal woke us up a bit and allowed us to make some changes at halftime. The girls responded well and scored four goals in the first 25 minutes of the second half, a piece we have been lacking as of late. Credit to John Stark, which battled even with their injuries.” — MV’s Nick Dagostino

“We came with a skeleton crew today due to injuries and illness but the girls came to play. I am so proud of the entire team. We went up and showed what we can do but add in a few additional injuries and we ran out of bodies and steam. Arden Ulmer is a powerhouse where ever she goes. She’s a player you don’t need to talk to, just let her play.” — Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: Merrimack Valley 4-4-2; John Stark 2-7-0

Hopkinton 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Key players: Hopkinton — Ashlee Brehio (goal, assist), Annie Higginbotham (goal, assist), Keegan St. Cyr (goal), Jessie Carney (dangerous wing play)

Highlights: Hopkinton built a 2-0 lead in the first half and finished the scoring in the final minute of the game. St. Cyr and Emily Fleegle combined for the shutout in goal aginast H-D, which was Hopkinton’s first Division III opponent of the season.

Coach’s quote: “It was a good back-and-forth game. We could have done a better job combining passes as a team in the final attacking third of the field, but overall it was a good game. ” — Hopkinton assistant coach Courtney Benson

Records: Hopkinton 3-4-2; Hillsboro-Deering 2-5-0

Concord 1, Bedford 0

Key players: Concord — Caroline Quirk (goal), Whitney Vaillant (assist), Sarah Potter (defense), Emily Mikelson (shutout)

Highlights: The Bulldogs came out flying in the second half after a scoreless first on Saturday, but Vaillant won the ball from a scramble, broke down the left side and hit a ball toward the front post which Quirk placed home for the only goal of the match.

Coach’s quote: “It’s always tough to play at Bedford. Our team has been battling injuries and actually had two JV players with us today because of it. The team played really well today and thankfully Caroline chose today to score her first varsity goal.” — Concord’s Phil Tuttle

Records: Concord 7-0-1; Bedford2-2-1

Girls’ Cross Country

Concord first

Key players: Concord — Katherine Kennedy (1st, 19:44), Katie Watt (2nd, 20:39), Molly Nyhan (3rd, 20:42), Sophie Hopkins (4th, 20:44), Alexis Christie (5th, 20:45), Alina Penosoke (6th, 20:56), Gracie McHugh (7th, 21:40)

Highlights: The Crimson Tide swept the top six places on Saturday and finished with 15 points against Manchester Central, which did not have enough runners to score as a team.

Middle school results

The Hopkinton Middle School girls’ cross country team swept the top five places to post a perfect score and win the Division III Tri County Championships on Saturday. Hopkinton’s Shaylee Murdough led all competitors with a time of 13:00. She was followed by teammates Abby Bennett (second), Amelia Walsh (third), Flo Dapice (fourth) and Annie Daniels (fifth) for the perfect team finish.

St. Paul’s School results

Gabby Martiniello finished first overall in 20:50 to lead the St. Paul’s girls’ cross country team to a 6-21 win against New Hampton. Annabelle Brown (21:13) took second for St. Paul’s and Ally Martiniello (21:44) was third.

Youth softball

The NH Comets 12U Red softball team had a strong showing in their first tournament of the fall season, the NH Lightning Thriller Tournament. The Comets won their final game, 12 - 6, against the NH Lightning 12U. Taylor Ouellette pitched six innings in the final while Raegan Wyman led the team in hits. The Comets 12U Blue team beat the NH Plex, 18-17, in the same tournament led by Concord’s Maggie Taylor, who went 4-for-5 from the plate and pitched.

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