High schools: ILM boys’ lacrosse tops Coe-Brown, eyes playoff bid in second year as varsity program

  • Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough’s Noah Robinson (left) pursues Coe-Brown ball carrier Ryan Whitcher during a Division III boys’ lacrosse game in Northwood on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff

  • Coe-Brown’s Jacob Radwan (center) fakes a shot before throwing a pass during a Division III boys’ lacrosse game in Northwood on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff

  • Coe-Brown’s Ryan Whitcher runs with the ball away from Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough defenseman Noah Robinson during a Division III boys’ lacrosse game in Northwood on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff

  • Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough freshman Max Hentz looks for leverage to scoop a ground ball against Coe-Brown’s Evan Conway (left) during a Division III boys’ lacrosse game in Northwood on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Friday, May 18, 2018

NORTHWOOD – It played its first season as a varsity program last spring. Now, the Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough boys’ lacrosse team is hunting for its first playoff bid.

In their inaugural varsity campaign in 2017, the Lakers won four games and missed out on the tournament. This year, they’re 6-5 and find themselves in the thick of the race for a playoff berth, which is awarded to the top eight teams.

ILM picked up its sixth win on Wednesday in a 12-8 contest with Coe-Brown (6-5), another young squad jockeying for position in the standings as the regular season winds down.

For the Lakers, it was their first win since May 9 when they edged Lebanon, 11-10. They dropped a pair of games to ConVal and Monadnock since, but got back on track Wednesday thanks to an aggressive second half where they broke out of a tie and outscored Coe-Brown, 7-3, to pull away.

“Third quarter, we want to go out and take advantage of this game right now, and our guys went on a storm,” said ILM coach Kevin Driscoll, who has helped the program grow from club to JV to varsity in the last four years. “They did a great job adjusting to what their defense was doing, they were moving the ball well with no sloppy turnovers, and we started burying some goals. Once the offense really starts clicking like that it’s hard to stop.”

Liam Brown was the centerpiece on offense for ILM, collecting eight points on four goals and four assists. Thomas DeTolla contributed key scoring with three goals, and Brendyn Marsh and Garrett McCarthy scored two apiece.

DeTolla scored all three of his goals in the second quarter to keep the Lakers even with Coe-Brown as the teams took a 5-5 tie into halftime.

In the third, ILM came out shooting and went on a 5-0 run. Marsh got it started with back-to-back goals, McCarthy followed with one of his own, and Brown scored two in a row for a 10-5 lead.

Coe-Brown tried to key in on DeTolla and Brown but couldn’t shake them out of their rhythm.

“We did not do a good job containing 15 (DeTolla) and 6 (Brown),” first-year Coe-Brown head coach Tony DePalma said. “We were letting them get to their strong hand much too much. They were putting smart shots in, smart bounce shots, and that’s on our defense. We need to play better defense, particularly form the midfield, and make sure that we prevent those things from happening.”

The Bears showed some life in the fourth quarter with three goals from Jacob Radwan, Jack Cinqugrano and Ben Heyligger, but it was too late.

Coe-Brown has shown this kind of fourth-quarter energy in the past. The Bears scored five goals in the fourth to beat Pembroke, 8-7, on Saturday.

“We seem to have learned how to hit the gas pedal, but we had to hit it about 10 minutes earlier in the game today than we did,” DePalma said. “And credit goes to Inter-Lakes for playing strong ‘D.’ They were swarming and they crushed us on the ground balls.”

The game played to a different tune in the first half. Inter-Lakes controlled possession and tested Coe-Brown goalie Zach Sheehan, but couldn’t get one by. It took about six minutes before Coe-Brown put a shot on goal, and when it did Radwan scored his first of two. Ryan Whitcher sniped the net from distance shortly after for a 2-0 Bears lead.

Brown got one back before the quarter ended, crossing the front of the net and leaving his feet as he fired a shot from about 25 feet out. Heyligger answered for Coe-Brown and the Bears held a 3-1 lead after one.

But the lead was short-lived. DeTolla’s first two goals of the second quarter evened the score, 3-3. Later in the frame, he scored his third to tie it, 4-4, off an assist from Brown.

Driscoll was happy to see his players weather Coe-Brown’s surge in the first half and assemble their own in the second. Maintaining consistent focus throughout the game has been one area of improvement for the team in its second varsity season.

“I think the lacrosse IQ has grown,” Driscoll said. “Four years ago when we were a club program, a lot of guys weren’t exposed to the game. They kind of just were athletes with sticks in their hands. Now, we’ve got guys that want to buy into the sport. They want to be lacrosse players. It’s really nice to see, it’s nice to throw new stuff at these guys and have them adjust and play the game out.”

McCarthy, a senior, joined the program as a sophomore and has grown into the game as his team has elevated its level of competition.

“My sophomore year when I first started, it was cool to be on JV and feel it out,” he said. “Last year, moving up to varsity it was totally different. This year, it’s been cool because we’re making a good push and potentially could make the playoffs.”

The Lakers have three games left on the schedule, starting with a trip to face Bishop Brady (2-9) on Thursday. Next week, they host Laconia (10-1) and face Plymouth (7-3) on the road for a pair of challenging tests before the playoff bracket is set.

Coe-Brown will look to bounce back Thursday against Pelham (7-0) at home and then travel to Campbell (2-9) on Saturday. The Bears close the season Monday against Stevens (0-9), completing a run of seven games in 10 days.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)


Merrimack Valley 17, Dover 14

Key players: MV – Zach Laroche (7 G, A), Dillon Arrant (3 G, A), Max Lacy (3 G, A), Garrett Hunt (2 G), Coby Mercier (G, A), Peyton Russell (G), Jason Carmichael (A), Cameron Tillman (A), Jessy Hirwa (12 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride takes its five-game win streak to St. Thomas on Friday. Dover, which opened with eight straight wins, has lost three of its last four.

Records: MV 8-3; Dover 9-3

Hopkinton 9, Trinity 4

Key players: Hopkinton – Colby Quiet (6 G, A, 4 faceoff wins, 12 GB), Paul Molnar (G, A, 8 faceoff wins, 5 GB), Joe Sawitsky (G), Gerry Donahue (G, 5 GB, 10 forced turnovers), Carter Haley (2 GB, 3 forced turnovers), Kiernan Byrne (great defense, 3 GB), Alex Rousseau (9 saves, 69.2 save percentage)

Highlights/key moments: Hopkinton led 3-1 after the first quarter and took a 6-1 lead into halftime. Trinity came back with a three goals in the second half, but Hopkinton’s pressure defense kept the Pioneers on the outside.

Coach’s quote: “Trinity has a strong offense, and I am proud of my defense for denying them inside shooting opportunities. Our offense was able to get penetration in order to get a lot of inside shots. We worked hard in transition and on groundballs.” – Hopkinton’s Deacon Blue

Records: Hopkinton 11-0; Trinity 5-4

Bishop Brady 8, Pembroke 2

Key players: Brady – Richard Sullivan (5 G, 1 A), Kyle Bean (1 G), Alec Snow (1 G), Nathaniel Pushee (1 G), Matt Tremblay (1 A); Pembroke – Austin Wallace (1 G), Kevin LeBlanc (1 G)

Highlights/key moments: The Green Giants broke open a 2-2 tie in the second half by scoring six unanswered goals. After losing to the Spartans by five goals in the preseason, the victory was a confidence boost for Brady.

Coach’s quote: “Although our overall record doesn’t show it, this game showed how much this team has improved over the year.” – Brady’s Jeff Kaplan

Records: Brady 2-9; Pembroke 1-10

Gilford 13, Kearsarge 9

Key players: Kearsarge – Zander Hauck (2 G, 2 A), Emerson Tyler (2 G, 20 faceoff wins), Alex Swords (2 G)

Highlights/key moments: The game was tied, 6-6, at halftime before Gilford used a three-goal run in the third quarter to separate.

Coach’s quote: “Gilford did a great job in the second half. We struggled to maintain possession and execute on both ends of the field.” – Kearsarge’s Zach Matthews

Records: Gilford 5-6; Kearsarge 3-10


Merrimack 19, Concord 5

Key players: Concord – Nicole Toler (2 G), Ananya Nadeau (G), Madelyn Farrelly (G), Erin Doherty (G)

Coach’s quote: “It was a tough game. We were able to have some great passing combinations, but now we just need to finish and get the ball in the net.” – Concord’s Steph Johnson

Records: Merrimack 9-4; Concord 4-8

John Stark 15, Kingswood 4

Key players: Stark – Jill Douzanis (3 G, 4 A), Sara Medvetz (3 G, A), Abbey Brandt (G, 2 A), Allie McKean (defense), Autumn Nelson (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Ten different Generals scored as they bounced back from Tuesday’s 10-7 loss against defending D-II champ Portsmouth, Stark’s first loss of the season, to claim the win at home.

Coach’s quote: “Three games in three days are tough, but good clears, defense and the ride got us the win over a gutsy Kingswood squad.” – Stark’s John Warner

Records: Stark 11-1; Kingswood 3-7

Windham 18, Merrimack Valley 7

Key players: MV – Abby Grandmaison (3 G, 3 A), Kerragan McNeil (2 G, 1 A), Julia Ricard (1 G, 1 A), Rebecca Williams (1 G)

Highlights/key moments: It’s been a tough stretch for the Pride, which hasn’t won since the season opener on April 9 despite playing in a handful of close games.

Records: Windham 10-5; MV 1-10

Kearsarge 14, Gilford 7

Key players:Kearsarge – Marissa Pickman (11 saves), Leslie Angus (7 G, 3 A), Jackie DeAngelis (3 G, 4 A), Ellie Camp (2 G), Jordan Busch (G), Megan Norris (G); Gilford – Julia Spooner (10 saves), Shelby Cole (4 G, 2 A), Sophie Leggett (2 G), Laurel Normandin (2 G), Gabby Padmore (defense), Abby Warren (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Kearsarge built a 10-4 lead on the way to its sixth win in the last seven games.

Coach’s quote: “Kearsage has a very experienced offense and we struggled to play at their pace during the first half, but we are heading in the right direction. We need to add full-game focus to be able to play with top teams in division.” – Gilford’s Dave Rogacki

Records: Kearsarge 9-5; Gilford 7-4

Bishop Brady 16, Pembroke 6

Key players: Brady – Abby Tremblay (7 G), Sam Will (3 G), Jamie Chitakunye (2 G), Molly Levesque (2 G), Allie Savage (G), Kiley Sullivan (G), Emma Windsor (16 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Division III Giants took a 6-1 halftime lead against the D-II Spartans, and then turned it up in the second half, increasing the intensity while decreasing the turnovers. Along the way, Tremblay scored the 100th goal of her career.

Coach’s quote: “Overall good team effort, and congrats to junior Abigail Tremblay on reaching the 100 goal milestone!” – Brady’s Katherine Bucklin Stearns

Records: Bishop Brady 6-4; Pembroke 3-8

Laconia 14, Campbell 3

Key players: Laconia – Skyler Tautkus (3 G, 5 A), Becca Howe (5 G), Caitlin Beattie (2 G), Sydney Stevens (G, 4 A), Megan Gaspa (G, A), Nicole Turpin (2 G)

Highlights/key moments:

Coach’s quote: “Devon Mello, Emily Avery, Sophie George, Bella Daly and Hannah Dow worked together limiting Campbell to only six shots. – Laconia’s Bow Howe

Records: Laconia 9-2; Campbell 3-7

Hopkinton 14, Trinity 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Amelia Bassett (4 G, 3 A), Lyndon Flanagan (4 G), Anna Hoffman (G, 3 A), Sophia Staples-Roy (2 G, A), Taylor Signor (G, 2 A), Elle Owen (G), Emily Metzger (G)

Records: Hopkinton 11-1; Trinity 0-9


Concord 8, Nashua North 1

Key players: Concord – Kevin Neary (8-2 win at No. 1 singles), Ethan Crandlemire (8-2 win at No. 2), Liam Grennon (8-1 win at No. 3), Anders Norton (8-3 win at No. 4), Nate Levine (8-2 win at No. 5), Winsor Bean (8-3 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: Grennon and Levine teamed for an 8-5 win at second doubles while Crandlemire and Jon Shamash won, 8-1, at third doubles as the Crimson Tide claimed its seventh straight team win.

Coach’s quote: “Our kids have taken a step up in their singles play this week. We need to do the same in doubles now if we hope to make any kind of a run in the upcoming state tournament.” – Concord’s Dave Page

Records: Concord 11-2; Nashua North 6-7

Bow 5, Conant 4

Key players: Bow – Caleb Olson (8-2 win at No. 2 singles), Dillan D’Allesandro (8-0 win at No. 4), Jon Cook (8-2 win at No. 5), Daniel Silva (8-2 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons dropped the first two doubles matches, but Silva and Neeraj Naik rolled to an 8-0 win at third doubles to seal the road win for Bow.

Records: Bow 10-2; Conant 12-2


Concord 8, Nashua North 1

Key players: Concord – Abby Pope (8-1 win at No. 1 singles), Emma Pedersen (9-7 win at No. 3), Joanna Dustin (8-0 win at No. 4), Kristin Womack (8-1 win at No. 5), Brooke Jackson (8-3 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: Pedersen fought back to win her singles match, 9-7, and then teamed with Womack to claim an 8-4 win at second doubles. Abby and Emma Pope won, 8-5, at first doubles and Jackson and Womack earned an 8-4 win at third doubles.

Coach’s quote: “The girls took better control of points today and played more aggressively. This style of play will be needed for when we take on Derryfield (11-1) tomorrow.” – Concord’s Kia DeAngelis

Records: Concord 6-7; Nashua North 1-12

Bedford 7, Bishop Brady 2

Key players: Brady – Sydney Herrington (8-2 win at No. 1 singles), Rachel Achong (8-4 win at No. 1 doubles with Herrington)

Highlights/key moments: With her victory over Bedford’s previously undefeated No. 1 player, Herrington completed her season – and her four-year career at No. 1 singles – undefeated in regular-season play. Herrington and Achong also finished the regular season undefeated at No. 1 doubles.

Coach’s quote: “We were fortunate to be one of only two teams to win two points against undefeated Bedford, clearly one of the two strongest teams in the state along with Bishop Guertin. Our team competed well today.” – Brady’s Lee Herrington

Records: Bedford 13-0; Brady 6-7

Bow 5, Sanborn 0
Bow 9, Sanborn 0

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons traveled to Claremont for a doubleheader and came back with a pair of wins and their perfect record in place. In the first match, Bow got singles wins from No. 1 Gwen Molind (8-0), No. 2 Lara Chern (8-0), No. 3 Olivia Parzick (8-1), No. 4 Emma Conley (8-1), No. 5 Miah Munro (8-1) and No. 6 Lauren Goyette (8-0). The two teams decided not to play doubles in the opener.

Bow’s Isabelle Dolcino and Alyssa Harpring earned 8-0 singles wins in the second match, as did Parzick, Conley, Munro and Goyette. Parzick and Conley won, 8-2, at first doubles. Hannah Topolosky and Madeline Lessard claimed an 8-2 win at second doubles while Jamie McCechran and Libby Parker won, 8-4, at third doubles.

Records: Bow 13-0; Stevens 1-11

Inter-Lakes 8, Profile 1

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Alyssa Floyd (8-5 win at No. 1 singles), Ava Duymazlar (8-6 win at No. 2), Gabriele Nedeau (8-2 win at No. 3), Phoebe Hoag (8-6 win at No. 4), Belle Hoag (8-6 win at No. 5)

Highlights/key moments: After taking five of the six singles, the Lakers swept all three doubles as Floyd and Nedeau (8-1 at No. 1), Duymazlar and Phoebe Hoag (8-5 at No. 2) and Belle Hoag and Alannah Ahlquist (9-8, 7-3 at No. 3) all won in the regular-season finale.

Records: Inter-Lakes 11-3; Profile 7-7


Hopkinton fourth, Hillsboro-Deering fifth, Winnisquam sixth, Kearsarge seventh

Key players:Hopkinton – Simon Doneski (1st 3,200), Kevin McGrath (1st high jump, 1st long jump); H-D – Logan Putnam (1st 300 hurdles); Kearsarge – John Cunningham (1st pole vault)

Highlights/key moments: Campbell took first in its home meet with 162 points, ahead of Milford (61), White Mountains (61), Hopkinton (58), H-D (57), Winnisquam (46), Kearsarge (38), Raymond (18), Derryfield (16), Souhegan (7) and Conant (1).

Belmont first, Gilford second,
Newfound fifth, Franklin seventh

Key players:Belmont – Hunter Dupuis (1st 100, 1st 400), Zach Ennis (1st 1,600); Gilford – Korey Weston (1st long jump), Sandor Gamache (1st triple jump), Michael Wernig (1st discus); Newfound – Simon Shedd (1st pole vault); Franklin – Christian Shepard (1st high jump)

Highlights/key moments: Belmont won the eight-team meet at Gilford by collecting 139.5 points. Gilford was second with 74.5 points, ahead of third-place Berlin (72), fourth-place Mascoma (51), fifth-place Newfound (48), and sixth-place Portsmouth Christian (44). Franklin and Prospect Mountain tied for seventh with 22 points. Belmont took first in the 4x100 relay ran by Lucas Mathieu, Marc Forgione, Dupuis and Ben Hillsgrove. Gilford won the 4x400 relay on the legs of Gamache, Connor Leggett, Michael Wernig and Shea Therrien.


Winnisquam fifth, Hopkinton seventh, Bishop Brady 10th, Hillsboro-Deering 11th

Key players: Winnisquam – Gabby Isabelle (1st shot put)

Highlights/key moments: Milford won the 11-team meet at Campbell with 108 points, ahead of Souhegan (68), Campbell (65), Conant (64), Winnisquam (55), White Mountains (54), Hopkinton (39), Deryfield (30), Raymond (21), Bishop Brady (10) and H-D (4).

Gilford first, Belmont third, Newfound fourth, Franklin seventh

Key players:Gilford – Laurel Gingrich (1st 100), Lauren Dean (1st 200), Sydni Lehr (1st long jump); Belmont – Alice Riley (1st 1,600), Sana Syed (1st 100 hurdles, 1st 300 hurdles); Newfound – Jasmine Peterson (1st high jump, 1st javelin), Lilly Wright (1st pole vault), Ashlee Dukette (1st shot put)

Highlights/key moments: Gilford hosted the eight-team meet and gathered 164 points for first place. Portsmouth Christian’s 92.6 points was enough for second, ahead of Belmont (81.3), Newfound (58.5), Mascoma (35.5), Prospect Mountain (26), Franklin (31) and Berlin (10). Gilford took first in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. The 4x100 team included Natalie Fraser, Gingrich, Dean and Brianna Fraser. The 4x400 relay team consisted of Kaitlyn Callahan, Aria Stephan, Carly White and Lauren Dean.


Windham 3, John Stark 0

Key players: Stark – Joshua Booker (5 kills), Owen Payeur (3 kills, 1 block)

Highlights/key moments: It was all Windham early on as the Jaguars breezed through the first two sets, 25-10 and 25-13. Stark took control of the third set to start, but Windham ultimately rallied back for a 25-23 win.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t play to our strengths today and it showed in the results.” – Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: Stark 1-12; Windham 8-4