High schools: Bow boys’ lacrosse turns D around to beat Coe-Brown

Monitor staff
Published: 5/1/2021 10:55:51 AM

There was no doubt the Bow boys’ lacrosse defense needed some work after giving up 18 goals to Coe-Brown on Tuesday. When the Falcons showed up to Wednesday’s practice to start that work they were greeted by pouring rain, but the weather didn’t stop them.

“I’m old school, so I’ll practice in the rain, but the modern generations can be like, ‘We’re taking the day off,’ but the kids didn’t fight it on Wednesday,” Bow coach Darren Premo said. “They were like, ‘Yeah, we’re here, and we know we need to practice this stuff,’ and they gained some experience on themselves practicing (Coe-Brown’s) offense and that was huge.”

The soggy drills paid off in Friday’s rematch with Coe-Brown as the Falcons completely turned things around for a 10-3 win, handing the Bears (3-1) their first loss of the young season.

“Honestly, I didn’t know how that work in practice was going to transfer to the game, but within the first three or four minutes of the game I could see that the kids understood what they were doing and I knew if we could just make some plays and gain some confidence we’d be okay,” Premo said. “But until about the middle of the second quarter the game was still tight.”

Not only did Bow (2-2) improve from Tuesday to Friday, the Falcons also got back one of their starting defenders and senior leaders, Shaun Lover.

“He’s really a mature influence on our defense and helps settle kids down,” Premo said.

Senior defender Sam Ralston is another of the team leaders, and junior defender Cole Robinson is starting to come into his own. Those two and Lover were the starting long poles in front of sophomore goalie Blake Scarinza, who also showed marked improvement from Tuesday’s 18-10 loss to Friday’s win.

“Scarinza had a fabulous game. The book says he had eight saves, but it felt more like 15 and he made a couple of point blank saves when the game was still close that really made a difference,” Premo said. “Tuesday’s game was at Coe-Brown and the grass there is really short and fast, almost like turf, and they had some great hard shots there that Blake had a hard time with, but he was really on his game (Friday).”

Ralston, Lover and Robinson may have gotten the start, but Premo has a deep defensive squad full of capable long poles and shorties, including Andrew Conley and Logan Rain (who play LSM) and defensive middies Nick Aubrey and Hollis Jones.

Offensively, the Falcons found some goals in transition and were smarter in possession, moving the ball when they should and holding it when they needed to. Brodie O’Neil absorbed a lot of contact from the Coe-Brown defense and still finished with a game-high six goals and an assist. Andrew Robbins (two goals, assist), Cooper Larrabee (goal, two assists) and Ethan Tobler (goal) also got in the scoring column.

Boys' Lacrosse

Londonderry 15, Concord 10

Key players: Concord — Sam Nichol (4 goals), Danny O’Brien (2 goals, 3 assists), Nate Doherty (2 goals, assist), Eaton Tarbell (2 goals), Joey Tarbell (assist)

Highlights: After losing by 10 to Londonderry on Tuesday, the Crimson Tide kept this one close throughout. Concord trailed by just two goals, 11-9, heading into the fourth quarter before the Lancers pulled away.

Records: Londonderry 4-2; Concord 2-4

Girls' Lacrosse

Bow 19, Coe-Brown 0

Key players: Bow — Alex Larrabee (6 goals, 2 assists), Olivia Selleck (5 goals, 2 assists), Addison Trefethen (goal, 4 assists), Lyndsey Laperle (goal, 3 assists)

Records: Bow 4-0; Coe Brown 0-4


Exeter 7, Concord 3

Key players:  Concord — Ryan Philbrick (2 hits, run), Jarrad Willette (RBI single), Nater Wachter (RBI single), Brooks Craigue (RBI walk)

Highlights: Exeter took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third at Doane Diamond and the Tide could never get out of the hole.

Coach's quote: “Tough game for us today. We walked 11 guys and made a few errors defensively. Offensively we left 12 runners stranded and only had five hits. We need to be better in all three aspects of the games to compete. We will keep grinding and get back at it on Monday.” — Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: Exeter 4-3; Concord 4-3

Coe-Brown 5, Spaulding 4

Key players: Coe-Brown — Jonathan Pelletier (2-for-4), Jack Jerome (2-for-3), Harrison Flood (2-for-3)

Highlights: After losing a 2-1 lead in the top of the 7th, Coe-Brown scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the frame and won on a walk off double from Pelletier.

Coach's quote: “Every time I think we’re in a jam, someone on this team steps up to get us out of it. Tonight it was the bottom of our order with three straight hits to set up Jonny for the winning hit. It was a good win for us against a Division I team.” — Coe-Brown’s Greg Gilbert

Records: Coe-Brown 4-0; Spaulding0-5


Concord 12, Exeter 2

Key players: Concord — Sarah Taylor (6 IP, W, 2 ER, 6 H, 7 K; hit, 4 RBI), Kennedy Ramos (HR, double, 3 RBI, 2 runs), Delaney Duford (2-for-3, RBI, BB, SAC), Alice Rosenberg (2-for-5, 4 runs), Lillian Rienstra (2-for-5, double, 2 RBI), Elizabeth Blinn (2B, BB, SAC, RBI, run), Maddy Wachter (hit), Kyleigh Gray (hit, run), Grace MacDonald (BB, run; 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 K), Olivia Crawford (2 runs), Quincy Bolduc (run)

Highlights: Ramos sent a rocket over the fence in right-center for a 3-run homer in the seventh to put an exclamation point on the Tide’s win. Concord took an early 3-0 lead before Exeter trimmed it to 3-2 in the fourth. The Tide answered right back, plating three runs in each of the last three innings to pull away. Eight of nine starters had at least one hit.

Coach's quote: “The game felt a lot closer than the final score indicates. Exeter has a dangerous offense, but our defense and Sarah did a good job working out of a few jams. It was a good challenge.” — Concord assistant coach Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 6-1; Exeter 2-5

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