High schools: Birthday boy Hall leads Hopkinton lacrosse to win

  • Hopkinton's Ethan Molnar (center) looks for an opening against Kearsarge's Tim Flanders (24) and Teddy Woods (6) during Friday's boys' lacrosse game in Hopkinton. Hopkinton won, 10-7. JEFF SULLIVAN—sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Kearsarge goalie Kyle Gaherty (right) makes a save on a diving shot from Hopkinton's Aidan Burns during Friday's boys' lacrosse game in Hopkinton. Burns had three goals and an assist and Hopkinton won, 10-7. JEFF SULLIVAN—sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Hopkinton's Hayden Lynch cradles the ball and protects it from a Kearsarge defender during Friday's boys' lacrosse game in Hopkinton. Hopkinton won, 10-7. JEFF SULLIVAN—sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Hopkinton's Aiden Burns (left) and Sam Brown (right) celebrate after Brown scored during Friday's boys' lacrosse game in Hopkinton against Kearsarge. Burns had three goals and an assist and Brown scored two of his own as Hopkinton won, 10-7. JEFF SULLIVAN—sullivaneventphotography.com

Monitor staff
Published: 4/24/2021 12:47:07 PM

Preston Hall turned 18 on Friday, and the Hopkinton senior attack helped himself and his Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse teammates to some gifts.

Hall scored two goals, dished out two assists, picked up five ground balls and forced two turnovers as the Hawks earned a 10-7 win over Kearsarge.

“Preston really hustled hard,” Hopkinton coach Deacon Blue said. “It was our home opener, he’s a senior, it’s his 18th birthday, it was just a big day for him, and I think he handled it well and showed good mental toughness. He had a good game for the team, hustling and helping his teammates out a lot, which is really what we look for.”

Blue asked the same thing of Hayden Lynch, who scored six goals in Hopkinton’s 11-5 season-opening win at Kearsarge (0-2) on Tuesday. The Cougars paid more attention to Lynch during Friday’s game, as expected, and Hopkinton’s senior captain responded to the pressure by passing quickly so his teammates could make plays.

“We kind of talked about how that the might happen. I’ve seen it in the past where a couple players shine and teams get wind of that and kind of focus their attention there, so we had them think more about when they get it to draw that defense and then move the ball,” Blue said. “Hayden was great with that. He’s a super smart guy. He refs lacrosse, he’s a captain for us, and he’s just really into the sport.”

Kearsarge didn’t make any major schematic adjustments between the two games, but that doesn’t mean the Cougars didn’t change.

“I think it was night-and-day compared to Tuesday,” first-year Kearsarge coach Tucker Johnson said.

Johnson, who graduated from Bow High in 2015 and Keene State in 2019, was supposed to start as the Kearsarge lacrosse coach last year. He’s been joking that after the 2020 season was canceled he’s been enduring the longest preseason ever, and COVID-19 dealt that preseason another blow when an exposure at the school meant Johnson had to quarantine for a week and miss the last practices before the season began.

Given all the time away from the field, a coaching change, a disjointed preseason with no scrimmages (like the rest of the state) and facing three-time defending Division III champ Hopkinton, it was no huge surprise on Tuesday when the Cougars didn’t look exactly like the perennial powerhouse program they had become in recent years. But they had a good film session on Wednesday, the best practice of the year on Thursday (despite snow falling on them in the shadow of Mount Kearsarge) and then played “night-and-day” better on Friday.

“Obviously you’d like to win, but I was really impressed with the kids,” Johnson said. “Hopkinton is a great team and they gave us two really good games, and I think we gave them a run for their money, especially there (Friday).”

The two teams were even though the first half on Friday, 4-4. Hopkinton got the first goal of the second half, but the Cougars answered with a pair and edged in front, 6-5, late in the third quarter. The Hawks responded with a four-goal run to take a lead they would not give up.

Aidan Burns had three goals and an assist for Hopkinton, which also got scoring from Spencer Burdette (two goals, assist) and Sam Brown (two goals, three groundballs). John Sullivan (three groundballs, two caused turnovers) and Eric Ball led the defense in front of Hawks goalie Eli Standefer (10 saves).

John Fraioli had a team-high three goals for Kearsarge. Matt Berns (two goals), James Greason (goal) and Travis Kane (three assists) also paced the Cougars offensively. Parker Goin led the defensive effort in front of goalie Kyle Gaherty, who was outstanding as usual.

“He’s a stud out there,” Johnson said of Gaherty. “He’s really a special kid and he’s a great leader for us. He was the one really leading the charge for us with getting the guys out and hitting the wall early, going on team runs, he and Travis Kane, our other captain, they were the two doing that for the team.”

Boys' Lacrosse

Bow 6, Pembroke 5

Key players: Bow — Cooper Larabee (2 goals), Andrew Robbins (2 goals), Bill Smethurst (goal), Ethan Tobler (goal); Pembroke — Jack Schaefer (4 goals)

Highlights: After losing a tight 5-4 game to Pembroke on Tuesday, Bow pulled out the close win in this one against the Spartans. Penalties on both sides played into the scoring. Again another game down to the wire. Offence was just a little bit better. Penalties on both side played into the scoring.

Coach's quote: “Bill Smethurst played a huge roll in the victory, scoring a timely goal and helping battle for ground balls.” — Bow’s Darren Premo

Records: Bow 1-1; Pembroke 1-1

Girls' Lacrosse

Merrimack Valley 15, Coe-Brown 4

Key players: Merrimack Valley — Kaylee Magoon (6 goals, assist); Abby Forbes (4 goals, assist), Colby Magoon (2 goals, 2 assists), Sarah Bodien (goal, assist), Alexa Prewitt (goal), Anya Dinger (goal), Lilly Furtkamp (defene), Aurora Rollins (60% save percentage); Coe-Brown — Riley Trahant (3 goals), Amelia Edmonds 1G.

Highlights: Coe-Brown’s defense was outstanding in the first half and the Bears took a 7-3 lead into halftime, but the Pride made adjustments during the break and turned things around for the win.

Coach's quote: “Proud of this team for making adjustments and giving it their all with a few changes very early in the season.” — MV’s Katherine Stearns

Records: Merrimack Valley 2-0; Coe-Brown 0-2

Bow High 17, Pembroke 10

Key players: Bow High — Alex Larrabee (5 goals, assist), Olivia Selleck (4 goals, assist), Addie Trefethen (4 goals, 3 assists), Barrie Guertin (3 goals, assist), Jess Chamberlin (2 goals, 3 assists)

Records: Bow High 2-0; Pembroke 0-2


Concord 15, Bishop Guertin 6

Key players: Concord — Ryan Philbrick (2-for-2, 3 BB, 4 runs), Tyler Wright (W, 7 K; 3-run HR , 3 runs scored, 2 BB), Jarred Willette (Save, 4 K, 2 hits, 0 R; 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Nate Wachter (3-for-3, run, 3 RBI), Jack Reynolds, Cam McGonigle, Donny Cote (double), Brooks Craigue (single, run, RBI), Dominic Mangone (hit, RBI)

Highlights: Concord scored five runs in the first inning, highlighted by Wright’s three-run home run. The Tide plated three more in the second and sixth in the third to break things open. 

Coach's quote: “We were able to get out to a big lead early. Bishop Guertin cut it to 8-6, but we kept the bats going and won going away 15-6. We put a lot of good swings on the ball today and took advantage of some BG miscues.” — Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: Concord 4-0; Bishop Guertin 0-3

Bishop Brady 13, John Stark 5

Key players: Bishop Brady — Michael Thresher (6 IP, W, 3 ER, 7 K; (First Varsity Win), four hits, 3 runs); Jake Blake (2 hits, 4 RBI), Connor Treybig (1 IP, 0 ER, K; 2 hits, 2 RBI), Nick Steigmeyer (2 hits, 3 runs); John Stark — Nathan Innerfield 3-for-3, 3 runs, SB, BB), Ben McKean (3-for-4, double, 2 RBI), Alex Moore (3.1 IP, 6K)

Highlights: Jake Blake hit a bases-loaded double from Blake in the third inning pushed Bishop Brady’s lead to 6-1. The pitching from Thresher and Treybig made the lead stand up as Division III Bishop Brady rebounded after losing to D-II Stark on Monday, 12-1.

Coach's quote: “To get beat by one of the best D-II teams in the state on Monday 12-1 and then go to their place today and beat them 13-5 is just a great victory. My kids showed up ready to play and I couldn’t be more proud of their effort.” — Brady’s Skip Foy

“Can’t make eight errors and expect to win a baseball game. We will bounce back, as there is way too much talent on our team to stay down for long. Baseball is beautiful that way, the next day we get to work and move on.” — Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: Bishop Brady 1-1; John Stark 1-1

Coe Brown 15, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: Coe Brown — Jake Pelletier 3-for-4, HR, 6 RBI), Jack Lano (4 IP, W, 6 H, 0 ER); Merrimack Valley — Griffin Wheeler (2-for-3, BB, SB), Luke Dougherty (1-for-2, first varsity hit), Jack Wormald (1-for-1, first varsity hit)

Highlights: Pelletier hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first and the Bears rolled from there.

Coach's quote: “Jake got us started with that home run through the wind in the first and Jack (Lano) pitched well all day to keep them on their heels.” — Coe-Brown’s Greg Gilbert

Records: Coe Brown 2-0; Merrimack Valley 0-2


Concord 13, Bishop Guertin 0, 5 inn.

Key players: Concord — Sarah Taylor (3-hit shutout, 5 IP, 6 K; 3-for-4, 2 doubles, RBI), Elizabeth Blinn (HR, double, walk, 4 RBI, 2 R), Grace MacDonald (3-for-4, RBI, run), Kennedy Ramos (2-for-3, run), Kyleigh Gray (2-for-3, double, 3 RBI), Maddy Wachter (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Lillian Rienstra (2-for-4, run), Alice Rosenberg (hit, 2 runs), Delaney Duford (hit), Quincy Bolduc (3 runs)

Highlights: The fence at BG couldn’t contain Blinn’s mammoth 3-run homer, spearheading a 5-run third inning for the Tide. Every starter had a hit in Concord’s 18-hit onslaught. Taylor went all five innings in her first start in the circle to earn the shutout and provided as many hits (three) herself as she limited the entire Cardinals team to.

Coach's quote: “It’s fun to see the bats starting to heat up and we’re improving every game and every inning.” — Concord assistant coach Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 3-1; Bishop Guertin 1-3

Bishop Brady 14, John Stark Regional 1

Key players: Bishop Brady — Jayden Johnson (4-for-5, 2 HR, double, 4 RBI, 4 runs), Ami Rivera (3-for-5, HR, double, 3 RBI, 3 runs), Gwen O’Keefe (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Halle Laramie (7 IP, W, 0 ER, 5 K, 4 BB, 4 hits; HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Isabella Rivera (hit, HBP, SB, 2 runs), Ashley Brust (hit, SB, 2 runs), Margaret Sheehan (hit, run); John Stark — Lili Stogner (single, double), Brooke Patnode (double, run), Olivia Hargreaves (6 K, 0 BB)

Highlights: The Giants took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and upped it to 6-1 by the third. 

Coach's quote: “Solid performance. The bats were hot with four homers and 14 runs on 13 hits. Laramie pitched well for the win after a 22-month lay off from the circle and it was great to see Sheehan get her first varsity hit.” — Brady’s Freddy Rivera

Records: Bishop Brady 2-0; John Stark Regional 0-2

Coe-Brown 4, Merrimack Valley 2

Key players: Coe-BrownMerrimack Valley — Kalee Keyser (2-for-3, 2 RBI, HR in first varsity game), Liv Lacasse (first varsity game on the mound, pitched a great game)

Highlights: Coe-Brown scored two in the bottom of the seventh for the win in Northwood.

Coach's quote: “Nine players with first opening day start. Real pleased with everyone’s effort. Good game and we will build from here.” — MV’s Kevin O’Brien

Records: Coe-Brown 1-1; Merrimack Valley 0-1

Hopkinton 18, Raymond 7

Key players: Hopkinton — Maddy Follansbee (4-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBI), Kally Murdough 2-for-4, 2 runs, double, triple, 4 RBI), Jordyn Barrett (3-for-5, RBI), Sammi Goldblatt (2 SB, 3 runs)

Highlights: The Hawks scored five runs in the first, third and fourth innings. Barrett and freshman Steph Elrick combined for the win in the circle.

Coach's quote: “Not as sharp defensively as we want to be, but again nice to see some younger players plugged into the lineup and contribute.” — Hopkinton’s Dan Meserve

Records: Hopkinton 2-0; Raymond 0-1

Girls' Tennis

Bishop Brady 5, Coe-Brown 4

Key players: Bishop Brady — Jaiden Bergeron, Libbey Hicks, Cass Gendron Coe-Brown — Skye Loto, Jacqueline Heilshorn

Coach's quote: “Today’s weather was extremely tough to play in. My hat goes off to the girls for trying their best to battle through the winds, despite it being not the results we were looking for. We are trying to find our groove each match we play, and similar to Bishop Brady, we have some young girls that are slowly figuring out what it takes to finish matches. Junior Skye Loto, however, continues to impress me with her talent. She is a hard worker, and is never satisfied with anything less than her best effort. Even when she is doing well, she is constantly finding things to improve on. Jacqueline Heilshorn is playing unbelievable as well. She has won her third consecutive singles and doubles match now, and seems to show no signs of slowing down. Be on the lookout for her the next couple years, I'm looking forward to seeing what big things she will do.” — Coe-Brown’s Chris Burns

Records: Bishop Brady 1-1; Coe-Brown Northwood Academy 1-2

Girls' Tennis

Kearsarge 8, Pembroke Academy 1

Key players: ​​​​Pembroke Academy — Madi Apgar, Abby Collins

Highlights: Apgar and Collins picked up PA’s only win against a tough Kearsarge team, pulling out an 8-2 decision at No. 3 doubles.

Coach's quote: “We improved from playing Kearsarge on Monday by winning one match. It was nice of Bow to let us use their tennis courts.” — Pembroke’s David W. Goulet

Records: Kearsarge 2-0; Pembroke Academy 0-2


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