Girls’ high schools: Bishop Brady makes right decisions in 8-7 win over Lebanon

Monitor staff
Saturday, April 14, 2018

After six years as a girls’ lacrosse official in the state, Katherine Stearns is seeing the game from a different perspective as Bishop Brady’s head coach this season. She’s bringing a new philosophy to the job, as well.

“At the collegiate level in lacrosse, they’re finding that athletes don’t know how to make decisions,” she said. “We’re encouraging our players to make their own decisions.”

Following a go-ahead goal, Stearns watched from the sideline Friday as her players held the ball for the final three minutes on their way to an 8-7 win over Lebanon. She thought that was too much patience, but when she asked her players postgame about their decisions, she was impressed with the depth of their strategy.

“Tonight when they decided to hold the ball with three minutes left, I thought, ‘Ugh, that’s too long.’ But they made the decision and did a nice job,” she said. “After, I asked them about it and they said, ‘We have a good goalie and we don’t want to risk (a turnover).’ I thought that was okay.”

This spring’s group of Green Giants is an experienced one that is certainly capable of making the decisions Stearns is leaving to them.

Abby Tremblay scored four goals and had an assist, followed by Sam Will and Abby Scharpf with two goals and an assist each. Emma Windsor made 11 saves and pulled down five interceptions for Brady.

The Giants led 4-1 at halftime, but Lebanon battled back in the second half to tie it 7-7.

“Our girls got a little flustered,” Stearns said. “It’s a growing experience. We have a lot of seniors but we also have a lot of growing to do. Executing from practice to the field will come with a couple of games.”

Brady scored its game-winner with a little over three minutes left. The Giants won the ensuing draw and held on to secure the win.

This may be the first game – and first win – of Stearns’s tenure with Brady, but it’s not her first coaching job. Stearns also works with U.S. Lacrosse and started the Blue Storm youth program in Penacook, which feeds into the Merrimack Valley varsity program.


Exeter 14, Concord 3

Key players: Concord – Fabi McLeod (16 Saves), Brenna Vandersea (goal), Quinn Daniels (goal), Nicole Toler (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Concord stayed close early, trailing just 5-2 at halftime, before the Blue Hawks broke things open in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We came out strong and had a good first half and improved upon a lot of things since our last game. We just need to continue and keep up the intensity for the full game.” – Concord’s Steph Johnson

Records: Concord 1-1; Exeter 1-1

Bow 15, Plymouth 7

Key players: Bow – Emma Gagne (5 goals, assist), Sofia Darrell (3 goals, assist), Makayla Murray (3 goals, 2 assists)

Records: Bow 2-0; Plymouth 0-2

Kearsarge 13, St. Thomas 7

Key players: Kearsarge – Leslie Angus (7 goals, 7 draw controls), Jackie DeAngelis (2 goals, 2 assists), Emilie Webster (2 goals, 1 assist), Erin Wheeler (5 saves)

Records: Kearsarge 1-1; St. Thomas 1-1

Laconia 14, Trinity 1

Key players: Laconia – Maeghan Ash, Sydney Stevens, Skyler Tautkus, Megan Gaspa, Nicole Turpin, Bella Daly, Sophie George, Shay Gunning-Lavoie, Emma Laduke

Highlights/key moments: It was the first-ever girls’ varsity lacrosse game for Trinity.

Coach’s quote: “Trinity played with a ton of enthusiasm and spirit.” – Laconia’s Bob Howe

Records: Laconia 2-0; Trinity 0-1


Bow 22, Lebanon 3

Key players: Bow – Lauryn Colby, Erin Boldwin, Ruby Towne, Allie Beaudette, Maddie McSweeney, Brooke Biehl

Highlights/key moments: Colby gave up just one hit to earn the pitching win. Bow collected a total of 14 hits.

Records: Bow 1-1; Lebanon 0-2

John Stark 14, ConVal 0, 5 inn.

Key players: Izzy Nelson (5 IP, 11 K, 0 BB, 3 H)

Highlights/key moments: Nelson, a freshman, dazzled in her varsity debut, and the Generals gave her a big cushion with seven runs in the bottom of the second.

Records: Stark 1-0; ConVal 0-2

Sanborn 13, Merrimack Valley 1

Key players: MV – Sadie Merrow (hit), Molly McLaughlin (hit)

Highlights/key moments: Sanborn scored 10 runs in the fourth inning to take control.

Coach’s quote: “I still believe we have the talent to compete within the division. That talent needs to turn into execution on the field.” – MV’s Sam York

Records: Merrimack Valley 0-3; Sanborn 1-0

Hillsboro-Deering 16, Hanover 15

Key players: H-D – Alannah Johnson (3-for-5, 5 runs), Alexandra Perez (2 hits), Jess Peschel (2 hits), Erin Dean (2 hits), Halie Hurd (2 hits, defense), Elizabeth LaBier (2 hits), Zoe Kemp (2 hits)

Highlights/key moments: Hillsboro came back in the seventh inning to steal the win away from Hanover.

Coach’s quote: “Great first win for a young team.” – H-D’s Jim Bailey

Records: H-D 1-2; Hanover 0-1

Bishop Brady 14, Monadnock 4

Key players: Brady – Aniecia Vargas (4 hits, 5 RBI, 2 doubles), Ami Rivera (3 hits, 3 RBI), Abby Santis (2 doubles, RBI), Gwen Tupman (2 hits, 2 RBI), Jamie Cookingham (2 hits, RBI), Kaitlyn Gleason (2 hits, double), Halle Laramie (2-run home run; 6 IP, W, 5 K), Jayden Johnson (double; relief pitching)

Highlights/key moments: The Green Giants broke things open with four runs in the fifth inning. Laramie pitched well for her first varsity win and was helped when the defense spun its third double play of the season in the fourth inning to get out of a jam.

Coach’s quote: “I love the high energy and excitement the team is playing with. Timely hits and great execution today at the plate from all players in the lineup.” – Brady’s Freddy Rivera

Records: Bishop Brady 2-0; Monadnock 0-2

Berlin 3, Belmont 0

Key players: Belmont – Raven Gates (hit), Julianna Estremera (hit), Margaret Witham (hit)

Highlights/key moments: It was a 1-0 game until Berlin scored twice in the top of the fifth. Belmont’s Morgan Hall came on in relief to stop the bleeding, but the Raiders couldn’t find the timely hits to rally back.

Coach’s quote: “Our young team played well, but not good enough yet. We will get better as the season moves along.” – Belmont’s Bill Clary

Records: Belmont 1-1; Berlin 1-0

Prospect Mountain 12, Franklin 1

Key players: Franklin – Mariah Haney (3 hits, defense), Jill Swett (2 hits in varsity debut), Meghan Johnston (11 K, L)

Coach’s quote: “Our youth and inexperience showed itself early as six walks and five errors led to eight of our opponent’s runs. We had seven hits and I was impressed that everyone was making contact, particularly this early in the season.” – Franklin’s Skip DuBois

Records: Franklin 0-1; Prospect Mtn. 2-0

Epping 14, Hopkinton 2

Key players: Hopkinton – Megan Blanchette (2-for-3, double, triple, run), Krista Amoth (1-for-2, RBI), Clara Walling (1-for-3, RBI)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks recorded the first two outs of the game but the third Epping batter put one over the fence in left. The next batter hit a slow roller that was booted by the Hawks, and the next eight Epping hitters reached base. When the dust settled, Hopkinton was down 8-0 after half an inning.

Coach’s quote: “You can’t give good teams extra outs. We learned that lesson the hard way today.” – Hopkinton’s Dan Meserve

Records: Hopkinton 1-2; Epping 2-0

Newmarket 17, Pittsfield 2

Key players: Pittsfield – McKenzie Dumond (hit), Kianna Vincelette (hit), Brenna Driscoll (run), Kianna Vincelette (run)

Highlights/key moments: On Thursday, Pittsfield dropped its season-opener while the Mules won their third straight.

Records: Pittsfield 0-1; Newmarket 3-0


Bishop Brady 5, Concord 4

Key players: Brady – Sydney Herrington (8-0 win at No. 1 singles), Rachel Achong (8-4 win at No. 2), Manu Komma (8-3 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: After their singles wins, Herrington and Achong teamed for an 8-1 win at first doubles to give the Giants a 4-3 match lead. Alexa Bonvie and Achong then closed out the win with an 8-2 win at second doubles.

Coach’s quote: “Alexa Bonvie and Manu Komma played with grit and determination to prevail in the key second doubles match.” – Brady’s Lee Herrington

Records: Bishop Brady 2-2; Concord 3-1