Girls’ high school action: Newfound field hockey earns 3-1 win over Gilford

  • Newfound’s Mackenzie Ryan (left) battles for possession against Gilford’s Kellie Ryan (center) and Brianna Salanitro on Friday in Gilford. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff

  • Gilford’s Kellie Ryan (in white and blue) and Newfound’s Savanna Bony in Division III action in Gilford on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff

  • The Newfound and Gilford field hockey teams entered Friday undefeated, but Newfound came away with the win 3-1. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff

  • Gilford goaltender Jenna Delucca stretches out to try for a save, but Newfound scored for a 2-1 lead on Friday in Division III action. Nick Stoico / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Saturday, September 09, 2017

GILFORD – Newfound field hockey Coach Karri Peterson had a clear message for her team before playing Gilford on Wednesday: Don’t underestimate yourselves and don’t overestimate your opponent.

Many of the girls still had their minds on the semifinals last fall where one goal with seven minutes left sent Newfound home and Gilford on its way to a Division III title.

But Newfound may be the most experienced team in the division this fall as the Bears returned 10 of their 11 starters while adding younger talent.

One of those young stars is Jasmine Peterson, a freshman who scored the tying goal Friday to kick-start the Bears toward a 3-1 win over Gilford.

The freshman is new to the team as a player, but she knows about Gilford and the competition that has stirred between the schools in field hockey the last couple of seasons. She said there was a lot of hype heading into Friday’s match, but Coach Peterson tried to cool down all that talk.

“(I had to) get it out of their minds that they can’t play with (Gilford),” the coach said. “It’s a regular-season game but I thought the mental part was a huge piece for us.”

The younger Peterson kept her ears open for her coach – and mother – and didn’t let the talk get her too anxious.

“I just thought about it as a normal game so I wouldn’t get nervous,” the freshman said. “From the start, we were determined to win. I knew it was going to be a difficult game but everybody just tried to shake it off and keep the nerves down.”

That wasn’t to easy when Gilford (3-1) put up the first number on the scoreboard less than two minutes into the game. Brianna Salanitro put it away for the Golden Eagles. But Peterson answered for Newfound (4-0), potting a goal about 10 minutes later off a corner.

Newfound controlled the game from there with smooth transitions across midfield and tight possession in the offensive end. By the final horn, the Bears nearly doubled the Golden Eagles in shots, 10-6.

Gilford Coach David Rogacki tipped his cap to Newfound’s Savanna Bony and Hayleigh LeTourneau as they dictated ball control for the Bears.

“Newfound used the field better today than we did and they kept the ball moving,” Rogacki said. “We’d get the ball moving and then all of a sudden there’d be a foot or we wouldn’t hit it hard enough.”

Newfound picked up some momentum and the lead in the final seconds of the first half. Players battled to control the ball in a scrum in front of Gilford goalie Jenna Delucca, who kicked away two shots before Julianne Marchand beat her for a 2-1 lead with 10 seconds left before halftime.

Caroline Marchand gave Newfound a two-goal cushion 5:30 into the second half, prompting a timeout by Rogacki. The coach reeled in his team and stressed running toward the ball rather than waiting defensively to see what the Newfound players would do with it.

About 10 minutes after the timeout and with 13:45 left in the game, Gilford appeared to cut the deficit down to one goal off a corner. But the official stationed in that end waved the goal off and said the ball did not escape the circle in front of the net before the shot was taken.

Gilford didn’t get another good look at the net the rest of the way.

“That just changed momentum for the whole game,” Rogacki said.

It was the first loss of the season for Gilford. The Eagles were coming off a 1-0 win over Mascoma on Thursday, a game where Rogacki said his team was “flat-footed.” Friday’s game, despite a loss, was an improvement in that regard. Rogacki still is looking for more from his team as it defends the title.

He’d rather they don’t even think about what happened last year, except for the work and preparation that led them to their crown.

“They know what it takes to get there,” he said. “We talked today about looking in the rearview mirror or looking through the windshield. You look in the rearview mirror (and) it’s great that you have a championship back there, but it’s not here.”

Gilford plays its next two games on the road, first at White Mountains on Monday. Newfound returns to its home field for its next four games. The Bears host Berlin on Wednesday.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3339, nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)


Londonderry 4, Concord 1

Key players: Concord – Izzy Dunn, Mackenzie Muir

Highlights/key moments: Concord pressured Londonderry consistently and allowed just one shot in the first half and the score was tied, 1-1, at halftime. The Tide had a strong start in the second half, but the Lancers second goal gave them the lead and quickly followed up with two insurance goals.

Coach’s quote: “Concord had spurts of brilliance, but Londonderry took control of the game in the last ten minutes. Both teams played well and the game was closely contested until Londonderry capitalized with successive goals at the end of the game.” – Concord’s Andy Briers

Records: Londonderry 1-2; Concord 0-3

Derryfield 6, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: MV – Kylee Warren (31 saves), Chloe Rattee (defense), Lauren McLaughlin (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride was outmatched by a Cougar squad that hasn’t allowed a goal yet this season.

Coach’s quote: “We played hard the entire 60 minutes, but couldn’t match up against a very good Derryfield team. I was proud of my team’s effort, especially in the second half.” – MV’s Kim Kenney

Records: Derryfield 2-0-0; MV 0-3-1

Hopkinton 3, Bishop Brady 1

Key players: Brady – Katheryn Weed (goal), Lauren Roy (assist), Emma Windsor (9 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks scored a pair of goals 32 seconds apart to take a 2-1 halftime lead after Weed scored the lone goal for the Giants to open the scoring.

Coach’s quote: “What a great turnaround from last week for these girls. They worked hard together as a team that resulted in field hockey plays on the field. Very proud of everyone today.” – Bishop Brady’s Kelly Owen

Records: Hopkinton 2-1; Brady 0-2

Pelham 4, Bow 0

Key players: Bow – Courtney Baer (11 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Pythons took a 3-0 halftime lead.

Coach’s quote: “The score does not reflect the level of play from Bow today. We had great passing and had several chances to score but just could not get it in the net. I am proud of how hard the girls worked and that they never lost their intensity.” – Bow’s Rebecca Cleary

Records: Pelham 3-0; Bow 1-1

Winnisquam 7, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Emma Lapierre (defense), Lauren Marsh (offense), Ryley Haskins (offense)

Highlights/key moments: First year player Clarissa Martin has numerous saves in goal, but the Bears found the back of the net seven times for the win.

Coach’s quote: “The offense is really moving the ball well and utilizing both sides of the field.” – Franklin’s Nancy Hicks

Records: Winnisquam 2-2; Franklin 0-3


Concord 3, Londonderry 1

Key players: Concord – Karley Richard (2 goals), Abby Crawford (goal), Liz Potter (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Richard scored off a cross just three minutes into the game to give the Crimson Tide a 1-0 halftime lead. The Lancers scored 10 minutes into the second half to tie the game, but Crawford scored from 25 yards out and Richard converted a penalty kick to secure the win.

Coach’s quote: “Our last game was a tough overtime loss against Alvirne, so we needed this win. We took it to them in the first five minutes, but really felt Londonderry controlled most of the first half. Our team fought back and took a hold of the game. Karley had a great game today with two goals, but I really thought a number of players played really well all over the field.” – Concord’s Phil Tuttle

Records: Concord 3-1; Londonderry 2-2

Bow 3, Hollis/Brookline 0

Key players: Bow – Amanda Murray (3 goals), Sarah Martin (assist), Lauren Goyette (assist), Savannah Twombly (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Murray netted goals in the 35th, 55th and 76th minutes to lead the Falcons.

Coach’s quote: “Amanda’s first goal was big for our team. It kind of helped us get out of the first gear we had been stuck in for most of the first half. Was not our best half of the year, but the girls responded well and picked it up in the second half.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Bow 5-0; H/B 1-4

John Stark 4, Pelham 1

Key players: John Stark – Cara Easter (goal, assist), Chelsea Woodsum (goal), Megan Gawthorp (goal), Aria Ulmer (goal), Abby Brandt (assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals relentlessly sent through balls past the Pythons defense, eventually leading to a 2-0 halftime lead.

Coach’s quote: “The entire team is very dangerous. In three games, seven different people have scored, making every player a threat.” – John Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: John Stark 3-0; Pelham 3-1

Pembroke 2, Kearsarge 1

Key players: Pembroke – Kayla Paquin (2 goals), Vicky Mudgett (goalie), Katie Muise (midfield), Hannah Brown (midfield), Nicole Nedeau (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Paquin scored her second goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation to lift the Spartans over the Cougars. The goal came off of a Mudgett save and punt. Paquin scored in the first half off a Madison Bailey corner kick.

Coach’s quote: “A rainbow appeared over our side of the field in the second half. But I knew that the girls used more than just luck to overcome the rainy conditions and come out on top today. They worked hard for each other all the way through.” – Pembroke’s Jess Croft

Records: Pembroke 3-2; Kearsarge 1-3

Conant 4, Bishop Brady 2

Key players: Bishop Brady – Dani DesRuisseaux

Highlights/key moments: The Giants kept the game close, but a couple of defensive breakdowns allowed the Orioles to get the win.

Coach’s quote: “Overall we came out of the gate with strong momentum. We were competitive and had strong defense throughout the first half. A few sluggish minutes resulted in a brief lapse and a quick score. We are looking forward to getting back at it next week with two big games.” – Bishop Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Conant 5-1; Bishop Brady 2-2

Hillsboro-Deering 2,
Prospect Mountain 1

Key players: H-D – Izabella Warren (2 goals), Lexi McClure (assist), Gracie Atkins (10 saves), Cassidy Wightman (midfield), Kaylea Davison (midfield), Madeline Parisi (defense), Sam Grondin (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Timberwolves scored at about 25 minutes into the match on a fast break, but Warren answered three minutes later and scored the game-winner 25 minutes into the second half off a through ball from McClure.

Coach’s quote: “The entire team played with intensity and composure today. A complete game by a complete team effort.” – H-D’s Susan Else

Records: H-D 2-3; Prospect Mtn. 2-2

Belmont 0, Campbell 0

Key players: Belmont – Emma Cochran (7 saves), Sana Syed, Elizabeth Fleming, Kaitlynn Delisle, Chloe Scottak, Makenzie Donovan

Highlights/key moments: Belmont stopped Campbell’s win streak with a draw. Rebecca Fleming nearly had the game-winning goal with 20 seconds in overtime, but Campbell’s goaltender tipped it up and caught it coming down.

Coach’s quote: “We moved the ball well tonight. Every week, we’re getting better.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 1-0-2; Campbell 3-0-1

Lin-Wood 2, Pittsfield 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Becca Smith (7 saves), Emily Thompson (all-around play), Jolene Wood (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The game was tied until the 70th minute and the Panthers put together some quality chances, but Lin-Wood iced the game with a goal with two minutes left.

Coach’s quote: “It was a 50-50 game until late in the match and we put together some great chances to get the job done, we just couldn’t finish. The girls put in a great effort.” – Pittsfield’s Jayme Kennedy

Records: Lin-Wood 3-2; Pittsfield 3-1


Concord 3, Exeter 1

Key players: Concord – Quinn Daniels (10 kills), Mia Harmon (11 kills), Maria Wimpey (21 digs), Brenna Vandersea (11 digs)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide played some close sets and eventually came out on top, 25-22, 18-25, 26-24, 25-17, to remain undefeated.

Records: Concord 3-0; Exeter 0-2

John Stark 3, Plymouth 1

Key players: John Stark – Sydney Story (10 kills, 4 blocks), Hannah Chartier (6 kills, 7 aces), Sara Medvetz (6 kills, 4 aces), Nicole Yelle (23 assists, 6 aces)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals took the lead in every set and took control with great serving and timely hitting, winning 25-18, 25-16, 25-27, 25-12.

Coach’s quote: “When the team plays with confidence and poise, we’re a tough team to beat.” – John Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: John Stark 2-1; Plymouth 1-1

Windham 3, Gilford 2

Key players: Gilford – Brooke Beaudet (19 kills, 22 digs), Maggie McNeil (14 kills), Lexi Boisvert (9 kills, 18 digs), Karly Sanborn (28 assists, 19 digs), Kasey Moore (10 digs)

Highlights/key moments: Gilford won the first set, 25-16, but gave up the next two to the defending champions from Windham, 25-22. Gilford took the fourth set, 25-18, but fell in the deciding fifth set, 15-12.

Coach’s quote: “It was a battle and a great start to the season to be thrown in the fire right away.” – Gilford’s Joan Forge

Records: Windham 2-0; Gilford 0-1

Newfound 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Key players: H-D – Kimmie Rodier (8 digs, 2 kills), Lydia Powell (2 blocks), Meg Wheeler (10 digs)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats showed improvement over their first loss of the season, but fell to a tough Bears squad.

Coach’s quote: “The girls started off on a great note. They were really communicating and setting up every play they could. They had some really fantastic rallies and great digs.” – H-D’s Shannon Synan

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