High schools: Hopkinton field hockey advances to D-III semifinals

  • Hopkinton’s Julia Baer pushes the ball ahead of Mascenic’s Jade Traffie during Saturday’s Division III field quarterfinal in Contoocook. Hopkinton senior Katie Meserve scored three goals to lead the top-ranked Hawks to a 3-1 win and a spot in Wednesday’s semifinals. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton’s Madeleine Maughan drives the ball during Saturday’s Division III field quarterfinal in Contoocook. Maughan had an assist one of Hopkinton senior Katie Meserve’s three goals as the top-ranked Hawks beat No. 8 Mascenic, 3-1, to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton’s Madeleine Maughan (left) looks up field during Saturday’s Division III field quarterfinal in Contoocook. Maughan had an assist one of Hopkinton senior Katie Meserve’s three goals as the top-ranked Hawks beat No. 8 Mascenic, 3-1, to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • TOP LEFT: Hopkinton field hockey players run to celebrate with goalie Izzy Holmes (right) after Saturday’s Division III field quarterfinal in Contoocook. TOP RIGHT: Hopkinton’s Madeleine Maughan drives the ball during Saturday’s Division III field quarterfinal in Contoocook. Hopkinton senior Katie Meserve had three goals as the top-ranked Hawks beat No. 8 Mascenic, 3-1, to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals. TIM O’SULLIVAN Photos / Monitor staff

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Published: 10/26/2019 10:46:54 PM

CONTOOCOOK – The game was less than four minutes old, but the stakes were already high for Hopkinton’s Kate Bouchard.

“I was really nervous, it was the first few minutes of the game and I was like, we have to get this goal or else it’s going to take us some time to catch up,” Bouchard said. “So I was like, I have to bring it up, I have to send it, I knew I had to do it.”

She did it.

After making a defensive stop in one end, Bouchard went the distance the other way to set up the first of Katie Meserve’s three goals as the top-ranked Hawks claimed a 3-1 win over No. 8 Mascenic in Saturday’s Division III quarterfinals.

“She’s amazing,” Hopkinton coach Kate Hohenberger said of Bouchard. “That’s why I say it starts with the ‘D.’ She just is a playmaker. She takes care of the ball, and she supports it, and she finishes and puts the ball where it needs to be, and she just seems to always be there.”

The Hawks (14-1) are loaded with players who seem to pop up in the right place, most notably Meserve. She’s been a goal-scoring machine all season, but Saturday’s hat trick was special.

“She was on. She was ambitious. She was here early. She was shooting her last shots at the net for practice and then she was game focused,” Hohenberger said of Meserve. “Usually she’s like, ‘Okay, yay, let’s go!’ But today she was quiet and super focused, and she played one of the nicest games I’ve seen her play in a long time.”

That early focus paid off when Meserve had to react to Bouchard’s quick pass and one-time it past Mascenic goalie Allison Adams (three saves) just 3:54 into the game.

“I saw the gap in between the defender’s stick and her legs, and Katie was wide open, so I threw it to Katie and she finished,” Bouchard said.

Mascenic (10-6), led by Emma and Isabella Knisley, responded with sustained pressure, but it was the Hawks who got the next goal. Madeleine Maughan sent a wicked drive at the cage that eventually rebounded off Adams, but Meserve was there to stuff it home for a 2-0 lead with 12:39 left in the half.

“We were feeling good at halftime, but we knew the other team was going to come out harder and stronger in the second half because they’re determined, they’re a very good team,” Bouchard said.

The Vikings did just that, earning a penalty corner and then scoring off it 1:18 into the second half when Olivia Shaw tipped in a pretty cross.

The goal swung momentum to Mascenic, and the Vikings had four straight corners just minutes after they scored, but the Hawks wouldn’t crack. Senior defender Fiona Beane, another one of those Hawks who seem to always be in the right place, was at the heart of that defensive effort along with senior midfielder Avery Barrett, who was great all over the field all game long. Those two had defensive help from the likes of Caroline Barrett, Bouchard, Emma Hall and goalie Izzy Holmes (two saves).

After Hopkinton weathered the storm of corners, the game balanced out for the rest of the second half. The Vikings pushed everyone forward in the final minutes, but that left things open for Meserve to score on a breakaway at the other end just as the buzzer sounded.

“Every second counts. You saw it at the end,” Hohenberer said. “(Mascenic) could have gotten a corner, but our defense swooped in, passed it up, and boom, everybody collectively made that last goal happen.”

The Hawks will now face No. 5 Mascoma (13-3) in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. semifinal at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter.

“I’ve been with these seniors for four years ... and it’s fun to keep it going,” Hohenberger said. “That’s our saying, just give us one more, one more game, let’s go, let’s have one more game together.”

D-III field hockey tournament

No. 3 Bishop Brady 1, No. 6 Gilford 0

Key players: Bishop Brady – Libbey Hicks (G), Julie Blais (4 saves) Raelyn Roberts (defense), Samantha Weir (defense), Michaella Savary (defense), Kathryn Weed (defense), Ashlyn Toupin (defense), Riley Marsh (defense)

Highlights: Hicks kept her stick on the ball and took a great shot to put the Giants on the board 19:06 into the first half. Brady did not have a single corner in the first half and only three in the second, while Gilford had 11 total. One of those corners came with six seconds remaining in the game and it had to be taken after the clock ran out. Another foul was committed by Brady within that corner so another corner was awarded and the defensive unit came up big. Brady advances to the semifinals where it will take on No. 2 Newfound.

Coach’s quote: “I said to them before they took the field, ‘You are stronger together than you are apart.’ All season it has been told to them that we attack as a team of 10 and defend as a team of 11 and that could not be more true today. I am so proud of this team and that their journey continues to the semis.” – Brady’s Kelly Owen

Records: Bishop Brady14-2-0; Gilford 12-4-0

Football

Plymouth 35, Merrimack Valley 7

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Aslin Hodge (8 tackles; 50 yards of offense), Aaron Baker (6 tackles), Habakku Tarwo (11-yard TD reception), Jadein Vasquez (3 catches, 50 yards), Travis Knause (50 yards of offense)

Highlights: The Pride battled tough in the second half, but ultimately couldn’t contain Plymouth’s balanced offensive attack.

Records: Plymouth 6-2; Merrimack Valley 2-6

H-D-Hopkinton 41,
Epping-Newmarket 20

Key players: H-D-Hopkinton – Colby Quiet (19 carries, 202 yards, 5 TDs), Jack Morrall (10 carries, 107 yards, TD; INT, 2 deflections), Dylan Barret (12 carries, 102 yards), John Jacobsen (INT), Jonathan McMahon (INT), Tyler Allen (2 sacks)

Highlights: The Redhawks churned out 432 yards on the ground thanks to three runners – Barret, Quiet, Morrall – all going over 100 yards on the afternoon. Defensively, the Redhawks knocked down six passes, notched three interceptions and generated three sacks.

Records: H-D-Hopkinton5-3; Epping-Newmarket 1-7




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