Girls’ Lacrosse: Hopkinton rallies past Bow to win Division III state title

  • Hopkinton celebrates at the final whistle in the Division III girls’ lacrosse state championship game. The Hawks beat the Bow Falcons, 13-12, on Tuesday at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium in Laconia. MATT PARKER / Monitor staff

  • The No. 2 Hopkinton girls’ lacrosse team poses with the plaque after winning the NHIAA Division III state championship, 13-12, over No. 1 Bow on Tuesday at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium in Laconia. The Hawks finished the season with a 16-1 record. Jeff Sullivan /

  • Hopkinton seniors Francie Trafton (left) and Annie Higginbotham (right) raise the championship plaque, while head coach Mike Zahn (background) shakes hands with an NHIAA representative after the Hawks won the Division III girls’ lacrosse state championship with a 13-12 win over Bow on Tuesday at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium in Laconia. Jeff Sullivan /

  • Sarah Chodosh (4) looks to move in to score a goal in the Division III girls’ lacrosse state championship. Hopkinton won 13-12 against Bow on June 7, 2022. MATT PARKER / Monitor staff

  • Addison Trefethen shoots the ball in the first half of the Division III girls’ lacrosse state championship. Bow lost to Hopkinton 13-12 on June 7, 2022. MATT PARKER / Monitor staff

  • Lyndsey LaPerle edges past the Hopkinton defense in the first half of the Division III girls’ lacrosse state championship. Hopkinton won 13-12 on June 7, 2022. MATT PARKER / Monitor staff

 Monitor staff
Published: 6/7/2022 7:41:42 PM

LACONIA – Sarah Chodosh’s confidence never wavered, not even in the face of a five-goal deficit.

Hopkinton’s sophomore lurked around the field throughout the game, but there was something missing from her usual approach to the game: Her fearlessness to drive toward the net without care for the defense.

As it were, Chodosh’s ability to attack at-will reappeared in the timeliest manner. It’s a moment that will live long in Hopkinton lore as she scored the game-tying and the eventual game-winning goals in the Hawks’ 13-12 comeback win over Bow in the Division III state championship game Tuesday at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium.

Before Chodosh had her moments, the Hawks had more work to do. They faced a two-goal deficit at halftime that quickly turned into a five-goal hole after the Falcons put up a quick three from Kendall Murray, Jess Chamberlin and Olivia Selleck and extended the score to 11-6 with 18:56 left.

Slowly, the Hawks’ comeback began. It started when Madi Zahn scored her third goal of the game at 16:19 and then First-Team All-State sophomore attack Hannah Hoyt scored on an 8-meter shot to cut Bow’s lead to three. The Hawks’ three-goal run ended after a shot from Rose Finlayson, who scored 13 seconds after Hoyt’s goal.

Bow (16-2) extended its lead with another goal from Chamberlin, her third of the game, at 10:59, but its offensive dominance seen in the first half and the opening moments of the second wasn’t sustained. Instead, it transferred to Hopkinton.

Finlayson, who earned Second-Team All-State honors, scored her third goal of the game with 9:28 to go and brought the game to a 12-10 score. Senior captain Annie Higginbotham followed it up with a goal of her own and the Hawks’ once-upon-a-time five-goal deficit shrank to just one.

Enter Chodosh and some past demons from Hopkinton’s state championship game from last season, where it lost 12-11 to Derryfield. While only a freshman, Chodosh recalled struggling to make an impact in last season’s final. She felt some of that in the first half against Bow, too, but wasn’t going to let it continue.

“I knew that in the last 10 minutes I really needed to kick it into a new gear and I needed to show up,” she said. “I think I did that for my team.”

Chodosh drove toward the net and with a simple snap, shot the ball past goalie Elena Roy for the game-tying goal with 8:28 left. 

She scored the game-winner two minutes later, the Hawks played out the clock until the final horn blew and finalized their comeback victory for the program’s second state championship. 

“I didn’t want it to end like it did last year, but I knew that if this went in that we would be good,” Chodosh said after the final buzzer.

It was inevitable that these two programs would meet for the state championship. They’ve been on a collision course all season long as the best two teams in Division III and it showed in their games against each other throughout the regular season. Hopkinton won the first game back on April 11, 13-12 in overtime, and Bow took the second game 14-13 on May 9.

For reference, the Hawks’ closest regular-season margin victory not counting the win over the Falcons’ were two seven-goal differences. The Falcons’ closest was a four-goal mark against Derryfield in late April.

“Bow’s an unbelievable team and I called it from day one that it was going to be us two,” Hopkinton coach Mike Zahn said. “It was going to be this score, we’re both the same type of team and we both have unbelievable players. I’m just happy that we were able to come back.”

The Falcons put the Hawks in a hole early with unassisted goals from Lyndsey LaPerle and Alex Larrabee in the opening moments of the game. Addison Trefethen scored consecutive goals midway through the first half as Bow held a 4-2 lead. Its biggest momentum swing happened near the end of the first half when Chamberlin, Selleck and Trefethen scored within a three-minute span, but the offense struggled to replicate its first-half performance.

“We came out in that second half and looked back at ourselves, and I think maybe nerves (crept in),” Bow coach Chris Raabe said.

For the Hawks’ five-member senior class, Tuesday’s championship win ends their career in a full circle. They were freshmen when Hopkinton beat Derryfield in the 2019 state final, and according to Higginbotham, the last four years couldn’t have ended better.

“This team altogether is one of those teams that will stick with you for the rest of your life,” she said.

Matt Parker bio photo

Matt Parker is a sports reporter at the Monitor and started in August 2021. He is an Ohio native and relishes being from the Buckeye state. A proud graduate of Ohio University located in Athens, Ohio, he served as the sports editor for the student-run newspaper, The Post, from 2019-20. When not at a game or chasing around a coach, you can catch him playing his guitars or looking for the next Peanuts memorabilia piece to add in his growing collection.

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