High schools: Gilford field hockey settles for 0-0 draw with Winnisquam

  • Winnisquam’s Cora Kelley (1) and Gilford’s Shannon Anderson (18) battle for control of the ball during a field hockey game at Gilford High School on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Gilford and Winnisquam tied, 0-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam’s Emily Decormier (5) and Gilford’s Laurel Normandin (22) battle for control of the ball during a field hockey game at Gilford High School on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Gilford and Winnisquam tied, 0-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam’s Erin Atherton (2) follows through on her hit as Gilford’s Laurel Gingrich (37) follows along side during a field hockey game at Gilford High School on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Gilford and Winnisquam tied, 0-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Winnisquam’s Makenzie Snow (9) dribbles the ball during a field hockey game at Gilford High School on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Gilford and Winnisquam tied, 0-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Gilford’s Laurel Gingrich (37) moves in to take control of a loose ball during a field hockey game at Gilford High School on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Gilford and Winnisquam tied, 0-0. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Monitor staff
Published: 10/5/2016 11:59:56 PM

The weight of success last season for the Gilford High School field hockey team rested squarely on the shoulders of a poised group of upperclassmen.

The result was an impressive one-loss campaign that ended in defeat at the hands of Berlin in the Division III title game.

The 2016 version of the Golden Eagles has a much different look, and longtime head coach Dave Rogacki knows that if Gilford wants to return to Bedford High School for the finals again, the shoulders carrying that load will be much younger.

“The one big thing where I see their (freshmen) growth is they are starting to understand the game at the varsity level,” Rogacki said after a 0-0 tie against Division III foe Winnisquam on Wednesday in Gilford. “They are learning how to close the deal and stay aggressive.”

While Wednesday’s outcome against a surging Bears program wasn’t the desired result, the Golden Eagles are still 10-1-1 on the season and did generate plenty of scoring chances, duking it out with Winnisquam in the midfield and edging them in penalty corners, 12-2.

“Both teams played really good in a defensive game, especially in the midfield,” Rogacki said. “That was the key for both sides, they have so many good players that are experienced and our freshmen did try and stay with them and they did a good job.”

Gilford’s Sarah Lachapelle and Winnisquam standout Mackenzie Snow highlighted the midfield battle in a contest where neither side found much luck in the attacking zone.

Rogacki praised the work of his defense, including freshmen Jenna Delucca (two saves) and Randi Byers. And the Gilford coach didn’t hesitate to credit the Bears with a strong transition game that helped keep the Golden Eagles off the scoreboard.

“They definitely outplayed us in transition,” Rogacki said. “We would stop their attack, but then we had trouble getting our own offense going.”

For Winnisquam (6-4-1), the tie was a positive sign that kept the Bears trending in the right direction heading down the home stretch. After dropping four of its first seven games, Winnisquam is 3-1-1 over its last four, with all three victories coming via the shutout.

Both teams return to action on Friday. On tap for Winnisquam is a road game against Mascoma Valley while Gilford hosts Newfound in a clash that features two of Division III’s top programs.

FIELD HOCKEY

Concord 3, Manchester Memorial 0

Key players: Concord – Jessie Reed (goal), Lauren Mullen (goal), Emily Forward (goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide won its fourth straight game.

Records: Concord 8-3; Memorial 2-9

Bishop Brady 2, Pembroke 1, OT

Key players:Bishop Brady – Lauren Roy (game-winning goal), Kat Gallagher (goal) 1st half assisted by Paige Blake (assist), Ashley Richtmyer (4 saves); Pembroke – Carly Songen (goal), Haley Brown (assist), Ali Corriveau (midfield), Michaela Dupuis (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Gallagher’s goal gave Brady a 1-0 lead at 11:05 of the first half, and the Giants held that lead until there was just 1:59 left in the game, which is when Pembroke’s Songen scored to force overtime. Roy found the game-winner midway through the first overtime period after she dribbled half the length of the field.

Coach’s quote: “It was a rough start for (Pembroke), but this team never gives up. They fought until the end and tied the game. I feel for them. They have come such a long way this season and don't have the record to show that. This was a tough loss.” – Pembroke’s Aimee Monterio

Records: Bishop Brady 4-7; Pembroke 1-9-1

Bow 3, Laconia 1

Key players: Bow – Dom Biron (goal, assist), Kirsten Wiesner (assist), Sonya Delorie (2 goals), Jennie Ess (assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Sachems hung tough in the first half and the teams were tied 1-1 at the break, but the Bow offense found a different gear in the second half.

Records: Bow 6-6; Laconia 2-10

Franklin 1, Mascoma Valley 0

Key players: Franklin – Lauren Marsh (1 goal), Jess Cilley (20 saves, 1st shutout), Anna Doherty (defense), Zoe Kaplan (defense), Lauren Pelletier (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Tornadoes scored in the first half and used strong defense to keep Mascoma off the board. Marsh’s goal was deflected into the net by a defender.

Coach’s quote: “We played a great game today. The play was up and down the field and the team is really excited to be winning and looking forward to making the tournament.” – Franklin’s Deborah Georgevits.

Records:Franklin 7-4; Mascoma 5-5-1

BOYS’ SOCCER

Concord 4, Dover 0

Key players: Liam Bennett (goal), Noah Wachter (goal), Sebastian Pardo (goal), Ronaldo Cabral (goal), Liam Devanny (assist), Brian DeFranzo (5 saves).

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide took control early with two scores in the game’s first six minutes, and held on for their fourth shutout of the season. Concord outshot its opponent 21-11 in the contest, and fired off 11 more corner kicks than Dover.

Coach’s quote: “We generated a lot of chances today so I was very pleased with the way we played.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop.

Records: Concord 8-2-1; Dover 0-10

Belmont 6, Winnisquam 0

Key players:Belmont – Logan Wilder (2 goals, assist), Colby Brown (goal, assist), Doug Price (2 assists), River Mathieu (goal), Cole Contigiani (goal), Max Schott (goal), Nolan Gagnon (assist); Winnisquam – Scott Hinds (goalie)

Highlights/key moments: Belmont didn’t allow Winnisquam a single shot on goal. The Red Raiders got off 20 shots, and more of them would have found the back of the net if not for a great game from Winnisquam’s Hinds.

Coach’s quote: “We’re playing team soccer. Today was a great opportunity to work on moving the ball and trying to get as many guys involved as possible. That was our goal coming in and we were able to achieve that.” – Belmont’s Mike Foley

Records: Belmont 9-2-1; Winnisquam 1-10

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Concord 2, Dover 0

Key players: Concord – Jessica Nelson (goal), Grace Devanny (goal), Steph Oberg (8 saves), Caitlin Klose (midfield), Karley Richards (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide used great team defense to record its fourth shutout win of the season.

Records: Concord 7-4; Dover 1-9-1

Portsmouth 3, Coe-Brown 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Chelsea McCallion (goal), Summer Barnes (assist), Jackie Joy (assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears scored just six minutes into the game and took that one-goal lead into halftime. Portsmouth scored twice in teh first 16 minutes of the second half and then added its third late int eh game as Coe-Brown was pushing numbers forward.

Coach’s quote: “We played 73 minutes of good soccer. I was thrilled with our intensity early and how we held the lead for most of the game. We are learning how to close out games, and this was a step forward.” – Coe-Brown’s Joh Hils

Records: Coe-Brown 3-9; Portsmouth 9-3

Bishop Brady 1, Berlin 0

Key players: Bishop Brady – Jane Bradley (goal), Alex Sacco (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: Brady keeper Mackenzie Wetherill made a save on a point-blank shot with 10 minutes left to preserve the shutout and the win.

Coach’s quote: “Today was a full team performance from start to finish. We put the pressure on from the beginning and had our chances early. Our girls showed resilience to keep pushing for that one goal and it finally came.” – Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Bishop Brady 4-7; Berlin 6-4-2

VOLLEYBALL

Coe-Brown 3, St. Thomas 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Shannon Riley (23 assists, 7 aces), Emma Dubois (12 kills), Drew Ceppetelli (19 digs), Kerry Riley (21-for-21 serving, 7 aces)

Highlights/key moments: On the last play of the third game, Shannon Riley broke the school record for assists, which was set at 816 three years ago by Sadie Steffen.

“I love her decision making and she’s a very smart, very aggressive player,” Coe-Brown Coach Rick Veno said of Riley, “and she does a great job rallying players around her.”

The Bears dropped the first game, 16-25, but showed good resilience by taking the next three (25-22, 25-18, 25-22) for the road win against a good St. Thomas team.

Records: Coe-Brown 7-4; St. Thomas 8-2

Gilford 3, Laconia 1

Key players: Gilford – Karly Sanborn (26 assists, 12 digs), Stevie Orton (12 kills, 1 block, 18 digs), Cynthia Gagnon (5 kills, 3 blocks, 17 digs), Maddi Currier (7 kills, 2 blocks, 15 digs), Maggie McNeil (4 kills), Lexi Boisvert (3 kills), Kasey Moore (kill)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles extended their winning streak to 10 with this 25-18, 28-26, 25-18 win.

Coach’s quote: “We are playing steady and consistent volleyball. We made only 7 hitting errors out of our 122 attempts. We have made huge strides by staying in control and keeping our errors to a minimum.” – Gilford’s Joan Forge

Records: Gilford 10-1; Laconia 6-3

Milford 3, John Stark 0

Key players: John Stark – Sarah Wagner (5 kills, 3 blocks), Jillian Douzanis (5 kills, 6 digs)

Highlights/key moments: John Stark lost in three straight sets, falling 25-10, 25-16 and 25-17.

Coach’s quote: “We must learn from our mistakes and work hard to prepare for our next match.” – John Stark coach Jeff McClellan.

Records: John Stark 9-2; Milford 7-4

Winnisquam 3, Newfound 0

Key players: Winnisquam – Shannon Goodwin (16 kills, 8 digs), Talia DeBlasie (28 assists, 3 kills), Nicole Matcheski (9 kills, 7 digs, 3 aces), Meghan Harmon (7 kills), Aubrey St. Onge (9 digs, 4 assists), Madison Skeats (9 digs), Kerry Boyle (6 digs)

Highlights/key moments: After losing its first match of the season its last time out, Winnisquam came out hot against Newfound, dominating the first game on its way to a 25-6, 25-16, 25-19 win.

Coach’s quote: “I really like the way they bounced back after their first loss. They played smooth and there was no hangover.” – Winnisquam’s Mike Livernois

Records: Winnisquam 10-1; Newfound 5-6

Inter-Lakes 3, Franklin 0

Key players:Inter-Lakes – Jessalyn Brown (18 service points, 20 assists, 5 digs), Amanda Kurowski (7 kills, 3 blocks, 7 service points), Maegan Bunnell (3 kills, 5 service points), Emma Wheeler (3 kills, 6 service points), Jordan Durand (3 kills, 7 service points); Franklin – Addison Granger (5 digs), Brianna Judkins (2 kills, 2 digs), Sarah Sorette (3 digs)

Coach’s quote: “Nice team effort for the Lakers with 9 players recording service points and 8 players registering kills.” – Inter-Lakes’ Randy Mattson

“We are struggling with consistency right now.” – Franklin’s Stephanie Shepard

Records: Inter-Lakes 8-2; Franklin 1-10

BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY

Concord first

Key players: Concord – Jamie Wilkes (1st, 16:40), Ollie Spencer (2nd, 16:51), Forest Mackenzie (3rd, 16:59), Ryan Devine (5th, 17:03), Eli Boesch-Dining (6th, 17:21), David Cook (7th, 17:27), Alex Duncan (8th, 17:28)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide finished with 17 points to beat out Nashua North (50), host Nashua South (94), Memorial (121), Merrimack (122) and Bishop Guertin (159).

Coach’s quote: “A fast day is a good day.” – Concord’s Tristan Black-Ingersoll


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