Raptors, Panthers Play to Draw in Opener
Thetford — Heat, what heat? The Thetford Academy and Rivendell Academy boys soccer teams shrugged off their opening-day jitters by playing 100 minutes in steamy conditions Friday afternoon, with the host Panthers and visiting Raptors battling to a 2-2 draw.
Rivendell often had the better of the play, holding a 33-7 advantage in shots and a 13-2 edge in corner kicks, but Thetford keeper Brandon Gray (14 saves) and the Panthers’ defense did enough to earn the tie. The dual 10-minute overtime sessions passed without event despite good scoring attempts by both teams.
Scott Calhoun scored three minutes into the game off a feed from Tim Stimson to give Rivendell the early lead. Matt Perry tied it up in the 34th minute for Thetford, scoring with an assist to Kyle Bowen. Chris Parenteur then staked the Panthers to a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second half, converting on a pass from Perry. Luke Bell then headed home the equalizer for Rivendell in the 65th minute, assisted by Calhoun.
“Gray was the man of the match for our team,” first-year Thetford coach Sean Fitzgerald said. “The game was really spread out, back and forth. A couple kids came up with cramps (in the heat), subbing played a vital role in the overtimes.”
Rivendell coach Bob Thatcher credited the play of Kolin Huntington, as the junior played three positions at a high level. Cole Stever played the final 92 minutes in the midfield.
“We know we played hard, played well, it’s something to build on for us,” Thatcher said.
The Panthers host Windsor on Wednesday, while Rivendell scrimmages Woodstock next week before a visit to Twinfield on Sept. 10.
n In a pregame ceremony, Thetford dedicated a new scoreboard in the memory of Connor Cook, a former member of the current senior class who was killed by lighting in the summer of 2012. Money donated to the school in the wake of Cook’s death was pooled and used to buy the board, which will soon bear a plaque with his name, said Athletic Director Jade Huntington.
“Connor loved soccer and we knew this would be a big thing that would be hard for the school to fit into its budget,” said Cook’s father, Clyde, who attended the game with his wife and Connor’s mother, Marilyn. “It’s hard, knowing he’d be out on this field today if he was still with us.”
Said Marilyn Cook: “The kids and the community have kept Connor in their hearts and honored him in so many ways over this time. It really touches our hearts.”
Woodsville 2, Groveton 0
Groveton, n.h. — The Engineers earned a shutout in their season debut as Dan Roy and David Bazzell scored.
Roy scored in the 22nd minute with an assist to Derek Maccini. Bazzell then converted on a feed from Mike Dennis with two minutes left in the game. Goalie Tom D’Angelo stopped nine shots for the shutout. The Engineers visit Gorham on Wednesday.
South Royalton 2
South Royalton — The Royals blanked the Red Devils to open the season on a high note.
Keenan Thompson and Nick Howe each had a goal and an assist for SoRo. Goalie Jayson Perron earned the clean sheet for the Royals, who host Twinfield on Tuesday.
Berlin 8, Mascoma 0
Berlin, n.h. — The Royals fell in their season opener to a senior-laden Mountaineers team that figures to be one of the top squads in New Hampshire D-III.
Goalie Kyle Wilson played a strong first half as Mascoma trailed 2-0 at the break. Defender Keegan Caraway had a solid game, according to coach Tanya Rej.
The Royals make their home debut Tuesday with a visit from Stevens.
S. Royalton 4, Chelsea 2
South Royalton — Jacqueline Fulcher scored a pair of goals to lead the Royals over Chelsea.
Olivia Phillip started the action with a goal three minutes in on a free kick. Fulcher followed six minutes later with a goal to put SoRo up 2-0 as Autumn Wing and Jocelyn Hewitt picked up assists. Fulcher then scored in the 31st minute on a throw-in from Hewitt as the Royals led 3-1 at the break.
Chelsea narrowed the gap to one with a goal in the 50th minute before Amelia Fisk converted on Phillip’s corner kick with 15 minutes to play to put SoRo ahead, 4-2. Keepers Alexis Madore (four saves) and Larissa Stride (seven saves) each played solid.
“We weren’t able to get any scrimmages, so we didn’t know quite what we were going to have out there. We’re playing a new scheme, players are in different positions,” first-year Royals coach Julian Villa said. “I’m proud of all the girls, they worked very hard out there.”
South Royalton hosts Twinfield on Tuesday.
Woodsville 10, Groveton 2
Groveton, n.h. — The Engineers scored early and often at the expense of the host Purple Eagles.
Dee Martin had three goals while Louisa Noble had two goals and two assists. Julia Bowman and Paige Martin each added a pair of goals while Mikayla Locke also scored. Ally O’Shana and Paige Martin added assists.
Keeper Tori Clough stopped eight shots for the Engineers, who visit Gorham on Wednesday.
Otter Valley 3, Hartford 2 (ot)
White River Junction — The Canes scored two goals in a thirty second span just before the end of regulation to force overtime but lost to a brilliant Otter Valley goal midway through the first extra session.
“It’s everything you want in a first contest,” Hartford coach Heather Scudder said. “We were behind, but I never thought my team had given up or was down, and that’s what’s going to carry us forward.”
Rachel Fogg goal with 2:58 left to play got the Canes within one at 2-1. Megan Newton tied it up 30 seconds later, knocking in a rebound in front of the Otter Valley cage to tie it up. Courtney Murray assisted on Fogg’s score.
Cadence Loney played the first half in goal for Hartford and Rachel Loseby went the duration after the break.
Emily Lowell had the game-winner for the Otters.
Hartford 42, Mt. Anthony 19
Bennington, Vt. — The two-time defending state champion Hurricanes extended their winning streak to 27 games with a blowout victory over the Patriots.
Patrick Libuda led the Canes’ ground attack with 14 carries for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Nolan Viens rushed 10 times for 70 yards, while Nick Terino ran for one score. Quarterback Damon Young led the Patriots, connecting on a 68-yard touchdown pass to Pat Powers to go along with a touchdown and 58 yards rushing.
Hartford, which led 28-6 at halftime, visits Middlebury on Friday night.
Big Green Alums Selected
In CWHL Draft
Hanover — Three 2013 Dartmouth women’s hockey alumni were selected in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League draft, held earlier this week in Ontario.
Reagan Fischer, Sasha Nanji and Camille Dumais heard their names called. Nanji was the first off the board as she went to the Toronto Furies in the third round with the 12th overall pick. Dumais was the taken by the Montreal Stars with the 14th overall pick in the third round, and Fischer was the final member of the Class of 2013 picked as she went to the Alberta Hockey Club with the 21st overall pick in the fifth round.
The Canadian Women’s Hockey League is a centrally funded league, meaning that all participating teams in the CWHL receive equal access to funding and are given the same opportunities to succeed.
Endicott 8, Colby-Sawyer 1
Beverly, Mass. — The Chargers opened their season with a non-conference loss at the Gulls.
Elizabeth Lincoln and Ashlyn Ramsay won 8-4 in doubles for Colby-Sawyer. The Chargers return to the Bay State on Monday to face Gordon.
Colby-Sawyer 2, Plattsburgh 0
New London — Rachel Quaye and Sarah Little scored for the Chargers, who are unbeaten (3-0-1) in their last four season openers. Oxbow alum Karley Hamilton stopped four shots for the shutout. Colby-Sawyer hosts Rivier on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Stevens 3, Colby-Sawyer 1
New London, Conn. — The Chargers scored the final nine points of the second game for a 25-21 victory, but fell to the Ducks in the opener of the Bear Invitational.
Courtney O’Hara and Jackie Keating each had 11 kills for Colby-Sawyer while Ally LeBruno had 22 digs and Laura Smolinski had 34 assists. Both teams return to action today, with the Chargers taking on Eastern Connecticut at 1 p.m.
Stevens Grad to USGA Team Event
Claremont — Stevens High School graduate Paige Gauthier has been chosen as one of three women to represent New Hampshire at the United States Golf Association Womens State Team Championship, scheduled for Sept. 17-19 at the NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio.
The tournament pits three-player teams from every entering state in stroke-play competition over three days. The top two scores for each team count toward each day’s team tally. Selection to the state team is based on such elements as performance, sportsmanship and ability to represent the spirit of the New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association.
Gauthier, a 2006 Stevens grad and former member of the University of Hartford women’s golf team, plays in the Claremont ladies league on Thursday nights at Claremont Country Club. She tied for 15th at the NHWGA Amateur at Nashua Country Club earlier this summer .
Dartmouth Completes Staff
Hanover — Former Dartmouth College men’s rugby coach Alex Magleby will rejoin the program this season as a technical advisor to second-year head coach Gavin Hickie, the team announced this week.
Hickie served as interim head coach last year after Magleby left his alma mater to coach the United States national sevens team. Hickie guided the Big Green to its 17th Ivy League championship and a bowl win at the USA Rubgy National Sevens Championships.
Dartmouth Gets HD Scoreboard
Hanover — Dartmouth purchased a state-of-the-art, high-definition video scoreboard for Memorial Field, thanks to a gift from the Stephen Lewinstein family, Classes of 1963 and 1998.
With a 16-foot-high by 23-foot-wide LED video display, the scoreboard will provide instant replays, game statistics, vivid graphics, colorful animations and sponsor recognition.
Stephen Lewinstein is part owner of the Boston Celtics and the Italian soccer team AS Roma.
It is expected to be ready for Dartmouth’s Homecoming football game against Yale on Oct. 12 and possibly for the home opener, a night game against Holy Cross on Sept. 28.