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Local Roundup: Windsor Hoop Star Fleet With Her Feet, Too

  • Newport's Maddie Miller. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Hanover's Christo Dragnev. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Windsor's Olivia Rockwood. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)



Friday, September 15, 2017

Windsor — Rare was the night last winter when Olivia Rockwood didn’t sit at the top of the Windsor High girls basketball scoresheet. Rockwood is now starting to make that a habit in girls soccer.

The sophomore notched her second hat trick in as many starts and added an assist to have a role in all of the Yellowjackets’ goals during Friday’s 4-2 win over Otter Valley at MacLeay-Royce Field. Rockwood, the Upper Valley’s top girls basketball scorer last winter, now has seven goals in Windsor’s last three girls soccer matches, all victories.

“Yesterday, we worked on getting the ball wide — outside, middle, outside,” Windsor coach Jeff Bachey said. “We took it outside and worked it to Brooke (McKeen). Brooke would get wide and play it to Liv, and she had the magic foot tonight. All the chances she got she put on frame and challenged their keeper.”

Rockwood finished a McKeen pass in the 23rd minute to give Windsor the only lead it would need. Ava Sutton delivered her fifth goal of the season a minute later off of a Rockwood pass, although OV’s Julia Eastman tightened things with six minutes left in the half.

Rockwood responded with unassisted goals in the 46th and 54th minute to put the Jacks (3-1-0) back in control. Eastman added her second of the day for the Otters in the 75th minute.

Adi Prior had “a great game” in goal, Bachey said, making seven stops.

Windsor can expect a test when it visits Green Mountain on Tuesday.

Woodsville 2, PCA 0

Woodsville — The Engineers (4-2-0) shook off Portsmouth Christian only after shaking off illnesses affecting much of the club.

Woodsville coach Ann Loud could tell her players weren’t feeling well, but an encouraging halftime talk got the squad on track. Molly Clough set up goals from Olivia Sarkis and Suzy Bazzell, while McKenzie Dennis posted a one-save shutout.

“All of the girls are sick, and I don’t think anybody wanted to be there,” Loud admitted. “I told them, ‘I know nobody feels good, but we have to start talking.’ Once we got the communication going, it all came together.”

Woodsville takes on neighboring Lisbon on Monday.

Stevens 5, Laconia 1

Claremont — Audrey Puksta punched the back of the net for a hat trick to power the Cardinals (4-2-0) to their latest victory.

Puksta broke through in a big way, netting her sixth, seventh and eighth goals of the campaign as Stevens broke a two-match scoreless run. Julia Belaire had a goal and an assist for the Cards, who also picked up a goal from Tanner Brown and assists from Raquel Madeja, Kelsey Belisle and Alexis Ford. Kaitlyn Chambers and Fionah Carbee shared goalkeeping chores, racking up a combined six saves.

Stevens hosts archrival Fall Mountain on Tuesday night at Monadnock Park.

Hanover 1, Pembroke 0

Pembroke, n.h. — Carly Craft ended a scoreless contest by finishing a pass from Maeve Goodrich with 11 minutes left in regulation, sending the Marauders (3-1-1) home victorious.

Crashing the Pembroke goal from both sides, Goodrich got a foot on the ball to set up Craft, who solved the Spartans’ netminder from close range. Goalkeeper Bella Bardales made the goal count, making what coach Doug Kennedy called “an awesome save in the last couple of minutes,” finishing with three stops on the day.

“It’s a skinny field down there,” Kennedy said. “We don’t have as much room to operate with.”

Hanover entertains Trinity on Tuesday back at Merriman-Branch Field.

Plymouth 1, Lebanon 0

Plymouth, n.h. — The Bobcats recorded their first win of the season, breaking a scoreless tie with three minutes left in regulation.

Lebanon (2-4-0), which has just five goals to its account in six matches, will try to find some offense when Kennett visits on Monday.

Sharon 1, Blue Mountain 0

Sharon — Novah Conway’s second goal of the season got the Phoenix (2-1) started, and Rory Livingston’s shutout goalkeeping kept Sharon in a winning position on Thursday.

Livingston recorded three saves for TSA, which heads to Craftsbury today.

Boys Soccer

Hanover 6, Spaulding 0

Hanover — Latham Allison and Christo Dragnev scored their first varsity goals — Dragnev made it two later in the afternoon — as the Marauders (3-4-0) made liberal use of the bench in a shutout of the overmatched Red Raiders (0-7).

Allison and Gary Li framed first-half scores around a Spaulding own goal. Dragnev bracketed his second-half tallies around a Charlie Adams strike. Henry Kahl delivered three assists, Nico Mayo-Pushee had a pair of helpers and goalkeeper Joey Perras needed just two saves for his first varsity shutout.

Hanover hits the road on Tuesday, visiting Nashua South.

Stevens 6, Winnisquam 0

Tilton, n.h. — The Cardinals (4-2-0) produced a superb opening half, scoring four times en route to their third straight win.

Drew Grenier bookended two goals around scores from Caleb Royce and Parker Moote for the 4-0 halftime cushion. Josh Thurber and Mitchell Paquette added to the pile in the second half. Moote, Thurber and Gabe Spaulding also had assists.

“The first half was our best soccer of the year,” Stevens coach Jason Stone noted. “We continue to learn and put more pieces together.”

Tanner Durkee recorded a three-save shutout for the Cards, who visit neighboring Windsor on Wednesday.

MVCS 2, UCA 0

Quechee — Eighth-grader Rachel Horner-Richardson deposited her first career goal early in the second half to send the Eagles (2-1-0) on their way past United Christian.

Elliot Renniger added an insurance marker for MVCS, while Stan Nelson recorded a three-save shutout.

Mid Vermont goes to Chelsea on Tuesday.

Lebanon 2, Plymouth 0

Lebanon — Erik Spaulding posted a four-save shutout in the Raiders’ fifth straight victory, three of which have come by way of the clean sheet.

Lebanon (5-2-0) used two goals in a three-minute span to get the measure of the Bobcats (2-3-1). Playing his first game since sustaining a preseason knee injury, Cameron Magari drilled home the eventual game-winning goal in the 56th minute, ripping an 18-yard drive into the upper left corner of the net. Owen Johnstone doubled the advantage in the 59th, flicking a Marcus Roper throw-in past the Plymouth goalie and rounding him to roof a 6-yard blast.

In addition to his saves, Spaulding also had an excellent game handling dangerous Plymouth crosses and corners, Lebanon coach Rob Johnstone pointed out.

The Raiders visit Kennett on Tuesday.

PCA 4, Woodsville 2

Woodsville — Sammy Tshileu looped a shot over Woodsville goalkeeper Cooper Davidson midway through the second half to break a 2-2 tie as Portsmouth Christian (6-0-0) stayed unbeaten at the Engineers’ expense.

PCA struck twice in the first half, but Woodsville (4-2-0) answered in the span of less than a half-minute to tie the match. Alex Enderson struck six minutes into the second half, then fed Garrett Olsen for the tying marker just 28 seconds later. PCA followed Tshileu’s game-winner with an insurance goal in the final 20 seconds.

“They’re the only undefeated team in our division,” Woodsville coach Mike Ackerman said. “They lost in the semis last year. They have their whole team back. They’re the team to beat in our division.”

Davidson had a busy day in goal, making 13 saves for Woodsville. The Engineers host Lisbon on Monday.

Hazen 5, Oxbow 2

Hardwick, Vt. — The young Olympians (0-4-0) continued to show signs of a gradual progression, scoring their first goals of the season in the second half of Friday’s loss.

Garrett Gadapee finished a Timothy Hodges pass and Jarret Rock delivered on a Dan Sweet assist as Oxbow outscored their hosts in the second 40 minutes, 2-1. Skyler Vaughan made 15 saves.

“Everybody knows the boys haven’t won in a couple of years; today, I felt it was a great effort,” first-year Oxbow coach Ed Scribner said. “That was a solid 80 minutes.”

Oxbow goes to Lyndon on Monday.

Leland & Gray 3, Windsor 0

Ludlow, Vt. — Goalkeeper Eli Milligan did his best to keep the Yellowjackets (1-3-0) in the contest, but the Rebels proved too strong in an opening-round Josh Cole Tournament match at Dorsey Park.

“They’re well-schooled, they know where to be, they’re athletic and they’re certainly enthusiastic,” Windsor coach Andy Tufts said of Leland & Gray. “They’ve groomed a group coming through that should be really, really strong the next couple of years.”

Milligan stopped eight shots and managed his penalty area well, Tufts said. Windsor plays in the consolation game of Black River High’s annual four-team tourney this evening.

Field Hockey

Newport 2, White Mountains 1

Whitefield, n.h. — Freshman Maddie Miller redirected a breakaway feed from Hailey Perry into the Spartans’ net with 49 seconds to play, completing Newport’s comeback from a 1-0 halftime deficit.

Kennedy Pysz converted a pass from Megan Howard early in the second half to get the rally going. With overtime beckoning, Howard forced a midfield turnover to send Perry racing down the left wing. Miller caught Perry’s crossing pass in stride and made it count.

Freshman Kelsey Wheeler, pressed into goaltending service by when bus transportation issues that prevented starter Stacia Dame from attending, finished with eight saves for her first varsity victory.

Newport, winner of three straight, hosts undefeated Monadnock on Tuesday.

Volleyball

Mascoma 3, Franklin 2

Franklin, n.h. — The Royals rallied from a fifth-set deficit to even their record at 2-2, taking a 27-29, 25-9, 18-25, 25-14, 15-12 nailbiter from the Golden Tornadoes (0-5).

Freshman Audrey May had a big game for Mascoma, delivering six aces and four kills. Sydney Thompson also had a big night on attack, posting a team-best nine kills along with four aces.

The Royals host InterLakes on Wednesday.

Golf

Newport SecondAt Waukewan

Center Harbor, n.h. — Marius Edwards made his debut count as Newport (3-7) enjoyed its best day on the links this season and nearly knocked off host White Mountains (8-1) in the process.

The Tigers’ Gabe Edwards won the medal with a 5-over-par 41, his best round of the season. With Kyle Fish (46), Marius Edwards (49) and Hayden Patten (52) close behind, Newport fell to the Spartans by a single stroke.

“Marius is a freshman, and he plays football and golf,” Newport coach George Campbell said. “What’s hampered me is I have a contingent of three freshmen, and when he’s not here, I have two freshmen who have been playing for two weeks. When Marius shows up, we’re a much better team.”

The Tigers will get another chance when they host Littleton in a head-to-head matchup at Newport Golf Club on Wednesday.

Team scores: White Mountains 187, Newport 188, InterLakes 192, Hillsboro-Deering 225.

College Field Hockey

Vermont 5, Dartmouth 2

Burlington — The Catamounts (3-3-0) stopped a four-game losing streak to the Big Green (2-3-0) dating back to 2012.

The squads traded goals in the first half, Vermont taking leads through Sydney Melfi and Lauren Tucker that Dartmouth equalized with strikes from Gemma Bautista and Kira Koehler. Landon Warren broke the deadlock for the final time four minutes into the second half, adding a second goal six minutes later as UVM pulled away.

Jackie Gillen provided the Cats’ other goal. Lena Benwood had four saves for the victors, and Hailey Valerio finished with seven saves for the Green.

Dartmouth hosts Maine on Sunday at Chase Field.

Women’s Soccer

Northeastern 3, Dartmouth 1

Boston — The Huskies (6-3-0) nodded home a pair of second-half corner kicks to pull away from the Big Green (4-3-0).

Kerri Zerfoss headed home a corner feed in the 62nd minute to break a 1-1 tie. Carly Wilhelm did the same for Northeastern in the final seven minutes after Zerfoss used her noggin to send Hannah Lopiccolo’s service in her direction.

Remy Borinsky’s fourth goal of the season in the 18th minute drew the Big Green level after Kayla Cappuzzo hit the scoresheet in the 13th for the Huskies.

Mariel Gordon finished with eight saves for Dartmouth, which returns to the Hub to face Boston University on Tuesday.

Women’s Volleyball

Rhode Island 3, Dartmouth 2

Durham, n.h. — The Big Green (3-4) opened play at UNH’s Holly Young Invitational with a 23-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 15-11 loss to the Rams (4-6).

Freshman Tori Dozier had a big game for Dartmouth, amassing a season-high 40 assists will adding four digs, four blocks and six kills. Senior Sara Lindquist paced the attack with 15 kills, and sophomore Carly Tower boasted a .545 hitting percentage on a seven-kill night.

The Big Green returns to face Siena and UNH today.