Marauders Roll to First Victory

Hanover’s Nick Bowen braces to take a shot from Bishop Brady’s Mike St. Pierre during Hanover’s 5-0 win last night. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Hanover’s Nick Bowen braces to take a shot from Bishop Brady’s Mike St. Pierre during Hanover’s 5-0 win last night. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »

West Lebanon — Last night proved to be a night of firsts for the Hanover boys hockey team as three players scored their first varsity goals as the Marauders beat visiting Bishop Brady 5-0 for their first win of the season.

Junior Ben Carson-Taylor and sophomores Ben Acker and Kordell Lindsay each dented the back of the net for the first time. Shawn Cavallaro added a pair of goals, one on the power play and one shorthanded. The Marauders (1-1-1) dominated play in the first period, controlling the tempo while camping out in the Brady zone.

“It was a terrific first period,” Hanover coach Dick Dodds said. “We came out with a lot of energy, a lot of poise. We really tired them out, had them pinned deep.”

Mike Yukica added a pair of assists while Cavallaro, Jin Kim, Ben Hartman, Sam Carey, Joe Cravero and Nick Mullen also had helpers. Goalie James Montgomery stopped seven shots for the shutout.

Woodstock 9, Lyndon 0

Woodstock — Connor McCarthy’s four goals led the way in a Woodstock rout.

Levi Vigh added a goal and three assists for the Wasps, who improved to 2-2. Connor Joyce had a goal and two assists, while Haven Lantz had a pair of goals and Alastair Bones had a goal.

Braden McCarthy and Nick Donaldson each added three assists while Ben Orr had a pair of helpers and Hunter Schmell had one assist.

Goalie Brady Stewart stopped six shots for the shutout.

Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough 7 Kearsarge 2

Andover, n.h. — The Cougars struck first, scoring just 10 seconds into the action on a Matt Pickman goal, but Kearsarge then allowed four goals in a five-minute stretch later in the first period in dropping to 0-3.

Ben Newbern added a goal for the Cougars, while Allie Folcik and Delaney Stone each assisted. Goalie Colleen Mitchell stopped 30 shots.

Brattleboro 5, Hartford 2

Brattleboro, Vt. — Brandon Gardner scored in the first period to knot the score at 1-1 for the Hurricanes (1-1), but the Colonels then scored four straight goals to take a commanding lead.

Andrew Atkinson assisted on Gardner’s goal and then scored a goal of his own in the third period, with an assist to Gardner. Goalie Mak Lyford stopped 15 shots for the Canes.

Merrimack 8, Lebanon 1

Manchester — The Raiders fell to 1-2 with the loss. Ryan White scored with assists to Cam Broughton and Ryan Damren for the Raiders. Joe Grout and Ryan Dube combined for 29 saves in net for Lebanon.

Girls Hockey

Hartford 1
Harwood 1 (ot)

White River Junction — Beth Potter recorded 17 saves and Haley Grigel posted the home team’s only goal as the Huricanes (2-0-1) remained unbeaten.

Grigel banked a pass off the back of Harwood netminder Sienna Damon (19 saves) midway through the first period, just 87 seconds after a seeing-eye wrister from the Highlanders’ Emily Vasseur snuck past Potter for the game’s opening goal. The rest of the night belonged to the netminders, who were both sharp and only occasionally tested.

A senior, Potter made three key stops late in regulation — denying bids from Harwood’s Katlyn Martin, Taylor Yandow and Hayley Martin — to force overtime. Potter made two stops in the extra session, stopping the Highlanders’ Haley Spittle and Carrie Johnson in the final minute.

Caroline Miller earned an assist on Grigel’s goal for Hartford.

Northfield 12, Woodstock 0

Northfield, Vt. — The Wasps put an early scare into a very strong Marauders team, but Northfield’s depth proved too much in the end.

Woodstock (0-3) trailed just 2-0 after the first period. Wasps goalie Erin Tortolano faced a barrage of 62 shots on goal, but made 50 saves in what Sailer called “probably her best game ever.” Woodstock dressed 11 players against a Northfield squad with four full lines.

Girls Basketball

Leland & Gray 50
Windsor 29

Windsor — The Yellowjackets (1-1) dropped their first game of the season.

“It wasn’t what I expected, we didn’t play well and we have a lot of work to do,” Windsor coach Bruce Mackay said.

Merrimack Valley 67 Kearsarge 25

Penacook, n.h. — Anna Cahill scored 18 points for the Cougars in a losing effort. The Pride led 37-14 at halftime. Kearsarge (1-5) visits Bishop Brady tomorrow night.

Boys Basketball

Merrimack Valley 55 Kearsarge 44

North Sutton, n.h. — The Cougars were undone by a offensive onslaught in the second half by the hard-charging Pride as Merrimack Valley stormed back from a 10-point halftime deficit by outscoring Kearsarge 29-6 in the third quarter.

Peter Allen led the Cougars (0-4) with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Carter Noorsij added 12 points and Casey Laughinghouse had eight points. Andrew Alicia had 16 of his 19 points for Merrimack Valley in the third quarter for the D-II Pride to earn a win over the D-III Cougars.

Dan Orlando keyed the Cougars defense while Ollie Gallo played well at guard with six points and five assists.

H.S. Swimming

Lebanon Sweeps

New London — Lebanon placed first in the boys and girls team competitions in Friday’s meet at Colby-Sawyer College.

Freshmen Kyle Shepherd and Vladimir Burnin led the Lebanon boys in individual scoring, Shepherd taking home a victory in the 100 free and Burnin winning the 100 backstroke. Juniors Amanda Klotz and Lyssa Wright paved the way for the Lebanon girls team in individual points, Klotz winning the 100 free and Wright winning the 200 IM.

Sunapee-based Mount Royal Academy’s first-year swim team also had a good night. Canaan’s Miriam Caveney, captain of the girls team, touched first in the 100 backstroke and 50 free while her brother, Matt, won the 200 free and 100 butterfly. Team captain Mike Caveney won the boys’ 50 free and 100 breastroke.

The boys relays came down to the wire as the team of Burnin, Shepherd, Taylor, and Gavell came from behind and out-touched Mount Royal by one second in the 200 medley relay. The 200 frees relay was also a photo finish as Mount Royal’s team surged from behind, but were again out-touched by one second.

Team Scores: Boys — Lebanon 61, Mount Royal 50, Kearsarge 38, Stevens 9. Girls — Lebanon 62, Kearsarge 47, Stevens 28, Mount Royal 12.

H.S. Hockey

Woodstock Alumni
Games Soon

Woodstock — The annual Ian Holt Memorial Woodstock Hockey Alumni Games will be held on Dec. 26 at Union Arena in Woodstock. The girls game is at 2:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 4.

There is no fee to play, but donations will be accepted at the doors and will be split between the Woodstock Union High varsity programs and Union Arena.

The games are open to all former varsity players, as well as any player who played for any of the Woodstock youth hockey teams. All players need to pre-register, and can register online at, or call Dan French at 802-457-2500, ext. 11.

College Baseball

Dartmouth Announces Slate

Hanover — Dartmouth’s 2013 schedule, announced yesterday, features a season-opening trip to a tournament hosted by the University of Minnesota, a 10-game spring trek down to Florida and the 20-game Ivy League slate as the Big Green attempts to win its sixth consecutive Rolfe Division title and third conference crown in the six seasons.

The campaign opens on March 1 against Minnesota in the first game of the Dairy Queen Classic held at the Metrodome. The Big Green will also square off against Northern Illinois and Utah in the three-day tournament.

After a 13-day break for finals, Dartmouth will head to Florida to participate in the Russ-Matt Invitational, featuring numerous teams from around the country. Dartmouth will play 10 games in eight days, including a three-game series against Bradley and single contests versus Army, UAB, Long Island University North Dakota State, among others.

Upon returning from the Sunshine State, the Big Green will host Siena at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park — where Dartmouth is 55-7 over the last four seasons — in the home opener on March 27. It will be the earliest home game in Dartmouth baseball history.

Dartmouth’s Ivy slate begins at Penn and Columbia on March 30 and 31, respectively, with doubleheaders starting at noon each day.

Among the other non-conference opponents are Boston College (April 9 in Hanover), Quinnipiac for a home-and-home series and Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.