Extra Effort Pays Off
Overtime Goal Sends Hartford to First Victory
Hartford's Jenna Yee, right, takes control of the ball while pressured by Middlebury's Paige Viens, left, during overtime on Thursday in White River Junction. Hartford won the game 2-1. Valley News - James M. Patterson
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Hartford's Rachel Fogg, left, gets a hug from teammate Courtney Murray after scoring the winning goal in overtime against Middlebury on Thursday in White River Junction. Hartford won, 2-1. Valley News - James M. Patterson Purchase photo reprints »
White River Junction — This overtime things is getting to be a habit for the Hartford High field hockey team. This time around, however, the extra work paid off.
Jenna Yee converted a goalmouth scramble with 1:26 left in overtime as the Hurricanes evened their early-season record at 1-1-0 with a 2-1 win over Middlebury on Thursday at Hartford High School.
Rachel Fogg earned an assist on the play, giving the Canes a victory to go with a season-opening overtime loss to Otter Valley last week.
The play began with a penalty-corner deliver from Courtney Murray. Once the ball found its way to the Middlebury goalkeepers pads, Yee and Fogg pounded away until the ball popped in the net.
“Because there are less field players (in 7-on-7 overtimes), they can only have three defenders on a penalty corner versus the normal four,” Hartford coach Heather Scudder said.
“Things can happen on that.”
After a scoreless first half, Hartford took the game’s first lead when Megan Newton netted a pass from Allison Courtemanche with 19:42 to play. The advantage held until the Tigers’ Paige Viens solved Hurricane goalie Cadence Loney with 7½ minutes to go.
Scudder inserted backup Rachel Loseby at that point, and the move paid off when the freshman “made a huge save in overtime,” Scudder said.
Loney, a junior, recorded a pair of solid first-half saves for Hartford.
The Canes visit rival Windsor on Tuesday.
Berlin 3, Mascoma 0
Berlin, n.h. — A state finalist two of the last three years, the Mountaineers (1-0) started off their bid for another long season by blanking the Royals (0-1) with three second-half goals.
“Our defense played a very good game,” Mascoma coach Amanda Valliere said. “Berlin’s a very strong game.”
Jordan LaCroix made eight saves in goal for Mascoma, which holds its home opener on Tuesday against Profile.
Hillsboro-Deering 1 (ot)
North Sutton — Nick Brady netted a pass from Keegan Matisse shortly before halftime to answer an early goal in the Cougars’ extra-time draw with the Hillcats (2-0-1).
Mike Sullivan stopped everything else Hillsboro-Deering fired his way after scoring in the fifth minute, finishing with six saves.
Kearsarge hosts Conant on Tuesday.
Lebanon Bounces Back
Amherst, n.h. — After dropping its first two head-to-head matchups earlier in the week, the Raiders (6-2) swept back into the win column by edging Sanborn and host Souhegan on the par-36 front nine at Amherst Country Club.
Lebanon senior Corey Huckins dropped the day’s low round, an even-par 36, to lead the way. The Raiders picked up a 42 from freshman Alex Bitler in his first varsity start, to go with a 42 from David Albright, a 43 from Nabeel Khan and a 44 from Dylan Gaudette.
“(Tuesday) was one of those days where nothing went right for anybody,” Lebanon coach Chris Pollard said.
“We had a little practice (Wednesday) and tried to work out some of the kinks. We worked on the mind a little bit, too.”
Lebanon, which topped Hanover in its season opener late last month, visits the Marauders with Pembroke on Tuesday.
Team scores: Lebanon 207, Souhegan 213, Sanborn 216.
Hanover Sweeps Two
Hanover — The Marauders (7-1) packed their five scores into a five-shot swing to sweep Goffstown and John Stark on Hanover Country Club’s front nine.
Nathan Roth (40), Mattson Rosenbaum (41), Patrick Dyroff (41), Conor Nagle (43) and Chris Lehmann (44) accounted for Hanover’s team tally. Goffstown’s Griffin Barbaro and Stark’s Ben Guilmette shared the low round at 5-over-par 39.
Hanover hosts Lebanon and Pembroke on Tuesday.
Team scores: Hanover 209, Goffstown 219, John Stark 227.
Kearsarge Splits Debut
Hillsborough, n.h. — Having had their opening match halted by lightning last week, the Cougars (1-1) split their season debut at Angus Lea, falling to Laconia by three strokes but routing host Hillsboro-Deering.
Kearsarge’s Andy Arnold dropped a 4-over-par 37 for the day’s low round, followed right behind by teammate Lucas Muzzey’s 38. Bailey Kane (43) and Laura Rodgers (54) rounded out the scoring for the Cougars, who visit Conant with Monadnock and H-D at The Shattuck on Thursday.
Team scores: Laconia 169, Kearsarge 172, Hillsboro-Deering 214.
Tigers Run at Newfound
Bristol, n.h. — Newport’s girls made history at Newfound when they scored as a team for the first time since the program was reinstated three years ago. The Tigers were second to Hopkinton.
Catie Tremblay led Newpoty with an eighth-place finish (25:00), followed by Claudia Biron (12th), Sky Curtis (20th), Hannah Hubert (21st), Bethany Boone (23rd) and Samantha Fortier (30th).
The Newport boys, who did not have enough runners to compete as a team, were represented by Tyler Currier (9th, 20:56), Noah Wood (32nd) and Jacob Caron (37th).
Team scores: Girls — 1. Hopkinton 21, 2. Newport 72, 3. Littleton 73. Boys — 1. Hopkinton 22, 2. Newfound 52, 3. Mascoma 55.