Marauders, Raiders Shine at CVC Meet
Langdon, n.h. — Because of vacation absences associated with Columbus Day weekend, the Hanover High girls cross country team was undermanned during Friday’s Connecticut Valley Conference Championships. No matter for the Marauders, who galloped to a 38-48 win over Keene at Fall Mountain Regional High School.
On the boys’ side, Lebanon junior Josh Fontaine won in 16:34.70 for the runner-up Raiders, who fell 43-65 to Keene.
Despite carrying just six runners, the Hanover girls placed five in the top 30 to finish 10 points ahead of the Blackbirds and 53 ahead of third-place Lebanon.
Marauder sisters Zola and Finley Doyle took the first two spots, Zola, a senior, winning in 19 minutes, 27 seconds and Finley finishing 2.1 seconds later.
Liesel Robbins (seventh; 20:17.3), Aparna Alavilli (seventh; 20:31.5) and Devin McDevitt (29th; 23:23.90) rounded off the scoring for Hanover.
Lebanon’s girls were led by Nell Houde’s fourth-place time of 22:32.70. Kelsie Atwater (20th; 22:32.7), Brenna Peterson (26th; 23:16.30) and Bella Vice-VanHeyde also placed in the top 30, with Caroline Wren coming in 35th in 24:08.8 for the Raiders.
Fontaine was trailed by teammate Zak Kinsman, who placed third in 17:11.2 for Lebanon. Nick Orgnic (18:03.4), Cameron Stewart (23rd; 18:20.7) and Raphael Harriman (28th; 18:36.2) also placed in the top 30 for Lebanon.
Hanover’s boys placed third, led by Garrett Ruley’s fourth-place time of 17:15.90 and Felix Herron’s sixth-place finish in 17:24.90. Reed Winter (17th; 18:07.3), Walter Mosenthal (26th; 18:25.7) and Issac Jacobs (27th; 18:32.4) also aided the Marauders’ podium finish.
Boys team scores — 1. Keene 43, 2. Lebanon 65, 3. Hanover 74, 4. Monadnock 96, 5. Fall Mountain 125, 6. Bellows Falls 166, 7. Kearsarge 170, 8. Brattleboro 183.
Girls team scores — 1. Hanover 38, 2. Keene 48, 3. Lebanon 91, 4. Monadnock 99, 5. Brattleboro 109, 6. Kearsarge 124.
Mount Mansfield 14
White River Junction — The Hurricanes (4-3 overall, 4-2 league) answered anyone who may have started doubting them after a disappointing performance last week by dominating the Cougars.
Patrick Libuda rushed for four touchdowns, including two in the first quarter, as the Canes built a 34-0 halftime lead. The Hartford defense limited the Cougars to just 17 yards of offense before the break. Bruising fullback John Bielecki added a scoring run while Nolan Viens capped the Canes’ suffocating defensive effort with an interception return for a touchdown.
Hartford had dropped a stunner, 19-18, at St. Johnsbury on Oct. 5.
“This was a complete 180 from last week. It’s all on the kids, they came together and were more focused, it was good to see,” Canes coach Mike Stone said. “We seem to be playing a lot better, all the credit to the kids, they turned it around.”
Hartford closes the regular season with a visit from Rutland on Friday night.
Fall Mountain 20
Langdon, n.h. — Kyle Kosiorek had four touchdowns as the Royals destroyed the host Wildcats, improving to 3-2 on the season.
Kosiorek had a pair of scoring runs and also connected with quarterback Justin Marsh for two touchdown receptions. Marsh had a big game in addition to the two TD throws as he returned the opening kickoff for a score and also ran in two successful 2-point conversions. Richard Larocque added a touchdown run while Shane Pierce caught a 2-point conversion pass.
Mascoma led 32-12 at halftime and turned to its ground game to extend the lead after the break. The Royals host Somersworth next Saturday.
Burr & Burton 0
Quechee — The Hurricanes played 40 dominant minutes en route to a 2-0 halftime lead in beating the Bulldogs.
Connor Brooks gave Hartford (10-2) the early lead, scoring five minutes in off a nice feed from Peter Tsongalis. Brooks then assisted on Derrick Davenport’s goal before the break.
“I was really pleased with the way boys played in the first half, it was one of the strongest starts the boys have had,” Hartford coach Steve Sass said. “It can be difficult to sustain that level of play for 80 minutes, but the boys didn’t concede a goal. It’s a great outing for us.”
Keeper Aaron Parker anchored a strong effort by the Canes’ defense. Hartford hosts Woodstock on senior night, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Lebanon 3, Pembroke 1
Pembroke, n.h. — Sophomore Kuda Muhlauri had a pair of goals as the Raiders (10-2) took over the No. 2 seed in New Hampshire Division II by upending the host Spartans (9-2-1).
Muhlauri scored in the eighth minute, tracking down a nice Jeff Purdy pass over the top of the Pembroke defense before beating the keeper for the goal. Jacob Armstrong added a goal 10 minutes later, picking off a Spartans clearing attempt and converting inside the right post. Muhlauri then put Lebanon in front 3-0 seven minutes into the second half, scoring when Will Merchant’s throw in found Ryan Servant to setup the sophomore striker for his second goal.
Raiders coach Rob Johnstone praised the strong play by the backfield quartet of Nate Morgan, who was making his first varsity start, along with Chris Morse, Merchant and Hugh Townsend.
Keeper Kenny Weitzman made five saves for Lebanon, which visits Saint Thomas on Wednesday.
Newport 1, Hinsdale 0
Newport — The Tigers earned a hard-fought victory, playing perhaps their strongest game of the season.
Alyssa Fulton scored with an assist to Sophie Willis in the 18th minute for Newport (2-11).
“It was a great game for Newport today. We controlled the tempo and had the ball on their side of the field essesntially the entire game,” Tigers coach Jon Hamel said.
Moriah Chase stopped four shots in net for the hosts. Hamel praised the strong games by Catie Tremblay, Vanessa Olivares and Katrina Batista. The Tigers look for two in a row at Hillsboro-Deering on Tuesday.
Thetford 2, Randolph 1
Randolph — The Panthers survived a scare by the Galloping Ghosts on Randolph’s H omecoming day, improving to 11-0 with a narrow victory.
Michaela Pomeroy broke a scoreless tie six minutes into the second half, scoring off a corner by Abby Osheyack. Shyann Josler then added the game-winner, intercepting a Randolph pass and scoring unassisted. Keeper Ella Chapman stopped four shots for the Panthers.
“I give the Randolph girls a lot of credit, they were very excited and very enthusiastic and played extremelly hard,” Thetford coach Mark Weigel said.
The Panthers play their third game in four days today with a visit from Harwood, another of the top teams in Vermont D-III.
Burr & Burton 0
Windsor — The Jacks outlasted a spirited Bulldogs effort as Haley Wood’s goal with 10 minutes left in the first half stood up in the end.
“We were pretty fortunate. Burr & Burton is very quick and well skilled, they put some pressure on us for most of the game, especially late,” Windsor coach Sandy Clary said.
Keeper Emma Saucier anchored a strong defensive effort by Windsor, making 14 saves. Clary praised defender Mariah Marsh and the rest of the Yellowjacket backfield for their consistent play all afternoon.
Windsor (7-4-1) hosts Brattleboro on Tuesday.
Hollis, n.h. — Despite having a hard time converting for goals, the Raiders dominated play and improved to 10-1-1.
Brooke Whitaker scored off a corner in the 63rd minute with both Emily Perryman and Elle Brine picking up assists. Keeper Emily Foster stopped three shots for the shutout.
Lebanon outshot the Cavaliers 16-3. Ashley Skey stopped 15 shots in net for Hollis-Brookline.
The Raiders close their regular season with a visit from Merrimack Valley on Tuesday followed by a visit to Con-Val on Friday.
Mount Anthony 0
White River Junction — The Hurricanes kept it rolling, blanking the Patriots to improve to 10-3.
Megan Newton scored with seven minutes left to play in the first half, Jenna Yee assisted. Rachel Loseby stopped three shots in net for the Canes. Hartford coach Heather Scudder also praised the play of Kristen Davis and Taylor Wilson.
“Several players had their best games of the season. As a coach, it was great because all the things you were working on were clicking,” Scudder said.
The win has potential playoff implications for the Canes, who are battling with the Patriots for a top seed. The win gives Hartford a one game edge on Mount Anthony; Rutland visits Hartford to conclude the regular season on Tuesday.
Hanover 2, Con-Val 0
Peterborough, n.h. — The Marauders didn’t allow a shot on goal in winning for the fourth time in five games.
Sumner LaBaron-Brien scored with an assist to Sophie Whitcomb in the first half for Hanover (7-5). Eleanor Patten added an insurance score after the break with Hannah Seibel picking up the assist. Keeper Emily Gougelet anchored a strong performance by the Marauders defense, also led by Mason McNulty and Emma Butler.
Hanover hosts Bishop Brady on Tuesday.
College Field Hockey
Hanover — The Big Green snapped a two-game losing skid with a shutout victory over the River Hawks.
Maggie Scanlon and Eliza Becker scored for Dartmouth (4-6). Scanlon’s goal came when she knocked in a rebound following a Becker attempt in the 33rd minute. Olivia Quaglia then had a shot attempt deflected by the River Hawks’ keeper in the 60th minute, right to Becker who knocked it home for an insurance goal.
Keeper Ellen Meyer anchored a stingy Big Green defense, stopping one shot for the shutout. Scanlon now has seven goals on the season.
Columbia 3, Dartmouth 2
Hanover — The Big Green lost a heartbreaker, falling by scores of 26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 5-15.
The loss is the sixth in a row for Dartmouth (7-9 overall, 0-4 Ivy League). The Big Green stormed out to a 2-0 lead thanks to stretches of dominant play, including three straight kills in the first set by Emily Astarita and a clutch Kaira Lujan kill off a nice set by Stacey Benton to close the second set.
Elisa Scudder led Dartmouth with 14 kills and seven blocks, while Benton had a team-high 44 assists.