Hanover, Lebanon Win Soccer Finales

Hanover — The Hanover High boys soccer team wrapped up its regular season in style, getting a goal and two assists from Rocco Linehan in a 5-0 whitewashing of Bishop Guertin on Thursday night.

The Marauders (15-0-1) wrapped up the top seed in the NHIAA Division I tournament. Hanover will host a first-round game on Thursday against an opponent to be determined.

Daniel Hazlett, Xavier Tchana, Noah Kahan and Tim Alibozek scored for Hanover, with Kahan picking up his first varsity goal. Tomas LaPorta and Jonah Lavine collected assists, the first at the varsity level for Lavine.

The Hanover back four of Sam Carey, Jack Lightbody, Evan Greenwald, Alec Murphy fronted keeper Alex Bynum, who faced zero shots while earning his 11th clean sheet of the season.

Lebanon 1, Windham 0

Windham, n.h. — Sophomore Greg Roberge, who was called up to the varsity on the bus ride to Windham, scored the game’s lone goal to lift the Raiders (12-3-1) over first- place Windham (14-2), which had scored 89 goals in its first 15 games.

Roberge, the leading scorer on the jayvee team, had the option of playing for the varsity or for the Lebanon jayvees against Windham on Thursday.

The Raiders entered the game down three regular attacking players, including one of the strikers in their regular rotation, and so an opportunity to play might present itself.

In the 17th minute, Lebanon’s Moe Woodcock curled a ball over the top of the Windham defense. Roberge blew past both Jaguar center backs and rocketed a right-footed volley inside the left post for the game’s only goal.

A dominant first half for Lebanon on Windham’s senior day became a midfield battle after the break, but the defensive rotation of Hugh Townsend, Will Merchant, Chris Morse, Woodcock and Nate Morgan played an incredibly disciplined game in limiting Windham to only three shots on target. Kenny Weitzman went the distance for the shutout.

Thetford 5, Winooski 3

Thetford — Matt Perry scored a hat trick and had an assist for the eighth-ranked Panthers, who dispatched the No. 9 Spartans in Wednesday’s Vermont Division III first round playoff game.

Connor Brown and Kyle Bowen each added a goal and an assist and Julio Lopez had one assist for Thetford (8-6-1), which led 4-2 at halftime.

“It was a back-and-forth game,” said Panthers coach Sean Fitzgerald. “(Winooski’s) keeper had 12 big saves to keep it a close game.”

The Panthers’ Brandon Gray made six saves.

Thetford plays at top-ranked Stowe today in a rematch of last year’s state championship game won by Stowe. The two teams met earlier this year with Stowe taking a 6-0 decision.

Women’s College Hoop

Dartmouth Picked Fifth

Princeton, n.j. — Dartmouth was picked fifth in the Ivy League preseason media poll announced Thursday.

“We are looking forward to the Ivy League season and excited to be given a ‘High Five’ in the pre-season poll,” first-year coach Belle Koclanes said. “As of right now, our immediate focus is to continue to raise our level of play from practice-to-practice as we prepare for competition. We talk often about the importance of bringing a competitive mind-set to the court and gaining confidence as we improve our skill sets both individually and collectively. This level of commitment is the only way to climb a ‘poll.’ ”

Defending champion Princeton was tabbed to repeat, gaining 13 first-place votes, followed by Harvard and Penn. Yale was chosen fourth, followed by the Big Green and Cornell. The bottom of the league has Brown seventh and Columbia eighth.

The Big Green returns 13 players from last season’s team, but will have to replace graduated leading scorer Faziah Steen and her 11.0 points per game. All-Ivy second-team selection Nicola Zimmer will be asked to lead the team this season, after averaging 8.9 ppg and totaling a team-high 42 assists. Defensively, Koclanes needs to find a dominating post presence and will look for junior center Tia Dawson to step up on the glass.

Koclanes’ tenure begins on Nov. 8, when the Big Green meet Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

College Soccer

Keene State Coach
To Retire

Keene, n.h. — Ron Butcher, the Keene State men’s soccer coach since 1971, announced on Thursday he will retire after 43 seasons.

Butcher has posted a 585-246-71 record at Keene State and 594 wins total.

The Owls (5-10) host Eastern Connecticut on Saturday in their home finale. KSC will honor Butcher with a celebration of his career during pre-and post-game ceremonies.