Local Roundup: Hanover Wins in Final Seconds
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Hanover — Hannah Seibel broke a tie score on a wraparound goal with just six seconds left to play to lift the Hanover girls lacrosse team to an 11-10 victory over Winnacunnet in their season-opener on Thursday.
Hanover led 9-6 late, but the Warriors rallied to knot the score at 9-9. After the Marauders scored to regain the lead, Winacunnet again answered with a goal in the final minute. Hanover fought for the ball off the ensuing draw and called a timeout to setup the final play for Seibel.
“We’re coming off spring break. We had only five players around last week for some informal practice,” Hanover coach Chris Seibel said. “Our goalie (Emily Gougelet) was the star of the day. She had a lot of point-blank saves and in critical situations.”
Gougelet finished with 12 saves. Hannah Seibel had three goals and an assist, while Molly Seibel had four goals. Rachel Boghosian also had three goals while Sophie Lubrano scored once.
“Our defense is young and we’ve thrown a lot at them. We were very rusty, but we played some great defense late,” coach Seibel said.
Eileen Daley and Liesel Robbins each played strong games defensively for the Marauders (1-0), who visit Londonderry on Saturday.
Kearsarge 7, Lebanon 6
Lebanon — The Cougars (2-1) held on late for a quality road win over the Raiders (1-1).
Kearsarge led 5-2 at halftime and 7-4 after the third quarter before surviving a desperate Lebanon comeback attempt. A trio of freshmen sparked the Cougars as Leland Heckel scored twice, Justin Norris had a goal and an assist and Sam Kelly scored one. Travis Newman added a goal ad a helper while Lucas Muzzey and Tristan Rowe also scored.
Goalie Will Aufranc stopped 17 shots for the Cougars.
Lucas Gerow led the Raiders with four goals and one assist. Tate Singleton, Jordan Hammond and Nate Damren also scored. Kearsarge coach Mike Heffernan praised the strong play of junior Bryson Barthol, a key player on the Cougars’ football team, for playing smart in a tough, physical contest with the Raiders.
Hanover 5, Lebanon 4
Lebanon — The Marauders (3-0) rallied back to remain unbeaten in the early going, just edging the Raiders (2-1) in what Hanover coach Mark Lewis termed a potential state championship preview.
Hanover trailed 4-1 with four matches still playing and won them all to edge the hosts. The Marauders’ Isaac Davis won the singles match of the day, 9-8 over Lebanon’s Jacob Peress. Hanover’s Graham Dickson added an 8-6 victory over Nabeel Khan. Benny Gantrish also had a win in singles for the Marauders, 8-3.
Max Reed won at No. 1 singles for Lebanon, 8-1 over Henry Pletcher. Jeff Purdy (8-2) and Terran Campbell (8-3) also won in singles for the Raiders. Purdy and Campbell then partnered for an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles.
Hanover won the other two doubles contests, including an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles by Pletcher and Dickson and an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles by Davis and Gantrish.
Hanover 8, Trinity 1
Hanover — The Marauders gave another strong showing, improving to 3-0.
Rine Uhm lost the match of the day at No. 1 singles for Hanover, battling back from a 7-4 hole to fall 9-7. Zoe Yu, Margaret Werner and Liza Goss each added 8-0 victories while Izzy Davis (8-5) and Kendra McGowan (8-3) also won in singles.
Uhm and Yu teamed for an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles. Emily Acker and McGowan then rolled, 8-0, at No. 2 doubles while Werner and Willa Kaufman won 8-2 in their doubles match.
The Marauders visit Goffstown on Monday.
Windsor 6, Mill River 5
Windsor — The Jacks (2-3) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally back against the Minutemen.
Nick LeBeau (RBI double), Tyson Boudro (RBI triple) and Jake Meagher (RBI single) provided the punch in the late rally for Windsor. LeBeau finished with a pair of hits and three RBIs from the No. 9 spot in the lineup. Boudro and Nick Kapuscinski also had two hits apiece.
Ethan Hill earned the win, tossing a complete game while striking out five and allowing just one earned run. Windsor hosts Stevens on Monday.
Woodstock 22, Black River 10 (5)
Woodstock — The Wasps built a 19-3 lead through four innings, cruising over the Presidents to remain unbeaten at 3-0.
Doug Avellino was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Zach Cole added a pair of doubles and scored five runs while Dylan Kuhn and Sam Cole each doubled and scored three runs. Starting pitcher Conor Joyce tossed four innings and allowed no earned runs. Woodstock visits Bellows Falls on Saturday.
South Royalton 15, Concord (Vt.) 1
Concord, Vt. — Leif Johnson threw six strong innings, striking out seven, as the Royals improved to 5-0.
Alex Berk was 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI. Keanan Thompson was 3-for-5 with two double and two RBIs. Nick Howe and Sam Berk each added a pair of hits.
Oxbow 21, Twinfield 4
Plainfield, Vt. — Freshman Tristan Longmoore earned his first varsity victory, tossing five strong innings for the Olympians (1-2).
Longmoore also added three hits. Hunter Torrey and Tyler Gillis each had a pair of base knocks. The O’s visit Rivendell on Thursday.
Hartford 4, Bellows Falls 2
Westminster, Vt. — Steve Cerrone had a strong start on the mound for the Hurricanes (3-0), striking out seven over six innings to help edge the Terriers.
Cerrone scattered six hits and allowed both runs. Greg Shinn was 2-for-4 with a double while Jordy Allard also had a pair of hits. Allard also earned the save, tossing a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh inning, striking out one.
Jacob Perkins added a hit, walked twice and scored two runs for Hartford, which hosts U-32 on Saturday.
Littleton 5, Woodsville 4 (11)
Littleton, n.h. — Jacob Tetley threw 10 innings for the Engineers, striking out seven while scattering nine hits, but the Crusaders rallied in the 11th for the marathon victory.
Freshman Eric Thornton came up from the jayvee ranks to start in center field for Woodsville. Thornton went 3-for-4 and played solid defense on a cold, windy afternoon, drawing praise from first-year coach Brent Cox.
Tetley added a 2-for-6 effort at the plate and scored two runs. Ty Hannett added a pair of hits while scoring the other two runs. Ben Fournier was 2-for-4.
Blue Mountain 10, Rivendell 2
Orford — The Raptors were undone in their season-opener by a pair of big innings for the Bucks.
Nate Eastman started on the hill for Rivendell, going all six innings while fanning five and walking none. Eastman was also 3-for-3. Luke Bell added a pair of hits. The Bucks scored six runs in the third inning and three in the sixth.
The Raptors visit Woodsville today.
Chelsea 16, Whitcomb 8
Chelsea, Vt. — The Hornets (0-2) couldn’t quite keep pace with the Red Devils.
Hunter Paradis took the loss for Whitcomb, going four innings, allowing five runs while fanning four against one walk. Paul Fleming was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Sam Ennis had two hits, two walks and scored four runs.
Coach Les McIntyre praised the defensive effort of junior catcher Forrest Peront. The Hornets host Rochester on Saturday.
Windsor 11, Mill River 8
Windsor — The Yellowjackets rallied back from a 7-2 deficit to lead 10-7 through six innings and held on for the victory.
Ashleay Wilcox led the Windsor offense with a triple, a single, three RBIs and two runs scored. Brianna Wright capped the Jacks’ comeback with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning to put Windsor in front, 8-7. Emily Anderson added single and two RBIs.
Windsor (2-3) hosts Stevens on Monday.
Hartford 6, Fair Haven 5
Fair Haven, Vt. — The Hurricanes (1-1) got four straight hits with two outs n the top of the sixth inning to turn a 4-4 tie into a 6-4 lead.
Kaitlynn Woodward drove in the go-ahead run, scoring Kayla Lancor. Paige Laramie followed with a ground-rule RBI double for the final run. The Canes had 12 hits led by Jenna Yee with three. Woodward and Laramie each had two hits while Morgan Horne had her first varsity hit.
Woodward also tossed a complete game, allowing five hits while striking out nine against two walks. Hartford visits Hanover on Saturday.
Woodsville 18, Littleton 7
Littleton, n.h. — The Engineers benefitted from 21 walks, and had a strong pitching performance by Lottie Page, improving to 3-0.
Page went the distance, allowing nine hits while striking out three against two walks. Kat Emley was 3-for-4 with a double, six RBIs and two runs scored to pace the potent and patient Woodsville attack. Ally O’Shana added two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Julia Bowman was 2-for-5.
The Royals visit Lisbon on Wednesday.
Oxbow 15, Twinfield 1
Plainfield, Vt. — Leah Hanzas threw a two-hitter, strikng out eight while walking just one, as Oxbow improved to 3-0.
Shae Brammell was 2-for-3 with four runs scored and two RBIs. Cassie Hutchinson added three hits to drive in three. The Olympians host Randolph on Friday.
South Royalton 13, Concord (Vt.) 1
Concord, Vt. — Rebecca Paige tossed a complete game, two-hitter, striking out three, as the Royals pulled away from the Wildcats.
Rachel Moore and Emily Ballou each had home runs to pace the SoRo offense. The Royals (2-1) host the Wildcats on Saturday.
Chargers Host NAC East Tourney
New London — The Colby-Sawyer College men’s tennis team earned the top seed in the North Atlantic Conference East Division men’s tennis tournament for the second consecutive season after posting a perfect 5-0 record in conference play.
Colby-Sawyer will host a one-day final four tournament on Sunday in either New London or Hanover, depending on weather conditions. The Chargers will play fourth-seeded Lyndon (5-5, 3-2 NAC) in a rematch of last year’s semifinals. The other semifinal is also a rematch of last season, but with different seeds. Second-seeded Thomas (6-5, 5-1 NAC) will play third-seeded Castleton (7-5, 4-2 NAC).
Matches will begin on Sunday at either Kelsey Courts in New London, or at the Boss Tennis Center on the campus of Dartmouth College at 2 p.m. in a single elimination final four format. The winners of the semifinal matches will then play for the NAC East title.