Lebanon Senior Bags 100th Point In Raiders’ Win
Concord — Lebanon High girls hockey senior Amelia Gage netted her 100th point yesterday afternoon as the Raiders defeated Bishop Brady-Trinity 5-1 in their regular-season finale.
Gage reached the magic milestone on the first of her two goals yesterday. Samantha Roberts and Micaela Schones assisted.
Gage’s first varsity point happened in her first game — an assist against Exeter in a 5-0 win on Dec. 15, 2009.
Karli Swenson also scored twice for the Raiders (14-3-1), while Roberts assisted twice. Chrissy Drake had a goal and an assist, and Emma Forman, Loren McEwen and Sierra Rogers each had an assist.
Erika Moffitt made eight saves in Lebanon’s net before Emily Courtemanche relieved her in the third and made three saves.
Lebanon’s regular season is finished, but the team still doesn’t know where it will finish in the NHIAA standings. Should Berlin tie or defeat Oyster River tomorrow, Lebanon will finish second and earn a bye into the semifinals of the six-team tournament. Should Oyster River win, the Raiders will finish third and host a quarterfinal game next week.
Hanover 2, Trinity 2
Manchester — Hanover may be rounding into playoff form just in time. After clinching a playoff berth earlier in the week, the Marauders skated evenly with fifth-ranked Trinity last night, the second time this season they have stood up to Trinity. “You would think a 2-2 game was all about defense, but this one was an offensive shootout,” said Hanover coach Dick Dodds. “We put 40 shots on net; that was a season high for us.
“The goaltenders were both fantastic. James Montgomery had 32 saves for us and Ryan Slatkey, the first team all-state goalie from last year, had 38 saves.”
Following a scoreless first period, Trinity sandwiched a pair of goals around a Hanover score by Joe Cravero, with assists to Shawn Cavallaro and Sam Carey.
Then, in the third period, Cravero netted the tying score off assists from Cavallero and Nick Bowen.
“We’re playing better,” said Dodds. “This was a good showing against a good team.”
Hanover (5-8-4) hosts Exeter in the final regular season game tomorrow.
Rivendell 57, Proctor 44
Proctor, Vt. — This was a big win on a lot of levels for the Raptors.
First, they were able to bound back from a loss last week at Twinfield that snapped a five-game winning streak. Next, they went on the road to a tough opponent and took down a victory worth five points in the state rankings. And finally, with a 16-4 record, it looks like Rivendell will be no worse than a No. 4 ranking — earning two home games — when the Vermont Division III playoffs open next week.
“It was a nice win; that’s a tough place to play,” said Rivendell coach Tim Dyke. “The boys played a good game tonight. It was a nice way to finish the regular season.”
Led by Jack Steketee with 19 points and Nate Eastman with 17, the Raptors broke open a tight 29-27 halftime edge with a 13-5 third quarter.
“We cranked up the defense, put on some pressure, got some steals ... and that was the difference,” Dyke said. “The guys played great defense, especially keeping (Ryan Petrini) under control.”
Another key for Rivendell was a change in offensive philosophy. Too many missed 3-pointers against Twinfield caught Dyke’s attention, so last night the idea was to pound the ball inside — which they did with great success while not having a 3-point basket all night.
Sharon 62, Whitcomb 40
Sharon — Jumping out to a 19-2 lead after one quarter, Sharon (11-9) cruised to a victory over Whitcomb in the regular season finale.
Whitcomb’s Caleb Chase made Sharon sharpshooter Trenton Morrison work for his points last night, taking the 3-point shot away from the 1,000-point scorer, forcing him to take the ball inside, where Morrison was able to find enough openings to lead the Phoenix with 18 points. Andy Bando-Hess chipped in with 14, while Brandon Tracy (11 points) and Jay Knoerlein (10 points) hit for double figures.
Whitcomb’s Matt Kill led all scorers with 20 points, while Stephen Davis added 11 for the 2-18 Hornets.
Hanover 55, Windham 50
Hanover — Liam Gantrish hit four free throws in the final 30 seconds last night to help the Hanover boys hold off visiting Windham.
“He jump-started us in the first quarter and then settled the team down in the fourth quarter,” said coach Tim Winslow. “He really had a big game last night.”
Gantrish scored nine of Hanover’s 13 points in the first quarter en route to a game-high 21. The Marauders steadily added to their lead, heading into the final quarter with a 39-27 advantage. From that point, Windham made a run at the lead, closing to within one possession, but Hanover held on to raise it’s Division II record to 9-8. Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris added 13 points to the Hanover attack.
The Marauders play host to Souhegan at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Oxbow 50, Montpelier 47
Bradford, Vt. — Oxbow coach Felicia Kingsbury knew what the problem was. But there was nothing she could do about it. It was up to her team.
“I told the girls (at halftime) that we were getting open shots. We just had to start making some. We just couldn’t hit anything.”
Trailing 20-12 at the break, the Olympians came out and started hitting their shots, wearing down Montpelier in the final minutes to take the victory, raising their record to 6-12.
Once the O’s got back into the game, it became a back-and-forth contest with each team holding the lead at one time. Finally, the Olympians took control in the final 30 seconds when Cassie Hutchinson and Sabrina French each hit a pair of free throws.
Mikayla Hodge led the Oxbow scoring with 11 points, while Hutchinson and French added 11.
Oxbow closes the regular season next week with a pair of road games, at Union-32 Monday and Lamoille on Thursday.
Windham 43, Hanover 36
Windham, n.h. — After a furious fourth-quarter comeback had trimmed a 12-point deficit down to just two with 3:30 to play, the Hanover girls could not stop the Windham parade to the free throw line where the Jaguars put the game away.
Windham, in fact, scored all 10 of its points from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, outscoring visiting Hanover, 16-7, from the stripe for the night.
The Marauders (12-6) didn’t help themselves, hitting just 13 of 55 field goal attempts to see a three-game winning streak come to an end against the third-ranked team in N.H. Division II.
Eileen Daley paced Hanover with 11 points.
Women’s College Sailing
Dartmouth Ranked No. 1
Hanover — Dartmouth is ranked No. 1 in Sailing World’s first poll of the spring season. The Big Green earned 10 of the 18 first-place votes for 228 points, with Yale second with three first-place votes and 222 points. Dartmouth was also in the top-10 in the co-ed rankings, sitting in ninth place.
The women’s team picked up where its left off after ending the fall season ranked No. 1. In the fall, the Big Green won four regattas.