Undefeated Cougars Hold Off Generals
North Sutton, n.h. — The undefeated Kearsarge Regional High girls lacrosse team got all they wanted from visiting John Stark in the New Hampshire D-III quarterfinals yesterday afternoon. The Cougars (14-0) outlasted the Generals in the end, taking a four-goal lead at halftime and then holding on for an 11-8 victory.
With Kearsarge up 6-3 and just six seconds left to play in the first half, John Stark goalie Clarissa Foote attempted a clearing pass toward midfield. Foote was then intercepted by Kearsarge’s Anna Stowell, who fired a 30-yard pass to Haley Brook in front of the goal. Brook slammed it home with less than a second to play before the half to put the Cougars in front, 7-3.
“It was a beautiful play,” Kearsarge coach Scott Slogic said.
Brook finished with three goals and three assists to lead the Cougars. Libby Brooks added three goals while Caitlin Anderson had two goals and two assists. Gemma Bready added a pair of goals while Lianna Blakeman also scored.
Goalie Morgan Galluzzo stopped eight shots for Kearsarge. Foote played a phenomenal game in goal for the Generals, according to Slogic; the Cougars managed just four goals in the second half as John Stark attempted to fight back. Foote finished with 12 saves.
The win sets up a third matchup of the season between fifth-seeded Lebanon and top-seeded Kearsarge, this time with a berth in the state championship game on the line. The teams will square off at Southern New Hampshire University tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The Cougars edged the Raiders in both regular season matchups, winning 10-7 at home on May 10 and 7-6 in Lebanon on May 16.
“Lebanon has really made strides. They wanted to play us in the playoffs and they have us, it’ll be a great game,” Slogic said.
Lebanon 17, Plymouth 9
Plymouth, n.h. — The Raiders exploded in the second half to beat the host Bobcats in the D-III quarterfinals.
Mo Moran had six goals for Lebanon (12-4). Amelia Gage and Emily Perryman each added four goals and three assists, while Shauna Rankin-Byrne had two goals and one helper. Erika Moffitt added a goal and two assists. Goalie Erin Landry made 13 saves for the Raiders, including several key saves early as Lebanon clung to a narrow lead.
The Raiders led 8-6 at halftime and then outscored the Bobcats 9-3 after the break.
“We just outhustled them, came up with a lot of draw controls. Our players were at the top of their game today. We made adjustments when we needed to on offense, and on defense. It wasn’t me either; the girls did it on their own, they were just totally clicking together,” Lebanon coach Sara Ecker said.
The Raiders face top-seeded Kearsarge tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University in the state semifinals.
Goffstown 5, Hanover 4
Goffstown, n.h. — The Marauders held a 4-2 lead on the top-seeded Grizzlies but couldn’t hold on to pull off the upset in the D-II quarterfinals.
Isaac Fleming-Steinberg took a hard-luck loss for Hanover, tossing a complete game. Fleming-Steinberg allowed nine hits, one walk, struck out five and allowed two earned runs.
“He certainly pitched well enough to win,” Hanover coach Mike Jackson said. “We made a couple mistakes late and they took advantage of it. That goes to show you why they’re the No. 1 seed.”
Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris was 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Joe Cravero added a pair of hits and drove in one. Captains Rothwell-Ferraris, Cravero and Liam Gantrish lead a group of 10 seniors for Hanover (12-8).
“We just got better and better as the season went on. We played with lots of confidence and this game was an example of that. These kids really worked hard,” Jackson added.
Sunapee 15, Woodsville 2
Sunapee — The two-time defending champion Lakers ended the Engineers’ Cinderella run in the D-IV playoffs.
“It was a good season for Woodsville baseball. The kids battled back and we beat a good team to get here,” Engineers coach Willy Kingsbury said.
Jacob Tetley was 2-for-2 while Garrett Phelps and Ben Fournier also had hits. Dan Wilson took the loss, pitching into the second inning allowing eight runs, six of which were earned. The Engineers, a No. 13 seed, beat fourth-seeded Newmarket 6-4 in eight innings on Thursday to setup the meeting with the Lakers.
Rivendell 15, Whitcomb 0 (5)
Orford — The Raptors (7-8) had little trouble with the visiting Hornets (6-8) as both teams concluded their regular season slate on a steamy afternoon.
Nate Eastman tossed all five innings for Rivendell, allowing four hits while striking out three. Brandon Gardner was 3-for-3 with three RBIs while Jason Daley was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Scott Calhoun added a pair of hits and drove in two and Logan Gardyne had a hit and two RBIs. Rivendell finished with 15 hits.
Windsor 12, Green Mtn. 0
Windsor — The Jacks won big to close the regular season at 5-11.
Starting pitcher Ethan Hill went six innings, striking out five while allowing just three hits. Senior Shawn Pinsonault then added an inning of relief work. The Jacks scored eight runs in the fifth inning as eight consecutive batters came around to score. Matt Thayer had an RBI double in the big inning, while Russell Simonds added a two-run single and Tyson Boudro had a two-run double.
Seniors Tanner Tibbits and Pinsonault each had a triple.
Harwood 9, Thetford 0
Moretown, Vt. — The Panthers (4-10) closed the regular season with a tough loss to the Highlanders. Jordan Eastman was 2-for-3 for Thetford.
Whitcomb 12, Rivendell 0
Orford — Pitcher Reba Hart and the Hornets closed a very successful regular season with a blowout of the Raptors.
Hart tossed a complete game one-hitter, striking out eight against five walks. Nicole Begin led the offensive attack, going 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. Jenna Townsend added a pair of hits, a pair of runs scored and drove in two while Cambry Zullick was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Whitcomb went 14-2 in the regular season.
Freshman Nicole Wurtz had a single for the Raptors.
Harwood 8, Thetford 1
Moretown, Vt. — The Panthers dropped their regular season finale, closing the year at 8-7.
Rozzlyn Kidder had two hits and Emma Yurkosky had one hit for Thetford. Michaela Pomeroy pitched and had a strong game, according to coach Michelle Fifield. Third baseman Rosalind Isquith had a hit and made several strong plays defensively.
Jacks, Canes Shine
Fair Haven, Vt. — Windsor and Hartford athletes combined to win five events yesterday during the Vermont Division II state track and field meet at Fair Haven Union High School.
Windsor freshman Katey Comstock swept the shot put and discus to pace the Yellowjackets (58) to a fourth-place finish, one slot behind Hartford (68), which rode a big day from Jessica Barnum. The Windsor boys also took fourth one year after running to a surprise state championship.
Barnum notched the Hurricanes’ one win, taking the 300-meter hurdles in 49.81 seconds. Barnum also scored points in the long jump, triple jump and 100 hurdles, receiving help from Kelsey Kehoe and Stephanie Grobe, each of whom posted three top-six finishes. Allison Courtemanche added a second in the javelin (95 feet, 9 inches) to Hartford’s cause.
Comstock led a 1-2 finish in the discus for Windsor, throwing 96-7 to nip teammate Iyanna Williams (96-4). The freshman also tossed a 34-9.25 in the shot put to complete her double in a meet that saw the Jacks’ Maddy Morse, Laura Walasewicz, Elizabeth McCabe, Kylie Borque and Rachel Meagher all contribute individual points.
Windsor’s Leo Patenaude topped 6 feet to take the boys high jump, and Luke TanCreti succeeded in the triple jump with a winning mark of 38-9.5.
TanCreti finished the day with three top-sixes and Patenaude netted two, joining Shawn Mason, Nolan Schaffer, Kyle Schaffer and Ezra Richardson in compiling points in field events. Quincey Smith provided Windsor’s only running points, scoring in the 400 dash and 800 run.
Derrick Davenport netted Hartford’s only boys team tally by taking sixth in the 100 dash (12.11). Union-32 swept the championships, with Harwood finishing second in both the boys and girls standings.
Raiders, Marauders at MoC
Londonderry, n.h. — The Lebanon and Hanover track teams beat the heat with impressive showings at the Meet of Champions.
The Raiders’ Kelly Ludew continued her strong senior season with a pair of strong finishes, taking third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.41 seconds and fourth in the 300-meter hurdles in 46.41 seconds. Moriah Morton added a second place finish in the javelin, Heather King was third in the triple jump and the 4x100-meter relay team of Lauren Simard, Ludew, Katherine Colt and Emily Kovacs took sixth.
Lebanon’s John Cioffredi took second in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 5 inches. Craig Telfer added a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, Nevin Kapuscinski was fifth in the 200-meter dash and Josh Fontaine took fifth in the 3,200-meter run. The boys 4x100 relay squad of Mattew Stebbins, Kapuscinski, Will Merchant and Telfer added a fourth place finish in 43.89 seconds.
Hanover’s Noah Williams was third in the 3,200 meters with a personal best time of 9 minutes, 42.79 seconds. Ben Chaimberg added a fourth place finish in the 800-meter run in 1:58.07. The Marauders’ girls 4x400-meter relay team set a school record, taking fifth place with a time of 4:04.16. The record-setting group consisted of Katherine Vincelette, Melanie Subbiah, Lindsey White and Aidan Bardos. All listed qualified for New Englands with their high finishes.
“We had some great results for the kids after a long season, we’re really happy. We finished strong,” Hanover coach Tim Clark said.
Kearsarge senior Gabe Carter won the boys triple jump for the second straight year, jumping 43 feet, 3 inches. Carter added a second place finish in the long jump and was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Sacramento, Calif. — The Dartmouth heavyweight freshmen eight advanced to the petite finals with a sixth place finish in the semifinals at the IRA National Championships yesterday. The Big Green’s first varsity eight also moved on to the fourth final today after racing in yesterday’s semifinal.
Dartmouth’s top boat was in a battle in its semifinal race. Racing in the third semifinal heat, the Big Green got a good start of the line and was neck-in-neck with the Oregon State crew through the first 1,500 meters. With 500 meters left to go, the Beavers used an impressive sprint to cross just ahead of the Dartmouth boat with a time of 5:59.78. The Big Green crossed the finish line with a time of 6:02.07 and in fourth place. Penn won the race in 5:54.68 and will race in the third final today.
The Big Green rookies, for the third consecutive season, will race in the petite final after a sixth-place finish yesterday.
Big Green Advances
Philadelphia — Kevin Clark’s try with no time left lifted Dartmouth to a 21-19 win over Arizona at the Collegiate Rugby Championship yesterday.
The Big Green, which has won the last two titles, went 3-0 in pool play and advanced to the championship round today.