Marauders Reach D-II Title Game
Nashua, n.h. — With temperatures in the region easily eclipsing 90 degrees yesterday, it made sense to seek shade for some relief from the heat.
The Hanover High girls lacrosse team had no such luxury though, taking to the steamy artificial turf field at Stellos Stadium to beat Bishop Guertin 15-14 in double-overtime to earn a spot in the New Hampshire D-II title game.
The score was knotted at 13-13 through regulation and the Cardinals scored a goal in the first three-minute overtime. JJ Daniell then tied it up with an assist by Hannah Seibel.
With time winding down in the second overtime, Sophie Lubrano took possession deep in the Hanover zone and raced up the field into Cardinals’ territory. After a timeout, the ball found the Marauders’ Hannah Seibel. The junior dodged a pair of defenders and scored with 17 seconds to play to put Hanover in front 15-14.
On a day like this, no lead was safe, though. The Cardinals won the ensuing draw and with the clock winding down found an open attacker in front of Hanover goalie Emily Gougelet, who stopped the would-be equalizer with two seconds left on the clock.
“(Gougelet) did a great job all day,” Hanover coach Chris Seibel said. “The heat was an equalizer today. This was a great effort by our girls, we never gave up. The fans were great, it was a really fun game.”
Hannah Seibel finished with eight goals and two assists. Daniell had four scores and one helper while Liesel Robbins had two goals and one assist. Rachel Boghosian also scored. Gougelet finished with seven saves.
With temperatures likely well into the triple digits on the highly reflective surface, the officials added mandatory water breaks during the action. Hanover implemented a zone defense as opposed to a tight man-to-man to help conserve energy.
“The zone was critical in the heat today, it really helped us get back on defense,” coach Seibel said.
The Marauders trailed 9-7 at halftime and 11-7 soon after the break before rallying for five unanswered goals. The late offensive explosion was made possible by the defensive effort of Grace Croitoru, Suriya Lacey, Araya Lacey, Eileen Daley and Georgia and Sophia Lubrano.
Nearly half of the Marauders took their SATs yesterday morning at various locations around the state and then scrambled to make it to Stellos Stadium in time for the game.
Hanover now looks forward to a revenge matchup with Portsmouth on Tuesday at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester with the D-II championship on the line.
The Marauders (17-1) suffered their only loss of the season at Portsmouth on May 10, falling 14-13.