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Howdy, neighbor: Marauders get back at Cardinals

  • Stevens' Bri Frisbee tries to move past Hanover's Olivia Trummel. left, and Kate Blaisdell during their game on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Hanover, N.H. Hanover won 3-1. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hanover's Gail Morse shoots on goal with Stevens' Bri Frisbee and Sara Faro on defense. Hanover's Jessica Lichtenstein waits on the right. Stevens' goalie Alex Perez watches from the net during their game on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Hanover, N.H. Hanover won 3-1. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hanover's Olivia Trummel and Stevens' Zoey Foote move down the sideline during their game on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Hanover, N.H. Hanover won 3-1. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/3/2020 4:52:21 PM
Modified: 10/3/2020 4:52:18 PM

HANOVER — One of the ramifications of regional scheduling during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the chance for teams to meet twice in a week to make contact tracing easy. 

It also allows for teams to get their chance at revenge. 

The Hanover High field hockey team got its taste Saturday afternoon, handing visiting Stevens a 3-1 loss on Merriman-Branch Field’s turf in a physical game. Northeastern commit Kate Blaisdell netted a hat trick for the Marauders. 

The Cardinals defeated Hanover, 2-0, on Tuesday afternoon in Claremont in wet conditions, keeping the Marauders scoreless for the first time in more than a year. 

“In all of these situations, it has been a chance to redeem themselves,” said coach Jean Essex, who returned only six players from last season’s NHIAA Division II state championship team. “And when I say redeem themselves, I think they know intellectually, but applying it takes awhile, especially with a young team.

“They were frustrated they lost that game at Stevens and were happy to come back and do what they needed to do.”

Hanover opened the scoring with 2:51 to play in the first quarter. Gail Morse inserted the ball to Blaisdell, who quickly hit a slap shot to the right corner of the Cardinals’ net, giving the Marauders the early one-goal lead. 

Neither team scored in the second quarter as Stevens (2-3-0) produced three penalty corner opportunities but couldn’t convert. Entering the half down 1-0, Cardinals coach Patty Deschaine talked to her team about adjusting to play on the turf. 

“They hadn’t played on turf yet this year,” said the 17th-year coach. “When you don’t play, it’s a whole new game. It’s a fast game, but it’s also fun. We had a team talk, and then they had to figure some stuff out on their own. And then they came out a different team.”

Stevens did just that in the third. The Cardinals dominated possession and finally found the back of the net on their second corner opportunity of the quarter. 

Cardinal Bri Frisbee brought the ball up the right sideline and was fouled, setting up the play. On entry from the right corner, a logjam of Hanover and Stevens players went for the ball, but it was Frisbee who put her stick on it to forge a 1-1 tie. 

The score caught Hanover (5-1-0) off guard. Essex said she would usually take a timeout in that situation but this season, because field hockey has switched to quarters from halves, she doesn’t have any timeouts to take. 

“It got a little messy for both teams towards the end of the third quarter,” said Essex, now in her 19th season. “That’s where those timeouts really come in helpful. Not being able to take one, I had to make sure to remind them to stay composed before the start of the fourth.”

Not even a full minute into the final period, Blaisdell gave Hanover a 2-1 lead on a putback of her own shot. Stella Pinto and Sophia May held tough for the Marauders on defense and goalie Olivia Evans made some key second shot saves to hold off Stevens. 

Blaisdell tallied her final goal of the day with 27 seconds remaining on the same insert play from her first goal, with Morse and Mia Edmonds credited for the assist. 

“This year she is a captain and senior, but she’s also working the midfield and better understanding the offense and defense transition,” Essex said of Blaisdell. “She also stepped up in a team fashion by getting the hat trick. She did a great job leading with her other captains Natalie (Chapman) and Mia (Edmonds).”

Notes: The hosts outshot Stevens, 14-5. They also created eight corner opportunities to the Cardinals’ seven. … Evans made five saves in net for the Marauders. … Deschaine played two goalies, Alex Perez and Summer Barrette, who combined for seven saves. … Hanover vists rival Lebanon on Monday. … Stevens hosts Kearsarge on Tuesday.

Pete Nakos can be reached at pnakos@vnews.com. 




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