Marauders in a must-win situation

Staff Reports
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

HANOVER — The Hanover High girls lacrosse team faces a must-win situation on Thursday if the Marauders want to secure a home game for the NHIAA Division II state tournament next week. Coach Chris Seibel is hopeful he may have a new tweak that will give Hanover a needed edge.

Visiting Winnacunnet rolled onto Merriman-Branch Field on Tuesday and rolled away with a 17-8 win over the Marauders in a contest pitting the third- and fourth-ranked teams in the division. Hanover (9-6) would have secured a home quarterfinal next week with a victory; instead, the Marauders now pin their hopes on a visit to Londonderry on Thursday.

Seibel pinned Tuesday’s defeat on a loss of composure early in the contest. That was enough to allow the Warriors (11-5) to build a 9-4 halftime lead.

“We got a little bit frustrated,” Seibel said. “We just have to be confident in a tight game and overcome adversity. Good teams do that. Teams that consistently win can overcome adversity in a tight game.”

To that end, Seibel praised senior Maggie Lee for her play in a slightly altered role against Winnacunnet. The Hanover coach put Lee in a position to pass the ball more frequently to open players in scoring position rather than rely on her solo abilities. Lee finished with a game-high four assists along with a goal.

“She played a fantastic game on senior night,” Seibel said. “She just really played like a senior. It’s good to see her have a new offensive set that allows her to be a feeder, and she stepped into that role today. It might open us up a little bit in terms of continuity, so we’re not so dependent on a couple of dodges up top. (Six) of our eight goals were assisted, which is good for us.”

Maddie McCorkle had a team-high three goals for Hanover, which also had scores from Jess Seibel, Allie McCorkle, Caroline Adams and Anna Kirkpatrick. Seibel posted two assists, and Allison Lichtenstein had seven saves.

Hanover will need to step its game in one area when it visits the Division I Lancers (8-8) on Thursday. The Marauders, normally a good possession team, won only eight of 27 draws against Winnacunnet.

“They’re tough,” Seibel said of Londonderry. “You know you’re in a game. You’re icing your body the next day. They play with a lot of passion.”