Bears ride strong 2nd half to win in girls lacrosse

Hanover High's Nora Bradley falls to the turf in front of Timberlane's Maia Parker during the NHIAA Division II teams' game on April 25, 2024, on Merriman-Branch Field in Hanover, N.H.

Hanover High's Nora Bradley falls to the turf in front of Timberlane's Maia Parker during the NHIAA Division II teams' game on April 25, 2024, on Merriman-Branch Field in Hanover, N.H. "People have the misconception that we're playing a noncontact sport," Bradley said. "It's rough out there." Hanover won, 13-5. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. —Tris Wykes

Hanover High's Cassidy Loughman, center, races upfield against NHIAA Division II foe Timberlane on Merriman-Branch Field during the teams' April 25, 2024, game in Hanover, N.H. Lily Tine (15) and Maeve Lee (7) look on. Hanover won, 13-5. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hanover High's Cassidy Loughman, center, races upfield against NHIAA Division II foe Timberlane on Merriman-Branch Field during the teams' April 25, 2024, game in Hanover, N.H. Lily Tine (15) and Maeve Lee (7) look on. Hanover won, 13-5. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hanover High's Lily Tine, right, confronts Timberlane's Maia Parker (15) with Eleanor Edson (9) in the background during the NHIAA Division II teams' game on Merriman-Branch Field in Hanover, N.H. Hanover won, 13-5. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hanover High's Lily Tine, right, confronts Timberlane's Maia Parker (15) with Eleanor Edson (9) in the background during the NHIAA Division II teams' game on Merriman-Branch Field in Hanover, N.H. Hanover won, 13-5. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — Tris Wykes

Hanover High's Erin Kirkpatrick, right, runs with Timberlane's Rylee Donahue during the NHIAA Division II teams' game at Merriman-Branch Field on April 25, 2024, in Hanover, N.H. Hanover won, 13-5. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hanover High's Erin Kirkpatrick, right, runs with Timberlane's Rylee Donahue during the NHIAA Division II teams' game at Merriman-Branch Field on April 25, 2024, in Hanover, N.H. Hanover won, 13-5. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. —Tris Wykes

Timberlane High's Maia Parker crashes onto the turf at Merriman-Branch Field, watched by Hanover's Eleanor Edson during the NHIAA Division II teams' April 25, 2024, game in Hanover, N.H. Hanover won, 13-5. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Timberlane High's Maia Parker crashes onto the turf at Merriman-Branch Field, watched by Hanover's Eleanor Edson during the NHIAA Division II teams' April 25, 2024, game in Hanover, N.H. Hanover won, 13-5. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News photographs — Tris Wykes

By TRIS WYKES

Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 04-26-2024 5:01 PM

HANOVER — Nora Bradley scored four times and Bummy Loughman and Maeve Lee each added hat tricks to push Hanover High to a 13-5 victory over NHIAA Division II opponent Timberlane on Thursday at Merriman-Branch Field.

The Bears (3-2) trailed by two goals after a quarter, but reached halftime in a 3-3 tie and scored three of the third quarter’s four goals to pull away from the Owls (3-2).

“We started to pick it up on the draw and that really changed the momentum,” Bradley said. “Our coaches helped us reset during a timeout and take a deep breath and become less frantic on the field. We focused on our fundamentals, because we know we can do that well.”

Maeve Bradley scored twice for the hosts and Joia Collins once. Charlotte Robinson made six saves for a team that was 15-2 and lost the division title game to Hollis-Brookline by a goal last spring.

“Their goalie was making some nice saves, but I felt like the first couple shots we shot right at her,” said fifth-year Hanover coach Sarah Martin. “Between quarters we talked about shooting to score, shooting around her. We started to make her work a little bit more and the shooters started to find the corners.”

Hanover returned only five players from last season’s team and features eight freshmen among 10 newcomers. Loughman is one of them and was a standout Thursday.

“She’s a powerful workhorse with a lot to learn and a lot of room to grow,” Martin said of the midfielder. “She’s going to be a great player.”

Martin noted that another freshman, Maeve Bradley, is playing as the midfield’s main defender.

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“It’s a lot to ask of them,” Martin said. “But they’re such good athletes with good sticks and we’re just going to live with some of their errors.”

Hanover, 31-8 the last three seasons, began the current campaign with sizable victories over Goffstown and Kennett before having the tables turned on it by Division I foes Bedford and Pinkerton. Martin said those loses, by a combined 19 goals, exposed the Bears’ weaknesses.

“It was a little bit of trial by fire, but I think it got my players’ attention as to what we have to work on,” the coach said. “My team’s starting to realize how much we have to fight and hustle and go after ground balls.”

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com.