Lebanon girls lacrosse pointed in right direction

  • Lebanon High's Catherine Cole shoots in front of Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough defender Kate DeTolla during the NHIAA Division II teams' game on May 11, 2022, in Lebanon, N.H. (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

  • Lebanon High goaltender Baillie Mako watches an Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough attacker behind the net during the NHIAA Division II teams' game on May 11, 2022, in Lebanon, N.H. The host Raiders won, 17-6. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lebanon High's Kayla Taber shoots past Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough's Hannah Pratt during the NHII Division II teams' game on May 11, 2022, in Lebanon, N.H. The host Raiders won, 17-6. (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

  • Lebanon High's Molly Smith runs past Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough's Paulina Oakley during the NHIAA Division II teams' game on May 11, 2022, in Lebanon, N.H. The host Raiders won, 17-6. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. —Tris Wykes

  • Lebanon High goaltender Baillie Mako and midfielder Molly Smith, center, cross sticks with Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough's Julia Marra, right, during the NHIAA Division III teams' game on May 11, 2022, in Lebanon, N.H. The host Raiders won, 17-6. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. —Tris Wykes

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/12/2022 9:56:15 PM
Modified: 5/12/2022 9:56:14 PM

LEBANON — Wednesday’s NHIAA Division III girls lacrosse game between Lebanon High and InterLakes-Moultonborough started late after the visitors’ bus wound up at Lisbon High, a school that doesn’t field teams in that sport.

Having endured an 80-minute drive northwest, the Lakers then sat through a trip south of similar duration. It was little surprise, then, when the Raiders scored the contest’s first four goals en route to a 17-6 victory on an 85-degree afternoon.

Catherine Cole and Maddie Jewell each scored six goals and the latter added two assists for Lebanon (5-1). Kayla Taber and Molly Jane Schutzius each scored twice, and Ella Longacre had four assists.

Lebanon has yet to play any of the other four teams among the division’s top five, and its opponents thus far are a combined 21-33. Therefore, much like the Lakers’ bus driver, the Raiders aren’t quite certain where they stand.

Could this be one of the program’s best teams since it reached the 2013 state title game? Or is Lebanon’s hot start reminiscent of the 12-3 record it carried into last season’s quarterfinal loss?

Statistical support for the former position includes the Raiders’ nine senior starters. A cautionary note for the latter point might be that Lebanon’s goaltenders, freshman Drew Kantor and senior Baillie Mako, are each in their first varsity season. The pair split time, with Kantor having never played lacrosse before this year.

“This group’s lacrosse IQ is pretty high, and they’ve heard me say the same things for so long that now I need to say less,” said 27th-year coach Sara Ecker. “Our passing’s come a long way this season, and our goalies are much more confident and comfortable.”

Almost all of Lebanon’s goals against InterLakes-Moultonborough were assisted, a sign that the offense is in high gear. The Raiders also dominated on draw controls, where basketball center Longacre is having a standout season.

“Ella’s height makes a big difference, but she’s also winning the draws by putting them where she wants them to go,” said Ecker, who last month paid for four Raiders to enjoy a Zoom tutorial on the skill from women’s lacrosse legend Taylor Cummings.

Lebanon doesn’t face Bow (8-1) during the regular season, but its remaining eight contests before the playoffs include clashes with Hopkinton (8-1), Gilford (7-1), Pelham (5-2) and Campbell (6-3).

The Raiders play three games in as many days this week and four times next week.

“Thank goodness prom and the SAT tests are over,” Ecker said. “We need everyone focused and healthy.”

Notes: Cole has committed to play basketball for NCAA Division III Connecticut College. … Kantor, who also plays soccer and basketball, doesn’t wear lower-body padding in goal, although it’s been offered to her by the coaching staff. This despite her father, Stephen Kantor, working as an orthopedist at local hospitals. … The Raiders enjoyed popsicles after Tuesday’s practice and plastic-encased ice pops for Wednesday’s halftime gathering. ... Ecker said girls lacrosse participation numbers are down across the state, although her program has a full JV team this spring. The coach said the trend began in earnest after the 2020 season was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns. No eighth graders played girls lacrosse in Lebanon last spring, but eight freshmen are currently playing in the high school program. … Former Lebanon standout Maureen “Mo” Moran is coaching the Raiders JV squad this spring.

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




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