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Local roundup: NHIAA sets regional brackets for field hockey tournaments

Staff Reports
Published: 10/13/2020 10:01:42 PM
Modified: 10/13/2020 10:01:40 PM

CONCORD — The Hanover High and Lebanon High field hockey teams are going to be awfully tired of each other by the end of next week. Only one of them will still be in action by then.

The NHIAA paired the two rivals against each other as part of a region-based Division II field hockey tournament field on Tuesday. Eighteen of the 19 teams in D-II have opted into the tourney, which was arranged into four regions of four or five schools each from which the tournament semifinalists will emerge.

The Raiders (6-1-0), whose only loss of the season came at the hands of Hanover (7-3-0) on Oct. 5, 1-0, visits the defending D-II state champion Marauders at Merriman-Branch Field on Wednesday afternoon and hosts them at Lebanon High on Friday. Then they’ll collide in their NHIAA tournament game in Lebanon on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.

The NHIAA seeded teams in each region, with Lebanon earning the second seed and Hanover the third in so-called Region 3. No. 5 Kennett visits No. 4 Plymouth to open the tourney on Monday, with the winner traveling to No. 1 Kingswood on Oct. 22. The survivors play for a spot in the state semifinals on Oct. 26 at the home of the highest surviving seed.

Con-Val is the only D-II not to opt into the state tourney, having not fielded a team this fall.

Division III is similarly orchestrated, with Stevens, Mascoma and Newport joining Kearsarge in Region 2. The fourth-seeded Cougars will travel to No. 1 Mascoma while No. 3 Newport visits No. 2 Stevens on Oct. 23. The winners meet two days later at the home of the higher seed, with the survivor advancing to the D-III semifinals.

GOLFNHIAA adjusts schedule

CONCORD — The postponement of the NHIAA Division I and III state team golf tournaments on Tuesday after forced a change in the association’s individual tournament schedule.

The individual finals are now set for Oct. 25 at Concord Country Club. That event was originally set for Saturday at Concord’s Beaver Meadow Golf Club.

Players must first advance out their team tournaments in order to compete for the state individual title. The top 20 players and ties in Divisions I and III and the top 14 and ties from Divisions II and IV get in this year.

The D-II and D-IV are slated for Thursday. Inclement weather forced the NHIAA to bump back the D-I and D-III team tournaments to Tuesday at their previously scheduled sites.

BOYS SOCCERRivendell 7, Windsor 0

ORFORD — Owen Mansur had an afternoon at both ends of the field for the Raptors (3-1-1), tending shutout goal for one half and scoring two goals in the other in Rivendell’s latest win.

Kyle Carter led the attack with three assists. Derek Vogelien joined Mansur in the two-goal department. A.J. DeBois and Wyatt Underhill both had one-goal, one-assist afternoons and Rivendell coach Kevin Brooker made sure everyone got into the action on a raw, wet day.

“The team was excited to play despite the cold rain,” Brooker said. “We rotated a bit faster to keep players moving and help remain warm, and this seemed to work well as everyone contributed to the victory.”

Windsor (1-4-0) begins a three-game homestand against White River Valley on Thursday afternoon. The Raptors play Springfield under the lights on Thursday night at Brown Memorial Field.

GIRLS SOCCERPoultney 1, Sharon 0

POULTNEY, Vt. — Georgia Donaldson’s 65th-minute goal was enough to give the Blue Devils (2-4-1) a victory over the Phoenix (2-4-0).

Goalkeeper Tia Kendall recorded a pair of saves for Sharon. Right back Phoebe Quackenbos “brought outstanding energy,” Sharon co-coach Andy Ruddell said, winning possession and turning play around on multiple occasions. Lydia Eastman played well in midfield for TSA.

“We possessed better than any other game this year but didn't generate enough quality chances from that possession,” Ruddell added. “Our movement looked much better than it has in past games, and our defense was sound, except for one lapse in concentration that led to the goal.”

Sharon, which has been shut out in three straight contests, will try to break through when Arlington comes to town on Thursday.

ICE HOCKEYDartmouth’s Clark joins Everblades

ESTERO, Fla. — The ECHL’s Florida Everblades agreed to contract terms with former Dartmouth goaltender Adrian Clark on Tuesday.

Clark comes to the Blades after a four-year career with the Big Green that included 80 appearances and a .901 saves percentage. He was Dartmouth’s full-time starter the past two winters, earning 28 victories with a 2.77 goals-against average.

He’s the second former Dartmouth player to join an ECHL team in the past week, following forward Cam Strong’s signing with the Reading Royals.

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