Hanover field hockey goalie named D-II NH defensive player of the year

  • Hanover's Anna Stafford gives teammate Ella Edmonds a congratulatory kiss after the Marauders defeated Souhegan 3-0 to win the NHIAA Division II field hockey championship. At right is teammate Olivia Trummel. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Newport High field hockey coach Steve Christensen talks with Mascoma counterpart Jenn Hammond before a Sept. 2, 2017 game. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Windsor's Olivia Rockwood gets possession of the ball in front ofThetford's Grace Davis, during the VPA Division III girls basketball semifinal at Barre City Auditorium in Barre, Vt., on Thursday, March 7, 2019. (Valley News - Joseph Ressler) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Sports Editor
Published: 11/12/2019 10:03:24 PM

HANOVER — Ella Edmonds recently received something for dealing a whole bunch of nothing all fall.

The Hanover High senior, who backstopped the Marauders’ run to the NHIAA Division II field hockey championship earlier this month, was named the division’s defensive player of the year by the New Hampshire Field Hockey Coaches Association. Edmonds, who will join the field hockey roster at Brown University in the fall, fronted an all-state awards list that included Newport coach Steve Christensen, who shared coach of the year plaudits in Division III.

With Edmonds leading the charge, four Marauders made the D-II all-state team. Edmonds joined Katherine Blaisdell and Macy Curtis on the first team, and Miranda Galbraith landed on the second team.

Hanover coach Jean Essex considered Blaisdell’s top defender honor a “no-brainer.”

“She’s a good leader, she’s positive, she understands the game and she works hard,” Essex said on Monday. “She’s done a great job on defense. I wish there was more to say, but it was a pretty clear choice.”

Edmonds heads to Brown with a hefty resumé.

This past high school season alone, Edmonds recorded 11 shutouts in 16 matches, playing every minute of the Marauders’ schedule. She surrendered just seven goals through the campaign for a microscopic 0.42 goals-against average, with 102 saves and a .920 save percentage.

Edmonds amassed 284 saves and 30 shutouts over three seasons in Hanover’s goal. She and Curtis on Sunday were named to the New Hampshire roster for next summer’s Twin State Game against Vermont.

Beyond that, Edmonds has hefty experience at both the club and international level, having represented Slovenia (her mother’s home nation) in last summer’s EuroHockey Championships III. Essex believes those experiences will line Edmonds up for immediate playing time with the Bears.

“She has played at big enough levels that, if there is a need, she can fill in right away,” Essex said. “She’s worked hard. She has a very mature mentality as far as the game is concerned. … She’ll make a smooth transition.”

The Marauders were 14-1-1 this season and outscored their tournament foes, 10-0, in the postseason en route winning their first NHIAA state championship in 10 years.

Christensen shared the D-III coaching award with Bishop Brady’s Kelly Owen. The Tigers’ 11th-year boss took a roster with only two seniors and produced an 8-6-0 record that was good for the 10th seed in this year’s state tournament.

Newport, Lebanon, Stevens and Mascoma combined to put 12 players on the all-Division III team. The Raiders’ Sydney Brochu and Sydney Gonyea, the Cardinals’ Clara Avery and Brianna Frisbee, the Royals’ Amelia Wilson and Michaela Dowd and the Tigers’ Eliza Bates and Maddie Miller made the first team; Lebanon’s Molly Smith, Mascoma’s Mackenzie Labrie, Newport’s Kelsey Wheeler and Stevens’ Fallon Lavertue made the second unit.

Florida break for Adams: Before he gets too deep into his senior basketball season, Hanover High’s Charlie Adams has one more soccer game to play.

Adams was last month selected for the High School All-American Game in Orlando, Fla., an east-vs.-west matchup set for Dec. 7. It’s a capping achievement for the Marauder forward, who will graduate holding program records for goals, assists and points as well as Hanover’s recently won NHIAA Division I state championship.

“This is bigger than any honor he will get,” Hanover coach Rob Grabill noted in an email this week.

Adams is one of 10 New Englanders chosen for the game, only three of whom hail from public schools, according to Grabill. He’s also the first player from Hanover chosen and the first from a New Hampshire public school other than Bedford High, whom the Marauders topped for state honors on Saturday.

The site of the match hasn’t been announced.

Best on the links: Stevens High put its top two players on the New Hampshire Division III all-state golf list.

Juniors Dylan Adamovich and Finn Allen both earned spots on the second team. Both advanced to the NHIAA D-III individual finals at Concord’s Beaver Meadow Golf Course last month after successful opening rounds at the Mount Washington Resort. Adamovich ultimately finished tied for 10th, while Allen claimed 13th place.

Derryfield senior Colin McCaigue was voted the division’s player of the year.

Net gains: The Mid Vermont Christian School put four players on the Vermont Youth Volleyball Association’s all-state team this week.

Hitter Hayley Goodwin and setter Nykrisha Jenks earned spots on the second team. Hitter Delaney Gross — who attends Hartford High and played for the Eagles via the VPA’s member-to-member program — joined libero Sydney Goodwin on the honorable mention squad.

MVCS went 9-6 during the recently completed season, beating Montpelier in the state tournament first round before a quarterfinal elimination at the hands of South Burlington.

Sign on the dotted line: Windsor High will hold a signing ceremony for senior Olivia Rockwood on Friday night, when she’ll put her name to the national letter of intent from the University of Maine for her women’s basketball scholarship.

Rockwood verbally committed to the Black Bears earlier this year, but the signing of the NLI makes it official. She’ll go into the coming girls basketball season for the Yellowjackets with 1,404 career points. The Jacks went 17-5 last year and reached the VPA Division III semifinals before falling to eventual champion Thetford.

The signing ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the WHS gym, and the public is invited.

Greg Fennell can be reached at gfennell@vnews.com or 603-727-3226.




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