Local roundup: Lebanon field hockey heading to D-II semifinals

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Published: 10/22/2021 11:54:36 PM
Modified: 10/23/2021 9:31:01 PM

WEARE, N.H. — Senior Clara Smyrski made a timely defensive save in the fourth quarter kept the game tied, setting up Claire Thibodeau’s game-winning goal with four minutes left in the second overtime that lifted No. 5 Lebanon over No. 4 John Stark, 2-1, in the NHIAA Division II field hockey quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.

Thibodeau and Kenzie Ray did the scoring honors for Lebanon, but it was the defense — keyed by Smyrski and goaltender Ashlee Blashock — that set the stage for the victory.

“Our defense kept us in the game today,” Lebanon coach Amanda Valliere said. “Ashlee made some amazing saves, and Clara’s defensive save was incredible.”

Ray scored Lebanon’s first goal on an assist from senior Sally Tretter. Blashock finished with 14 saves.

“One of the most hard-fought field hockey games I’ve witnessed,” said Valliere. “John Stark scored in the second quarter and, honestly, outhustled us in the first half. The team kept supporting each other and encouraging one another.

“To play into double OT takes a lot of physical and mental strength, and these young women are just so powerful. It’s impressive to watch.”

Lebanon will play No. 9 Goffstown in the semifinals on Tuesday night at Exeter High’s Bill Ball Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m.

Goffstown 2, Hanover 1

HANOVER — Ava Jones scored her second goal with about four minutes left in the third quarter to break a 1-1 tie and give the ninth-seeded Grizzlies the upset over top-seeded Hanover.

Goffstown scored first with 20 seconds left in the first period. Hanover tied it in the third on a goal by senior Mia Edmonds before Jones’ go-ahead strike.

“Goffstown is well-coached and played a solid game” said Hanover coach Jean Essex. “They were the better team today. It is unfortunate to lose, but one game does not define a season. I am very proud of my team and cannot praise them enough. They worked hard, had a lot of fun and exceeded absolutely all expectations.”

Hanover finished the year at 13-1-1.

Hartford 9, Springfield 0

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Senior Caroline Hamilton had a hat trick and two assists and Dakota Smith scored three times as the Hurricanes finished the regular season at 11-3-0.

Sophomore Maddi Willey, junior Alice Piper and senior Kaedence Brower also scored. Senior Grace Gardner had three assists, senior Elsie Davis two and freshman Madi Barwood one.

Hartford learns its VPA Division II tournament assignment on Monday.

Woodstock 4, Brattleboro 3 (OT)

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps celebrated senior night with an overtime goal less than two minutes into the extra period.

The winning tally began with senior Megan Tarleton pushing the ball up from defense, where junior Norah Harper took over and moved it ahead. Sophomore Hannah Gubbins was able to get the ball around the Brattleboro goalie and into the net for the win.

Woodstock opened the scoring nine minutes in on junior Lily Gubbins’ first of three goals, off a corner shot assisted by senior Sophia Yates. The hosts doubled the lead near the end of the first quarter on Gubbins’ second goal.

Brattleboro came back to tie it at 2 before Woodstock took the lead back on Gubbins’ third goal, unassisted. Brattleboro battled back to tie five minutes later sending the game into overtime.

Besides recognizing their five seniors, Woodstock dedicated a bench to retired coach Wendy Wannop for her 20-plus years with the field hockey program.

Woodstock finishes at 7-7-0, with tournament seeds due on Monday.

FOOTBALL Windsor 42, Woodstock 13

WOODSTOCK — The Yellowjackets (8-0) locked down the top seed in next weekend’s VPA Division III playoffs, pulling away from the Wasps (5-3) in the second half.

Quarterback Maison Fortin ran for two scores and threw for two more for the Jacks, who held a 21-13 halftime lead but never trailed. Fortin’s 59-yard TD toss to Travis McAllister, who also ran for a first-half score, established Windsor’s eight-point cushion. Fortin and Gilbert provided second-half TDs for the Jacks.

Despite the defeat, Woodstock will likely land the fourth seed in the eight-team tournament, leaving the potential for a semifinal rematch with the Jacks.

Rutland 49, Hartford 14

RUTLAND — Trey Davine threw for six touchdowns — five in the first half, three of them to Slade Postemski — and ran for a seventh as the Ravens (8-0) overwhelmed the Hurricanes (6-2) in a VPA Division I playoff preview.

Between execution and Hartford turnovers, Rutland scored three times on their first four offensive snaps for a 21-0 lead before the game was three minutes old. Jack Coughlin caught two of Davine’s TD deliveries and Jonah Bassett had the other.

Brayden Trombley got the Canes on the board with a 6-yard pass to Ezra Mock in the second quarter. Brody Tyburski closed the scoring with a fourth-quarter touchdown run for Hartford.

Campbell 15, Stevens 7

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals fall to 3-5 and finish the season at Monadnock on Friday.

Girls Soccer Oxbow 1, Danville 0

BRADFORD, Vt. — A header by sophomore Lillian DeGoosh inside the far post in the 57th minute was the difference for the Olympians, who finish the regular season at 8-5-1.

Coach Dan Thomas praised the midfield work of senior Maddie Fredella, the passing of junior Mckenna Smith and the strong defensive play of seniors Darcy O’Connell and Emma Parkin.

“(They) helped create the attacking opportunity that led to our goal,” he said. “It was definitely senior night in Olympian territory tonight. All the seniors stepped up and had a great game. This was one of those games that made it clear that our seniors’ presence will be missed in the future.”

Thetford 4, Randolph 1

THETFORD — Senior Madi Powers finished the regular season in a big way, scoring all four Panther goals, three of them in the second half.

Senior Kiran Black, who anchored the defense, assisted on two of the goals, and freshman goalkeeper Heidi Hewes had seven saves. Thetford finishes at 4-8-1, with the VPA D-III tourney set for next week.

Laconia 3, Mascoma 2

WEST CANAAN — Sophomore Emily Seiler’s penalty kick tied the contest at 1 just before halftime and Seiler’s second goal and seventh of the year, assisted by sophomore Izzy Adams, cut the lead to 3-2 late in the second half.

Senior goalkeeper Emma Bill played well but left due to injury with 15 minutes, and freshman Cora Peters closed it out without surrendering a goal. The Royals finish the years at 1-15-0

“Our record was not a good indicator of the progress this team has made over the course of the season,” said coach Denver Greene. “I have no doubt this second-year program is trending in the right direction leading up to next fall.”

Leland & Grey 3, Windsor 1

WINDSOR — Senior Elliot Rupp had a goal, assisted by senior Holly Putnam, in the loss.

Freshman Sophia Rockwood had seven saves.

“We really wanted to win tonight given that it was our senior night, but L&G is a tough team and we didn’t match their energy to start the game,” said Windsor coach Jeff Bachey. “I am proud of the way we fought the rest of the game and how we are playing heading into the post season.”

Windsor finishes at 4-9-1 and will play in the VPA D-III tourney next week.

Pelham 2, Stevens 0

PELHAM, N.H. — The Cardinals dropped their third game in four starts to finish the regular season at 11-5-0.

Bow 4, Lebanon 2

BOW, N.H. — The host Falcons doubled up the Raiders, who wrapped up a 10-6-0 regular-season slate.

Winooski 1, Sharon 0

WINOOSKI, Vt. — The Spartans recorded a narrow shutout win over the Phoenix for the second time in two days. Sharon finishes its schedule with a 2-12-0 mark.

Boys Soccer Lebanon 4, Bow 0

LEBANON — Lebanon finished regular season 14-2-0 and will be the No. 3 seed, playing at home on Friday in a NHIAA Division II quarterfinal match.

In Friday’s win, senior Daniel Mladek headed in a corner kick from senior Ryan Oliveira to open the scoring at the five-minute mark. Oliveira then scored in the 14th minute on assists from sophomore Nick Brill and John Bieszczad.

Mladek’s second goal came on another header, again from an Oliveira corner, in the 21st minute, and Oliveira closed out the scoring from Mladek in the 47th minute. Easton Wykes had three saves for Lebanon.

Otter Valley 1, White River Valley 0

BRANDON, Vt. — The Wildcats finished the year at 6-6-2 going into the state tournament.

Junior Robby McShinsky had three shots and “worked tirelessly,” said WRV coach Alex Montano.

Senior Mason Gauthier had three saves and senior Dominic Craven five in goal for WRV.

“It was a tough loss, but these boys have improved immensely from the start of the season. Now we have to refocus for the playoffs,” Montano said.

Mascoma 4, Newfound 0

BRISTOL, N.H. — Mascoma led 2-0 at the break on an unassisted goal by junior Grant Suttie in the eighth minute followed by a score from freshman Tanner Moulton, assisted by Suttie, four minutes later.

Junior Zach Thompson scored on a corner from Moulton with a head-ball assist from senior Cole Moulton. In the 77th minute, freshman Mason Drexler scored his first varsity goal for the Royals.

Sophomore keeper Isaiah Hogan had seven saves through 70 minutes, and freshman keeper Matt Favreau preserved the clean sheet in the final 10 minutes with one stop.

Royals Coach Keli Green said the passing and possession control in midfield by Cole Moulton, Aidan Smith, and Zach Thompson were keys to the victory.

“Our goal this season has been to have a double-digit win record and a home playoff game,” Green said.

Mascoma (10-5-0) plays its final regular season game on Saturday against Raymond.

Stevens 4, Pelham 2

CLAREMONT — Down early, Stevens took at 2-1 lead into halftime on direct kick goal by senior Cooper Moote followed by a header into the net by junior Scott Campbell, assisted by senior Dylan Chambers.

Freshman Connor Miller extended the lead with a goal off an assist by senior Alex Dyer, and Dyer completed the scoring for Stevens with a breakaway goal just under the crossbar from 20 yards out on through kick from junior Kayden Laclair

Freshman Maddox Foster had four saves in the first half and Moote had five after the break.

Burr & Burton 2, Woodstock 1

MANCHESTER, Vt. — Burr & Burton scored two goals in the first 25 minutes before the Wasps got one back on a long-range connection by junior Rowan Smail before halftime.

“Despite the majority of the pressure in the second half, Woodstock could not find the back of the net,” said coach Rob Stainton. “Despite the end result, an excellent game for the team. After the first 20 minutes, the boys matched Burr & Burton every step of the way and were unlucky not to find the equalizing goal.”

Volleyball Campbell 3, Hanover 0

HANOVER — Hanover (8-8) lost in three close sets (19-25, 19-25, 20-25) and will get ready for the playoffs starting Wednesday.

Cross Country May paces Hanover

HANOVER — Senior Spencer May finished first in Friday’s 5K race, leading his team to first place in a four-school meet that included community members.

May (17:09) was followed by teammates Luke Holmes in third (17:33), Mack Levy in fourth (17:39) and Will Parker in fifth (17:57). Caleb Zuckerman (eighth, 18:24) and Ryan Faris (ninth, 18:36) completed Hanover’s top 10 finishes.

Lebanon, third at the meet, was led by Carson Jones (12th, 18:54), Carlos Kennelly (14th, 19:04) and Sam Shipman (17th, 19:37).

Mascoma’s top finisher was Gunner Currier (16th, 19:21) followed by Jack Buffington (18th, 19:39) and Davie Caron (26th, 20:53).

Lebanon’s Isabella Hastings finished first among the girls and 27th among all runners in 20:58. Sarah Glueck of Hanover was 28th (21:20), with teammates Charlotte Tagupa 33rd (21:59) and Lauren Eiler 36th (22:14). Leah Caron led Mascoma in 51st (24:00).

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