Local roundup: Raiders fall in OT field hockey semifinal

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Published: 10/29/2021 11:26:06 PM
Modified: 10/29/2021 11:26:16 PM

EXETER, N.H. — The run is done for the Lebanon High field hockey team. The Raiders came up short in the NHIAA Division II semifinals, falling to Goffstown, 2-1, in an overtime thriller on Friday night at Bill Ball Stadium.

Sally Tretter scored with 5:34 left in the second quarter to put Lebanon in front, 1-0. Kendall Dubois scored an equalizer for the Grizzlies in the third quarter to force overtime.

Goffstown had control for long stretches and held a significant advantage in penalty corners on the night. Goalie Ashlee Blashock and the rest of the Lebanon defense held the line, though, keeping things tied up through the fourth to set up overtime.

Bethany Dubreuil scored the game-winner for Goffstown with 3:54 left in overtime.

Lebanon (13-3-2) graduates Tretter, Molly Smith, Clara Smyrski, Molly Schutzius, Claire Thibodeau, Amalia Hickey, Abigail Pauls and Lilly Gogan.

Mount Abraham 2, Woodstock 0

BRISTOL, Vt. — Top-seeded Mount Abraham was too much for No. 8 seed Woodstock in the VPA Division II quarterfinals.

The Wasps (8-8-0) will lose Sophia Yates, Nicole Fullerton, Megan Tarleton, Nora Duane and Gabby Hazen to graduation.

Boys SoccerHanover 2, Pinkerton 0

HANOVER — Goals early in both halves paired with a strong defensive effort was enough to help Hanover earn a berth in the NHIAA Division I semifinals.

Oscar Miller got things started in the seventh minute, taking a through pass from Luke Ives and outhustling the charging Pinkerton keeper before finding the back of the net. Hanover controlled possession for most of the first half, outshooting Pinkerton, 10-1.

Hanover got an insurance goal in the 42nd minute when Jacob Kubik-Pauw centered a ball in front of the net. Miller deflected the pass, and Murphy Hunt was in the right spot to bury the goal.

Hanover keeper Ty Nolon made several clutch saves afterward to keep a charging Pinkerton attack scoreless.

Hanover coach Rob Grabill praised the work of his seniors, including Miller, Hunt, wingers Kubik-Pauw and Eric Ringer, and defenders Luke Ives and Connor Hamlin.

“This is the time of year for seniors to step up, and ours did in a big way today,” Grabill said.

No. 3 seed Hanover (14-3-1) is headed to the D-I semifinals for the fourth straight year. Hanover will play No. 2 seed Manchester Central at Stellos Stadium in Nashua on Monday at 4 p.m.

Lebanon 2, Bow 1 (PKs)

LEBANON — Raiders keeper Easton Wykes saved three Bow penalty kicks to help the hosts emerge in a classic playoff battle.

Bow broke through in the 18th minute to take a 1-0 lead when Noah Leuchtenberger’s free kick from 55 yards out with the setting sun directly behind him sailed untouched just under the crossbar.

The Raiders tied it up in the 35th minute when John Bieszczad’s throw-in from the left sideline was touched by Krists Putans up to Nick Brill, who rocketed a shot into the upper-right corner.

Lebanon controlled play for long stretches, racking up a 19-0 edge in corners and a 22-2 edge in shots. If not for what Raiders coach Rob Johnstone called an “immense” effort by Bow keeper Aaron Barrieu, the hosts likely would have won this one in regulation.

After a scoreless ovetime, the penalty kicks then proved just the time for Wykes to take center stage. He started the season as the team manager but has stepped into a starting role after starter Colbie Delisle broke his fibula midway through the regular season. Wykes stopped Bow’s first, second and fourth penalty attempts while teammates Daniel Mladek, Griffin Gamache and Ryan Oliveira all made their PKs to give the Raiders the win.

No. 3 seed Lebanon (15-2-0) will play No. 10 seed Kingswood in the semifinals at Stellos Stadium on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Kingswood upset No. 2 seed Milford, also in PKs, in Friday’s other D-II quarterfinal clash.

White River Valley 3, Sharon 1

SHARON — Dominic Craven had all three goals to lift the Wildcats (8-6-2) over the host Phoenix (13-3-0) in this clash of local rivals in the VPA Division IV quarterfinals.

“We anticipated having few chances because Sharon is an excellent team with no real weaknesses,” WRV coach Alex Montano said. “Dominic came up with the goods when we needed him. This is a team of overachievers, no doubt about that.”

Craven scored his first on a free kick to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the first half. Riley Eastman countered for Sharon with a PK strike to knot the score at 1-1 into the break. Craven took a feed from Robby McShinsky for the go-ahead goal. Craven provided some insurance with a PK goal later in the half after Mason Gauthier was fouled in the box.

WRV keeper Tattin Griffin made five saves. The Wildcats will face Rivendell in the semifinals on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The two played twice in the regular season with the Raptors earning an 8-0 win in South Royalton on opening day, Sept. 3. The Wildcats got a measure of revenge in a 1-1 draw at Rivendell on Sept. 25.

“This was a really tough end to an otherwise special season,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said. “They sat back and threw numbers behind us and made it really difficult to generate any quality in the offensive third. I give their team and Alex (Montano) a lot of credit. They converted their chances when they had them.”

Sharon graduates Eastman, Jaxon Nichols, Ever Tofel and Daniel Henderson.

“This wasn’t a fitting conclusion given how successful their careers were. We were so much better than our performance showed today, but that’s football. Any team, on any day, has a chance to win,” Fabrikant said.

Rivendell 2, Arlington 1 (2 OT)

ORFORD — Derek Vogelien scored both goals for the Raptors, including the game-winner in the second overtime, to send the hosts on to the VPA Division IV semifinals.

Vogelien was in the right spot to knock home a rebound of Josiah Welch’s shot in the 21st minute to give Rivendell the early lead. Arlington answered 10 minutes later and there the score remained throughout regulation and the first overtime.

Kyle Carter placed a cross in the second OT in perfect position for Vogelien to convert for the game-winner.

“Arlington had the scouting report well-executed. They packed the box and frustrated our attack, forcing us out of our comfort zone,” Rivendell coach Kevin Brooker said. “The boys remained composed and found a way to break the bus and find the net.”

Brooker praised the play of Vogelien, Welch, Carter and Jamison Gilbert. The Raptors (11-3-1) have now won six straight games and look ahead to facing local rival White River Valley in the semifinals.

Campbell 2, Mascoma 1

LITCHFIELD, N.H. — The surging No. 6 seed Royals saw their season come to an end at No. 3 seed Campbell in the NHIAA Division III quarterfinals.

Mascoma (12-6-0) had won eight of its last nine games coming in to surge up the D-III standings and earn a home game in the first round. The Royals beat Fall Mountain, 3-2, earlier this week, to earn this quarterfinal spot.

The Royals will lose Ben Seiler, Ian Moulton, Cole Moulton, Allan Hammond and Nikolas Ladue to graduation.

Oyster River 4, Stevens 0

DURHAM, N.H. — The top-seeded Bobcats shut out the Cardinals (10-8-0) in the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals.

Stevens will lose Cooper Moote, Dylan Chambers, Austin Jones, Trevor Bouthillier and Alex Dyer to graduation.

Green Mountain 2, Thetford 0

CHESTER, Vt. — The Panthers came up short at No. 1 seed Green Mountain in the VPA Division III quarterfinals.

“Although it wasn’t the outcome we had hoped for, I was pleased with the team effort today. The boys left everything they had out there on the pitch,” Thetford coach Ray Thorburn said.

The Panthers’ attack featured strong play from Elliot Jones and Jacob Gilman, keyed by Ethan Marshia in the midfield. Fritz Junker and Boone Fahey anchored the defense in front of keeper Mack Briglin (10 saves).

Thetford will graduate Jones, Briglin, Marshia, Junker, Gus Byrne and Alex Kim.

Girls SoccerLeland & Gray 2, Thetford 1 (OT)

TOWNSHEND, Vt. — The Panthers (5-10-1) lost an overtime heartbreaker in the VPA Division III quarterfinals.

Madi Powers scored an equalizer midway through the second half for Thetford. The Rebels scored the game-winner off a corner play in the first extra session.

Keeper Heidi Hewes (seven saves) and Kiran Black anchored a strong defensive effort for the Panthers, according to coach Dave Williams.

Thetford graduates Powers, Black, Greata Koppers, Lily Welch, Taylor Farrell, Maddie Hatch and Macey Smith.

VolleyballRice 3, MVCS 0

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — The No. 5 seed Eagles (10-5) lost a matchup with the No. 4 seed Green Knights in the quarterfinals, falling in straight sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-14).

Hayley Goodwin had 13 digs, six kills and four aces for MVCS. Delaney Gross had 10 assists and seven digs.

“It was a close match and our girls played well, but we were unable to put enough offense together to get into the win column against a good Rice team,” Eagles coach Tom Evans said.

MVCS will lose both Goodwin and Gross to graduation.

FOOTBALLWoodstock 20, Springfield 16

WOODSTOCK — The fourth-seeded Wasps (6-3) got all they could handle from the fifth-ranked Cosmos (4-5) but ultimately prevailed in their VPA Division III quarterfinal by scoring the game-winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

The visitors owned an 8-7 halftime advantage in what turned into a seesaw affair. The lead changed hands three times, with Springfield taking a 16-14 edge with nine minutes left only to yield the go-ahead points shortly thereafter. A late Cosmos threat ended in the hands of a intercepting Woodstock defender.

The Wasps will play either No. 1 Windsor or No. 8 Poultney in next weekend's semifinals.

Lebanon 38, HD-Hopkinton 0

LEBANON — The Raiders (8-0) locked down the regular-season title of NHIAA Division II's West division by blanking Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton and will be one of the two top seeds when the state tournament field is announced on Monday.

It took a while for Lebanon to get going, however. Jackson Stone's touchdown run with eight minutes gone ended up being the only points of the first half. The Raiders took that 6-0 lead and expanded it thanks to a pair of TD passes from Stone to CJ Childs (who also added a rushing score) along with another Stone run and one from Nyeoti Punni.

The Raiders go into the playoffs on a four-game shutout streak, having not allowed a point since their 48-13 win over Gilford-Belmont on Sept. 25.

Hanover 42, Hollis-Brookline 0

HOLLIS, N.H. — Hanover picked up a blowout win to snap a three-game losing skid and finish the regular season at 6-3.

Hanover locked up third place in the West division standings in NHIAA Division II with the win. Up next is a postseason battle next week.

Monadock 21, Stevens 13

SWANZEY, N.H. — The Cardinals' slim NHIAA Division III playoff hopes ended in a season-closing loss to the Huskies (4-4), who will also miss the postseason.

Eleventh-year coach Paul Silva loses six to graduation: Zack Bundy, Nicholas Burke, Hunter Christian, Pascal Lemieux, Tobyn Von Kahle and Liam Williams.

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