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Sachems undefeated - Laconia boys lacrosse caps season with 11-7 win over Pelham in title game


LACONIA — The Laconia boys' lacrosse team completed an undefeated season with an 11-7 win over sixth-ranked Pelham Saturday afternoon at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter in the Division III championship game.
It marked the first time since 2005 that the Sachems, who were 18-0 on the season, have won a lacrosse championship.
Laconia got strong performances from senior captain Brenden Mooney, who had four goals and two assists; sophomore Riley Roy, who scored four goals, including the first two of the game as the Sachems jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter; and sophomore goalie Steve Towers, who registered 21 saves.
The Sachems took a 7-2 lead at half time and extended their lead to 9-2 in the third quarter with goals from freshman Jakob Steele as Roy and fended off a late surge from Pelham, which closed the gap by scoring five goals in the final period as Laconia netted two to hold off the charge.
Roy had scored two goals in the first three minutes of the game and Towers made nine saves in the first period to stymie the Pythons attack, which enjoyed a 9-1 edge in faceoffs during the first half.
Mooney found an open lane through the middle and put Laconia up 4-0 at the 10:54 mark of the second quarter and Connor Halloran, who ended up with four goals for Pelham, got the Pythons on the board to cut it to 4-1. Mooney responded a few minutes later with another goal, making it 5-1.
Devon Russell's goal for Pelham after an offside penalty against the Sachems cut the margin to 5-2 ,but Mooney and Jake Ellis responded to put the Sachems up 7-2 at the half.
The Pythons were able to cut it closer as the first half came to a close on a goal by Devon Russell after an offsides penalty, but Laconia fired right back, getting a goal apiece from Mooney and Jake Ellis in the final minutes to secure a 7-2 halftime lead.
After Laconia moved out to a big 9-2 lead in the third quarter Pelham scored a pair to being it to 9-4 but Mooney's goal made it 10-4 to put Laconia up by six with only eight minutes left on the clock. Try as they might, the Pythons were unable to overcome that big advantage and Laconia held on for the win.
The victory was sweet for Laconia coach Chad Paronto, who had been with the Sachems as an assistant coach when they won three straight title from 2003 to 2005. Those wins were down-to-the-wire victories over Kearsarge by scores of 11-10, 5-4 and 7-6.
The victory also gave the Sachems two Division III titles this year as the girls beat Kearsarge 14-13 last Wednesday to win their second straight title.

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Laconia's Jakob Steele and Trevor Weeks celebrate a goal during Saturday's NHIAA Division III lacrosse championship in Exeter. (Alan MacRae/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Laconia assistant lacrosse coach Steve McDonough gets the ice bucket following Saturday's NHIAA Division III lacrosse championship in Exeter. (Alan MacRae/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Laconia's undefeated 2016 lacrosse team. (Alan MacRae/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

There are plenty of rides to enjoy during Motorcycle Week

Laconia Motorcycle Week Rides 2016

Wednesday, June 15

• The Ladies Ride
On Wednesday, June 15, a "Ladies Ride" will be led by the Winnipesaukee H.O.G. Chapter #2529 Ladies of Harley. Riders who want to participate in this ride should meet at the Laconia-Harley Davidson in Meredith and plan to depart at 10 a.m., and should expect to be back at about 5 p.m.
• NHMRO Benefit Ride from Coast to the Mountains
Another major ride happening on Wednesday, June 15, is the NHMRO Benefit Ride from Coast To Mountains. This 200-mile ride will begin and end at the Makris Steak and Lobster Restaurant in Loudon, with departure set for 9:30 a.m. The trip will arrive back at about 9:30 p.m., and there are four scheduled stops during the ride. The ride will cost $10 for the rider and $5 for a passenger, and all proceeds will benefit the NHMRO.

• Gypsy Tour of covered bridges

The ride leaves Rally Headquarters, on Lakeside Avenue, at 10:30 a.m. with line-ups beginning at 8 a.m. This 200-plus mile ride will take riders to, and in some cases, across, several wooden covered bridges, with photo opportunities at each bridge, and with scenic, winding roads in between.

Thursday, June 16

• The 23rd POW/MIA Freedom Ride, on Thursday, June 16, will line-up beginning at 5 p.m. in the Lowe's parking lot on Lakeshore Road/Route 11 in Gilford, and the ride will begin at 6 p.m. The ride, which seeks to bring attention to the issue of American service members held as prisoners of war or who are missing in action, will bring riders to the New Hampshire POW/MIA memorial at Hesky Park in Meredith, where a vigil will be held at 7 p.m.
• Ride To The Sky
On Thursday, June 16, there will be two separate ride opportunities to "Ride To The Sky" to Mount Washington. The first is a guided tour led by the Winnipesaukee Hog Chapter #2529, which will depart Laconia Harley-Davidson in Meredith at 9 p.m. and will arrive back there at about 5 p.m. The second ride will follow the Mount Washington Auto Road, which will be motorcycles only that day. Riders will depart at 10 a.m. and can expect to return at about 6 p.m. This second ride is weather dependent.

• Gypsy Tour to collect stamps for the Laconia Passport Program. Tour leaves from Rally Headquarters at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 17

• Inaugural We Love Laconia Motorcycle Week Ride featuring celebrities and Laconia Mayor Ed Engler. Two-hour guided tour leaves from Rally Headquarters at 9:30 a.m. and ends at the Laconia Roadhouse. Fee is $50 per rider, $25 per passenger, and includes swag, catered lunch, parking and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Laconia Motorcycle Week.

• Moonlight Madness Motorcycle Ride
This ride begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 17. Riders who wish to participate should line up at Morrisseys' Front Porch Wolfeboro. There will be prizes given out to riders for "President's Choice" and "Best in Show."

Saturday, June 18

• The 6th Annual "Jesus Ride"
This ride will be taking place on Saturday, June 18, and begin in the Lowe's parking lot in Gilford at 11 a.m. All bikers are welcome to the bike blessing that will be given to all the riders present by Pastor Russ. This ride will end on Main St. in Wolfeboro.

Confrontation involving gun causes brief closure of Messer Street

LACONIA — Police said Messer Street was closed for about 15 minutes on Friday while they investigated an argument that involved a gun.

Police said a group of people who were looking for a juvenile went to the wrong house. The homeowner said he was carrying his gun behind his back when he told police that they entered his home after he opened the door. Police said he showed the gun and they went outside where an aargument ensued.

Police said it was a case of people going to the wrong house and there was no crime committed.