LHS football will need a Hail Mary if the team is to reach the NHIAA Division II Playoffs this weekend. The 3-5 Sachems will host 5-3 Milford for Senior Night tonight at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium. Last Friday Laconia traveled to Conway to take on conference foe Kennett. The Eagles shut down Laconia's offense while taking advantage of three Sachems turnovers. With the win Kennett is in the driver's seat for the second conference playoff spot. Laconia will need a loss from the Eagles and help from a few other teams to jump over Kennett and sneak in.
The Sachems finished the 2013 season with a 9-5 record. The winning record was good enough for the girls to earn the 10th seed in the NHIAA Division III tournament. Laconia traveled to Tilton last week for the first round matchup against Winnisquam. The 7th seed Bears shutout Laconia 3-0. Advancing to the next round Winnisquam traveled to Gilford looking to upset the second seed last Saturday. Gilford, who did not lose in the regular season, handled Winnisquam easily to advance to the semi-finals. The Golden Eagles hosted the three seed Berlin and were defeated 2-1.
Laconia soccer entered the year on a positive note netting 10 goals on Mascoma Valley. The 11-5 record was good enough for the eighth seed in the NHIAA Division III tournament. After the first round bye the Sachems traveled to Kearsarge for second round action on Thursday afternoon. Gilford (13-2-1) earned the three seed and was also in action on Thursday playing host to Sanborn. Four seed Prospect Mountain (12-2-2) welcomed 13 seed Belmont to round out the Thursday action.
Laconia's girls failed to make the tournament, having won only two games on the season. Belmont (13-2-1) earned the second seed in postseason play, hosting Gilford on Wednesday afternoon. Belmont avoided the upset scoring the lone goal late in the second half to advance to the quarter-finals. Belmont will host Campbell on on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Sachems fought their way to the 10 seed in the NHIAA Division II postseason with a 6-10 record. They traveled to Somersworth on Wednesday afternoon where they were eliminated 3-0 in first round action. The 13-3 Gilford Golden Eagles earned a first round bye and will host Milford on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the quarter-finals.