Laconia's football playoff hopes were dashed Friday night when Kearsarge ousted the Sachems 33-30. A win would have sent the team to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. The game took a familiar path as Laconia held a lead in the fourth quarter but could not hold their opponent out of the endzone. Laconia, up 22-19, gave up a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to relinquish the lead and the game.
Senior Matt Swormstedt led the offense with 295 yards passing and 58 on the ground. Swormstedt went 35 for 52 with three TDs and a pair interceptions. Kyle Chiasson, Andre McNeil, and Keith Schultz were the recipients of the TD passes.
Laconia finished the season 4-4, falling to fifth place in the DII North Conference standings.
Gilford soared past Stevens Friday night 47-20. Gilford's high flying offense was led by QB Carter Mercer who went 18-28 for 411 yards and five touchdowns and an interception. Kyle Gaudet caught 10 of Mercer's passes for 324 yards and three scores.
The Golden Eagles (7-1) will host Inter-Lakes (5-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first round of the DIII playoffs. Gilford fell to the Lakers in the playoffs last season. The regular season matchup went to Gilford 33-7.
Winnisquam failed to get past Bishop Brady, losing 60-40 and falling to 4-4 which will not qualify the Bears for the post season.
A pair of underdogs entered the DIII semi-finals in field hockey on Thursday night at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter. The 11th seed Sachems and the 12th seed Golden Eagles took on the second seed Berlin and the top seed Hopkinton. The Sachems won their last three regular season games and a pair of playoff games to reach the semis.
Laconia had a 1-0 lead at the half before Berlin took over and scored three unanswered goals in the second half to lift the Mountaineers to a 3-1 victory and a spot in the DIII finals. Laconia's goal was scored by senior forward Samantha Silva. Sachems goalie May Margaret Randall had 14 saves in the loss.
Hopkinton needed over time to get past the Gilford who also jumped out to a lead early over the top seed Hopkinton in the second semi-final. Gilford's Logan Baxter scored the lone goal for the Golden Eagles. Hopkinton tied things halfway into the second half and forced overtime. The Hawks scored the game winner off a penalty corner three and a half minutes into the overtime.
Berlin beat Hopkinton 3-0 in the DIII finals on Sunday to remain the DIII champions.
Inter-Lakes fell to top seed and defending champion Nute 3-0 in the DIII quarter-finals. The Lakers were led by sophomore libero Ella Flanders who recorded 14 digs against Nute's big hitters in an impressive defensive performance. Jordan Durand registered eight digs and three aces in a solid all-around match for the freshman playing in her second tournament game.
Winnisquam's (7) hopes to return to the finals were dashed in the first round when they were upset by Epping (10) 3-2.
Belmont (13) fell to Sunapee (4) 3-0 in first round action.
Laconia (11) couldn't get past Portsmouth in the first round of DII play. Portsmouth were ousted in the quarter-final round by Gilford. The Golden Eagles (3) will face Milford in the semi-finals at Pinkerton Academy on Thursday at 5 p.m.
In soccer action the undefeated two seed Prospect Mountain Timberwolves took on the three seed Gilford Golden Eagles yesterday in DIII semi-final action. The Golden Eagles had a first round bye before beating Berlin in the second round 4-0 and White Mountains 2-1 to in the quarter-finals. The Timberwolves also had a free pass in the first round before dismissing Kearsarge 3-0 in the second round and Belmont 1-0 in the quarter-finals.
Inter-Lakes (8) beat Stevens in the second round before falling to the one seed Hopkinton in the quarter-finals.
Laconia (20) fell to Campbell in the first round 2-1.
On the girls' side of the pitch Gilford fell to Campbell 2-1, Inter-Lakes fell to White Mountains 2-1. and Belmont fell to Somersworth 1-0. All the macthups were in the first round.