u12 Lakes Region Girls win Capitol Cup tournament

The Lakes Region United U12 Girls team participated in the annual Seacoast United Capitol Cup Columbus Day Tournament this weekend at NHTI in Concord and came home with the championship. The team was coached by Keith Duggan of Belmont and Shawn Jarvi of Gilford and consists of players from Belmont, Gilford, Alton, Canterbury, Gilmanton, and Laconia.

In the first round of play on Saturday morning, LRU faced the Seacoast United Select team and came out strong from the first whistle, winning 3 to 0. The second game was a tough one against the Exeter Hawks. Tied at the half 1 -1, LRU created many great scoring opportunities but could not capitalize. Exeter broke the tie and scored with a near post shot from the right side that deflected off the goalie's hands in the last minute of play.

In the semi-final match early Sunday morning, LRU faced the Seacoast United Storm. LRU controlled the game from the very beginning, winning 3 to 0 and earning a spot in the tournament finals. In the final match Sunday afternoon, LRU played another strong team from Exeter, but set the tone early on with a quick goal in the first minutes of play. With solid defense and an active offense, the team scored three more goals for the convincing 4 to 0 win.

According to Coach Duggan, "The girls played great and improved in every match culminating with a total shut down defense and some great passing and finishes." Coach Jarvi commended the teams' play as well, "They earned their championship with awesome play on the field."

U14 Lakes Region boys’ soccer team wins Capital Cup

CONCORD — On Columbus Day Weekend The U-14 Boys Lakes Region United team won the Capitol Cup "Monadnock Division" 2014 Championship. This Lakes Region United team plays in the Massachusetts Maple Premiere League and consists of players from Belmont, Gilford, Sanbornton, Laconia and Concord.

LRU won their first game Saturday morning beating Kearsage United 6-0 with 6 different players scoring goals and very strong defense, ball control and midfield play. They next played Far Post, a Premiere team ranked 4th in Vermont Sat afternoon. LRU won a very tightly contested game 2-1 getting goals from Nolan Ritchie and Nate Lamprey. On a very cold, very frosty Sunday morning Lakes Region United played Seacoast United Select. LRU played their best game of the weekend beating a very strong team 3-0. Nate Lamprey recorded a hattrick and again LRU's defense and midfield play was dominating. This set up a rematch with the Vermont Far Post team, this time in the "Round Robin" finals. LRU scored first on a fantastic long run by outside mid / striker Caleb Duggan who carried the ball from past mid field, beat the outside defender and ripped a beautiful shot to beat the Far Post goalie, the score remained 1-0 at the half. LRU went up 2-0 early in the 2nd half on a beautiful set up by Nate Lamprey, who dug the ball out of the corner, beat 2 defenders, poked a shot that was saved by the Far Post Goalie, LRU ripped a second shot that was blocked by a Far Post defender which was followed up with a Griffin Embree goal that somehow went through 4 Far Post defenders to find the back of the net. The rest of the half was very even with Far Post finally scoring with under 10 minutes to go to cut the LRU lead to 2-1. LRU responded very quickly to regain the 2 goal lead. Caleb Duggan set the goal up by beating the outside defender, sending a perfect pass to Griffin Embree who ripped a shot that was saved by the Far Post Goalie and Nate Sottak was there to put the rebound in and secure the 3-1 victory.

LRU allowed just 2 goals during the 4 game tourney. The dominant defense was led by goalie Nicholas Ritchie, sweeper Will Wood, outside backs Nolan Ritchie and Caleb Burke and stopper Cole Champoux. LRU's strong ball control was led by center mid Colby Brown, center mid / stopper Ben Charleston and center mid Colton Workman. LRU had very good striker play from Giffin Embree, Alex Giammarino and Nate Sottak who all distributed the ball well and put lots of pressure on the opposing team's defenses. LRU got exceptional play from outside mid Nate Lamprey and outside mid / striker Caleb Duggan, who both constantly beat defenders and made play after play the entire tournament. Last but certainly not least, LRU had fantastic play from the only girl who played in this very tough boys division, outside mid Zoe Zimmermann.

Round-up: teams scramble for playoffs as regular season draws to close

Laconia High School girls' soccer team (4-8-1) got past Berlin 3-1 on Tuesday. The Sachems are in the 14th seed with three road games remaining. Today they head to Inter-Lakes before heading to White Mountains on Tuesday and Belmont next Friday.

In other girls' soccer news, the Belmont Red Raiders (11-3) are riding a six game winning streak and are holding on to the fourth seed in the NHIAA DIII standings headed into the final week of the regular season. Belmont slipped by Kearsarge 3-1 on Tuesday. The regular season ends at home with Berlin on Tuesday Laconia next Friday.

Inter-Lakes (8-4-1) dropped their fourth game of the season 5-1 to Raymond on Tuesday. The Lakers are in the eighth seed with three games remaining, beginning today against Laconia. The last two games against Gilford on Tuesday and at Kingswood on Thursday.

Gilford (3-7-3) picked up their third win against Kingswood 8-0 on Tuesday. The eight goals surpassed their seven goals scored on the season heading into the game. The 13th seed Golden Eagles host White Mountains today and end the season at Inter-Lakes on Tuesday.

Prospect Mountain (2-10-1) finishes out the final three games on the year this week. They head to Berlin today, host Kingswood on Tuesday and end the year at Somersworth on Thursday.

Boys' soccer

Prospect Mountain (13-0) shut out Sanborn to 4-0 on Tuesday to continue the unbeaten streak. The Timberwolves have given up a total of three goals on the season. The final three games begin today against Kingswood. The final two matches are on the road at Berlin on Tuesday and Inter-Lakes next Friday.

Gilford (11-2) are currently in third place heading into the final week. The Golden Eagles take a nine game win streak to Newfound today. The Golden Eagles host Franklin on Tuesday and end at Farmington Wednesday.

The Lakers are in the fifth spot in DIII play with a 10-4 record. Inter-Lakes fell to Gilford on Tuesday but look to rebound at White Mountains today. The Lakers host unbeaten Prospect Mountain next Friday to end the regular season.

Belmont (8-4-1) has a hold of the eighth spot in the standings with three games remaining. The Red Raiders played to a 0-0 draw against Campbell last Friday. The boys look to finish strong at Laconia today before hosting Winnisquam Tuesday and at Hopkinton next Friday.

Laconia (5-9) won two in a row last week heading into the final week of the season. The Sachems beat Mascoma Valley 4-0 and Winnisquam 6-0 last week. They host Belmont today and end their year in Berlin next Friday.

Winnisquam (2-11) picked up their second win of the year against Franklin 1-0. The Bears host Mascoma Valley today and then finish the year on the road with Belmont on Tuesday and Sanborn next Friday.


Laconia (4-1) is riding high after two huge wins for the program. The Sachems needed overtime to beat Plymouth last week 28-27. The Bobcats chose to go for two and the win but were stopped and fell to 1-4. Laconia is at Merrimack Valley tonight against the 3-2 Pride.

Gilford (4-1) is tied for a share of first place in the DIII North Conference. The Golden Eagles rolled over Mascoma Valley 53-14 last week. The Golden Eagles will host Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough tomorrow afternoon.

Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough (3-2) edged Stevens last week 28-22. The Lakers visit Gilford tomorrow.

Winnisquam (3-2) fell short in a running battle to Somersworth 54-48. The Bears tied the game with a 1:30 remaining but Somersworth wasted no time and scored the winning TD three plays later. Winnisquam is at Epping-Newmarket tomorrow.


Gilford, 9-3, has control of the fourth seed in the DII standings with three matches remaining. The Golden Eagles head to Conway tonight to take on Kennett before heading to Laconia on Wednesday and hosting Somersworth Next Friday to finish the regular season.

Laconia (6-7) is holding onto the tenth seed with three games remaining. The Sachems beat Pelham on Wednesday. They head to Plymouth tonight and end the season at home against Gilford on Wednesday and Portsmouth next Friday.

Prospect Mountain (3-11) won their third match of the year against Kennett 3-0. The Timberwolves are at Kingswood tonight and host Plymouth on Wednesday to finish out the season.

Belmont (4-9) picked up a win against Raymond Wednesday 3-1. The Red Raiders host Belmont on Monday before hitting the road at Moultonborough on Wednesday and Hillsboro-Deering next Friday.

Winnisquam (10-4) fell to Campbell 3-2 on Wednesday. The Bears prepare for the postseason with matches against Franklin on Wednesday and at Farmington next Friday.

Inter-Lakes (8-4) fell to DIII leader Nute 3-1 last week. The Lakers are at Belmont on Monday, then host Mascoma Valley Wednesday and Pittsfield next Friday to finish the regular season.

Field Hockey

Winnisquam (8-5) fell to Berlin on Tuesday. The Bears end the regular season today against White Mountains.

Gilford (6-6-1) finished the year yesterday against Newfound. The results were after this articles deadline.

Laconia (6-7)has Johns Stark today to finish out the season

Golden Eagles top Mascoma 53-14

The Gilford High School football team knocked off Mascoma 53-14 on Saturday for their third win of the season.

Senior Dave Macdonald got the Golden Eagles on the board in the first quarter, capping a six play drive by plunging in from the 3 yard line. Senior Max Troiano set up the score with a 36 yrd run on a second and 18 after Junior Carter Mercer had been sacked on the previous play. On the second drive, Mercer connected with Senior Kyle Gaudet twice, with the second one being a 32 yd touchdown

The third scoring drive in the first quarter had Mercer connecting twice with Troiano, first for a 44 yarder followed on the next play by a 12 yard TD strike.

Mascoma scored first in the second quarter on a 95 yard run.

Gilford, facing 4th and 6 from their own 26, scored in the second quarter on a 74 yd pass play from Mercer to Gaudet.

Gilford's second score was set up by both of Dom Troiano's two interceptions. His first came at the Mascoma Valley's 19 yd line. two plays later, his brother Max fumbled resulting in Mascoma recovering. Two plays later, Dom caught his second INT on Mascoma's 14 yd line. On the next play, Max caught a pass from Mercer for the TD.

The Golden Eagle offense continued pace in the third quarter. Mercer connected with Gaudet for a 48 yd touchdown to cap a 67 yard, four play drive.

Mascoma answered with a 53 yard touchdown run.

Gilford was quick to return to the Mascoma end zone, though. After a 60 yd kickoff return by Senior Tommy Hart, Mercer hit Braedon Lacroix on the first play for a 10 yd touchdown pass.

Max Troiano capped off the Gilford scoring with a 12 yard run on a drive started after Kyle Gaudet forced a Mascoma fumble on Gilford's 35 yd line.

Gilford went to ball control mode in the fourth quarter and ran off more than 8 minutes of clock before Mascoma took over on their own 4 yard line.