Round-up: DIII football kicks off this weekend

The Laconia Sachems football team will have an extra week to prepare for a Manchester West team they haven't seen in Craig Kozens's tenure as head coach. The Sachems fell in Lebanon last Friday night to open the season 22-21. The week off will help to prepare for a team that "likes to put the ball in the air," said Assistant Coach Rod Roy. Manchester West will visit Bank of New Hampshire Stadium a week from today in the Sachems' home opener.

The Division III football season kicks off tomorrow when Gilford heads to Franklin, Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough hosts Fall Mountain, and Winnisquam welcomes Raymond.

Boys' soccer

On the soccer field, the Prospect Mountain boys' team (4-0) is off to a quick start, winning all four of their games to begin the year. The Timberwolves have scored 23 goals in the four contests and have allowed only three in the same span. Laconia comes to town today before heading to Farmington on Wednesday.

Laconia heads into tonight's match with two wins and two losses. The Sachems beat White Mountains last Friday and lost to Inter-Lakes on Tuesday. The boys are in Alton today and head to Division II Plymouth on Tuesday.

Inter-Lakes (3-1) entered last night's game coming off of a 3-1 victory over Laconia. The Lakers hosted Newfound yesterday after this article's deadline. Yesterday's match is the beginning of a four game home stand that continues Tuesday against Berlin.

Gilford (2-2) has been involved in four shutouts. Two of which were in favor of the Golden Eagles. Last Friday Gilford handed Inter-Lakes their only loss 3-0 and then fell to Prospect Mountain 1-0 on Wednesday. The Golden Eagles head to Bow on Tuesday.

The Red Raiders (3-1) have won three in a row after an opening season loss. Belmont posted four goals in each of the last two wins, beating Mascoma Valley 4-1 and Somersworth 4-1. The team hosts Kingswood today and will head to Winnisquam on Tuesday.

The Winnisquam Bears (0-4) have yet to score a goal two weeks in to the season. Winnisquam fell to Prospect Mountain 9-0 last Friday and 7-0 at Newfound on Tuesday. They will host Belmont on Tuesday and head to Berlin on Thursday in search of their first win.

Girls' soccer

On the girls' side of the pitch, Belmont (4-0) is undefeated heading into yesterday's match versus Somersworth. The most recent win came at the expense of Bishop Brady who took the loss 6-1. The Red Raiders host Bow on Tuesday end the week.

Inter-Lakes (3-1) suffered their first defeat of the season, falling to Hillsboro-Deering 3-0 on Wednesday. The Lakers host White Mountains today and head to Berlin on Monday.

The Sachems' (2-2) two losses have both been 1-0. The most recent was at Kearsarge on Wednesday. Laconia is at Campbell today and will host Plymouth on Wednesday.
The Golden Eagles (1-2-1) played Somersworth to a 0-0 tie last Friday. On Tuesday Bow came to town and shut out the girls 5-0. Gilford will host Hopkinton today and visit Campbell on Wednesday.

Prospect Mountain (0-4) was shut out by Somersworth on Tuesday 2-0. The Timberwolves are in Bow today and host Pelham on Tuesday.

Field hockey

Winnisquam (1-3) is the only local field hockey team to earn a victory this week beating Gilford 2-1. The Bears are in Hopkinton today and host Pelham on Tuesday.

Gilford (1-2) fell in the season opener 2-1 against the Bears. The Golden Eagles beat White Mountains last Friday and fell to Berlin on 1-0 on Wednesday. Gilford will face off against Kearsarge today and head to Franklin on Wednesday.

Laconia was 0-2 heading into yesterday's game against Franklin. They visit White Mountains on Tuesday.


Volleyball season began this week and Gilford jumped out early, winning both of their matches 3-0 against Kingswood and Laconia. The Golden Eagles host Windham tonight and head out to Plymouth on Monday before hosting Kennett on Thursday.

Laconia (1-1) won their opener 3-1 over Prospect Mountain and fell to Gilford to begin the season. The Sachems head to Meredith to play Inter-Lakes on Monday.

Prospect Mountain (0-3) has struggled to begin the year, falling to Coe-Brown, Laconia and Somersworth to begin the year. The Timberwolves are at Kennett tonight.

Winnisquam is 2-1 to begin the season. The Bears beat Hillsboro-Deering and Inter-Lakes. The Bears are in Franklin tonight and Sunapee on Monday.

Inter-Lakes is 1-1 on the year, beating Newfound and falling to Winnisquam. The Lakers host Portsmouth Christian at Dover tonight and Laconia on Monday.

Belmont is also 1-1 on the season dropping the opener to Farmington then beating Stevens. Mascenic comes to Belmont on Monday. The Red Raiders head to Winnisquam on Thursday.

LHS boys' soccer tops White Mountains 4-2

The Laconia High School boys' soccer team improved to 2-1 after a 4-2 win over White Mountains on Friday night.

Brayden Harriman started the scoring for Laconia and was followed by Thomas Turpin to give the Sachems an early 2-0 lead. Tim Wright then posted consecutive goals to bring White Mountains even. However, a Drew Sykes goal at the end of the first half put Laconia ahead 3-2. The lone goal in the second half was scored by Laconia's Matt Westcott.

Laconia goalkeepers Griffin Nyhan (6) and Panthavy Pradachith (2) combined for 8 saves. White Mountain's Spencer Nast stopped 5 shots.

LHS coach Kozens: 'Heartbreaker' to lose on failed 2-point conversion

LEBANON — Laconia dropped the season opener by a yard, 22-21 to the Raiders. The Sachems' final scoring drive covered 80 yards and two fourth down conversions and was capped with a Matt Swormstedt touchdown with 22 seconds remaining. While an extra point attempt could have forced overtime, the Sachems chose to give the ball to fullback Cody Yale for the two point attempt up the middle who managed a yard before a Raider linebacker stood Yale up short of the victory. "When we started the final drive I had planned to go for the win," said head coach Craig Kozens. "I asked the guys up in the tower if they had a two-point play in mind."

Swormstedt had two touchdowns and completed two passes for 25 yards. Both completions were to running back Kyle Chiasson who carried the ball 38 times for 193 yards and a TD. "Kyle had a monster game. He has tons of talent and tons of heart," continued Kozens. "He did more than anyone can ask. We sat him defensively and it worked in our favor because he carried the load so much."

The Sachems erased a 14-0 deficit, scoring 15 unanswered points in the final 2:18 of the second quarter to head into halftime with the lead. The third quarter was a battle of field possession before the Raiders scored on a drive in the fourth that was highlighted by a 43 yard scamper by running back Ryan Milliken. Milliken scored the eventual game winner three plays later. Lebanon completed a two point conversion to give the Raiders a seven point lead.

"It was a heartbreaker loss," added Kozens. "These kids have worked so hard all offseason and preseason, they deserved a better outcome. Too many early season mistakes with missed tackles and turnovers. We need to finish drives and get better tackling."

The Sachems have a week off to prepare for the home opener on September 19. Manchester West will be coming in for the first time in Kozens's tenure as head coach. "They have tons of size and athletes on both sides of the ball. It is going to be a challenge, but I know that we are up for the challenge. Should be a great game," said Kozens.

5th Annual Laker Open is Sept. 28 at Waukewan Golf Course

The Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association would like to invite anyone interested in a fun day of scramble golf, hole competitions, raffles and a barbecue lunch, to come to the Waukewan Golf Course on Sunday, September 28 for the 5th Annual Laker Open. The Meredith Kiwanis Club is again joining the event as the Stanley Cup Sponsor. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. A putting contest is open to all tournament participants, observers and dinner guests at 2:30 p.m. Those who don't want to golf are welcome to join for dinner for just $20. Dinner and awards will be from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $80 per player or $300 for a foursome. Sponsorships are still available. Become a Zamboni Sponsor for $500 or a Hole Sponsor for $100. Tournament proceeds support the organization and help provide scholarships. Register to play by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association is a membership organization open to anyone in the Lakes Region. The organization sponsors youth travel hockey teams, in-house teams, and learn to skate programs and is based in the Laconia Ice Arena. For information go to or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.