MANCHESTER — Laconia High School girls' lacrosse lost to Derryfield, 13-6, last night in the NHIAA Division III semi-final match.
After the loss, Laconia coach Kerry Howe said, "It was our first time making it to the final four after many one and two-win seasons. I was excited for our girls. Our goal this season was to make it here and they did a fantastic job. Next year looks promising, we're losing three seniors but have a lot of talent coming in. We hope to be here again, we lost to a great Derryfield team and we have a lot of respect for them."
Laconia started the scoring last night a little more than six minutes into the game, when freshman Danielle Cote, who would net 2 goals in match, found the net with 17:35 remaining in the first half. Derryfield then scored three consecutive goals before Laconia could bring the score to 3-2 with a goal scored by freshman Helen Tautkus at the 4:57 mark
Derryfield answered with three more consecutive goals. Tautkus scored her second of the night with 54 seconds remaining in the half, bringing the halftime score to 6-3.
The second half belonged to Derryfield, who opened up the scoring at 23:34, and followed with four more consecutive goals. Laconia didn't score again until sophomore Natalie Compton netted her only score of the game at 12:46 to bring the score to 11-4. The two teams went back and forth to end the game.
Laconia's goalie, freshman Lyndsey Paronto, made eight saves in the game. Sophomore Meya Minor also netted a goal for Laconia.
Derryfield will face John Stark on Thursday for the Division III title.
Derryfield ran the table during the regular season, winning all 15 games. Only Laconia scored more than ten goals on the Cougars during the regular season. The top seed beat Plymouth 15-6 in the quarter-finals.
Laconia earned the tournament's four seed by winning 11 games in the regular season. The Sachems' three losses were by a combined five goals. Laconia came the closest to beating Derryfield in the regular season losing 13 – 12 at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium.
After a first round bye in the NHIAA Division III tournament, Laconia hosted Lebanon on Saturday and advanced with a 13–9 victory.
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