U15 Sachems lacrosse team has even record with one game left

Laconia's U15 lacrosse team split a pair of contests over the weekend. On Saturday morning the Sachems traveled to Hanover for a makeup game against the Marauders. The sun broke through the clouds about the same time the Sachems were breaking through Hanover's defense. Middie Kaleb Bartlett started his big day (first career hat trick) with a quick goal about 2 minutes into the contest and the Sachems were off and running. Attack Riley Roy (2 goals, 1 assist) got on the board, as did middie Parker Minor. Bartlett tacked on 2 more, one of them a shot from 45 yards out into the empty net as the goalie was out of position, to give his team a commanding 6-1 halftime lead. The second half was all about defense as goalie Steven Towers turned away 16 shots and Noah Shastany and Logan Caruso played stingy "D" in front of their netminder. Defensemen Drew Muzzey capped off Laconia's day with a coast to coast run punctuated with a nice top shelf shot to secure the Sachem's 7-1 victory.

Sunday saw the Sachems play host to the undefeated Hollis/Brookline team. This was an old-fashioned grudge match, as the teams battled back and forth exchanging goals and penalties. Led by attack Riley Roy (3 goals, 2 assists) and middie Parker Minor (hat trick on his birthday) the Sachems showed Hollis they weren't going to be an easy mark. Hollis jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before the youngsters from Laconia battled back to tie things up. Attack Bailey Moore (on a nice feed from Roy) gave Laconia its first lead of the day before Hollis could answer with 3 goals, all on a man up situation. The goals gave Hollis a 6-4 lead at the half. The second half was a mirror image of the first. U13 Middie Ryan Chaisson, playing up from his regular team, got his first U15 goal of the season to pull his team to within 2, 10-8. Unfortunately the clock was not on the Sachems' side, as time ran out and the Laconia rally fell short. Defensively it was a couple more U13 guys who played hard. Josh Reynolds and Gauge Hawkes stepped up to help out the shorthanded U15s and showed the fans that the future for the team looks bright. The loss, coupled with Saturdays win, evens the Sachem's record at 3-3 with one regular season game left.

Holy Trinity School adds fields a track team

Holy Trinity School's new track team is celebrating its success after participating in its first meet this season at Winnisquam Regional School on Monday, May 5. Eleven students from grades 6 through 8 participated in both track and field events.

Notable performances by the girls include hurdlers Addie Dinsmoor, Emily LeClaire, Cheyenne Wright, as well as Piper Dion in the 1600m run. The girls 4 x 100m relay team of Addie Dinsmoor, Brigid Hosmer, Sophia Clery, and Cheyenne Wright delivered a strong qualifying performance.

Leading the way for the boys, James Marceau competed in the hurdles and triple jump, and took 2nd place in the 400m dash. The team has already qualified in several events for the small-school middle school state meet in Belmont on May 22.

"The kids did an amazing job at their first meet," said team coach and grade 4/5 teacher Kristina Conti. "We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to assemble this team of strong student athletes. Our early success is icing on the cake."

GHS softball's 10th win comes against Somersworth

The Gilford High School Softball team climbed to 10 wins on the season and recorded its 4th shutout by beating Somersworth 8-0 on Thursday. "This was one of the best games I have ever seen a Gilford softball team play. Both the defense and offense were working like a well oiled machine. There were numerous spectacular plays by many different players on defense," said coach Joan Forge. "The highlights included a catch over the outfield fence by centerfielder Mollie Dignan to take away a home run, a diving catch by 1st baseman Maddie Harris, a diving catch by 2nd baseman Brid Fillion, a full sprint into foul ball area to catch a ball by rightfielder Kelsey Buckley, and a ball caught between the infield and outfield by shortstop Mikaela Mattice". The defense made no errors behind pitcher Sarah Lachapelle who picked up the win while recording 10 strikeouts and giving up only 2 hits and 3 walks. The Gilford offense exploded for 16 hits including 5 doubles and 7 earned runs. Maggie Fillion led the way going 4 for 4 with 1 double, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored, Mikaela Mattice 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, Kelsey Buckley 2 for 4 with 1 double and 2 RBI, Sarah Lachapelle 2 for 4 with 1 double, 1 RBI and 1 run scored, Mollie Dignon 3 for 3 and 2 runs scored, and Lisa Osborne (2 runs scored, 1 RBI) and Maddie Harris each had 1 hit.

Gilford scored one in the 2nd inning when Maggie Fillion led off with a single and scored on a Kelsey Buckley double. Gilford added one more run in the bottom of the 4th when Maggie Fillion singled, advanced to 3rd on a Mikaela Mattice double and scored on an error. Gilford scored 4 in the 5th inning on 6 hits. The highlights were Sarah Lachapelle's 1 run double and Maggie Fillion's 2 run single. Gilford scored 2 more in the 6th inning when Mollie Dignon led off with a single, stole 2nd and scored on a Lisa Osborne single. Osborne scored on a Mikaela Mattice double.

Gilford's next game is Wednesday at home against Franklin.

Round-up: Golden Eagles chasing second consecutive undefeated season

Gilford Tennis has secured its second consecutive perfect season. The 14-0 Golden Eagles traveled to Berlin on Thursday for the season finale and came away with a 6-1 win. Last week Gilford shut out Inter-Lakes and Portsmouth Christian at Dover 9-0.

The Gilford girls' team's regular season came to a close on Tuesday with a 6-3 win over Profile School. The Golden Eagles ended the season on a three game winning streak and a record of 9 wins, five losses. The Golden Eagles wait for the NHIAA Division III post season schedule which was not released before the deadline of this article.

The Laconia High School girl's team finished the season 4-9, winning the last game of the season 6-3 over Inter-Lakes.


The Winnisquam Bears (11-3) dropped their second game of the season Wednesday to 8-3 Monadnock 10-0. The Bears beat Bow 9-2 earlier in the week. They hosted Belmont yesterday and suffered a narrow 5-4 loss. Winnisquam will finish out the regular season next week, in Laconia on Tuesday and hosting Newfound on Wednesday.

The Sachems traveled to Plymouth on Monday and came away with a 3-2 victory. The Sachems then suffered a pair of losses, Wednesday Laconia lost to Belmont 5-2 and on Thursday dropped a 10-7 decision against Inter-Lakes. The Sachems are home for the final two games of the season next week, hosting Winnisquam on Tuesday and Berlin Wednesday.

Belmont (8-6) ended a three game skid this week, beating Gilford 10-1 and Laconia 5-2. The Red Raiders then lost to Winnisquam on Thursday. Belmont's final two games next week are at home on Tuesday versus Farmington and at Gilford next Friday.

Gilford (6-8) split the first two games of the week, losing to Belmont 10-1 and beating Farmington 5-2. The Golden Eagles traveled to Somersworth on Thursday for a loss, 8 to 5. They will end the season at home next week, hosting Franklin on Wednesday and Belmont next Friday.


Gilford improved to 10-4 this week, beating Belmont 5-3 last Monday. The Golden Eagles lost Farmington on Wednesday and shut out Somersworth yesterday. The Girls end the regular season at home next week hosting Franklin Wednesday and Belmont next Friday.

Winnisquam posted a trio of shutouts this week. The bears blanked Bow 18-0, Monadnock 15-0 and Belmont 2-0. Winnisquam will finish the season at Laconia on Tuesday and host Newfound on Wednesday.

The Red Raiders fell to Gilford 5-3 on Monday and beat Laconia 6-0 Wednesday. Belmont lost to Winnisquam on Thuesday. They have Farmington at home on Tuesday and host Gilford next Friday to complete the regular season.
Laconia failed to push across a run at the beginning of the week, losing to Plymouth 7-0 and Belmont 6-0. The Sachems hosted Inter-lakes yesterday and made another mark in the win column with a 3-2 victory. Laconia will close out the season this week hosting Winnisquam on Tuesday and Berlin on Wednesday.

Girls' lacrosse

Laconia improved to 10-3 this week, losing to Plymouth 15-12 and undefeated Derryfield 13-12, then found a 9-8 win against Bishop Brady on Thursday. The Sachems will finish the regular season on Thursday hosting Belmont.

The Golden Eagles (3-9) lost two this week, first to Kingswood 12-10 and 16-15 against Pelham on Thursday. They finish season this week hosting Kearsarge Tuesday and travel to Plymouth on Thursday.

Belmont (1-9) fell to NHIAA Division III leader Derryfield 21-1. They close out the season this week at Merrimack Valley on Tuesday and at Laconia on Thursday.

Boys' lacrosse

Laconia sits at 7-6 heading into the final week of the season. The Sachems fell to Kingswood 15-11 on Tuesday and defeated Gilford 16-4 on Thursday. Laconia will end the year hosting Pembroke on Tuesday.

Gilford (3-10) picked up their third victory of the year, beating Kennett 8-7. The Golden Eagles then lost Laconia on Thursday and will close out the year at Plymouth on Tuesday.