The Laconia U11 Boys Lacrosse team wrapped up its regular season this past weekend with a pair of wins on the road. On Saturday the team traveled south to Peterborough and put on an offensive display. Eight different players scored for the Sachems. Middie Zach Whitney led the charge with 5 goals and attack Cole Roy notched 4 scores in the team's best offensive performance of the season. Also contributing for Laconia was Evan "Papi" Carignan, with 2 goals, Zach Linkkila with his first goal of the season, Edgar Conroy's first goal of the season, and Cody Newman, Ty Barlett, and Bree Ricker all scoring. Defensively, goalie Noah Potter pitched his first shutout of the season while turning aside 3 shots to help Laconia secure a 16-0 victory.
Sunday saw the Sachems square off against Manchester PAL in a game with playoff implications. The winner would secure first place in the division while the loser would fall to fourth. Fortunately for Laconia, the offense picked up right where it left off. Roy and Whitney once again led their team with Roy getting 5 goals and Whitney 4 goals. Carignan got another 2 and Ricker chipped in her 2nd goal in two days to round out the Laconia scoring. The defense came up big in this one as Jacob Mello, Keith Corriveau, and Edgar Conroy played tough in front of Potter, who had his best game of the year in turning aside 12 shots. As the final horn sounded on the 12-3 win, Laconia had not only clinched first place in their division but had also given their fans an undefeated season at 7-0-1.
The Sachems with be participating in the annual Londonderry Festival this weekend with a chance to grab Laconia's first ever U11 championship.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:53
The Laconia Sachems girls' lacrosse team took home its first NHIAA Division III state championship Wednesday evening, topping Derryfield 12-10. The Sachems entered their first championship game with one blemish on the season. The 6-5 loss came early in the season to defending champion Derryfield School.
Helen Tautkus and Mackenzie Howe helped the Sachems jump out to an early 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest. Derryfield did not hesitate to return the favor, scoring the next three goals over a four minute span.
The seesaw battle saw five ties and four lead changes in the first half before Laconia jumped out to an 8-6 lead on a free position goal scored by Becca Howe with three second remaining in the half.
Derryfield (16-1) could not keep up with the Sachems attack in the second half. The Cougars came within two goals with 8:00 left in the game but could not stop Tautkus as she picked up her sixth goal of the game and secured a state title with a minute to go.
Tautkus' six goals led all scorers. Mackenzie Howe and Becca Howe netted three goals apiece for the Sachems.
The Laconia victory was the first for the Sachems in girls lacrosse in their first finals appearance. The team only graduates one senior.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:49
The Gilford boys' tennis team won its third consecutive NHIAA Division III state championship over Inter-Lakes 7-2 on Thursday afternoon. The Golden Eagles won four of six singles matches and swept the three doubles to clinch the title. "Every championship is special in its own way," Gilford coach Terry Wilson said.
The championship win capped a second consecutive undefeated season and the 50th straight win. "I wish I could have taped this senior class trying to play as freshman. They went from struggling to hit a ball to the polished team you saw today," added Wilson. The senior members of the Gilford squad went 62-4 during their high school careers with three titles and a semifinal appearance.
Gilford's Nolan Dwyer and Sam Shafique won their singles matches early over Liam Donahue and Tyler Reid 8-3 and 8-0 to give the Golden Eagles a quick 2-0 lead. Inter-Lakes bounced back with a pair of wins by Logan Goewey and Thomas Ainsworth to even the score at 2-2.
Laker Noah Sullivan gave Andrew Caulfield an early battle, winning a pair of sets to bring the match to 3-2 before Gilford's Caulfield pulled away for an 8-3 win and a 4-2 team lead. At the end of the singles matches, Inter-Lakes' only route to victory was by sweeping the doubles round.
"The way our season has gone I thought anything was possible," said Lakers coach Gill West. Inter-Lakes struggled early in the season, losing to Gilford 9-0 before bouncing back and winning the final four matches of the season to earn the sixth seed. "We really pulled together and were firing on all cylinders heading into the postseason," added West. "We were thrilled to make it here and compete as well as we did against the best team in the conference."
The doubles matches went Gilford's way beginning with the title clincher on the first court with Caulfield and Grant Workman topping Lakers Sullivan and Goewey 8-6. The Golden Eagles won the second and third doubles 8-4.
"This is a special group and are in the midst of a nice run to begin next season," finished Wilson.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 08:39
The Gilford boys' tennis team completed its second straight perfect season with a 7-2 win over Inter-Lakes in the DIII state championship. The Golden Eagles' championship win was the 50th consecutive match victory for the team, dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season. Gilford has won three consecutive state titles and five of the last six in Division III.
The Laconia Sachems fell to sixth seeded Mascenic 7-2. The third seeded Sachems were upset at home in the quarterfinal matchup and finished the season 15-3.
Belmont (10) could not top the second seeded Monadnock 7-0. The Red Raiders were held to just one hit in the quarterfinal matchup. The team finished with an 11-7 record. MOnadnock will face Mascenic in the semifinals.
Winnisquam upset the fifth seed Belmont 3-0 in the second round of the DIII tournament Thursday. The Bears (12) held Belmont scoreless behind a seven hit complete game from Allie Trowsdale. The senior notched five strikeouts and didn't walk a batter in the win. Belmont finishes the season 13-4. Winnisquam traveled to Berlin (4) yesterday for a quarterfinal matchup.
The Laconia Sachems defeated Kearsarge 11-7 in the DIII semifinals to reach their first state championship against defending champion Derryfield. Mackenzie Howe led the Sachem attack with five goals in the win. Laconia reached the semifinals last season only to fall to Berlin.
Derryfield served Laconia its only blemish in the regular season. The top seeded Cougars rolled through the season with their only challenge in Laconia, beating the Sachems 6-5. The state championship will be held at Bedford High School Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The Sachems ran past Plymouth 19-8 in the DIII quarterfinals. Brenden Mooney outscored the Bobcats by himself, scoring nine goals in the win. Laconia will take on Trinity in the semifinals Wednesday at 5 p.m. Trinity topped the Sachems in both regular season tilts, 13-6 and 9-3.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 08:37