Belmont High School's girls' soccer team, which ended the regular season with a record of 13-3 and went into the post season as the third seed in the NHIAA's DIII tournament, was stunned by 14th seed Somersworth on Wednesday. The Red Raiders, who scored an average of 3.75 goals over the 16 games of the regular season, failed to score during the first playoff game and fell 0-1. Somersworth's lone goal came on a corner kick with just under six minutes remaining in the contest.
In other girls' soccer action, Inter-Lakes (10-4-2) fell in the first round to the 10th seeded White Mountains 2-1. The seventh seeded Lakers were the second team to be upset by a lower seed in the first round from the Lakes Region.
The Golden Eagles (4-7-5) earned the 13th seed but couldn't stop Stevens (4) who rolled to a 5-0 victory in the first round.
Laconia and Prospect Mountain both finished the season with 4-11-1 records, failing to make the post season.
Prospect Mountain (16-0) completed a perfect season last Friday and earned the second seed in the NHIAA DIII post season tournament. Hopkinton, also 16-0 earned the top seed by percentage points over the Timberwolves. Prospect Mountain earned a first round bye. Kearsarge won their first round match and visited Prospect Mountain yesterday afternoon.
Gilford earned the third seed in the post season with a 14-2 regular season mark. The Golden Eagles had a bye in the first round and hosted Berlin (14) yesterday afternoon.
Inter-Lakes (10-6) earned the eighth spot in the post season and a bye in the first round. The Lakers hosted Stevens yesterday afternoon.
The Red Raiders (9-6-1) are the 10th seed in the post season. Belmont headed to Raymond (7) yesterday after having a bye in the first round.
The Sachems were ousted in the first round in the DIII soccer tournament by Campbell 2-1 on Tuesday. Laconia earned the 20th and final seed in the post season with a 6-10 record.
Winnisquam (2-14) finished the year last Friday, losing to Sanborn 2-0. The Bears did not qualify for the post season.
Gilford played their way to a 13-3 record in the DII regular season to earn the third seed in the tournament. The Golden eagles hosted John Stark (14) in first round action last night.
Laconia (7-9) earned the 11th seed in post season play. The Sachems visited Portsmouth last night for the first round.
Prospect Mountain finished the season 3-13 and did not qualify for the postseason.
Winnisquam (11-5) holds the second seed in DIII play. The Bears hosted Epping (10) last night.
Inter-Lakes (10-6) earned the eighth seed for the post season and hosted Portsmouth Christian of Dover (9) last night in frost round play.
The 13th seed Belmont Red Raiders (6-10) visited Moultonborough (3) last night in DIII first round action.
The Sachems fell to the undefeated Kennett Eagles last Friday 30-20. The loss dropped Laconia to 4-3. Laconia's playoff hopes are still alive and will be on the line in the must-win regular season finale tonight at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium against Kearsarge (4-3).
The Golden Eagles (6-1) beat up on Newfound 59-0 last week to clinch a first round home game in the playoffs. Gilford visits 2-5 Stevens tonight at 7 p.m.
Winnisquam and Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough are in control of their own destiny, with wins this weekend they will earn spots in the DIII post season. The 4-3 Bears head to 4-3 Bishop Brady tonight for a South Conference playoff spot. The 4-3 Lakers head to Franklin tomorrow to wrap up their regular season.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:19
The Inter-Lakes High School varsity volleyball team closed out the regular season with a 3-1 victory over Pittsfield on Senior Night on Friday. Set scores were 24-26, 25-15, 25-19, 25-21. All five Laker seniors contributed to the win. Captain Kaila Martin lead the way with 10 kills and 18 service points. Julia Brown registered six kills and three blocks. Terri Folsom notched 11 service points to go with four kills and three blocks. Hailey Eldridge added five points on 100 percent serving and injured reserve Katherine Miller contributed defense in the back row. Sophomore libero Ella Flanders led the defense with 16 digs. With the win, the Lakers finish with a record of 10-6 and a top eight seed going into the NHIAA Division III State tournament.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 10:43
LACONIA — The MJHL New England Wolves, a new Junior Hockey team playing out of the Laconia Ice Arena, scored a decisive, divisional victory over the Valley Jr. Warriors 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Laconia Ice Arena. The win moved the Wolves ahead of the Warriors in the standings of the MJHL's Francis Division.
Again pacing the scoring on Sunday afternoon was the line of Dillon Smith (Madison, N.H.), Domenico Senerchia (Walpole, N.H.) and Ben Davidson (Longueiul, Quebec), with a combined 5 points. In nets stopping 20 of 23 shots was Harley Eliason (Glasgow, Mont.).
The teams traded goals until late in the 2nd period when Valley scored a critical goal with less than 5 seconds to go. The Wolves, however, responded in the 3rd period. Controlling most of the play and outshooting Valley by a 2 to 1 margin, the Wolves tied the score at the 8:11 mark as Gorham, Maine's Shawn Sullivan scored a power play goal with a snap shot from the high slot. Less than 4 minutes later the Senerchia/ Smith/ Davidson line would answer the bell once more, scoring the decisive 4th goal.
The MJHL New England Wolves return to action next weekend for 2 games in 2 days, as they take to the road on Saturday to play the Connecticut Nighthawks and Sunday return to the Laconia Ice Arena to play the Northern Cyclones.
Madison, New Hampshire's Dillon Smith was awarded Honorable Mention Player of the Week by the MJHL last week. Dillon is a 1995 birth year forward, and the 2014-15 captain of the team.
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Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 10:39
Laconia fell to DII North Conference leader Kennett 30-20 on Friday night. The Sachems had a 20-16 lead with just over three minutes remaining before Kennett scored a pair of touchdowns a minute apart to slip by the Sachems and remain perfect on the season.
The Sachems, down by 16-7 at the half, out played the Eagles on both sides of the ball for 21 minutes in the second half before the break down. Quarterback Matt Swormstedt hit wide out Andre McNeil for a six yard TD pass to open the scoring in the second half. Swormstedt scrambled 14 yards for the go ahead 20-16 at the end of the third. The QB had a pair of TD passes and one on the ground to compliment 293 yards passing and 93 yards rushing. Linebacker Keith Schultz led the defense with nine tackles and a sack.
Laconia needs to win Friday night against Kearsarge to earn a playoff berth and the right to head back to Kennett for another shot at the Eagles in the first round of the post-season. Kearsarge helped keep the Sachems playoffs alive on Friday by beating up on Lebanon 41-6. Laconia will honor the seniors at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium during the final game of the regular season.
Winnisquam could not find the end zone in a Saturday afternoon loss to The Bow Falcons 35-0. The 4-3 Bears need a win at Bishop Brady Friday to earn a playoff spot in the DIII post season. Winnisquam ran into a Falcon defense that hasn't given up more than seven points against any opponent this season. Their stingy defense has them working on an undefeated season.
Gilford's Golden Eagles ran over Newfound 59-0 on Saturday and are tied for the DIII north conference lead with Newport. The Golden Eagles host 2-5 Stevens on Saturday before the playoffs begin.
Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough needs a win at Franklin Saturday to assure a playoff spot. The Lakers improved to 4-3 with a 40-8 victory over Mascoma Valley.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 10:37