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Determination driving LHS field hockey to 4-1 start

LACONIA – The Laconia girls' varsity field hockey team is certainly a team to be reckoned with this year.

As the clock started the first game of the season, the field hockey girls took Pembrook by storm, scoring three goals during the duration of the game. Pembrook was the first team to feel the sting of being shut out by Laconia, but soon proved not to be the last. Profile School and Somersworth were the next teams to fall victim to a shut out game, brought on by the Laconia girls.

With their confidence up and a good record to start off the season, the girls went into their next game Sept. 18 against Winnisquam with the hopes of another win, and possibly another shut out. As the ball started rolling, the girls started running, and the sticks started hitting, spectators and players knew this was going to be the most intense game the girls had played thus far. Laconia for the first time this season was up for a real challenge.

Feeling the pressure, the Laconia girls tried their best to keep the ball out of their zone. A few break-a-ways gave Maggie Randall, goalie for the team, a brief moment of relief, but this period did not last long. Charging back toward the goal, Winnisquam closed in on the Laconia girls heading toward the goal. Laconias, reacting to the advance went on high alert to get the ball back down the field, but could not stop the advance in time. Laconia let the ball slip past Randall, but did not let this score break their spirit.

The second half of the game proved to be more intense than the first, as the Laconia girls stepped up their game and had more frequent possession of the ball. Cheyanne Zappala, freshmen, darted down the field gaining possession of the ball. Receiving a well-executed pass, Danielle Cote charged after the ball next and helped move the ball further into Winnisquam's territory. Nicole Boggart, receiving possession of the ball, headed toward the goal but was intercepted by an advance by Winnisquam. This advance was just one of many the girls had during the game.

"Keep it coming this way! There you go!" screamed spectators from the sidelines. The crowd was focused on the ball now in possession of Giuliana Kevlin, as she worked skillfully to get the ball out of dangerous territory. Winnisquam girls were swarming the Laconia players, making various attempts to steal the ball. As the ball shifted possession one could hear Mary Garside, retired coach of the varsity field hockey team, yelling "Challenge it! Challenge her! Put the pressure on girls." Clearly Laconia was feeling the pressure.

In a desperate attempt to put a score on the board before the game came to a close, Ashley Silva put power in her drive as she shuttled the ball back down to Kevlin. No one could question the endurance of the girls, as until the minute the buzzer sounded the girls were hustling on the field. Madeline Smith, defender for the team, stopped many advances and helped keep the ball from reaching Randall on various occasions.

Although the girls were trying their best to keep the ball down the field, they felt the blow of three additional goals before the end of the game. This loss did not break their spirit though, rather it strengthened it. Leaving the field, Captain Danielle Cote stated, "We have grown as a team this year, and losing and winning is an experience that helps all players on the team bond. Each game we learn more how to situate ourselves to learn how to be more efficient, which is extremely beneficial in the long run. We will continue to learn from our mistakes and become a better team as the year goes on."

Cote's words proved to have truth in them, as they entered their game against White Mountains on Friday with a new drive to get another win. During their game against White Mountains Annie Dionne put the first score on board for Laconia. Following suit, Kevlin scored an additional goal for the team, making the score 2-1. The team is hoping to secure another win this afternoon at Kennett High School.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 09:59

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First win comes on the road for LHS football

WOLFEBORO — After dropping its first two contests, Laconia High School football team won its first game of the season, fending off a late Kingswood (1-2) drive that resulted in a missed 48-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in the game. Laconia took the lead at the end of the second quarter when quarterback Matt Swormstedt hit Kyle Chiasson down the sideline for a for a 56 yard touchdown with 53 seconds remaining in the half. The final score of the game was 21-20.

"It was a good win going into Homecoming next week. These kids worked hard and stepped up on defense in the second half." said head coach Craig Kozens. "I am proud of Cody Yale (who lead the team in tackles) and the rest of linebackers who had a great game."

Kingswood did all of their damage through the air with 253 yards passing. Of those yards, 117 came on two touchdown passes. Owen Gonya, Kingswood's QB had three scoring passes on the night, all to tight end Thomas McCullough. Laconia's defense held the Knights to only 45 yards on the ground.

On the first drive of the evening, Gonya threw the ball away while in his own end zone, resulting in a safety to start the scoring. After the free kick, Laconia used half of the first quarter to compile an 11 play drive that was capped off with a six point scamper from Jon Pelkey. Pelkey lead the Sachems with 22 carries for 79 yards and the nine yard touchdown run. After the extra point was blocked, Kingswood only need three plays to bring the Knights within one on a 58 yard toss over the middle. Later in the second, with the Sachems driving, Chris Frontiero cut back up the middle for a score from 27 yards out. Chiasson totaled 49 yards on the evening. With the score 15-7, Gonya connected with McCullough two more times in a three and a half minute span for Kingswood's only lead of the game.

The second half was a battle for field position as Laconia would tighten up on the defensive side of the ball, yielding only 120 total yards. Kingswood had two threatening drives late in the game. The first was halted by an interception on Laconia's ten yard line by Steven Kemos who returned back to mid-field. The final drive ended the game on the missed field goal. The Sachems had 75 yards passing and 158 yards on the ground for the evening.

Laconia will host Hanover at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium on Friday Night.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 09:41

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Sophomore Sharpshooter Already Has Three Hat Tricks for I-L Soccer (408 w/cut slugged Rotonnelli.

MEREDITH — Inter-Lakes sophomore Caitlin Rotonnelli is peppering opposing goalies with her quick moves and well-placed shots this year, racking up 10 goals in the first five games for the Lakers, who were 4-1 going into yesterday's game at White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield.
And while she's quick at putting a shot on the net, having already scored three hat tricks (three goals in a game), she's also quick to praise her teammates for their contributions.
''It's not just one person. All of our offensive players are good at setting up scores with good passing. It's just as thrilling to set up a score as it is to score,'' says Rotonnelli, a dedicated soccer player whose goal is to some day play college soccer.
''I play all year. I practice whenever I can, even if I'm alone. In the spring and winter off-season I play at World Cup Soccer in Nashua so it's soccer all of the time for me,'' she says.
Her play last Friday at Kingswood was nothing short of remarkable according to her coach, Steve Jordan, who says that she scored three goals in the first seven minutes and 20 seconds of the game.
''You could see last year when she was a freshman and scored 26 goals that she knew how to finish with the ball and put a shot on goal. She's getting more mature and is really an accomplished all-around player, one of the leaders on our team,'' says Jordan.
He says that after years of losing seasons in which it seemed like an accomplishment for the Lakers just to score a goal, Inter-Lakes girls soccer is on a roll and its play is earning it the respect of other teams from all over the state.
Inter-Lakes was 10-6 last year and is hoping to make a run deep into the playoffs this year.
''It's a good feeling to be a part of this team.'' says Rotonnelli, who in the first matchup of the season with White Mountain Regional scored all three of the Inter-Lakes goals, including the game winner four minutes into overtime.
Inter-Lakes, which also has recorded wins over Laconia and Gilford this season, hosts Moultonborough on Friday and travels to Prospect Mountain on Monday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 09:11

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Gilford volleyball earns wins #2 & 3

Gilford improved their record to 3-2 on September 18 by beating Kingswood in 3 games 25-12, 25-14, and 25-15. In game one Cassidy Demo served 10 straight points to give Gilford a 10-0 lead before Kingswood could get on the scoreboard. Demo had 2 ace serves in that string. Also in game one Jordan Dean, Kirsten Dionne and Mikaela Mattice each had 2 kills and Maddie Harris had 1 kill. Jordan Dean served 7 points in a row (points 17-23) and aced 3 serves for a 25-12 win. Gilford jumped out early in game two as well when Mikaela Mattice served 5 points in a row to give Gilford a 6-0 lead. Jordan Dean scored 8 points in the 2nd game on 2 blocks, 4 kills and 2 ace serves to help Gilford win 25-14. Gilford had to come from behind in game 3. Mikaela Mattice had a kill spike to tie the game 10-10 and then Gilford took off behind the offensivee play of Jordan Dean who had kills for points 14 and 15 and Kirsten Dionne for points 16 and 19. Dean came to the service line with a slim Gilford lead of 16-13 and served 7 straight to give Gilford a commanding 23-13 lead. Stratton Coleman had a kill for point 24 and a Kingswood error ended the game 25-15.

The Gilford offense put down 20 kills. Setter Danica Gelotte had 16 assists and setter Shannon Mercer had 3 assists. Jordan Dean had 7 kills, 3 blocks and 2 assists, Kirsten Dionne had 7 kills, Mikaela Mattice 6 kills, Maddie Harris 5 kills and Shannon Mercer and Stratton Coleman had 2 kills apiece. Mikaela Mattice led the defense with 18 digs, Danica Gelotte, Jordan Dean and Kirsten Dionne had 8 digs apiece, Shannon mercer had 6 digs and Cassidy Demo had 6 digs.

Service was led by Danica Gelotte 11/11, Mikaela Mattice 10/10 and Jordan Dean 23/24 with 5 aces.

Gilford picked up its 2nd win of the season on Monday by beating Plymouth in 4 games with the scores of 25-16, 25-23, 20-15 and 25-7. The Gilford offense was led by sophomore middle hitter Jordan Dean who had 14 kills and 1 block. Also helping the Gilford offense was Kirsten Dionne's 9 kills, Maddie Harris's 8 kills and 2 blocks, Mikaela Mattice had 7 kills and Danica Gelotte finished with 28 assists and 4 kills. The Gilford defense was led by Mikaela Mattice with 16 digs, Cassidy Demo 14 digs, Shannon Mercer 13 digs, Jordan Dean 12 digs, Danica Gelotte and Kirsten Dionne 8 digs, Stratton Coleman 7 digs, Maddie Harris 6 digs and Jess Freeman and Tayla Dionne had 1 dig apiece.

Gilford won the 1st game 25-16 with 13 kills, 1 block and 1 ace serve. Jordan Dean and Mikaela Mattice had 4 kills apiece, Maddie Harris had 3 kills and 1 block, Kirsten Dionne had 2 kills and Cassidy Demo had an ace serve.

Gilford won a close 2nd game 25-23. Gilford had a slim 18-16 lead when Maddie Harris had kill spikes for points 19 and 21, Mikaela Mattice had a kill spike for point 24 and Jordan Dean finished the game with a kill for point 25.

Plymouth won game 3 by a score of 25-20, but that only ignited Gilford who came out on fire in game four winning decisively 25-7. In game 4 Maddie Harris served 6 straight points (points 3-8) and ace served point 5 and Mikaela Mattice came to the line and served 15 straight (points 10-24). In game 4 Jordan Dean had 5 kills and 1 block, Kirsten Dionne had 4 kills, Maddie Harris, Danica Gelotte and Mikaela Mattice each had 1 kill.

Shannon Mercer led Gilford serving going 16 for 16.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 08:01

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