Gilford used an 18 hit attack, including 6 doubles, led by Lisa Osborne who went 5/5 with 1 double and 7 RBIs, Abby Harris 4/4 with 1 double and 2 RBIs, Sydney Strout 2/4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs, Mikaela Mattice 2/2 with 1 double and 3 RBIs and Paige Laliberte with 1 double. Other Gilford players to contribute to the offense with a hit apiece were Sarah Lachapelle, Kelsey Buckley, Hannah Chase and Caitlin Houston.
Gilford scored 2 runs in the 1st inning when Sydney Strout hit a double, was replaced on the bases by courtesy runner Kristina Hayden who scored on a Lisa Osborne double. Osborne scored on a wild pitch. Gilford scored 5 more in the 2nd highlighted by Abby Harris' one run double, Mikaela Mattice's one run double and Kelsey Buckley's 1 run single. Gilford then exploded for 12 runs in the 3rd inning highlighted by Lisa Osborne's 2 singles and 4 RBIs, Abby Harris' 2 singles and 1 RBI, Paige Laliberte's 2 run double, and Mikaela Mattice's 1 run single. In the 4th inning Gilford added 3 more runs on a Sydney Strout 1 run double and a Lisa Osborne 2 run single.
Sydney Strout was the winning pitcher and finished with 8 strikeouts, gave up 3 hits and walked one.
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Despite the score, the game featured continuous back and forth action with each team having opportunities to score. Belmont peppered the Holderness net with 13 shots in the first half. The Lady Raiders had numerous chances to score but the Holderness goalie was equal to the task, holding the home team to a single goal. Holderness went in to the break with a 6-1 advantage.
Belmont kept the pressure on in the second half with 12 more shots and several more chances to score. Two shots found the back of the net but as in the first half, the Holderness netminder stymied the Belmont offense, turning aside 10 shots to preserve the win for the visitors 11-3.
Kaitlyn Berry, Allivia Burbank and Anna Scott had single tallies for Belmont. Taylor Becker stopped 3 shots in the first half and Alexa Robbins stopped six in the second half.
Belmont bounced back the following day with a 12-8 win against visitors from Pinkerton Academy. Berry, Burbank and Emily Ennis each recorded a hat trick to return the Belmont High School Girl's Lacrosse Team to the win column.
Three minutes into the contest Belmont scored to take a lead they would never relinquish. The first half was fairly evenly played with both sides having chances to score. The action went back and forth with the teams trading offensive rushes and defensive stops. Belmont took a 5-3 lead into halftime until the officials ruled that Pinkerton had scored on a previous play, cutting the lead to 5-4.
In the second half the Lady Red Raiders found their rythym. The girls went up by two, then three. Pinkerton tried to chip away at the lead but the Belmont defense remained strong and the offense was able to continue scoring. A key goal was scored when Clorissa Roode threw a one-timer into the back of the net on a feed from Anna Scott standing behind the net. After trading goals, Belmont held on for the 12-8 victory improving to 6-1-1 on the year.
In addition to the three hat tricks, Zoe Zeller scored twice, Roode once and both Burbank and Scott recorded two assists. Goaltender Alexa Robbins turned aside 10 shots in the contest. Maddi Blajda, Jen Hamilton and Sarah Thayer played well in the offensive end of the field.
Belmont travels to North Conway to take on Mount Washington Valley on Saturday at 10 a.m.
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The team has 2 regular season matches left: Thursday, hosting White Mountain Regional and Monday, at Portsmouth Christian in Dover.
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With the regular season drawing to a close, the Corsack/Panner pair will soon unravel as they head to different universities. There's still a few matches on their calendar, though, and the two girls aren't ready to pack up their rackets yet. They want to win a few more matches, and have a little bit more fun together.
"We have fun no matter what," said Panner, moments after stepping off the courts in Meredith, where they defeated the top Inter-Lakes doubles team by the score of 8-2. During the game, the pair's longevity was apparent – they seemed to know what the other was going to do before she did it, and in the case of a rare mis-hit, the two shared a goofy face and a chuckle. "I've never played doubles with anyone else, except my mom," said Panner.
The fun-loving approach has proven effective Panner and Corsack. As freshmen, playing against the opposing team's best doubles pair, the Gilford girls had a record of nine wins, four losses. As sophomores they improved to 7-2, and last year surrendered only one loss. They're undefeated so far this year.
According to Corsack, the light-hearted tone is a mark of the team's culture, something encouraged by coach Hermann Defregger. "We have a lot of fun. Everyone usually dreads practice, but we love our practices. We do work, but Hermann always says funny stuff."
As with the top doubles team, the rest of the squad has found success while enjoying the game. Two years ago, Gilford made it to the semi-finals, where they lost at Bow. Last year, the team earned home court advantage in the semi-final round, but again lost to Bow. Corsack and Panner would like to know what it's like to play in a championship match. As Panner said, "Every year, we get one step further. We want to make it one step further again."
Defregger said it's no coincidence that his team has improved every year that Corsack and Panner have filled the top two seeds. "It's a dream team," he said. Corsack, a year-round tennis player, requires little of his attention, allowing him to focus on developing the younger talent. "She's very confident of what she wants to do." Likewise with Panner, who puts volleyball at the top of her athletic interests but impresses her coach with her sheer desire to win. "She steps out there and does such a phenomenal job, it's incredible," he said.
On the court, Defregger said Corsack and Panner set a standard of play for the rest of their team mates to reach for. And when they're not leading by example, Defregger said, his top two act like assistant coaches, encouraging and cheering from the court side.
Prior to suffering a 5-4 loss at Littleton earlier this week, the Golden Eagles had been undefeated this season. Should they continue to be successful, they could earn home court advantage for the playoffs. The opportunity for post-season success is not lost on Corsack and Panner. However, Corsack said, they also want to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy their last games together. "We want both. We have a good time, I wouldn't want to play with anyone else."
This fall, Panner will attend Bridgewater State University, in Bridgewater, Mass., where she will study business and play volleyball. Corsack plans to attend the University of South Florida as a civil and environmental engineering major.
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