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New Hampton JV girls' lacrosse gets win over Belmont

A late game surge propelled the New Hampton junior varsity team past the visiting Belmont High School girls' lacrosse team by the score of 12-6 on May 18. The loss drops the Lady Red Raiders to 9-2-1 heading into their final contest of the season this week.
New Hampton scored in the first minute of play to take an early lead but Belmont's Emily Ennis tied the game less than two minutes later. With the action moving up and down the field, the teams traded scoring chances throughout the half. Both teams had ten shots on net in the half and New Hampton held a 5-3 advantage at the break.
The teams continued the performance into the second half, moving up and down the field and trading goals. With ten minutes remaining New Hampton possessed a slim 7-5 lead. Then, New Hampton took control, scoring four unanswered goals to go up 11-5. The teams traded single tallies after that and at the final whistle Belmont suffered its second defeat of the season, final score 12-6.
Emily Ennis paced the Red Raider attack with three goals. Jen Hamilton, Anna Scott and Allivia Burbank added single tallies. Burbank also had an assist on Hamilton's goal with a beautiful, long pass from midfield to the wide open Hamilton on the right side of the net. Sarah Thayer played well offensively with several ground ball controls. Alexa Robbins recorded 10 saves in net.
Belmont traveled to Robbie Mills Field to close out the season Tuesdy against Laconia.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:42

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Bow hands Gilford girls' tennis third loss of season

The Gilford High School girls' tennis team will head into the playoffs with a record of 11 wins, three losses and the fourth spot in Division III standings after losing to Bow on Thursday.
Gilford lost to Bow by the score of 8-1. The only Gilford player to score was second-seeded Charleyne Panner, who beat Nisha Naik 8 games to 2. 
Panner and Cheralynn Corsack, comprising Gilford's top doubles team, nearly earned a second point, losing to the doubles team of Naik/Sunday Swett in a tiebreaker. 
Gilford will host its first playoff game on Wednesday, against fifth-seeded Monadnock. If Gilford wins, the team will have a chance to seek revenge against the top-seeded Bow, which has a bye in the first round of elimination play.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:32

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Gilford boys' team earns top spot in tennis playoffs

The Gilford boys' tennis team ended the regular season with a 9-0 win over White Mountains last Thursday. The team ended with a 14-0 record and the top seed in the upcoming tournament. Winning their singles' matches were Andrew Caulfield, Matt Saulnier, Alex Simoneau, Keaton Quigley, Erich Berghahn, and Nolan Dwyer. The Eagles swept the doubles with wins from Caulfield/Saulnier, Simoneau/Berghahn,and Quigley/Dwyer.
The team has a bye in Tuesday's Division III quarterfinals and hosts a semi-finals match on Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Gilford town courts.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:31

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Repeat defenders: Plymouth boys' lacrosse putting together another solid season

PLYMOUTH — Now in its sixth season as a program, and its fifth with head coach Glenn Mausolf, the Plymouth High School boys' lacrosse team is establishing itself as one of the top teams in Division III. Last year, the team put together a 14-2 season, which ended in a semi-final loss to Hollis-Brookline, a team which went on to win the state championship.
This season, Plymouth appears capable of matching that success. With a record of 12 wins, one loss, including a 10-5 victory over Gilford on Monday, Mausolf's team is tied with Hollis-Brookline in the standings and trails only undefeated Hopkinton and Derryfield. Mausolf, though, isn't one to dream of post-season grandeur. Instead, he said he's focusing on one basic, constant goal for his team.
"We would just like to play the best lacrosse that is in us," he said.
"Last year, and this year, we have a strong defense, led by our goalie Dylan McIntosh," said Mausolf. McIntosh, a junior, was on last year's semi-finalist team, as were his leading corps of defensemen, seniors Woody Hedberg, Ryan Farina, Kyle Hodges, and junior Ian McKinnon.
Partly because of Mausolf's approach to the game, and party because of his players' natural strengths, Plymouth this season is a defense-first team. "The focus is trying to limit the other team's opportunities," he said, saying that he's "fortunate" to have players that are talented defenders – a trait that carries through to his midfielders, he noted.
Offensively, Plymouth spreads its scoring duties across much of its roster. "We have a pretty balanced scoring sheet," said Mausolf, with at least seven double-digit scorers on the team. "You want to be more than a one-trick pony," he said.
The success of Plymouth's lacrosse team has more than a peripheral connection to the school's storied football team. Chuck Lenahan, Plymouth football coach, won his 19th championship last year and next month will be inducted into the National Federation of High Schools National High School Hall of Fame. Mausolf was Lenahan's assistant coach for several years and acknowledged parallels between the two programs.
"We share some similar athletes," said Mausolf, who said he brings the same approach to lacrosse that Lenahan applies to football. "Every day, try to improve and be the be the best team possible, as well as see that these young men can be the best people they can be." It's a simple goal but one that has brought Lenahan great returns – his career boasts 13 undefeated seasons and a winning streak that spanned six years.
With that in mind, it's not surprising for Mausolf, when asked if he aspires to bring his team to its second-ever semi-final, or even its first final appearance, to respond with another verse from the same song. "Our focus is just being the best that we can be, not to set any level of lofty expectations, simply to play the best that we can, improve each of these young men as much as possible."

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:29

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