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ConVal girls’ lacrosse season ends at Derryfield

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team played at the Derryfield School Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Sunday, June 03, 2018

 

The ConVal girls’ lacrosse team saw their season come to a disappointing end in the quarterfinals Thursday, as Derryfield poured on four straight goals in the second half to turn a close game into a 15-7 runaway.

“I think first half we were pretty even – I don’t know what happened in that second half,” said senior midfielder Sara Krslovic. “They wanted it more in the end. I think we just got outplayed.”

ConVal, in the playoffs as the 8th-seed, came in looking to upset No. 1 Derryfield after losing to them in overtime less than two weeks ago, and early on, it had the makings of a close one. The trio of ConVal senior captains got going quickly; Lily Sheridan and Grace Dell scored two apiece in the first half and Katie Moorehead spiked in another. With senior goalie Emma Crowley (11 saves) playing well in net, ConVal held Derryfield to eight goals, and the lead was just three at halftime. 

It was clear where the game would be made or broken – offensive time of possession. With temperatures creeping toward the 90s on the turf field, fatigue was a factor, and Derryfield’s methodical possessions were taking their toll on the ConVal defenders. Once ConVal got the ball, they had to do battle with First Team All-State goalie Shawana Lesmeres, who made remarkable save after remarkable save.

“That goalie, some of her saves were just super good, and we can’t afford to miss those opportunities,” said head coach Derek Sorbello after the game. 

Lesmeres cut her fair share on ConVal possessions short with her stick, and the Cougars didn’t do themselves any favors, making a handful of uncharacteristic turnovers in the offensive end.

“Our defense spent too much time on defense,” Sorbello said. “Offense hurts defense when they drop the ball. Turnovers down here lead to transition, which they’re very good at, and we struggled with it in this game.”

Still, it was a three-goal game at the half, and closer yet when Sheridan roared out and scored just a minute into the second period. It looked, briefly, like ConVal was adjusted and ready to go for the upset.

Derryfield was having none of it. They’d score four unanswered goals – three from First Team midfielder Olivia Strong – and put the game away in short order.

Down deep in an inescapable hole, ConVal didn’t quit, despite their midfield and defense being pushed to the limits.

“Our defense – Kalbie [Grassett], Hannah [Johnson], Molly [Janoch] and Mac [Costello] – they’re the foundation to everything,” Sorbello said. “I have so much respect for them. They come in, they don’t say anything, they don’t get the accolades, and they just fight. It doesn’t matter how much we’re up, how much we’re down. Rosie Crooker and Dee Kashulines were like that today, too.”

Strong finished with a game-high seven goals for Derryfield as they won 15-7 and advanced to the semifinals. 

“They’re a good team,” Grassett said. “It would be cool to see someone knock them off.”

Grassett got her wish; Derryfield was upended by No. 4 Laconia 19-12 on Saturday. The Sachems take on No. 2 Hopkinton for the title Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Manchester Memorial.