Lacrosse: ConVal girls drop one in OT; boys win again

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Lebanon on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/3/2021 1:43:27 PM

Change the outcome of just one or two possessions, and the ConVal girls’ lacrosse team would have pulled off the win over Lebanon Saturday. But the Cougars just let too many little things pile up, and the Raiders won in overtime, 9-8.

Derek Sorbello’s Cougars have just 10 players with varsity experience; the rest are sophomores or freshman who never took the field before last week, or are new to the sport entirely. Couple that with ConVal’s perennial preseason limitations – snow and rain aren’t kind to their fields, which cuts down on practice time – and it says  lot about the Cougars that they were even in a game this early in the year, let alone in position to win one. Nonetheless, mental mistakes were the key to ConVal’s downfall Saturday morning. 

“We need to make up for those mistakes with ground balls,” Sorbello said. “We don't get the ground balls, it’s over, especially if we get it and then we lose it. Mental mistakes hurt us on this one. I think talent-wise, we can compete, but we’ve just got to clean it up.”

The talent was on full display for ConVal, despite the loss, as the Cougars went back and forth with Lebanon in the Saturday matinee. Senior Julia Donovan scored three times, including the game-tying goal with just 39 seconds left to send the game to overtime. 

Senior Anna Taylor controlled the center draw to give ConVal the chance for those bounceback goals following the Raiders’ strikes; senior Madelynn Plourde and junior Caitlin Beal added two each and sophomore Hayden Kaltsas – who’s totally new to lacrosse – scored another. 

Taylor and sisters Molly and Ella Dishong controlled the midfield and kept ConVal in the game, while senior  Emily Donovan anchored the defense alon g with Libby Ewing and Eliza Harris in front of keeper Sarah Holdredge, who made 15 saves and looks to be a stellar goaltender, despite a penchant for stickhandling that led to a turnover and a Raider goal. 

ConVal allowed two unanswered goals in a two-minute stretch in the second half to allow Lebanon to take the lead, and the Cougars were playing from behind the rest of the way. Still, ConVal was right in it to the end. Sorbello told his girls to win the overtime draw, iso, and score; Taylor won the draw, Plourde put a move on and got a good shot that moved the net, but the officials ruled it off the post, and Lebanon went down and scored the gamewinner. 

“It's the first game on this field in two years,” Sorbello said, “so it's nice to be out here. I thought the effort was there again, we’ve just got to cut down the mental mistakes.”

ConVal (0-2) was set to host Keene Monday after press time and then travel to Keene Wednesday. 

 

BOYS’ LACROSSE

ConVal 6, Monadnock 5

The ConVal  boys got their second win of the season Wednesday in a gritty contest with Monadnock. 

Griffin Filaski scored the game-winner off an assist from David Martin with three-and-a-half minutes left in the game. Ethan Weber had four goals to lead the Cougars; Kell McMahon scored once and had two assists. 

Senior Austin Davis was “a motor” at short stick defenseman, assistant coach Kevin Morneault said, and made a clutch takeway with 10 seconds left in the game. 

Nick Squatitro made 22 saves in net. 

ConVal (2-0) hosts Milford Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.


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