High School Roundup: ConVal girls’ lacrosse enters gauntlet with pair of wins

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Hayden Kaltsas dodges defenders during Monday’s girls’ lacrosse game against Alvirne. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Alvirne on Monday, May 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/11/2022 1:33:48 PM

It’s halfway through May, but as usual, the ConVal girls’ lacrosse team is just getting going. While other teams around the state have played as many as 12 games, the Cougars’ 15-2 win over Alvirne was only their fifth game of the season, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind May that will see ConVal complete their schedule with 10 games in just 18 days.

It’s a familiar story for ConVal’s upperclassmen, like senior co-captain Caitlin Beal; the school’s lacrosse fields are often waterlogged early in the year, forcing the Cougars inside for practices and canceling early season games, leading to ConVal – with fewer field reps than their competitors – playing a backloaded, compressed schedule in May.

“I don’t think you can really ever fully prepare for it,” Beal said of the Cougars’ upcoming schedule, “but we’ve been in this boat before, so we can handle it. But yeah, it’s definitely hard to prepare for it because it comes quickly.”

The Cougars opened their season with a win on April 14; weather conditions kept them off the field for another full week, and spring break meant another 10 days between game action. ConVal played three games in two weeks against some of the division’s best teams, losing them all by a combined 52-3.

But back home against Alvirne Monday, the Cougars started showing their potential, running all over the visiting Broncos and pouring in goals with crisp passing and teamwork in the scoring area.

“Having fast breaks was definitely working for us,” Beal said. “We were drawing a lot of shooting spaces, which helps. We’re working more together as a team instead of as individuals – so it was a team game today.”

Senior co-captain Molly Dishong had three goals, as did juniors Addie Lustenberger and Abby Lussier; juniors Makennah McPherson and Hayden Kaltsas scored two each, and McPherson  added two assists. 

Juniors Lydia Cleveland, Eliza Harris and Laramie Wilson did well to keep Alvirne away from senior keeper and co-captain Sarah Holdredge, who made 10 saves and put the pressure on the Broncos with her penchant for running the ball upfield. 

“We were face-guarding them,” Beal said. “We weren't giving them opportunities. We were even double-teaming or triple-teaming if needed. The defense did a really good job communicating today and they prevented a lot of goals from happening.”

Beal said she thought the blowout win might be just what the Cougars needed to start out their grueling stretch, and so far, she was right. ConVal traveled to Merrimack Valley the following day and made a dramatic comeback for their second straight win, 8-7. The Cougars were trailing 6-0 at the beginning of the second half, which saw Dishong come out of the game with an ankle injury after scoring two goals. Despite that, ConVal clawed back and tied it up; Dishong returned to the game with four minutes left and assisted McPherson for the gamewinner. Kaltsas added three goals and Holdredge made 11 saves. 

ConVal (3-3) hosts Hollis-Brookline Thursday. 

SOFTBALL

Coe-Brown 8, ConVal 3

The Cougars stranded 10 runners against Coe-Brown Monday and came up on the short side of the scoreboard. Leading the ConVal offense were: Morgan Bemont (3-3, BB, RBI), Kendall Sullivan (2-4, 2B), Makenzie Anderson (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Mairin Burgess (3-3, 2B, R). Also scoring for the Cougars were Avery Moore and Hannah Beisang, who courtesy ran for Sullivan.

Sullivan pitched a complete game, allowing four earned runs on nine hits and and five walks while striking out eight. 

ConVal (6-5) was scheduled to play at Pelham Wednesday and host Souhegan Monday.

 

Conant 9, Hopkinton 6

Conant got a statement win in Hopkinton Monday, coming back from a six-run inning by the Hawks to regain the lead and take the victory. 

Graecen Kirby (3-5, 2B) drove in three runs, including the gamewinner, and pitched a complete game for the win, striking out 11 while allowing three earned runs and seven walks.

Teagan Kirby, Kaylee Karns, Bella Hayes, Mylie Aho and Heather Gonyea also drove in runs for Conant. 

The Orioles (6-3) took a four-game win streak into Wednesday’s game at Kearsarge; they host Raymond Friday and Mascenic Monday. 

 

Mascenic 3, Fall Mountain 2

Holly Fleming drove in the gamewinning run in the sixth inning as the Vikings won a close one with the Wildcats in New Ipswich Monday. 

Leah St. John went 2-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Katalina Davis threw a complete game one-hitter for the win, striking out nine. 

Mascenic (3-3) was set to host Bishop Brady on Wednesday and Hillsboro-Deering Friday. 

BASEBALL

ConVal 7, Coe-Brown 2

The Cougars snapped their four-game skid with a win over the visiting Bears on Monday afternoon. 

Eric Stapelfeld pitched a complete game for the win, striking out seven and walking none while allowing six hits; he went 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Justin Borges was 1-1 with two RBI and a sac bunt, and Wyatt Beaulieu was 3-3 with two RBI and a run scored. 

ConVal (5-6) was scheduled to play at Pelham Wednesday and host Souhegan Monday. 

 

Mascenic 9, Fall Mountain 1

Jack Cocozella threw a complete game two-hit shutout to help the Vikings improve to 10-2 on the season with a win over Fall Mountain Monday. 

Cocozella struck out nine and went 2-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. 

Sean Agonis (2-3, 2R, 2 RBI), Joe Cocozella (2-4, 2B, 3B) and Hayes Pearson (1-3) had good days at the plate for Mascenic. 

The Vikings host Hillsboro-Deering on Friday. 

 

Hopkinton 10, Conant 0

The Hawks finished off the Orioles in five innings Monday. Chris Bergeron (2-3), Corey Collins and Lucas Lambert had hits for Conant. 

The Orioles (3-6) host Winnisquam Thursday, Raymond Friday and Mascenic Monday. 

WLC 5, Hinsdale 4

WLC’s defense is finally starting to come around, head coach Tom Brennan said, or at least it looked that way Monday, as the Warriors held on to beat Hinsdale in Wilton.

Colby Collins went six innings and Troy Brennan closed out the seventh.

Hunter Scales drove in two runs. 

WLC (5-5) was set to play at Portsmouth Christian Wednesday and Pittsfield Friday. 

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Pelham 9, Conant 0

The Orioles are down to just five players on the roster and are automatically defaulting two points per contest; with another player out sick Friday, Conant was really in trouble, and got shut out.

Kelly Williams made a valiant comeback from down 3-0 at No. 1 singles, but lost 8-6. 

Monadnock 5, Conant 4

The Orioles won the actual game action against the Huskies Monday, but the two default points made the difference for Monadnock.

Jess Yap (8-2) and Nobley Walker (8-1) won their singles contests, and the teams of Kelly Williams and Yap and Lilly Rennie and Walker won at doubles.

Conant (3-6) is at Trinity Thursday.

BOYS’ TENNIS

ConVal 7, Sanborn 2

The Cougars rolled past Sanborn Monday for their fourth straight win. Wyatt Burbank (8-1), Zach Burgess (8-0), Harrison Bernier (8-1) and Lucas Gregory (8-2) all won at singles; the teams of Jaimini Viles and Burbank, Burgess and Jake Daniels, and Bernier/Gregory all won their doubles. 

ConVal (6-3) is at Kingswood Friday. 

TRACK AND FIELD

ConVal races at Hollis-Brookline

The ConVal track and field team had a good day in a dual meet at Hollis-Brookline Tuesday, where the Cougars won the girls’ team competition.

Sophomore Tasha MacNeil had a huge meet, winning the 200m dash, the long jump, the shot put and the javelin toss.

Also scoring for the ConVal girls were: 

Sophia Hatmaker, second, shot put; third, discus

Maya Bennett, first, discus; third, shot put

Jennae DeShane, second, discus

Aida Davis, first, 400m; second, 200m 

Holland Calcutt, second, 800m; second, triple jump

Eliza Bull, second, 100m; third, 200m 

Ella Phillips, third, 800m

Emma Carpenter, second, 1,600m

Meara McClusky, third, 1,600m

Allison Bull, second, 3,200m

Kendall Larson, first, triple jump; third, long jump

Elise Robbins, first, high jump; third, 100m hurdles; third, 300m hurdles

4x100m relay (Davis, Calcutt, E. Bull, MacNeil), first

4x400m relay (Larson, Sophia Hatmaker, Phillips, Calcutt), second

Scoring for the ConVal boys: 

Kendrick Edwards, first, 100m; third, long jump

James Post, third, triple jump

Bishop Benham, first, shot put

Maxx Telofski, third, shot put

Ryan Charron, third, 400m

Tyler Beard, third, 800m 

Ian Post, first, 1,600m; first, 3,200m

Will Thompson, third, 3,200m; second, javelin

Anthony Cadwallader, first, high jump


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