High School Roundup: Conant field hockey honors late classmate with win over Mascenic

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant field hockey team played at Mascenic Sunday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • After tallying her 100th career point against Conant Wednesday, Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Elisabeth Jacob didn’t have much room to work with against Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Concord Christian on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/11/2020 5:53:53 PM

Adorned in yellow ribbons in memory of their late classmate, the Conant field hockey team shut out rival Mascenic Sunday afternoon. 

Sunday marked one year since Jaffrey teen Alejandro Menjivar’s death both ripped apart the Jaffrey-Rindge community and brought it closer than ever in the grieving process, and he was on the Orioles’ minds as they played on that anniversary. 

“He always lifted our spirits a lot,” said Conant defender Emily Muilenberg, “encouraged us, told us all we did really good, and it made us feel special, so we really want to keep playing for him in his memory.”

Last October, the Orioles wore the yellow ribbons that signify suicide prevention and awareness in their first game after learning of Menjivar’s death, and forward Bella Hayes said the team decided to keep that tradition going this year and in the future.

“He’s a hard person to forget,” Hayes said. 

It was more than just the Conant/Mascenic rivalry that had the Orioles whooping and jumping up and down in celebration as they slammed home goal after goal against the young Mascenic team Sunday. 

“I love beating Mascenic, so that was part of it,” Hayes said, “but it was definitely more Alejandro in the back of my mind.”

Hayes struck first against the Vikings off an Elizabeth Gonyea cross at the end of the first period; Abby Wheeler added an unassisted goal; Gonyea redirected a Teagan Kirby slapshot for another goal; Kirby broke out a scrum to score unassisted, and the Orioles concluded their scoring with a Chelsea Dupuis slapshot that was deflected high in the air by a defender and tomahawked into the net by Gonyea to make a 5-0 final. 

Tessa Spingola got the shutout in net for the Orioles.

While the Orioles (5-1) are on a hot streak after winning three games this week, the Vikings are on a skid and trying to find a rhythm; Mascenic had a long layoff between games after last weekend’s scheduled tilt with Monadnock was postponed due to weather and then canceled altogether, and the Vikings were shut out 1-0 at home Friday. Mascenic got good efforts from Xaria Talbot, Jade Traffie and Lexis Vautour and saw the return of Bella Knisley, who was not expected to play this fall after an off-field injury but was back in the middle of the Vikings’ formation Sunday. Ally Adams played well in net but eventually succumbed to the Conant barrage.

Mascenic is at Conant next Sunday.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

WLC 7, Conant 1

Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Elisabeth Jacob tallied her 100th career point Wednesday night to cement her as one of the Warriors’ all-time greats. Jacob had four goals and an assist against Conant as WLC cruised to a win.

“She joins an elite group,” said head coach Dan Ayotte, and as far as anyone can remember is the first player in Wilton history to accomplish that feat. This is an incredible achievement for a very talented player.”

Jacob already has 16 goals this season in just five games.

It was a big night all around for the Warriors. Sophia Sistachs rang in her 18th birthday with a goal; Brooke Lane and Emily Dubois also scored for WLC, and Sam Boette made her return to the field after tearing her ACL in the regular-season finale last fall.

Conant’s lone goal came from freshman Irelynd Aucoin, as the Warriors otherwise stifled the Orioles.

“Wilton came out strong and never allowed us to find a rhythm,” head coach Adam Patria said.

Conant (1-5) hosts Monadnock Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Concord Christian 6,
WLC 0

The Warriors were bottled up by the visiting Kingsmen girls on Friday, as Concord Christian dominated the midfield and put the pressure on WLC’s pair of relatively inexperienced goalkeepers.

Brooke Lane played a good all-around game in the midfield, and Ella Kelley put in extra effort to pick up her team with one of her linemates under the weather.

WLC is 2-4.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Mascenic 2, Conant 1

Mascenic and Conant played a shortened game in wet and wild conditions in Jaffrey Wednesday afternoon, with Mascenic stealing a 2-1 win when officials called the game due to lightning.

“Players were slipping everywhere,” Mascenic head coach Jeremy Taylor said.

Conant got on the board first when freshman Thomas Harvey sent a beautiful cross to junior Mason Devost, who tapped it in for a goal. Conant controlled possession for much of the first half, head coach Tom Harvey said, but their struggles to score continued.

“We are getting better at it,” Harvey said, “but we are still letting a lot of opportunities slip by.”

Mascenic evened the scored when Dylan Barthel sent a through ball to Jack Cocozella, who launched the ball from about 40 yards out and skidded it past Conant keeper Sam Kalloch.

Sean Agonis scored off a Joe Cocozella cross just before the half; both teams came out for the second half, but were unable to complete the game before the lightning storm rolled in with about 25 minutes left to play and the officials called it in favor of Mascenic.

“It’s a lousy way to lose a game,” Harvey said. “I feel bad for the boys who played so well.”

Conant 3, Mascenic 3

The Vikings and Orioles played to a no-overtime tie on Saturday.

The two traded goals throughout the beautiful, sunny morning.

Mascenic scored first on an unassisted goal from Sean Agonis.

Junior Mason Devost evened the score off a pass into the box from junior Jacob Sawyer.

Mascenic went back up 2-1 on another Agonis goal assisted by Caitlyn Levangie just before the half.

Conant coach Tom Harvey said his boys came out energized out of the halftime break and immediately got the game-tying goal from junior Noah Mertzic.

Mascenic went up once again, when Shea Zina’s throw-in found Wyatt Duval’s head for a goal.

Conant’s Thomas Harvey scored the equalizer with a nifty touch with about nine minutes to go.

“The game ended with frenetic attacking and counter attacking with both teams having chances,” Mascenic coach Jeremy Taylor said.

Conant nearly scored again on a play where the Oriole players collided with Mascenic keeper Jarred Sullivan, but the goal was disallowed due to illegal contact with the goalie.

Zina had a shot at a game-winner on a set piece but sent it just over the crossbar.

Regulation ended in a 3-3 tie, and the referees did not offer the opportunity to play an overtime period. Taylor said the referees informed him that it was NHIAA protocol to not play overtime this fall, despite the fact that Conant has already played two double-overtime games this season.

Conant (2-3-2) is at Monadnock Wednesday.

Mascenic (4-1-1) hosts Keene Wednesday.

Concord Christian 4,
WLC 3

Wilton-Lyndeborough went down two early on a pair of fluke goals by Concord Christian Friday before nearly making a comeback.

“I bet with five minutes more, we would have tied or won,” WLC head coach Dan Nelson said, who added that the entire defense played great and that Nate Brown made some incredible stops.

Sean Brennan scored twice for WLC and Troy Brennan added another.

The Warriors lost two starters two injury but benefited from the debut of freshman Alex Nelson, who covered a lot of ground after missing the first four games due to injury.

“I’m proud of our kids with a short bench,” Coach Nelson said.

Paul Van Blarigan also put in a great effort controlling long balls down the sideline, Nelson said.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Campbell 3, Mascenic 1

The Vikings lost a tough road battle at Campbell Wednesday evening.

Freshman Lindsey Coponen continued her good start, playing virtually error-free with the lion’s share of Mascenic’s passing opportunities. Annika Martel led the Vikings with six kills, and Mackenzie Cormier continued to grow into her role as setter, head coach Karen Gibson said.

Mascenic (0-3) travels to Bishop Guertin Tuesday at 4 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY

Conant 8, Monadnock 0

The Orioles got a clean sheet in their rematch with Monadnock Friday as their defense didn’t allow a single Husky shot, which helped Tessa Spingola to keep a shutout through three periods and Abby Quill to finish it off.

Teagan Kirby racked up four goals and an assist; Elizabeth Gonyea had a goal and three assists; Bella Hayes and a goal and an assist, and freshmen Meg Newton and Maddy Bergeron had one goal each. Chelsea Dupuis and Gracean Kirby had an assist apiece.

Gracean Kirby, Hayes, and Gonyea had great all-around games, coach Jackie Brown said.

“Offense had some really good passing patterns and connected really well,” Brown said.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Conant goes cross-country, literally and virtually

The Conant girls’ cross-country team partnered with McFarland Track Club of California to run a virtual dual meet last week. Conant ran their three-mile course while McFarland ran theirs; both shared video of their runs and consolidated the results.

“While the score was a little lopsided, the experience was epic and very positive,” Conant head coach Bill Edson said. “We learned a lot about our young team and we are inspired to work with such a storied program.”

Conant then ran at a meet against Division I schools Keene and Hanover, and while the Orioles suffered from the divisional upgrade, they ran well and made strides of improvement toward state championship preparedness.

Kylie Aho (14th, 22:28), Alleigh Lapinsky (16th, 23:24), Amber Gnoza (17th, 24:56), Lainey Holombo (18th, 25:31), Laurel Bennett (19th, 26:47), Zoley Pothier (20th, 27:37), Ellie Cassidy (21st, 27:52) and Eva Shirey (29:58) all finished for the girls’ team.

Matthew Bernier (seventh, 17:33), Ethan Weinhold (10th, 18:01), John Mormando (13th, 18:52), Austin Richard (18th, 21:35), Joey Cooper (19th, 22:18), and Trent O’Neill (20th, 22:31) all finished for the boys’ team. 


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