Panthers’ late field hockey goal sinks Blue Hawks

Staff photo by HECTOR LONGO Merrimack goalie Heather Rohr and defender Jess Trahan leap to try and swat this high shot out of the air. It went wide and the Tomahawks held on for a 1-0 win Wednesday.

Here’s a look at Wednesday’s high school action:




The Panthers captured their season opener thanks to freshman Kaitlyn West converting a pass from Katherine Tello off a penalty corner with 2:42 left in regulation.

South, which trailed 1-0 thanks to a Blue Hawk goal five minutes in, got the equalizer by Emma Lynch (Sarah Signorello assist) at the 16:20 mark of the first half.

Courtney Tello had eight saves in the Panther goal. Also playing well for the locals were Josephine Coehlo, Sarah Picard, Maddie Picard and Abbey Rowe.

South visits Dover on Friday.

Merrimack 1,

Londonderry 0

The visiting Tomahawks are now 2-1 after Hunter Webb scored the game’s only goal in the first half, assisted by Theresa Twardowsky. Heather Rohr’s eight saves in the Tomahawk goal helped that score stand up.

Salem 7,

Nashua North 0

Kylie O’Brien was the biggest bright spot for the Titans at Stellos Stadium as she made 12 saves in goal. North (0-3) visits Exeter today at 6:30 p.m.


Bishop Guertin 3,

Merrimack 0

The Cardinals enjoyed a season-opening 25-17, 25-8, 25-22 sweep of the Tomahawks, who dropped to 0-2.

Leading the way for Guertin were Paula Matos (six aces, 13 digs), Alicia Glasheen (18 assists, five digs), Julia Pascucci (14 assists, seven kills, four aces), Rita Dow (eight kills, three aces) and Elizabeth Knapp (eight kills, nine digs).

For Merrimack, Joanne Bonner had 16 kills, three blocks and 10 digs. Anna Niezrecki added 21 digs, while Anya Carver (five aces) and Isabella Smith (27 assists) also played well.

Guertin has its home opener Friday vs. Hollis Brookline in a rematch of last year’s Division I title bout. Merrimack hosts Bedford on Friday.

Nasha South 3,

Concord 1

The visiting Panthers took their season opener thanks to Brianna Henderson’s 13 kills and five aces.  Catherine Covert had a strong night with 10 kills, six blocks, and four service aces while Kara Kelliher adde 15 kills, four aces and two blocks.  

Nashua North 3,

Manchester Memorial 0

The Titans rewarded Nicole Fitzgibbons with her first win as a varsity head coach, a 25-11, 25-16, 25-12 season-opening sweep.

Contributing to the win for North were Sarah St. Pierre (one ace, eight kills, one dig and block), Atlanta Ho (two aces, five kills, 12 digs), Haley Stanton (seven aces, four kills), Alexis Miranda (six kills, two digs), Emerson Martin (one ace, three kills, two digs, a block and 15 assists), Abby Coy (five aces, three kills, four digs) and Jamie Parker (seven digs).

Hollis Brookline 3,

Exeter 0

The three-time defending champions opened with a 25-21, 28-26, 25-14 sweep , paced by Maddie Norris’ 12 kills and one block. Also helping out HB were: Kaleigh Whalen (five kills, three aces, eight digs), Kyra Belden (32 assists, three aces), Elliana Jordan (three aces, eight digs) and Elizabeth Atkinson (five kills, an ace and one block)

Campbell 3,

Nute 1

The host Cougars recovered from a 24-26 opening set loss to win their season opener by taking the next three, 25-15, 25-12, 25-17.

Liv Garand had two aces, one kill and nine digs, while fellow senior Meghan Gibbons had four aces, six kills and three digs. Mallory Reczko had two aces, seven kills and one block. The Cougars, who had 26 aces on the night, visit Portsmouth Christian on Friday.


Manchester West 3,

Milford 2

Two goals from Connor Winder wasn’t enough to keep the Spartans from falling to 1-3 as the Blue Knights made a late charge. Milford visits ConVal on Friday.

Hollis Brookline 3,

Bow 1

J.J. Kennedy celebrated his birthday with two goals and an assist as the visiting Cavaliers improved to 2-1. Max Burns opened the scoring with a goal eight minutes into the game.

Ryan Coutu had seven saves for the locals, who also got good defensive games from Dale Jacobs, Mark Labak, Andy Basque, Kyle Simpson, and Felix Yang. HB hosts Souhegan at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Campbell 10,

Somersworth 1

Justin Furlong had a career day with five goals to lead the Cougars, while Connor Donaghey, Zach Rousseau, Brody Mills, Ethan Burns (from 30 yards out) and Joaquin Heller each had one as Campbell moved to 3-0. The Cougars visit Raymond on Friday.

Londonderry 1,

Alvirne 0 (Tuesday)

Londonderry scored the game’s only goal on a free kick in the first half that deflected in from 25-30 yards out. Mason Brooks had six saves in goal while fellow freshman Jake Dufour helped created some offensive chances. Matt Fitzpatrick helped control midfield for the 0-2 Broncos, who visit Goffstown today.


Wilton-Lyndeborough 6,

Hinsdale 0

The visiting Warriors got three goals and an assist from Elisabeth Jacob, two from Sam Yurcak, and one from Sophia Sistachs, who also added two assists. Lexi Balam also had an assist. Goalie Janel Bachand had nine saves with defensive hel from Balam, Kaitlin, Lorveme, Elia Kelley, Mairaid Markey and Avery Krug. Now 2-0, the Warriors host Colebrook on Friday.


Bishop Guertin third

The Cardinals shot a 222 at Keene’s Brentwood Golf Club, but it was only good enough to beat Winnacunnet (235), as Keene was tops at 195 followed by Timberlane’s 206.

Leading the way for BG was Ryan Horgan (42), Aaron Pratt (44), Alex Koutsos and Steve McLendon (45 each), and Jack Fitzgerald (46).

Alvirne second

in quad match

The Broncos totaled 209 at Derryfield Country Club, behind match winner Hanover (201) but ahead of Dover (217) and Manchester Central (236).

Leading the way for Alvirne was match medalist Tyler Lizotte (35), followed by Santos, Jackie Dowd and Brett McKinley (all with a 43) and Mike Dowling (45).

Campbell third

The Cougars (33 points) finished behind match winner Prospect Mountain (56) and Gilford (48). Campbell got 15 points from Sean Ryan and 10 from Nick Molinari but it was not enough.