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Souhegan, Pinkerton lead pack in Division I girls lacrosse

It seems like the Souhegan High School and Pinkerton Academy girls lacrosse teams are on a collision course for the Division I championship game.

Meanwhile, in Division II, it could be any two of five or six teams taking the field at Southern New Hampshire University on June 10 for the final. Both should prove to be entertaining to watch. ...

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It seems like the Souhegan High School and Pinkerton Academy girls lacrosse teams are on a collision course for the Division I championship game.

Meanwhile, in Division II, it could be any two of five or six teams taking the field at Southern New Hampshire University on June 10 for the final. Both should prove to be entertaining to watch.

DIVISION I

Souhegan (16-2) ended its regular season last Thursday with a 14-13 win over Pinkerton, the Sabers’ 13th win in a row, to earn the top seed in the division. But that might have given Souhegan the tougher path.

The Sabers open with a quarterfinal game against No. 8 Manchester Memorial (5-11) at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, but a win would mean they’d play either No. 4 Exeter (12-6) or No. 5 Londonderry (9-8).

On the other side, No. 2 Pinkerton (15-3) will host No. 7 Hollis Brookline (9-8), also at 5 p.m. Thursday, in the quarterfinals, with the winner of that game facing either No. 3 Nashua North (12-5) and No. 6 Salem (9-8). The Titans and Blue Devils combined to go 2-12 against teams with a winning record – and the two wins were North’s over Salem.

North also faces Salem at 5 p.m. Thursday at Stellos Stadium, the second year in a row - and second time ever - the Titans have hosted a playoff game. A win would be the first in program history.

DIVISION II

After starting the year 9-0, Bishop Guertin (12-4) dropped four of its final seven games of the regular season to fall to the fifth seed in the division. The Cardinals will have to go on the road for a quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 Winnacunnet (12-3), a team Bishop Guertin beat 11-3 back on May 6.

But that was with Caley Prunier in the lineup. The senior suffered a knee injury in the Cardinals’ loss to Souhegan and missed the final seven games of the season.

The Cardinals and Warriors play at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Hampton, with the winner moving on to play either No. 1 Windham (13-2) or No. 8 Goffstown (6-9) in the semifinals.

No. 7 Merrimack (7-8) finished the regular season strong, winning four of its final five games to get into the playoffs. The Tomahawks nearly made it five in a row before losing to Portsmouth in overtime, 14-13.

Merrimack opens the playoffs with a trip to face No. 2 Hanover (15-3) in the quarterfinals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Marauders handed the Tomahawks an 18-8 loss back on May 10.

DIVISION III

Derryfield (15-0) enters the 12-team tournament as the No. 1 seed and gets a bye into Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Cougars will play host to either No. 8 Plymouth or No. 9 Pembroke, who play in the first round on Wednesday.

No. 2 John Stark (12-2) and No. 3 Kearsarge (11-2) hope to upset Derryfield, No. 4 Laconia (11-3) gave the Cougars their closest game of the year. The Sachems lost to Derryfield 13-12 on May 21.