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  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom

    Cavaliers Emily Dutile is chased by Kearsarge's Chrissy Wolf during the Division III girls lacrosse championship Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom

    Hollis-Brookline fans storm the field following the Division III girls lacrosse championship Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.


  • Cavaliers Caitlin Sweeney plays tough defense on Kearsarge's Anysia Howell during the Division III girls lacrosse championship Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom

    Kearsarge's Anysia Howell has the ball stolen by Cavaliers Annabelle Eliopolous, right, while teammate Hanna Mazzola looks on during the Division III girls lacrosse championship Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.


  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom

    Cavaliers Hannah James receives a congratulations kiss from her boyfriend Zachary Haithcock following the Division III girls lacrosse championship Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

H/B girls repeat in final year of DIII play

DIVISION III GIRLS FINAL: NO. 1 HOLLIS/BROOKLINE 10, NO. 3 KEARSARGE 4

MANCHESTER – Regular season play is one thing; tournament play, especially in a championship game, is a whole different story.

The Hollis/Brookline High School girls lacrosse team knew this. Head coach Jack Taber made sure his top-seeded Cavaliers would realize that their 18-2 regular season win over third-seeded Kearsarge was a mirage.

The Cavs’ 10-4 Division III championship game win over the Cougars at Southern New Hampshire University’s Larkin Field on Wednesday was, well, more realistic, competively speaking.

“Championship playoffs is always different, you know?” said Cavs senior midfielder Alicia Papineau, who scored two goals. “You never know. Any team can come out on any day and play their hearts out. Both teams today played their hearts out. We just had to try our hardest.

“At the end of the first half, we started getting nervous again, and started pressing more. But then we came back out (for the second half) and we played our game, like we always do.”

When the Cavs play their game, no one in Division III can stop them, as they repeat as champions with a two-year 30-0 divisional mark before embarking into the big, bad world of Division I lacrosse for 2011.

Hollis/Brookline never trailed, but was clinging to a 5-4 halftime lead. The Cavs simply shut the Cougars (13-4) down in the second half, holding them to just five shots.

“It was definitely great,” Cavs senior goaltender Lorin Field, bound for Plymouth State next year, said after a sparkling 10-save effort. “We shut them down the whole second half and just played our game. I was definitely focused. We had to step it up when they started coming back.”

Hollis/Brookline was led by Kati Sousa’s three goals, the biggest one being her first that gave the locals what was thought to be at the time a commanding 4-1 lead with 8:13 to play in the first half. But Kearsarge got goals from Abby Ross and Paige Newman in a three-minute span to close to within 4-3, and the Cavs knew then they would be in for a dogfight. Ross finished with two on the day.

“We play a zone, and we made some adjustments in the zone to accommodate the trap,” Taber said.

“They shut us down in the second half and that was the difference,” Kearsarge coach Scott Slogic said. “But we’re ok. They pressed the ball more in the midfield and they had trouble transitioning.”

The rest of the Cavaliers scoring went like this: Two goals apiece for Papineau, Emily Dutile and Katie O’Hara, and a single tally for Julie Worthen. Anabelle Eliopolous had H/B’s lone assist, as free position goals were the order of the evening, as the Cavs converted five of seven of those foul-related opportunities. Kearsarge’s other goal scorer was Holly Astle.

But for the Cavs, there may not have been any bigger goals than the two by Dutile. She scored with 1:57 left in the first half off a free position play to make it a 5-3 game. But the shot she got off in a maze of players that Kearsarge netminder Alana Jablonski (10 saves) had no chance on just 1:54 into the second half, gave the Cavs a 6-4 lead and started the streak of five unanswered goals.

How the heck did she do it? She seemed lost in a sea of bodies that resembled a rugby scrum.

“I don’t even know myself,” Dutile said. “I just had to concentrate, be very focused. It was like ‘Here’s your time to shine.’”

Then it was up to Field, who definitely was a shining star for the Cavs all year and on Wednesday.

“We got some shots on them,” Slogic said, “but Lorin Field is an All-American goalie. She stopped a lot of our balls.”

“This was Lorin’s best game of the year,” Taber said. “She’ll go right up the line to Plymouth next year and probably start.”

Taber said there wasn’t much difference from this year’s team and the one that beat the Cougars 11-6 in the finals a year ago.

“It was the same kids,” Taber said. “The chemistry was a little better. They’ll be back, we’re only losing six.”

“I’d have to say we’re the only team that got them worried this year,” Slogic said. “That’s what their players were telling us. We didn’t back down one inch. That’s not the way it’s been this year for teams playing Hollis.”

“That’s why we’re leaving (Divison III),” Taber said. “We’re outta here.”

And the Cavaliers are taking their championship hardware with them.