D3 Quarterfinals Recap, Week 8 Recap, D2 Final Four Predictions.

Gilford 1, Berlin 0

The game was almost similar to the Pembroke v. Gilford game, in that in their regular season matchup Gilford dominated the game, but in their tournament game, it was much closer.

The game went scoreless in the first half, as both teams earned four corners.

In the second half, Berlin out cornered Gilford 6-3, but Gilford goalie, Jenna DeLucca, who had her best game of the season, finally started to look like one of the top goalies in the state again, she made a few spectacular saves that kept Berlin off the scoreboard. 

Eleven minutes into the second half, Jill Lachapelle connected with Laurel Gingrich, to give Gilford a 1-0 lead, and the eventual game-winner.

Gilford will play top-ranked Newfound, Thursday night, in a rematch of last year's Final Four.

Newfound 1, Winnisquam 0

Kylee MacDonald connected with Julianne Marchand, to send Newfound to their second consecutive Final Four.

Newfound will face Gilford, Thursday night.

Mascoma 3, Pelham 0

Elizabeth Jones, Alyssa Hammond, and Bella Kondi all scored, as they upset Pelham. Kaitlyn Pushee picked up an assist.

Mascoma will play Monadnock, Thursday evening.

Monadnock 4, Bishop Brady 1

Caitlin Boucher picked up two goals and one assist, leading Monadnock past Brady. Hannah LaBarre and Izzy Sutton, scored the other two goals. Bri Broderick had an assist, as well.

Monadnock will play Mascoma, Thursday evening.

Week 8 Recap

Defending State Champs

All three, Windham, Timberlane, and Gilford, are still in the hunt for capturing back to back state titles.

Timberlane won their quarterfinal matchup, after having a first-round bye. They beat Exeter 1-0, as Head Coach Mim Ryan, also picked up her 300th career victory. Timberlane will face Winnacunnet, Wednesday evening, in a rematch of last year's D1 final.

Windham also had a first-round bye, and won their quarterfinal matchup, 2-0, over Plymouth. They'll play Kennett, Tuesday evening, for their Final Four matchup.

Gilford won their first-round matchup, 2-0, over Pembroke. Then they beat Berlin, Sunday afternoon, 1-0. They'll take on top-ranked Newfound, Thursday night, for their Final Four game.

Stat Leaders

Pinkerton stays at the top of the state with 12 shutouts & three goals allowed.

Souhegan stays at the top for goals scored, with 76, also being the only team to break the 70 mark, this season.

John Stark's Melina Jackson, remains in the top spot for saves, with 224.

Gilford's Nicole Berube stays at the top of the assists' leaderboard, for the sixth week in a row, with 19 on the season.

Windham's Kate Blaisdell keeps the #1 spot, for the fifth week in a row, with 25 goals scored. Souhegan's Abby Cranney moves into second, with 23.

Souhegan's Abby Cranney takes the top spot for points, with 54, after a hat-trick in the Quarterfinals. Kate Blaisdell sits in second, with 53.

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Prep School Player of the Week

PJ Shaw



Week Summary: Two games played and two goals. Record: 2-0-0.

Shaw helped Proctor to a perfect 2-0-0 week. Shaw scored once in her first game, as Proctor cruised to a 5-0 victory.

In their second game, Shaw again scored one, as she helped Proctor to a big, league win against Brewster, 3-0.

Shaw and Proctor travel to Berwick Academy on Wednesday, then play a big home game against New Hampton, on Saturday.


Division 3 Player of the Week

Abby Duhaime



Week Summary: Two games played, two shutouts. Record: 2-0-0.

Duhaime has been an instrumental part of Mascoma's tournament run this season. So far they have upset Stevens and Pelham, en route to a Final Four appearance. Both games, Duhaime has posted shutouts, including an 11 save game, against Pelham, leading Mascoma's defense in stopping all of Pelham's 17 corners.

Duhaime and Mascoma will try to pull off another upset as they face #3 seeded Monadnock, Thursday evening.

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Division 2 Player of the Week

Eva Drummond



Week Summary: Two games played, two wins. Record: 2-0-0.

Drummond led Kennett's defense, to a 5-0 shutout, in their first-round win, over Hollis-Brookline.

Her most significant performance, was in their Quarterfinal matchup, against Derryfield. Kennett had lost to Derryfield, 2-1, both times they played in the regular season, but turned the scores in the tournament holding Derryfield to one goal, thanks to Drummond. Her corner defense was near perfection, being the flyer, and stopping almost all of Derryfield's attacks, except when Derryfield scored with 30 seconds to go.

Drummond has established herself as one of the top defenders in the state and has joined her fellow sophomores, Randi Byars and Sarah Collins, as some of the state's top defenders. For some reason, the sophomore class happens to have the best defenders in the state amongst them.

Drummond and Kennett will have their toughest test of the season, as they take on the state's top scorer, Kate Blaisdell, and Windham Tuesday evening.


Division 1 Player of the Week

Maeve McPhail



Week Summary: One game and one goal. Record: 1-0-0.

McPhail only had one game last week and one goal, but it probably was the most important goal of her high school career, so far.

In their quarterfinal matchup, Londonderry and Guertin, went all the way into Penalty Corners, as they were tied at two. Londonderry was awarded a stroke during one of the corners, and McPhail stepped up to take it, and buried it, sending Londonderry to the Final Four.

McPhail and Londonderry will face top-ranked Pinkerton, Wednesday night.

Division 2 Final Four Predictions

Hanover v. Souhegan - Prediction: Hanover. Even though Souhegan has more depth, and player for player is better than Hanover, you cannot take Hanover's pace for granted. One great thing about Hanover Head Coach Jean Essex, she knows what her players' strengths are, and she knows how to abuse it. No matter how good you are, the hardest thing to defend in field hockey is pace, and that is what Hanover has. With the exception of St. Paul's, no one in the state is close to the pace of Hanover or their counter-attacking ability, and we think that is what will win them the game. Not to mention the midfield power of the Curtis sisters, Hannah and Macy, should make Souhegan's life going forward difficult.

Kennett v. Windham - Prediction: Windham. Even though Kennett, has probably been playing their best field hockey lately, the firepower that Windham possesses, should overpower Kennett. With the state's top scorer, Kate Blaisdell, leading the way, and with the likes of Livi Manchester, and Ryanne Farrell, helping Blaisdell, even with how good Eva Drummond and Kennett's defense is, eventually they should break.