Prep Schools 1st Round: Holderness cruises; New Hampton out; St. Paul's pulls off the upset in OT.

New Hampshire had three prep schools qualify for the NEPSAC tournament.

  • St. Paul's, Class A, #6 seed.
  • New Hampton, Class C, #3 seed.
  • Holderness, Class C, #2 seed.

Holderness dominates, 8-0.

After a two-hour bus a ride to neutral ground, for their first-round tournament game, Holderness came out ready to play and dominated from start to finish.

 Morgan Sisson assisted the first goal of the game, as Holderness' superstar, Andrea Reynolds, scored just two minutes into the contest. Sisson picked up her second assist six minutes later as Olivia Branch scored, to make it 2-0. Reynolds and Branch would connect with each other, with nine minutes left in the half, to make it 3-0. Lila Schibli scored a minute later, then three minutes after that, Sisson and Reynolds connected again, to take into halftime, 5-0.

In the first half, Holderness had 12 corners, 13 shots on goal, and didn't allow their opponent to take any shots.

In the second half, the game seemed to start to even out, as Holderness allowed four shots on goal to their six, but it was also because Sisson and Reynolds were never on the field at the same time. Reynolds grabbed her second assist four minutes into the half, as Elise Yabroudy made it 6-0. As the game then went scoreless for a majority of the second half, with three minutes left, Lily Gillette made it 7-0. Then with 56 seconds to play, Lexie Von Der Luft, wrapped up the scoring finishing off a dominant 8-0 performance.

As we like to do sometimes, is point out players who stand out to us, and that player yesterday was Andrea Reynolds. She was ranked in our Top 5 Forwards going into the season, but she played in the midfield yesterday, as it was like she had always played there. Her acceleration on the ball is identical to Hanover's Diana Schwarz, if you do not know what that means, it means she is ridiculously quick. Reynolds' ball control and dribbling have significantly improved since she was a freshman, and her goal scoring power has also been elevated. As she is only a sophomore, it is scary to think about how good she can become as she gets older.

The other player we are going to point quickly is Morgan Sisson. She does not have the star power that Reynolds has, but the combination of Reynolds and Sisson going forward is extremely deadly. They without question help each other and make each other better. Moreover, the chemistry they have with one another, especially inside the opponent's 25, is enjoyable to watch, being able to one-touch pass to each other, and knowing what the other is going to do before they do it.

Holderness will now move on to the semifinals, to take on the Canterbury School, Saturday afternoon, 2:00 pm, at St. Mark's School.

St. Paul's pulls off the upset in OT, 2-1.

Bridget Babcock put St. Paul's on the board first, but Kent School scored with 17 seconds left to send it to overtime.

Phoebe Day scored in OT, to give St. Paul's the 2-1 victory.

St. Paul's will travel to Phillips Academy Andover, Saturday afternoon, 2:30, for their semifinal matchup.

New Hampton falls, 0-1.

Canterbury School scored in the first half, and that's all they needed to knock out New Hampton.