Week 4 Recap

Coaches' Polls

Division 1 - The top three remain the same. Guertin moves up, back to the #4 spot, after being #5 last week. Manchester Central sees their first Top 5 ranking, as they sneak in at the #5 spot.

Division 2 - Again, top three remain the same. Hanover moves up to the #4 spot, and Plymouth makes its first appearance, after knocking off Lebanon & Hanover, last week.

Division 3 - Once again, the top three remain the same. Monadnock moves up to the #4 spot. Winnisquam comes back into the top five, after missing out last week.


Defending State Champs

Timberlane finished last week with a perfect 3-0-0 record. They managed to outscore their opponents, 7-2, racking up 45 shots on goal, earning 31 corners. Kylie Fitzpatrick scored her 10th goal of the season, and Head Coach Mim Ryan inches closer to the 300 win mark. Timberlane only has one game this week, as they travel to Nashua North, on Wednesday.

Windham also finished with an identical 3-0-0 record. They were able to outshoot their opponents, 54-8, earning 27 corners in the process. #1 Ranked Freshman, Kate Blaisdell, currently sits at 19 goals, and is the first player to break the 40 point mark this season, as she scored the game-winning goal, as Windham ended Souhegan's attempt at a perfect season, last week. This week Windham has back to back away trips, to Goffstown today, then Sanborn tomorrow.

Gilford did not have a 3-0-0 week, but they had a 2-0-0 week. In both of their games combined, Gilford outscored their opponents, 16-0, out-cornered them 19-7 and were able to put 52 shots on goal, while only allowing two. This week, Gilford has their toughest week of the season, as they take a two-hour bus ride north to Berlin today, home against Hopkinton on Wednesday, then finish their week at Winnisquam on Friday.


Stat Leaders

D1 Pinkerton has finally caught up to D3 Newfound, as they are the first teams to reach seven shutouts this season.

Brewster Academy is the only program to remain unscored upon.

D3 Gilford stays at the top, for the second week in a row, having scored 53 goals this season. Souhegan (45) and Windham (44) are the only other two teams to have eclipsed the 40 goal mark. The next closest is Pelham with 34.

Kearsarge's Marissa Pickman remains at the top of the state for saves with 130 but is sharing the #1 spot, at the moment, with John Stark's Melina Jackson, who currently, has the same amount of 130.

Gilford's Nicole Berube stays at the top of the assists' leaderboard, having 16 on the season. She is the only player to have broken double-digit assists this season, as Hopkinton's Chloe Wood sits in second, with nine. To put that number more into perspective, last season, Derryfield's Lindsey Stagg led the state in assists with 14, through 17 games, this season, Berube has 16 assists through nine games.

Windham's Kate Blaisdell takes the #1 spot for goals scored, with 19. Gilford's Kellie Ryan, sits in second for the second week in a row, with 18.

Blaisdell also claims the top spot for points, with 40, as she is the only player to hit the 40 point mark this season. Kellie Ryan is, again, in second with 39, and Derryfield's Lindsey Stagg sits in third, with 36.


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Prep School Player of the Week

 

Emily Tremblay

Forward

Brewster

Photo Cred: Phil Stiles

Even though Tremblay's main sport is lacrosse, she has had a great week, kick-starting Brewster's field hockey season.

In Brewster's opener, against Gould Academy, Tremblay recorded a hat trick to lead them to victory, 4-0. In their second game, at the Kents School, Tremblay scored once, helping Brewster remain the only Prep School program with a perfect record.

This week, Tremblay and Brewster travel to Hebron, Maine on Wednesday, then they host Cushing Academy, on Saturday.


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Division 3 Player of the Week

Abby Bevens

Forward

Pelham

Photo Cred: nh-highschoolsports

Bevens was questioned at the start of the season, whether or not she could live up to the hype she brought in, after her stellar freshman year. After Pelham graduated a great senior class, a lot of the workload fell to Bevens, and she has continued her fantastic career so far.

In her first game last week, Bevens picked up a goal and two assists, as Pelham beat John Stark 6-1.

However, her most crucial goal was against Hopkinton, last Wednesday. The game went into overtime, and Bevens stepped up and scored the game winner. Obviously, they won the game, but it also kept Pelham perfect, as they currently sit 8-0-0.

This week, Bevens and Pelham host two games, Bishop Brady on Wednesday, and Pembroke on Friday. Two games they should win, but Pembroke has been making some noise lately, if Pelham does not take them seriously, it could be an upset waiting to happen.


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Division 2 Player of the Week

 

Lindsey Stagg

Midfield

Derryfield

Stagg did not have a perfect week, like her other fellow Players of the Week, but she certainly earned it, just as much. She is also the first player to be awarded our Player of the Week twice.

To start the week, Stagg scored twice and assisted once, as she led Derryfield over Kingswood, 3-0.

In her second game, against Lebanon, she scored twice in the first 13 minutes of the match, but it was not enough, as Derryfield gave up the 2-0 lead, and ended up tying the game 3-3. It is safe to say without Stagg's goals Lebanon would have walked away with a victory.

Last Friday was the moment that Stagg shined, and took control of the game. It is usually said the big players have to step up in the big moments, and Stagg did just that. As Derryfield took on Portsmouth, the game remained tied at one, until there were just over 20 seconds left on the clock. Stagg picked up a loose ball, about 40-yards out from goal, and darted down the sideline, entering the circle, and earning a corner as time expired. The ball was inserted, Stagg ripped a shot, and it was deflected in by her teammate, Charlotte Rohlfs, as it gave Stagg her second assist of the game, and kept Derryfield the only unbeaten team in D2.

Stagg and Derryfield only have one game this week, but it will be a tough one, as they travel to Hanover, on Wednesday.


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Division 1 Player of the Week

 

Meg Michaud

Midfield

Pinkerton

Michaud may not have the glittering stats some of the other Players of the Week have, but just like Stagg and Bevens, she stepped up when she needed to. 

Her first two games of the week were not the most challenging, as Pinkerton combined for a total score of 13-0, Michaud scored twice and assisted once. 

On Saturday, at her homecoming, Pinkerton faced Londonderry, and Michaud was the only player to score, keeping Pinkerton perfect on the season, as they beat Londonderry, 1-0. 

Michaud is not just an essential part of Pinkerton's team, just because of her skill, but her leadership, of a very young Pinkerton team. Even though they are off to a hot start, come tournament time, Michaud will be the leader that has to make sure everyone is focused, and no one can be taken for granted.

Michaud and Pinkerton have two tests this week, as they host Dover, today. Then on Wednesday, presuming they beat Dover, they face Bishop Guertin, which would be a battle of the only undefeated teams in D1.