Division 1 - Pinkerton keeps their top spot. Timberlane moves back to #2. Winnacunnet drops back to #3, after a loss to Central. Guertin moves back down to #4. Central stays at #5, after beating Winnacunnet.
Division 2 - No changes.
Division 3 - Newfound keeps their #1 spot. Gilford goes back up to #2. Pelham drops to #3, after tying Winnisquam. Monadnock moves up to #4, Mascenic drops out. Berlin comes back into the #5 spot.
This will be our last Coaches' Polls of the season. We'll see how well the rankings reflect the tournament, over the next couple weeks.
Defending State Champs
Timberlane finished their regular season, with a perfect 3-0-0 record, beating Bedford, 6-2, Central 2-0, and Concord 8-1. They combined for a total of 48 shots on goal and 23 corners, over the three games. Timberlane finished their regular season, 12-2-0, with the #3 seed in the tournament. They have a bye the first round, and host the winner of the Central v. Exeter game, on Saturday afternoon. Not only will they be playing for a spot in the semifinals, but also Head Coach Mim Ryan's 300th career victory.
Windham only played one game last week, which was their Senior Game, against Derryfield, who they tied 0-0. They finished their regular season, 12-1-1, locking up the #2 seed. They have a bye the first round, then will host the winner of the Plymouth v. Sanborn game, Friday afternoon.
Gilford only played one game last week as well, like Windham, it was their Senior Game. They beat Laconia, 5-0, ending their regular season, 11-2-1, getting the #4 seed for the tournament. They host Pembroke on Thursday, for their first-round game.
Pinkerton ends the regular season with the state's most shutouts (11) and least goals allowed (3).
Souhegan stays at the top for goals scored, with 73, also being the only team to break the 70 mark, this season.
John Stark's Melina Jackson, takes the top spot for saves, with 224.
Gilford's Nicole Berube stays at the top of the assists' leaderboard, for the fifth week in a row, with 19 on the season.
Windham's Kate Blaisdell keeps the #1 spot, for the fourth week in a row, with 24 goals scored. Gilford's Kellie Ryan, sits in second for the fifth week in a row, with 21. Timberlane's Kylie Fitzpatrick also has 21 goals.
Blaisdell also keeps the top spot for points, for a fourth week in a row, with 51. Blaisdell is still the only player to have broken the 50 point mark this season. Souhegan's Abby Cranney moves to second, with 48.
Prep School Player of the Week
Week Summary: Three games played, three goals, one assist. Record: 3-0-0. (stats not available for the first game.)
Norcross' and New Hampton's first game of the week, they cruised to a 5-0 victory.
On Friday, Norcross helped New Hampton to a 5-0 victory over Kimball Union, picking up two goals, and an assist.
Saturday, Norcross scored the eventual game-winner, as New Hampton beat Brewster, 2-0.
This week, Norcross and New Hampton travel to Holderness, which will be their biggest competition this season, as far as Class C NH schools are concerned, on Wednesday. Then Friday, they host Kimball Union, to wrap up their week.
Division 3 Player of the Week
Week Summary: Two games, three goals, one assist. Record: 1-0-1.
In Bevens' and Pelham's first game of the week, she led them over Franklin, scoring twice, and assisting once.
In their second game, against Winnisquam, Bevens scored the game-tying goal, with under three minutes to go. They couldn't pull out the win in OT, but they locked up the second seed in the tournament, finishing 13-0-1.
This week Bevens and Pelham, have a first-round bye, then they host the winner of the Stevens v. Mascoma game, on Sunday afternoon.
Division 2 Player of the Week
Week Summary: Two games played, three goals, one assist. Record: 2-0-0.
Larochelle and Goffstown started off last week hosting Milford for their Senior Game. Larochelle picked up a goal and an assist, helping them to a 4-2 victory.
Their second game, they traveled to St. Thomas, and Larochelle scored both goals, carrying Goffstown to the win. With the win, they clinched the eighth seed, in the tournament, giving them a home game for their first round.
Today, Goffstown will host Portsmouth, who they beat 2-0 in the regular season, for their first-round tournament game.
Division 1 Player of the Week
Week Summary: Three games played, four goals, and three assists. Record: 3-0-0.
In their first game, Marsh scored a goal and had one assist, as Londonderry rolled past Memorial, 8-0.
On Thursday, Londonderry traveled to Bedford, for Bedford's Senior Night. Marsh led Londonderry to victory, 4-2, grabbing two assists, and a goal.
The next day, Londonderry's Senior Game, Marsh picked up two more goals, helping Londonderry to 9-0 win over Nashua North.
With Marsh leading Londonderry to a perfect week, they clinched the fifth seed, giving them a first-round bye, and having to travel to Bishop Guertin, on Saturday, for their quarterfinal matchup.
First round tournament predictions.
With the public schools finishing up their regular season, last Saturday, as the teams advance, we'll make predictions for who we think will win in each round. We'll start with Division 2, as they play today, then tomorrow move onto Division 1, who play tomorrow, then finish off the first round predictions with Division 3, who play Thursday.
Division 2 First Round
- Portsmouth @ Goffstown: Portsmouth has had a disappointing season, by our standards. We had them at the #3 spot coming into the season but said with the departure Hailey Blodgett, it could make for a problem in their scoring power, and it certainly has. They still have the Hunkins twins, who are always a threat, not to mention one the state's best goalies, in Kayleigh Vogel. However, Goffstown has had a good season compared to last year, after missing the tournament. Ali Larochelle has been great this season, leading her team in scoring, and currently sits at the #5 spot for goals scored in D2, with 14. Winner: Goffstown, with home field, and already beating Portsmouth earlier in the season, 2-0, we feel Goffstown has the edge, plus the form Larochelle has been in lately is no joke. However, we will not be surprised if Portsmouth puts one in, and Vogel ends up keeping them from getting knocked out.
- Sanborn @ Plymouth: Sanborn has not had the best year, as they have struggled when they play the top teams. Plymouth, on the other hand, has kept games close, and even winning, including splitting games with Kennett, Hanover, and Kingswood, getting edged out by one and two goals to Derryfield, and beating Lebanon twice. Sanborn does have two key players, in Amy Eacho and Emma Toto, who lead their offense, and who can carry Sanborn over the line. Winner: Plymouth, they have had a fantastic year, since not making it to this stage a year ago, but the most significant contributor to this prediction, is the fact that Sanborn has struggled when they face the top teams, and Plymouth can hold their own. Not to mention the 90+ minute bus ride north, won't help Sanborn.
- Hollis-Brookline @ Kennett: This, in our opinion, is the most comfortable game to predict, out of the three today. Winner: Kennett, plain and simple, Kennett is too strong for Hollis-Brookline. Only one of Hollis-Brookline's six wins came against tournament teams, which was against Sanborn, who finished just one spot above them in the standings. Alexa Gutowski and Taylor Nusbaum have had a fantastic season so far, for Kennett, they have a good goalie in Hannah Frittenburg, and Eva Drummond is making a name for herself, as one of the state's top defenders. Much like Sanborn, Hollis-Brookline has a beautiful bus ride north but doubles Sanborn's travel time, three hours. With home field and the overall power Kennett possess, it seems like we could see many goals come out of northern New Hampshire today.