Lakes Region Field Hockey crowned Granite State Games champions.
Lakes started off Friday night as they did last year, playing the Monadnock Region. But also like last year they ended in a 2-2 draw. Lakes scored two second half goals, the first by Tia Raspante, assisted by Jill Lachapelle. Then another 2 minutes later by Makenzie Snow, assisted by Raspante. Goalies Riley Toupin & Lyndsey Wheeler split time all weekend, each playing a half per game. Toupin made four saves, while Wheeler had 2. Lakes finished with ten corners and six shots on goal.
The first of two games would start at 10 am, against the Coastal Region. Lakes' Bri Salanitro put away the only goal of the first half, off a Kellie Ryan pass. In the second half Lakes came out firing, Snow assisted Raspante 28 seconds into the half, Hallie McNamara would score another 5 minutes later assisted by Jess Mulleavey, then Raspante would grab her second of the day 3 minutes after that. Makenzie Snow finished off the scoring with 9 minutes to go off of a Ryan assist. Toupin made two saves, while Wheeler had 8. They finished with three corners, 11 shots on goal, and a 5-2 victory.
Their second game against Southern and their last game of pool play wasn't the best for the Lakes. Southern was too dominant as they fell 6-1. Olivia Conley scored the goal, and Jess Mulleavey picked up the assist. Toupin had five saves & Wheeler made 4. They finished the day with seven corners and six shots on goal. But even with the loss, they would move to the final, due to Coastal beating Monadnock later in the day.
With a rematch set at 11:20 am, with Southern, Southern looked to be the favorite to take it home, but Lakes had a different story to tell. 2 minutes into the game Lakes earned a corner, Snow flicked the ball across the goal to Mulleavey, and she popped it over the goalie to take a 1-0 lead. After that, the Lakes saw out the game with excellent defending and counter attacks, and after a six goal game just 18 hours before Southern wasn't able to find anything, as Lakes walked away as Granite State Games' champions. Toupin made two saves in first half & Wheeler had 5 in the second. Lakes had two corners and four shots on goal to wrap up the day.
The Lakes Region team was coached by Gilford head coach, Dave Rogacki, and his assistant Sarah Caveny. The team was made up of 16 total players, 14 field & 2 goalies. They had no D1 players. One D2 player, Merrimack Valley's Jess Mulleavey. Three Prep School players, Tilton's Tia Raspante, Katie Ruggles, and Morgan Lebaron. The other ten were from D3, Bow's Lyndsey Wheeler, Winnisquam sisters McKayla & Riley Toupin, Kaylee Tierney, Makenzie Snow, & Hallie McNamara, Laconia's twins Olivia & Gillian Conley, and Gilford's Nicole Berube, Bri Salanitro, Jill Lachapelle & Kellie Ryan. Lakes finished with a 2-1-1 (W-L-T) record, outscored by their opponents 10-9, earning 22 corners, and having 27 shots on goal.