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New Hampshire strong down the stretch in 56-53 win over Albany

Amanda Torres hit two free throws in the closing seconds for UNH

Helene Haegerstrand (15 points) guarded by Ashley Storey

(Durham NH) Albany went turnover, turnover, and missed three in the closing minute and it cost them.

New Hampshire took advantage and registered a, 56-53, American East Conference victory on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats (10-16) have now won three straight.

“It was a great win on Senior Day,” said UNH coach Maureen Magarity afterwards.

Albany coach Colleen Mullen’s team has now lost three in a row, but her eyes are on the big picture: “Although we didn’t win, we were better than the last two game. No one is getting an at-large this year so the (American East Conference) playoffs ahead are crucial.”

New Hampshire has Maine (home) and Binghamton (away) on the rest of their schedule.

Helena Delaruelle had a big steal in the last minute

“It’s cooking now with three wins in a row, but we know that we have tough games ahead,” said Coach Magarity. “If we can finish in the top four, we will host a playoff game.”

Binghamton (8-6) is currently one game ahead of the Wildcats (7-7) in 4th place.

The Wildcats had a woeful second quarter (1/14 – 3 points) and trailed, 22-15 at the half.

“We focused on finishing (at halftime),” said Coach Magarity. “I told them that they work so hard and execute so well that they deserve to finish.”

The Great Danes (9-18) were without junior point guard Kyara Frames. Kyara was a preseason All-Conference selection this year as well as a third team American East All-Star last season.

Albany struggled with turnovers (22 in the game) all afternoon.

Freshman Izzy Om

“Without (Kyara) Frames it was tough on them,” said Coach Magarity. Kyara played forty minutes on Wednesday versus Binghamton but was not in uniform today.

“We knew that they didn’t have many ball-handlers so getting up into them was a huge key to our game,” explained senior Caroline Soucy. Caroline had three of UNH’s nine steals.

“Twenty-two turnovers to their six is never a good stat,” said Coach Mullen. “The two down the stretch really hurt us.”

Albany was in front, 48-41, with six minutes left. Caroline Soucy started UNH on the way back with a steal/layup and a backdoor/layup (pass from Ashley Storey). Helena Delaruelle assisted on Maggie Ahearn’s layup and suddenly the Wildcats were within one (48-47).

Amanda Torres

The Wildcats took the lead (52-51) after an Amanda Torres steal/layin.

Two free throws later (Helene Haegerstrand), Albany was ahead, but not for long. Helena Delaruelle got to the hoop and now New Hampshire was on top with 1:21 left.

The rest of the way the Great Danes had three unproductive possessions.

“We had a freshman guard (Izzy Om) in there playing thirty-six minutes,” said Coach Mullen. “They have athletic guards that put pressure on the ball.”

One of those athletic guards (Helena Delaurelle) created the second turnover of the final minute and UNH had possession, and a one-point lead, with thirty-three seconds left.

Albany was going to get the ball back with several seconds left even if New Hampshire used the entire thirty seconds.

“With two seconds left there were a lot of things we could do,” explained Coach Mullen. The Great Danes opted to defend for the thirty seconds instead of fouling.

“It was a coaching strategy,” said Coach Mullen. “I was trusting my defense to get a stop and not foul doing it.”

“You never know it that situation,” added Coach Magarity. “You can foul and put the other team on the line and know you’re going to get it back or just play really good defense.”

“We moved the ball,” said Coach Magarity. “We waited because if you go too early you give them the ball back with more time left.”

With the shot clock running down, Amanda Torres got past Khepera Stokes and drew a foul from Helene Haegerstrand.

Amanda Torres drives by Khepera Stokes

Amanda Torres drives toward Helene Haegerstrand

Amanda cashed both free throws with two seconds left to give UNH its biggest lead (three points) of the game, 56-53.

Amanda Kantzy (9 points,7 rebounds) took the Great Dane’s last shot

After a timeout, Albany got off a tying attempt (Amanda Kantzy) but it went wide.

“You can’t say enough about Amanda Torres’ toughness,” added Coach Mullen. “She was able to draw the foul at the end of the game. I wish that one of us had stood up and taken a charge on that drive, though.”

The Wildcats had won the first meeting (48-47) in January on a last-second, inbounds, lob pass to Ashley Storey by Helena Delaurelle.

UNH struggled big-time to score points in the first half. “The first half was not pretty to say the least,” said Coach Magarity.

The Great Danes, despite thirteen first-half miscues, were in front 22-15 at the half. Freshman Helene Haegerstrand contributed eleven points.

Caroline Soucy – 11 points,3 steals

“I thought that our zone affected them in the first half,” explained Coach Mullen. “We wanted to slow them down.”

“Their pressure made us feel uncomfortable even from the start of the game,” said Coach Mullen.

Ashley Storey, Amanda Torres, and Caroline Soucy each had eleven points to lead UNH. Maggie Ahearn added ten points.

Helene Haegerstrand (15 points) paced Albany. Lexi Schecter finished with ten points.

Coach Magarity: “We were much more patient in the second half. We had great production from Ivy (Gogolin) and Brooke Kane. Maggie Ahearn was a difference maker in the second half with her aggressiveness, timing, rebounding, and defense.”

Ashley Storey and Lexi Scheter

Senior Ashley Storey: “It was fun today, but we have more things to do.”

Albany is now 5-9 in the America East.

Seniors Caroline Soucy, Ashley Storey, Maggie Ahearn, and Sarah Clement were honored pregame.

Thanks to the UNH media staff, especially Doug, for taking care of me.

Box from the game

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Ashley Storey (11 points) in for two

Ashley Storey in shot blocking position vs Kumsai Aslan

Ashley Storey up for an inbounds pass

Caroline Soucy

Albany coach Colleen Mullen

Faith Bonett covers Helena Haegerstrand

Helena Delaruelle drives

Khepera Stokes

Maggie Ahearn (10 points)

Mariah Gonzalez guards Helene Haegerstrand

Senior Sarah Clement entertains

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UNH seniors honored

UNH wins third straight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pingree cruises to 9-1 win over Marianapolis in NEPSAC Class C girls’ soccer quarterfinals

Kerri Zerfoss splits Kaitlyn Dodos and Kayla Bolduc to get a good look and the first Pingree goal

Kerri Zerfoss splits Kaitlyn Dodos and Kayla Bolduc to get a good look and the first Pingree goal

Sophomore Olivia Pena keeps a close eye on 40-goal scorer Caroline Soucy

Sophomore Olivia Pena keeps a close eye on 40-goal scorer Caroline Soucy

(Hamilton MA) Pingree overwhelmed Marianapolis, 9-1, in the NEPSAC Class C girls’ soccer quarterfinals on a cloudy/sunny Wednesday afternoon.

Hat tricks by Charlotte Esty and Hannah Lejeune powered the Highlanders to their 13th straight victory and a matchup with Lexington Christian Academy at home on Saturday.

Today’s rout is a game Marianapolis will want to forget as quickly as possible. The highlight of Knights’ season was this past Saturday when they edged rival Wheeler, 1-0, to win the SENE tournament at home in Thompson, Connecticut in front of a large crowd .

In this one the Highlanders had only two goals after thirty minutes of the first half but added a killer goal in the final thirty seconds to take a more formidable, 3-0, halftime lead.

Taylor Landers drives home a rebound late in the first half

Taylor Landers drives home a rebound late in the first half

On that decisive third goal, with time running out, Pingree launched a long shot at Marianapolis goalie Jordan Desaulnier.  Jordan was unable to hold onto the ball and hustling Taylor Landers drove the rebound into the net.

Pingree returned from halftime and added three more goals in the first twenty minutes of the second half in a dominating performance.  The rest of the way was hugs and happy faces for the home team.

The Highlanders (15-1-1) played Lexington Christian Academy during the regular season but this time it will be the Class C semi-finals on Saturday at home.  The Highlanders defeated LCA, 3-1, in September.  Junior Charlotte Esty had the hat trick for Pingree in that one.

The Knights did get a goal five minutes into the second half after a scramble in front of the Pingree net resulted in the ball getting behind Highlanders GK Nicole Khachadourian.  Freshman Sage Auger was credited with the score.

Nicole Scarfo moves in for a great chance

Nicole Scarfo moves in for a great chance

A key to the Pingree win was containing junior Caroline Soucy.  Caroline, formerly of nearby Ipswich, had a record-setting (40 goals) season but on this day could never get the ball with time and space.  That time-and-space thing was not a problem for Pingree.  The combination of speed, dribbling ability, and unselfish teammates created openings for various Highlanders all afternoon.

Kerri Zerfoss (going to Northeastern) was trouble for Marianapolis every time she controlled the ball.  I saw her score one goal (Pingree’s first) but someone with better eyes than mine said she had a second as well.

The #2 seed Highlanders are the defending Class C champions.  They will need to win two more games to get there again.

loose ball in the box

loose ball in the box

Marianapolis (18-4-1) brought several busloads of students and they were quickly into the, “I believe that we will win,” chant.

Both teams were undefeated in their leagues this season.

The bottom-line difference between the two teams was Pingree’s ability to maneuver into high percentage scoring opportunities.  On the other hand, the Highlanders’ defense allowed little.

Freshman Hannah Lejeune converted a header in a crowd on an assist by Charlotte Esty.  Charlotte recorded her 100th point during this game.

(This is a blog so corrections are easily made.  Let me know.)

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long afternoon for Marianapolis GK Jordan Desaulnier

long afternoon for Marianapolis GK Jordan Desaulnier

freshman Hannah Lejeune

freshman Hannah Lejeune

Hannah Lejeune (behind 17) about to slip in and head home the second Pingree goal

Hannah Lejeune (behind 17) about to slip in and head home the second Pingree goal

senior Elizabeth Sisko

senior Elizabeth Sisko

June Kiely was part of a solid Pingree defense

June Kiely was part of a solid Pingree defense

Charlotte Esty (hat trick) with time and space

Charlotte Esty (hat trick) with time and space

Pingree coach Doc Simpson

Pingree coach Doc Simpson

Megan Foye takes a spill

Megan Foye takes a spill

Kerri Zerfoss

Kerri Zerfoss

last run for Marianapolis

last run for Marianapolis

 

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Strong finish gets Pentucket past Ipswich 46-26 in Division 3 North semifinals

Alex Moore lines up a free throw.  The Sachems made sixteen in the second half.

Alex Moore lines up a free throw. The Sachems made sixteen in the second half.

Coley Viselli (13 points) defends against Julia Davis

Coley Viselli (13 points) defends against Julia Davis

(Beverly)  Pentucket never seems to run out of ways to defeat other teams.  Credit defense and foul shooting as keys to the win over Ipswich.

The Sachems (23-1) broke away from a tight three-point game (27-24) in the last minute of the third quarter and won their Division 3 North semifinal match with Ipswich, 46-26, on Wednesday night at Beverly High School.

Pentucket will face Watertown in the D3 North finals at the Tsongas Center on Saturday.

If you did the math, you now know that Pentucket, over the last nine minutes of this contest, put a 19-2 collection of points on the Tigers.

In fact, the last Ipswich points were registered by Julia Davis (jump shot in the lane) with 7:13 left in the game.

Kelsi McNamara crowds Jenna Gagnon

Kelsi McNamara crowds Jenna Gagnon

This was a terribly frustrating outing for a very good Ipswich (19-4) team.  They were victimized by turnovers (sixteen by my count) in the first half, put some points together in the third quarter to get to within one possession, and then couldn’t make a shot over the final nine minutes.

The Pentucket pressure defense had plenty to do with the turnovers and the poor shooting.  Masey Zegarowski (15 PPG) and Caroline Soucy (10 PPG) saw plenty of defense, especially Masey from Alex Moore.  Masey was held to five points and Caroline six points.

The Sachems’ shooting was scary bad in the first half.  They had plenty of looks but were missing shots they usually make.  They also had Tess Nogueira get into foul trouble and have to sit through much of the second period.

Pentucket led 7-5 after one quarter and 15-12 at the half.

Julia Davis, Caroline Soucy, and Masey Zegarowski

Julia Davis, Caroline Soucy, and Masey Zegarowski

The Tigers took the lead (17-15) early in the third quarter on a three by Caroline Soucy and a jump shot by Julia Davis.

Now the defending state champs were behind and to add to their trouble had Kelsi McNamara (13 points) on the bench with a sore knee.  You started to think that this might be the night that the Tigers would take down Pentucket.

But it didn’t happen.  Coley Viselli (13 points) took over Kelsi’s point guard spot and Pentucket started taking the ball to the basket.  There were some layups but more important to the final outcome, there were eighteen, second-half free throws.

The Sachems were 16-of-18 from the charity stripe in the second half and that may well have been the difference maker.  The Tigers were forced outside by outstanding defense and shot poorly and had only four free throws all game.

Kelsi McNamara went out early in the third quarter but came back later to start Pentucket on the 19-2 closing surge.

Kelsi McNamara (13 points) dribbles and Brigid OFlynn chases

Kelsi McNamara (13 points) dribbles and Brigid OFlynn chases

Kelsi had both of Pentucket’s three’s.

During the game, Ipswich struck from long range five times –  Jenna Gagnon (2), Caroline Soucy (2), and Masey Zegarowski (1).

Alex Moore totaled nine points and McKenna Kilian eight points for Pentucket.

Sophomore Caroline Soucy paced Ipswich with eight points including two long ones.

This was the second time that Ipswich has faced Pentucket in tournament action.  Last year it was in the North finals at the Tsongas Center.   In that one, the Sachems ran twenty unanswered points in the second half and a 14-10 game turned into a 34-10 rout as Pentucket won, 49-30.

Ipswich student section

Ipswich student section

The play of both teams was unusually bad in the first half.  Why?  May have been that both teams had to function on offense in front of the other team’s very active student section.

Pentucket played Saturday’s opponent (Watertown) at Pentucket in the First Round two years ago.  The Sachems overwhelmed the young Red Raiders, 52-22, on that occasion.

Watertown was able to eliminate St. Mary’s (62-61) last night.  St. Mary’s won the D3 state title two years ago.  They eliminated Pentucket that year on the way to the championship.  I am sure that no tears were shed in West Newbury when word came of St. Mary’s exit from this year’s tournament.

Pentucket Boxscore

Ipswich Boxscore

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Alex Moore lines up a three

Alex Moore lines up a three

loose ball

loose ball

Mine!

Mine!

Brigid OFlynn and Tess Nogueira

Brigid OFlynn and Tess Nogueira

Kelsi McNamara with the trainer afterwards

Kelsi McNamara with the trainer afterwards

Masey Zegarowski guarded by Alex Moore

Masey Zegarowski guarded by Alex Moore

Julia Davis

Julia Davis

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Undefeated Ipswich dominates Georgetown 74-20 in girls basketball

The Ipswich defense surrounds Georgetown senior Kylie Troy

The Ipswich defense surrounds Georgetown senior Kylie Troy

Freshman Jenna Gagnon (17 points) puts up a long one

Freshman Jenna Gagnon (17 points) puts up a long one

(Ipswich)  That’s two straight routs by Ipswich to start season.

The Tigers (2-0) buried Georgetown, 74-20, in a Cape Ann League game on Friday night in their home opener.

A week ago the Ipswich girls opened their season on the road with a lopsided, 66-21, win over Amesbury.

I thought that Georgetown (2-2) might offer a challenge to the Tigers since they have 1000-point scorer Kristin Hogan as well as defender/shooter Marissa Agganis.  But it didn’t matter.

It was clear right off that the Royals would struggle against the aggressive Tiger defense.  Before the first quarter was half over the visitors already had seven turnovers and trailed, 6-0.

Kristin Hogan (11) chased by Brigid OFlynn (33) and Julia Davis (32)

Kristin Hogan (11) chased by Brigid OFlynn (33) and Julia Davis (32)

Ali Newbury’s layup from Kristin Hogan broke the ice for GTown with 4:15 left in the first quarter.

The Tigers followed with a productive run that ended any outcome suspense that may have existed.  Over the next 5 ½ minutes of playing time, extending into the second quarter, Ipswich dominated Georgetown to the tune of, 22-2, including one stretch of sixteen unanswered points.

The result of this terrific offense/defense was a, 28-4, Tiger lead with 6:48 left in only the second quarter.  The rest of the game was played but at no time was there any doubt at the Ipswich Tiger Den about the final outcome.

Keys to the Ipswich success during that special 5 ½ minutes were that they; had no turnovers, made three 3’s, and forced six Royal turnovers.

The Tigers put together another stretch of unanswered points (nine) in the second quarter.  Their halftime lead was, 42-9.

This was not a run-up-the-score kind of game.  Every player on both rosters played plenty.  Substituting five at a time was the norm in the second half.

My scoresheet had freshman Jenna Gagnon with 17 points and sophomore Caroline Soucy with 16 points to lead Ipswich.  Jenna had four 3’s.  Julia Davis (10), Jordan Morrissey (9), and Masey Zegarowski (8) also contributed points for Ipswich.

Marissa Agganis (7 points) sails in for a layup

Marissa Agganis (7 points) sails in for a layup

Marissa Agganis (7 points) paced the Royals getting two 3’s in the second quarter.  Kristin Hogan only played in the first half and was limited to two points by defender Brigid O’Flynn.

Next for Ipswich will be Manchester-Essex at home on December 27th.  The Royals next opponent is Winthrop at home on December 28th.

Ipswich was 18-5 last year and have made the post-season tournament eight straight years.  Anyone attending the game I’m written about would feel quite certain that another Tiger tournament team is in the making.

Two of the teams that have had the Tigers’ number over the last few seasons are Masconomet and Pentucket.  This season Pentucket has already defeated Masco.

The Tigers will host Masco on January 3rd.  A win there by Ipswich will make the circle-the-date (January 15th) encounter with Pentucket at Pentucket a huge one in the Cape Ann League.

Former Tiger Shannon McFayden was in the house.

You knew that the outcome was decided early when both coaches sat during the entire second half.

Unofficially, Georgetown made only two of nineteen free throws.

Caroline Soucy (16 points) goes down the lane with Graceann Conte (4)

Caroline Soucy (16 points) goes down the lane with Graceann Conte (4)

Most impressive player?  Caroline Soucy.  The sophomore caused Georgetown trouble on both ends of the court.

Biggest surprise?  Jenna Gagnon.  The lefty put in four long ones and certainly wasn’t freshman shy about shooting.  Adding an outside shooting threat to the Ipswich lineup will open things up for the numerous Tiger drivers.

There was a Pentucket scout in the house.

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Julia Davis defended by Ali Newbury

Julia Davis defended by Ali Newbury

Ipswich coach Mandy Zegarowski

Ipswich coach Mandy Zegarowski

Jordan Morrissey looks for a pass

Jordan Morrissey looks for a pass

Caroline Soucy saves

Caroline Soucy saves

Bridget Curran set to block

Bridget Curran set to block

Shannon McFayden

Shannon McFayden

Masey Zegarowski drives

Masey Zegarowski drives

Jackie Gagnon (10) breaks on Mollie Swanton (14)

Jackie Gagnon (10) breaks on Mollie Swanton (14)

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