New Hampshire Championships Prove Thrilling

The state of New Hampshire finished up its respective high school lacrosse tournaments this week across the boys' and girls' divisions. Headlining action in the Granite State, find out how one squad came back from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to take the championship.

NHIAA Boys' Division I Championship

After a neck-and-neck first half, the Bishop Guertin boys' lacrosse team used a shutdown defensive performance in the second half to pave the way for an 11-8 victory over Pinkerton Academy in the Division I championship game on Wednesday in Nashua. The victory marked the second-straight state title for Bishop Guertin. It was also the first and only loss of the season for Pinkerton (19-1), which beat Bishop Guertin during the regular season, 8-7, on May 16.

Paul Spinney led the way for Bishop Guertin, while teammate Erik Kelly chipped in with two scores and goalie Colin Delea notched 14 saves. Luke Somers led all Pinkerton scorers with three goals. The teams were tied at 6-6 at intermission before Bishop Guertin held a typically potent Pinkerton offense to just two second-half scores.

Although the Cardinals (14-7 overall) went 0-6 against out-of-state competition this season, the squad finished 14-1 overall against in-state opponents en route to the title.

NHIAA Boys' Division II Championship

In Division II action, attackman Dylan Stohrer scored a game-high six goals to lead Dover to a thrilling 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Souhegan on Tuesday. The senior tallied the game-winner with just three-tenths of a second left in regulation.

However, early in the fourth quarter, it appeared that Souhegan (16-4) was well on its way to the title when Brendan Laine scored to give his team a 7-3 lead. But Stohrer and company chipped away at their deficit in the final stanza before notching the go-ahead goal late. Eric Groleau added two goals and an assist for Dover, including a key tally in the fourth period.

The title was Dover's second overall and first since '05. The victory also avenged an earlier season loss to Souhegan, 14-13, in overtime, on May 25.

Mike Van Sickle posted three goals to lead the way for Souhegan, while goalie Jon Barker notched 10 saves.

NHIAA Boys' Division III Championship

The Hopkinton boys' lacrosse team capped an impressive season with an 8-6 win over Gilford in the Division III championship game on Tuesday. Hopkinton goalie Matt French proved clutch with 15 saves, including six in a high-flying fourth quarter.

Brooks Wood, Jack Hastings and Brian Scala combined for six goals to lead the Hopkinton offense, which stormed out to a 5-1 lead at intermission. Meanwhile, Nick Gagliardi had two goals for Gilford, which got within two goals on multiple occasions in the second half but couldn't ultimately pull off the comeback.

NHIAA Girls' Division I Championship

The Londonderry girls' lacrosse team won its third consecutive state championship thanks to a 10-9 victory over Concord this week. Jennifer Thompson led all scorers with five goals for Londonderry, while teammate Alex Bedell added a pair of goals.

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2011-06-09



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