Despite a couple of strong efforts, the Londonderry High girls’ lacrosse squad had to be happy with a split of matches against Nashua North and Pinkerton Academy last week and a season record that sat at a modest 6-6.
The Lady Lancers notched a noteworthy victory over the Nashua North Lady Titans at LHS Tuesday, May 13. Coach Mike Boyle’s bunch bagged a 19-7 win over the visitors, who began the day with an 8-3 record and a three-game winning streak rolling.
The hosts led 12-4 at the half and then outscored their opponent by a 7-3 tally in the second half.
University of Massachusetts at Lowell-bound junior Noelle Lambert – who recently bagged the 100th assist of her fine LHS lax career – had an eight-point match with three goals and five assists in the thumping of North. Alexa Bedell collected seven points (4-3-7), and Chelsea Lewis was good for four points (1-3-4).
Hannah Kearney potted three goals, Gabbi Morris notched two, and single goals were bagged by Sarah Bell, Maeve Holland, Rachel Stevens, Breda Holland, Kristen Bates, and Jackie Curtin. LHS net-minder Emily Holtshouser contributed seven saves to the effort.
Then last Friday, May 16, Londonderry got another shot at the rival PA squad, to which it lost by 10 goals in Derry seven days before. And both good news and not so good news arose for the Lady Lancers from their performance.
Boyle’s bunch dropped a 14-6 decision to the 13-1 defending Division I champs in last week’s rematch, but in doing so became the first New Hampshire team to fall to Pinkerton by less than 10 goals. The Lady Astros’ lone loss of the season came to a Massachusetts opponent (North Andover) earlier this month.
PA coach Rob Daziel had his team grasping an 8-3 lead at halftime. The Lady Lancers trimmed their deficit back to four goals at 10-6 with 12:14 to go in regulation time, but Pinkerton keeper Sarah Lambert (six total saves) and her teammates kept things from getting any closer.
The LHS offensive effort was paced by Bedell and Lambert with two goals and one assist apiece. Lewis and Morris each scored once, and June Cranmer contributed an assist. Londonderry goalie Holtshouser registered five saves.
But the Lady Lancers bumped their record back up over the .500 mark to 7-6 this past Monday with a solid, 19-10 defeat of the host Concord High Crimson Tide in the state capital.
Londonderry got four goals from Hannah Kearney, five points (2-3-5) from Lambert, four points from Lewis (3-1-4), two tallies apiece from Molly Koon and Maeve Holland, and single scores from Bedell, Morris, Breda Holland, June Cranmer, Dominique Breault, and Michelle Hennessey.
Goalies Holtshouser and Michaela Kewley each made three stops.
It was the Concord crew’s sixth loss in its last seven matches.