Pelham~Windham Sports

Pelham Lacrosse Beats Derryfield 8-3 In Quarters, But Lose Tough 14-9 Semi-Final To Unbeaten Monadnock

by Tommy Gates

Brandon Skinner heads towrds the net.

Coach Marr Regan and assistant coaches Mark O’Brien and Vinny Cannizzaro didn’t have to do too much talking at practices during the week, because the Pythons were thankful for getting another crack at 16-0 number one seeded, Monadnock at Stellos Field in Nashua Saturday night.  The Pythons were beating the Huskies 4-3 at halftime in their regular season game two weeks ago, but Monadnock came out and scored five unanswered goals in the first seven minutes of the third quarter, to pull away with an 8-4 lead.  Pelham came back to make it an 8-7 game, but the Huskies scored two late goals to take in 10-7.  The Pelham coaches didn’t want their Pythons to let the Huskies get any scoring surges going last Saturday night, as both defenses prevailed in the first quarter with scoring just 27 seconds into the game, and Mike Woonton taking a super pass from Tom O’Brien, and tying it up at 1-1 with 3:11 left in the first period.  In the second period, Monadnock scored two quick goals to go up 3-1, but Sean Paradis answered with a goal with 10:17 left in the half.  Monadnock went on a 4-0 scoring run for the last eight minutes of the first half and held a 7-2 advantage at the break.  Pelham coach Matt Regan later said, “I asked the guys to give me everything they had to get back into this game at halftime, and they went out and did just that.  We just fell short in the last couple of minutes, and had to take some chances and the Huskies put it away late.  Monadnock has an excellent team and I wish them well against Kearsarge in the final, but I’m proud of the effort our kids put forth, and especially in the second half.”

Mike Wooton, Sean Paradis, and C. J. Ziogas traded goals with the Huskies in the third quarter, giving Monadnock a 10-5 lead entering the last quarter, but Pelham gave it one last push.  With 8:16 left in the game, Mike Woonton made it a 10-8 game with a super goal, before Monadnock came back two minutes later with a goal that made it 11-8.  With 6:01 remaining, the Pythons refused to lie down and C. J. Ziogas scored his third goal of the game to make it 11-9 Monadnock.  Pelham had to take chances and double team in their checking, and these came up a bit short as the Huskies were able to get three goals in the last three minutes for the 14-9 final.  Coach Regan said after the game, “I knew that we’d make a comeback, because that’s the type of kids that we have.  I can honestly say that I’m proud of the way we represented our school and our town.  I’m going to lose one of the best goalies in the state in Andrew Keegan, and I’ll lose some terrific seniors in Sean Paradis, C. J. Ziogas, R. J. Riddinger, Nick Barrett, and Mike Woonton, but I’ve got a lot of promising underclassmen coming back that saw what it took to get to the semi-finals.  Last year we were 2-12 in dead last place, and a year later we finished 12-4.  I don’t think that’s too shabby.”

Pelham coach Matt Regan and his Python lacrosse team came ready to play last Wednesday night as the number five seed Derryfield Cougars came to Harris Track and Field for a 5 p.m. Division III quarter-final game.  Pelham junior middie, Tom O’Brien, got his team off to a flying start when he rattled home two first period goals, and Mike Woonton added a goal as the Pythons took a 3-1 lead over the Cougars after the first 12 minutes of action.  Python senior goaltender, Andrew Keegan let up one first half goal and a pair in the second half, but he only had to stop 10 shots in Pelham’s 8-3 win over Derryfield.  The biggest reason why Keegan only had to make 10 saves was the outstanding defensive help that he got from seniors R. J. Riddinger and Nick Barrett, and sophomore Peter Soonthornprapuet, who were all over the Cougars’ attackers “Like a Hobo on a ham sandwich.”  While Riddinger was busy making several coast-to-coast rushes up the field, sophomore middie, Richie Sullivan, was handing out some punishing checks that had several Derryfield players keeping their heads up as they came down the field.  Seniors’ Sean Paradis and C. J. Ziogas added second period goals, and sophomore Josh Fisette found the back of the 4:38 left before halftime, as the Pythons stretched their lead over the Cougars to 6-1 by intermission.  In the third quarter, Derryfield got a couple more shots on the Python net that Keegan was able to save, and with 6:53 left in the period freshman Alec Paradis worked a perfect give and go pass with Mike Woonton, who one-timed it into the net for a 7-1 lead.  The Cougars got their second goal of the game with four minutes left in the third quarter, but Pelham still led 7-2 going into the final 12 minutes.  Josh Fisette would add his second goal of the game midway through the fourth.  And the Cougars added a last second goal for the 8-3 final that raised coach Regan’s 2009 team record to 12-3, which is simply amazing when you consider that this team was in the cellar of the Division III standings at this time last season with a 2-12 record.

Sean Paradis had a couple goals against Derryfield and three vs Monadnock.

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Windham Lacrosse Highlights

submitted by Rosemarie Kelly

Windham Girls Chosen to Play in the NHYLA North/South Game:  Windham Lacrosse was well represented at the annual New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association North/South Game at St. Anslem’s College in Manchester on Saturday, May 30.  The U-11 and U-13 girls were chosen for this event based on their years spent participating in the program, dedication to the sport and character.

The game provided the Windham girls with an opportunity to play with some of their peers from other towns in NH.  The girls displayed great teamwork throughout the game and demonstrated sportsmanship at its very best.  In addition to being a lot of fun, it was very exciting to see the high level of girl’s lacrosse being developed in NH.

U-11 Participants:  Beth Krikorian, Arianna Dipietro, Grace Donabedian, Hope Curtis and Sydnie Hollins

U-13 Participants:  Abby Mitchell, Abigail Lagos and Elizabeth O’Neil

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11-0 Pythons Win State Title over Gilford - 2007 State Division V Football Champions

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