NH teams sweep Twin State lacrosse contests
Jenny Thompson of Londonderry tallied four goals as New Hampshire defeated Vermont, 15-11, in the Lions Twin State All-Star Lacrosse Classic at Hanover High Saturday.
Ryan Brigham of Hanover scored three goals as the Granite State prevailed 14-12 in the boys' contest.
Concord coach Terry Anderson, now in his 15th season as head coach of the Crimson Tide girls' program, said the action was fast and furious on both ends of the field.
'I was very impressed with our sharp passing game,' said Anderson, who kept the game plan simple. 'It's difficult when you show up collectively without having played together all season. I just told them to try to remain focused as a team. I thought they came together as well as you would hope and played a very good game.'
Thompson had four goals and Jane Symmes of Concord collected four assists while Jersey Burns of Salem and Caitlin Sweeney of Hollis/Brookline each finished with three goals.
'Thompson and Symmes were clicking together and they played with the self-confidence we've seen from them all year,' said Anderson. 'Vermont played us tough, we never felt we were in control of this game. But it was a total team effort which carried us to the win.'
Anderson said defender Emily Lombardi of Hollis/Brookline was voted as the Most Valuable Player from New Hampshire.
'In most cases defenders hardly get any recognition for their play, but this was well-deserved,' said Anderson. 'Emily was very aggressive and did an outstanding job of shutting down their top offensive players.'
New Hampshire goalies Hayley Schermerhorn of Concord had five saves while Jill Chergey of Bow stopped four shots.
Chrissy Ritter of Middlebury, Vt., led the Green Mountain State with four goals while Whitney Ladd of Chelsea and Linnae O'Neil of Essex each had two goals.
The final 17 seconds of the girls' game was never completed because of a severe thunder and lightning storm that postponed the start of the boys' game for 2 1/2-hours.
'During the break it seemed our players got to know each other a little better,' said New Hampshire boys' coach Keith Bertrand of Nashua North. 'That's what I like about this game. It allows you to build relationships with players who you played against all year. Now they get together and swap stories, which is kind of neat.'
Bertrand said the game was physical and that his team settled down after an anxious start.
If there was one player who lit the fuse for New Hampshire, it was MVP pick Brigham.
'He just dominated the face-offs and I thought because of him, we were able to control the ball,' said Bertrand. 'At one point, because my Nashua North team had faced him a few times, I told him (Brigham) how nice it was to have him on our side for once. He's just a terrific player and person.'
Bertrand said Charlie Duprey of Portsmouth scored the eventual game-winning goal with just under two minutes to play.