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Eagles can't stay with Laconia, fall 13-6

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Junior Alex Harris looks to split a pair of Laconia defenders during Gilford's 13-6 loss at the Meadows on Friday. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
May 12, 2014
GILFORD Uncharacteristic penalties seemed to halt any type of momentum the Gilford High School girls' lacrosse team put together on Friday.

As a result, for the second time in a week, the Golden Eagles were knocked off by Division III foe Laconia High School, 13-6, in Division III action at the Meadows. Gilford entered this week with a 2-5 overall record.

"I think we played better than the first game (against Laconia)," said GHS head coach Jillian Nickerson, referring to a 16-9 loss to the Sachems on the road. "But we had some tough breaks go against us. To get four yellow cards today... I don't think we've gotten one in like four years."

Laconia (6-1) led 6-2 at halftime, though the Eagles were within 3-2 with 7:14 left in the opening frame after back to back goals from Julia Normandin and Emily Parker got Gilford on the board.

Normandin added her second of the game just 2:43 into the second half to draw the Eagles within 6-3, and it was just 7-4 Laconia when Alex Harris got her first of the game with 15:11 remaining.

But the Sachems would score six of the final eight goals of the game, several of them coming in man up situations for pull away for the 13-6 victory.

Janelle Page and Cassidy Bartlett scored second half goals for the Eagles, while sophomore goalkeeper Autumn Bos made 13 saves on the afternoon. Harris, Normandin and Page all finished with assists.

"I think we were passing the ball better today and we were definitely more heads up in the transition game," Nickerson explained. "Our defense was pretty solid...we were able to hold (Laconia) to a few less goals than last time. We've been working on our defense all year."

Danielle Cote led Laconia with five goals on the afternoon, including three before halftime.

The Eagles went 1-2 on the week, losing to powerhouse Derryfield (18-3) while pummeling Merrimack Valley, 17-2, to kick things off.

On the boys' side, the Eagles picked up their first win of the season last week to move to 1-7 on the season, defeating Kennett by a 12-6 margin at the Meadows. Gilford also lost to Bishop Brady (6-5) and Hollis-Brookline (18-3).

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