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Bears ousted in Division III semifinals

Defending champs knock Newfound field hockey from playoffs

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

Tori Markiewicz chases down a ball during semifinal action Tuesday night in Exeter. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 23, 2012
EXETER — There was no doubt that the Newfound field hockey team the Derryfield Cougars ran into in the Division III semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Exeter was not the same team that they beat back in August by a 1-0 score.

Since then, the Bears have improved exponentially and were playing their best field hockey of the game going into the semifinal tilt at Bill Ball Stadium on the campus of Exeter High School.

However, the results were the same.

The Cougars scored midway through the second half to break a 1-1 tie and then tied the ball up well in their offensive end the rest of the way, taking away any chances the Bears had of breaking out and tying the score. And when the final horn sounded, the Cougars had a one-goal lead, just like in August, but this time the final stood at 2-1.

"We gave them a run for their money," coach Karri Peterson said.

Derryfield scored first, taking a 1-0 lead with 9:49 to go in the first half, but the Bears answered just more than three minutes later, as Karissa Bony put home a rebound of a Tori Markiewicz shot, knotting the score at one at the half.

Though both teams had early chances in the second half, the Cougars scored with just more than 13 minutes to play and limited the chances for the Bears the rest of the way and walked off with the win.

Derryfield will play second-seeded Berlin in the finals on Sunday in Bedford. Berlin defeated Hopkinton by a 4-0 score in the other semifinal game.

Newfound entered the tournament as the 12th seed and upset White Mountains and Stevens (fifth and fourth seeds, respectively) on their way to their seventh Final Four appearance in a row.

Look for a full story in next week's edition.

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