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Knights of old return to the field and the ice

PARTICIPANTS in the Kingswood Alumni Field Hockey Game pose for a photo following Saturday's contest. Kathy Sutherland. (click for larger version)
November 29, 2009
WOLFEBORO — Because the Class I boys' basketball preseason didn't officially get under way until Monday, Nov. 30, the traditional Kingswood Alumni Association alumni basketball games had to be postponed. There is talk of possibly having the games over the holiday break.

However, the third annual Kingswood Alumni Hockey Game took to the ice at Pop Whalen Arena and the first Kingswood Alumni Field Hockey Game took to the blustery fields at The Nick, both on Saturday, Nov. 28.

The field hockey game featured a match-up between teams comprised of both Kingswood alumni and current players, with the yellow team besting the white team by a 4-1 score.

The yellow team scored first, as current Knight Miranda Clark slipped the ball past goaltender Hannah Bergeron for a 1-0 lead.

However, former Knight Sarah Szewczyk came back and tied the score at one by beating keeper Renee Bernier.

Current Knight Sasha McCormick made it 2-1 in favor of the white team and just a minute later, Szewczyk upped the white team's lead to 3-1 and the game stayed that way until longtime Knight coach Bonnie Rankin Lord, serving as referee, blew the halftime whistle.

The teams returned to the field for the second half and only one goal was scored, as McCormick slipped a shot past Bernier for the 4-1 win for the white team.

Former Knights who returned to the field for the game included Lord ('71), Kristi Hunter Smith ('89), Joy Ramsbotham Hansell ('95), Nickie Hunter ('89), Sonya Madden Lapar ('85), Amy Levin ('08), Lee Sutherland ('08), Lacey Sutherland ('05), Sarah Ness ('05), Deb Hale Skelley ('76), Amy Isabelle ('06), Chelsea Sowards ('07), Josie Hill ('06), Cortney Colligan ('06), Szewczyk ('08), Heather Breton ('08), Caitlin Estes ('07) and Juanita O'Grady Hill ('72). Current Knights who took part in the game included Hannah Estes ('10), McCormick ('12), Bergeron ('12), Clark ('12), Bernier ('10) and April McCarriston ('10).

The alumni hockey game took place later that evening at the Pop Whalen Arena and the alumni jumped out to a quick lead, as Brett Rogers beat Knight goalie Matt Boucher one minute into the contest for a 1-0 lead. Cory Cartier followed that up 1:05 later to make it 2-0 in favor of the former Knights.

Adam Foss finally got the current Knights on the board with 2:19 remaining in the first period, sending the game to its first intermission with a 2-1 score in favor of the alumni.

The second period belonged to the current Knights, as they scored four goals in the frame to take a 5-2 lead.

Andy Hamill beat alumni goalie Rob Gallagher to open the scoring with 7:15 to play in the frame and 30 seconds later, Brad Riley beat Gallagher to put the current Knights up by a 3-2 score.

Colin Piper netted the fourth goal of the game for the current team with 5:06 to play in the period and with 36 seconds left on the clock, Foss added his second goal of the game for a 5-2 lead heading to the final period.

The lone goal of the third period came with less than a minute to play, as Foss completed his hat trick to give the current Knights a 6-2 win. Shawn Goggin stepped between the pipes in the final frame for the current Knights and turned away all the scoring chances.

Prior to the game, Kingswood alumnus Allie Skelley addressed the crowd on behalf of the Kingswood Alumni Hockey Team, as a banner was unveiled honoring former Knight Dan Chase. Chase was a member of the Kingswood hockey team from 1992 through 1996, who passed away in 1997, a year after his graduation. In January 1998, the Knights presented Chase's parents, Don and Arlene Chase, with their son's home and away number 66 jerseys. The banner retiring number 66 from Kingswood play will hang from the rafters at Pop Whalen Arena.

Former Knights who turned out for the game included Kurt DeVylder ('00), John Pollini ('88), Emery Ruel ('09), Keith Hamel ('75), Cartier ('05), Jason Inglis ('04), Stevie Hooper ('07), Jake DiPrizio ('09), Rogers ('01), Ben Vontz ('08), Brent Hooper ('07), Nick Thurston ('06), Spencer Skinner ('06), Marc Fitzpatrick ('09), Doug Lamparter ('00), Chip McLetchie ('00), Kyle Reed ('05), Tim Klotz ('06), Skelley ('98), Chad Foss ('02) and Gallagher ('09). The team was coached by Bill Antonucci.

The current Knight roster included Matt Boucher, Hamill, Wyatt French, Piper, Foss, Mike Burns, Kienan Miller, Nick Moore, Sam Hart, Alex Lapar, CJ Sirrell, Alex Boucher, Jake Vontz, Riley and Goggin. The current Knights are coached by Fred Antonucci and Steve Hale.

Martin Lord and Osman
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