Second half rally comes up short as lax boys fall in finals


Gilford drops 8-6 decision to Hopkinton in Division III championship game



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The Gilford seniors and coaches pose with the Division III runner-up plaque after Tuesday night's championship game in Nashua. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 07, 2011
NASHUA — The Gilford boys' lacrosse team looked like a totally different team stepping back on the field after halftime of the Division III championship game on Tuesday night.

After they spent much of the first half dropping passes and missing connections, the Golden Eagles tightened up on defense, ratcheted up the offense and came charging back from a 5-1 deficit.

However, it was not quite enough, as in the end the Hopkinton Hawks took an 8-6 win to win the Division III title over the 10th seeded Golden Eagles.

Hopkinton scored three times in the first nine minutes of the game to get out to a quick 3-0 lead and led 3-1 after one quarter and 5-1 at the halftime break.

Senior Andy Upton got Gilford on the board quickly in the second half, scoring just 41 seconds in and less than five minutes later, Nick Gagliardi added another to cut the lead to 5-3. The Hawks scored twice in the final 4:23 of the quarter to take a 7-3 lead after three, but again, Gilford didn't lie down.

Gagliardi scored again less than three minutes into the fourth quarter to cut the lead to three and Christian St. Cyr's strike with 7:50 to go cut the lead to two. After Hopkinton scored to open the lead again, Tre Galligan rifled home a goal with 3:11 to go to cut the lead to 8-6.

However, that was as close as the Golden Eagles would get and the Hawks managed to control the clock over the final few minutes and took the win.

Look for a complete account of the game in next week's edition of the Gilford Steamer.

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