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Defending champion Bobcats net three wins


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

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Kenady Kelly looks for a way to the net during action against Merrimack Valley on May 2. RC Greenwood. (click for larger version)
May 07, 2012
PLYMOUTH — In the busiest week of the season, the Plymouth girls' lacrosse team kept taking care of business.

The Bobcats had three games last week, the only week of the season where they had such a busy schedule, but it didn't seem to cause them too much trouble, as they grabbed wins in all three contests.

The closest battle came on Friday, May 4, as the Bobcats visited Hopkinton and walked off with a 14-13 win, surviving a late Hawk rally to win their fourth game in a row.

"It was a spectacular game," coach Tom Cowie stated. "It came down to the last several seconds."

The Bobcats were tied or led the entire game, but the Hawks didn't go away easily. After Plymouth pulled out to a 9-5 lead at halftime, Hopkinton came out and played a strong second half, knotting the score at 13 with two minutes to go in the game.

However, with 1:18 on the clock in the second half, Kenady Kelly scored the game-winning goal and the Bobcats had the 14-13 lead, which they held on to for the final minute.

"To have the girls know they can be under that kind of pressure and pull out a win is a good experience for them," Cowie said. "They could've wilted."

The Bobcat coach also gave Hopkinton a lot of credit for not backing down.

"They turned the momentum," he said. "They figured out a way to score on us."

He was pleased, however, that the Bobcats managed to bounce back and didn't lose their heads in a tough situation.

"We were able to keep our composure and our defense matured with some good play," Cowie said.

Goalie Sierra James had 14 saves in net, including what Cowie estimates were five shots in about a four-second interval that could've easily turned the tide against the Bobcats.

"She took on a couple of barrages and really saved us," Cowie said.

Kelly led the way for the Bobcats with four goals, including the game-winner, while Leah McAuliffe also added four goals in the win. Ann Furbush had three goals and three assists in a solid all-around day, while Jessie McDonough chipped in with two goals and Teagan Mosenthal added a goal. Hannah Kuehl had an assist.

On Wednesday, May 2, the girls welcomed Merrimack Valley to town and picked up their second win over the Pride this season, getting a 16-3 win.

Plymouth dominated the first half, building up an 11-2 lead against a Pride team that is going through a little rebuilding this season.

"They're not quite as strong as they usually are this year," Cowie said.

The Bobcats did a good job spreading out the offense, as seven different girls put the ball in the net.

Furbush netted five goals to lead the way, while McAuliffe added four goals and an assist. Kelly had three goals and an assist, Kayla Sullivan put in a goal and an assist, as did Lilly Vittum. McDonough and Shelby White each added a goal.

"We spread out the offense again and we continued to find the net and that's a good sign," Cowie said.

James had seven saves in the net for the Bobcats.

The week began with a home match with Oyster River on Monday, April 30, and the host Bobcats snagged a 16-7 win over the visiting Bobcats.

"They were a team a lot like John Stark (Plymouth's previous opponent), but I think we played a better game," Cowie said. "We played a nice team game."

He noted that going into the game, the coaching staff was looking for a good passing game and a spread out offense and they got that, as the Bobcats had six players score goals and four players pick up assists.

"We really had a nice passing and catching game," Cowie said. "Our offensive players made nice cuts, nice pressure and nice shots to lead the way."

He noted that the Oyster River goalie had a spectacular game, turning away 18 Plymouth shots, so getting 16 by her was an accomplishment for the Plymouth girls.

Plymouth led 7-4 at the halftime break and it was anybody's game in the second half. However, the hosts came out and seized control and never looked back.

McAuliffe put in four goals for the afternoon, while McDonough added three goals and an assist. Kelly and Haley Crowell each scored three goals and Furbush had a goal and an assist. Kuehl had two goals, while Brittany Silva had three assists and Mosenthal added one assist.

James had a strong game in net, turning away 16 shots from the Oyster River sticks.

Today, May 10, the Bobcats will be in action at Laconia at 4:15 p.m. On Monday, May 14, they visit Con-Val for a 4:30 p.m. game and on Wednesday, May 16, the Bobcats play their final regular season home game at 3:30 p.m. against Pelham.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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