16 - June 3, 2011
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PHS Girls’ Lacrosse Wins Senior Night OT Thriller
until there was 1:45 left on the first- half clock that another Lady Python entered the scoring column. Fellow senior Cortney Parece scored to get the host Pythons back to within a goal at 7-6. Less than a minute later, Catalano registered her sixth goal of the first half, tying the score at seven heading into the intermission.
Courtney Holdsworth, Caitlin Re, Alex Catalano, Coach Dana Blair, Bri Trainor, and Cortney Parece
by Marc Ayotte Following in the trail that the Pelham softball and baseball teams blazed the night before, the girls’ varsity lacrosse team scored an exciting senior night win over visiting Pembroke on Thursday, May 26. Offensively, the Pythons used the ‘Catalantrick’ (a spoof comparison that references the Verizon Wireless television ad featuring the NHL’s ‘Ovechtrick,’ a nod to NHL player Alex Ovechkin) to defeat the Spartans by a score of 15-13. In this case, the Catalantrick consisted of senior super attack Alex Catalano scoring a mind-boggling 13 goals, including both Pelham goals in the extra sessions. Defensively, Python senior goalie Caitlin Re had one of her
finest performances of the season as she racked up 37 saves—many of them of the point-blank variety—keeping her team in the game throughout. In addition to scoring the last goal of the game, Catalano scored the first goal of the contest when she blew one past the Spartan goalie just 53 seconds after the opening face-off. The lead was short-lived, as Pembroke knotted the score at one just 20 seconds later. In an intensely played game where one of the officials temporarily halted play to remind the girls that they were not playing under boys’ lacrosse rules (i.e., no “touchie”), Catalano proceeded to individually match the Pembroke offense. After falling behind 5-2 at one point in the first half, it wasn’t
Continuing the up-and-down-the- field action, Parece recorded her second goal of the game at 2:35 of the second half, putting the Pythons on top, 8-7. Pelham grabbed a two-goal lead just over a minute later, equaling the biggest lead they would enjoy in the game. The seesaw scoring battle continued for the remainder of the half until the Pelham crowd was silenced with a Pembroke goal that tied the score with only 1:49 left in regulation. Disappointed and staring at overtime, the disappointment thickened with what followed. Eleven ticks off the clock later, Pembroke again scored to take the lead. In desperation mode, Catalano finished off a field-long rush by scoring with a mere 11 seconds remaining to tie the game. The Spartans, with one more knockout punch at the ready, forced Python goalie Caitlin Re to come up with her 33rd save of the game, a splendid stop that did indeed force the two teams into overtime.
In girls’ lacrosse, overtime is comprised of a three-minute half followed by another three-minute half—go figure! It basically doesn’t matter how many goals you score in the first overtime unless you factor in strategies that involve playing with a lead or momentum swings, etc., because there’s always the ‘second’ half of OT to catch up or blow the lead, whichever might be the case. Bizarre. The bottom line: After six
Python senior goalie Caitlin Re makes one of her 37 saves vs. Pembroke on senior night
minutes of extra play, just have more goals than the other team and you win. Well, Catalano and company decided to put ‘mo’ on their side quickly when she chose the first three minutes to notch her 12th and 13th dingers of the game. Brilliant goaltending in overtime by Caitlin Re, who finished with an astounding 37 saves, helped secure the win for the Pythons. The Lady Pythons finished the season with a 3-10 record
in the NHIAA Division III girls’ lacrosse standings. After the game, Coach Dana Blair acknowledged his five seniors by presenting roses to them and announcing them to the spectators who stayed after the game for the brief ceremony. The Lady Pythons wrapping up their PHS athletic careers were Cortney Parece, Bri Trainor, Caitlin Re, Courtney Holdsworth, and Alex Catalano.
PHS Hurdlers Shine at the Division II State Championships
by Marc Ayotte The 2011 Division II Outdoor
Track and Field Championships were held this past Saturday, May 28, on the grounds of Milford High School. Twenty-four schools represented by scores of athletes competed in a total of seven field events, ranging from the discus throw to the long jump. Additionally, there were 11 track events, including individual hurdles and a team 4x400 relay, where male and female athletes competed to be the best in the state.
In one of the highlights of the meet,
local favorite and standout athlete Max Goudreau of host school Milford High finished first in both the men’s 100 meters and the long jump, winning the latter by quarter of an inch. Pelham High sent athletes to compete in the boys’ and girls’ relay, as well as in the high jump and hurdles events. Although neither of the relay teams placed in their respective events, Python head coach Don Mullen was very pleased with his relayers’ performances. “Our relay teams all ran their best times of the year, but just missed placing,” he said.
The premiere showings for the Pythons at this year’s state championships came from one boy and one girl (for all you Collin Raye fans out there). Kelsi Lynde continued her season-long excellence on the hurdles. After qualifying in the 100-meter hurdles earlier in the day, she had to make a last-second mad dash to the starting line to compete in the finals, nearly missing the event. After a quick change of treads, her adrenaline was still flowing when the start gun sounded, as she proceeded to leap the hurdles to finish in fifth place overall. Her time of 16.60 seconds established a new PHS record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Python Kevin Cheam also had a strong performance. His time of 16.28 seconds gave him a sixth- place finish. Cheam, like his female counterpart, also established a new Pelham High School record. Later in the day, Cheam competed in the men’s 300-meter hurdles. His time of 42.79 seconds was good enough for fifth place in the state. With words of praise, the ever-enthusiastic and
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Pelham’s Kelsi Lynde (right) established two new school records in the 100- and 300-meter women’s hurdles at this year’s state meet
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Kelsi Lynde was not through with her personal quest to be the best. In the women’s
Kevin Cheam (blue and white), with a time of 16.28 seconds, now owns the PHS record in the men’s 110-meter hurdles
300 hurdles she came close, improving her fifth-place earlier showing by finishing in third place with a blistering time of 48.15 seconds, establishing yet another Python school record. “Kelsi is completing her senior year with personal bests and stands a chance to make it to the New England
meet,” said Coach Mullen, in assessing Lynde’s successful day. As a result of her finishes at the states, Lynde qualified for the Meet of Champions this coming weekend (as of press time, Coach Mullen was waiting to hear whether Cheam had qualified for the MoCs). Coach Mullen would like to extend his thanks to all Pelham track and field athletes for their season-long hard work and dedication.
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