12 - May 4, 2012 Salem Patriot by Chris White
After dropping its first six contests of the season, the Salem High boys’ lacrosse team found the winning track at Methuen on Saturday, April 28. The Blue Devils defeated the Methuen Rangers by the score of 5-1 in the state line match-up. The game remained scoreless through the first half until Salem broke the deadlock in the third quarter. Salem scored twice in the third and three times in the fourth, while Methuen’s lone goal came in the fourth. The Blue Devils were led by three goals from Connor Lyons, and one goal apiece from Oliver Ouellet and John Soldano. Zach Guilmet also chipped in with an assist for the Devils, as goalie A.J. Soucy protected the Salem net with eight saves.
Salem’s four-goal victory over Methuen was a
nice way to rebound after previously falling to two of the top teams in Division I. Salem took a 12-2 loss at Londonderry on Tuesday, April 24 and then fell to Exeter, 14-2, at home on Thursday, April 26. The Blue Devils held Londonderry scoreless in the first quarter, but Londonderry’s offense ignited with four goals in the second quarter to take a 4-0 lead at the half. Ouellet and Kevin Dembkoski
Blue Devil attacker Zachary Guilmet avoids the Londonderry pressure by passing to a teammate
netted goals for Salem, while Lyons provided an assist on each scoring play. Kris Phipps also had nine saves in goal for the Devils. Against Exeter, the Devils fell behind 3-1 after one quarter and then trailed 6-1 at halftime. Guilmet and Ouellet contributed goals for Salem,
while Jake Burns provided an assist. Meanwhile, Soucy made 12 saves in net. After playing Methuen, Salem’s record stands at 1-6 on the season and the team will look to add to its win column during its upcoming home stand. After hosting Concord on Wednesday, May 2 and
Salem’s Connor Lyons looks to get by a Londonderry defender
Londonderry on Thursday, May 3, the Devils are scheduled to play their next game at home against Manchester West at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 4. They close out the four-game home stand against Nashua North on Monday, May 7 at 4 p.m.
Girls’ Lacrosse Falls to Londonderry, Concord
by Chris White Following two straight wins in the previous week, the Salem High girls’ lacrosse team suffered two losses last week. The Blue Devils fell short in contests on the road against Londonderry and Concord, two elite teams in Division I this season. Salem fell to Londonderry by the score of 19-4
on Friday, April 27. Londonderry took a 12-3 lead by halftime and then cruised to victory in the second half. Jersey Burns led Salem with three goals, while Tayllar Righini scored a goal as well. Salem goalie Katelynn Brooks also had seven saves. The Blue Devils took a 13-2 loss to Concord
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a day later on Saturday, April 28. The Devils fell behind 10-1 in the first half, but held Concord to three goals in the second half. Righini led Salem with two goals in the contest, as Burns provided an assist on one of them. Brooks (five saves) and Kara Thomas (four saves) split time in goal for the Devils.
Salem’s last victory came at Nashua North by the score of 25-17 on Tuesday, April 24. The Blue Devils built a 15-10 lead by the end of the first half and then outscored the Titans, 10-7, in
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Salem junior Janelle Borges outruns a pair of Londonderry defenders on her way to the net
the second half to take the victory. Salem’s offensive explosion was led by six goals from Megan Zuliani and five goals from Burns. Shari Juranovits, Alexa Smith, and Righini each contributed four goals to the Salem total, while Kerri Dodier and Erika Smith added one goal apiece. Salem assists were provided by Alexa Smith (three), Juranovits (two), Burns (two), Dodier (two), Briana Tan, and Harley Chute. Meanwhile, Brooks had 10 saves in goal for the win. After last week’s action, Salem’s record stands at 3-4 in Division Iand 3-5 overall. After hosting Manchester Central on Thursday, May 3, the Blue Devils are scheduled to play their next game at home on Friday, May 4. They will host Timberlane at 4 p.m.
Boys’ Tennis Returns to Winning Track
by Chris White After three straight losses to Bishop Guertin, Exeter, and Nashua South, the Salem High boys’ tennis team won two matches last week to get back on track. The Blue Devils edged the Derryfield School, 5-4, on their home court at Michele Park on Thursday, April 26 and then took another home victory by the score of 6-3 over Timberlane on Monday, April 30. The win against
Timberlane gave Salem a record of 5-3 on the season. Salem led Timberlane 4-2 after singles match play and then secured the match with two wins in the doubles round. Singles match winners for the Devils included Chris Bacho (8-0), Ryan Hatfield (8-1), Mike Walsh (8-5), and Josh Boutin (8-1). Doubles winners included the teams of Bacho and David San Antonio (8-1), plus Walsh and Jay Sahasakmontri (8-5). In their previous match against the Derryfield School, the Blue Devils won four out of six singles matches and then won the third doubles match to clinch the overall victory. Salem singles winners were Bacho (8-3), Hatfield (8-5), Boutin (8-4), and Matt Descoteaux (8-1). Later on, Salem’s number three tandem of Walsh and Sahasakmontri sealed the Blue Devil win with an 8-5 victory in the doubles round.
Salem’s David San Antonio returns the ball to his Derryfield opponent
Before hosting the Derryfield School, the Devils were edged at Nashua South, 5-4, on Wednesday, April 25. Singles winners
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Staff photos by Chris White
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