CONWAY — Kennett High School was represented in the 36th annual New Hampshire versus Vermont Twin State field hockey game in Grappone Stadium at Saint Anselm College in Manchester on Friday, June 21. Recent graduates Ashton Coleman and Alexa Gutowski suited up for the Granite State, which fell 3-0 to Vermont on Friday, giving the Green Mountain State a two-game win streak in this storied rivalry.
Vermont outshot the Granite State 18-1 in Friday’s contest. After a scoreless opening half, the Vermonters exploded for three second-half goals to win the contest. Abigail Cravinho, Brianna Mayne and Lisa McNamara scored for the Vermont squad.
Last fall, Coleman, Gutowski and Alex Iannuzzi were invited to try out for the New Hampshire team.
“These three seniors definitely deserved the recognition and chance to try out for the N.H. vs. Vermont Twin State field hockey game,” Cassandra Daley, Eagles’ head coach, said. “They went to Manchester Memorial to try out against the best players in the state and represented Kennett with the best playing and sportsmanship. I am so proud of these girls and everything they have done over the years.”
Daley was thrilled to see two Eagles selected.
“Ashton and Alexa both made the team of 22 girls which is amazing,” she said. “We have never had two Kennett girls make it together on the same team. This is really special because Ashton and Alexa have grown up playing field hockey together since they were in elementary school and now have one last game they get to play together as the dynamic duo before heading off to the collegiate level in June.”
Daley added: “I am so ecstatic with their accomplishments these past four years of coaching them and now able to represent Kennett for New Hampshire is amazing!”
Also named to the Twin State squad, which was coached by Oyster River’s Anne Golding and Heath Haskell from Monadnock, Lauren Alkrie of Winnacunnet, Kasey Arnold of John Stark, Ryan Atkins of Pelham, Abby Burns of Manchester Central, Audrey Canfield of Winnacunnet, MacKenzie Doran of Kingswood, Devon Hamilton of Wyndham, Olivia Hempe of Exeter, Ellie Hunkins of Portsmouth, Bella Kondi of Mascoma Valely, Chloe Leach of Keene, Morgan Leonard of Manchester Memorial, Saha Padellaro of Timberlane, Katelyn Parker of Manchester Central, Katie Pushee of Mascoma Valley, Diana Schwarz of Hanover, Lois Schwarz of Hanoer, Amelia Thomas of Hopkinson, Carly Torrance of Concord, and Nikki Treadwell of Winnacunnet.
Each of the players received a letter from Nichole Treadway, president of the New Hampshire Field Hockey Coaches Association, congratulating them.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to represent your school and New Hampshire,” she wrote. “You are a member of the elite ‘Best of the Best’ in our state!”
The team trained at Saint Anselm on Thursday and played the game the following day.
Coleman, Gutowski, Iannuzzi and Olivia Stewart captained the Eagles to a phenomenal season. Kennett, which finished the regular season with a 14-0 record with a staggering 12 shutouts, outscored its opponents 77-4.
“What they did was so special and something no other team in New Hampshire did this year with 77 goals scored and 2 goals scored against in the regular season and 4 goals total scored in all, that is crazy and unheard of,” Daley said.
According to the New Hampshire Field Hockey website, Kennett finished as the top-ranked offense in the state for the fifth week in a row. St. Pauls, a prep school, was ranked second, while Windham fell from second to third with a 15-2 record (67 goals scored, 10 allowed).
The Eagles (16-1) continued to have the best defense in the state, while newly crowned Division II champs Derryfield (outscored opponents 57-5, 14 shutouts) went from third to second and Mascoma (16-1, outscored opponents 57-9, 12 shutouts) moved from second to third.
In terms of individual goal scorers, junior Lindsey Stagg of Derryfield led the state with 35 goals in 18 games, including the game-winner in the 1-0 victory over Hanover in the finals. Newfound’s Caroline Marchand was second with 28, while Windham’s Kate Blaisdell, was third with 28.
Kennett’s Kathryn Hawkes was ninth with 17 goals. Teammates Natalie Shaw and Gutowski were 12th and 14th with 15 and 14 goals, respectively.
Bishop Brady’s Ashlyn Toupin led the state in assists with 21 but had a pair of Eagles right behind her with Gutowski having 16 and Coleman 12 to finish in second and fifth.