Local roundup: Double OT win over Mascoma sends Stevens field hockey to semifinal

Stevens and Mascoma field hockey players react to the goal scored by Callie Demars to give Stevens a 3-2 double overtime win in their quarterfinal playoff game in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 23, 2023. Stevens advances to play Berlin in Wednesday’s semifinal in Exeter, N.H. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Stevens and Mascoma field hockey players react to the goal scored by Callie Demars to give Stevens a 3-2 double overtime win in their quarterfinal playoff game in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 23, 2023. Stevens advances to play Berlin in Wednesday’s semifinal in Exeter, N.H. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news photographs — Geoff Hansen

Stevens field hockey head coach Abbey Hudson talks to player Izabela Eitapence during a break in the action against Mascoma in their quarterfinal playoff game in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 23, 2023. Stevens won, 3-2, in double overtime and advances to play Berlin in Wednesday’s semifinal in Exeter, N.H. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Stevens field hockey head coach Abbey Hudson talks to player Izabela Eitapence during a break in the action against Mascoma in their quarterfinal playoff game in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 23, 2023. Stevens won, 3-2, in double overtime and advances to play Berlin in Wednesday’s semifinal in Exeter, N.H. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Geoff Hansen

Stevens’ Elizabeth Benware goes low to block the drive of Mascoma’s Makenna Houston during their quarterfinal playoff game in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 23, 2023. Stevens won, 3-2, in double overtime and advances to play Berlin in Wednesday’s semifinal in Exeter, N.H. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Stevens’ Elizabeth Benware goes low to block the drive of Mascoma’s Makenna Houston during their quarterfinal playoff game in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 23, 2023. Stevens won, 3-2, in double overtime and advances to play Berlin in Wednesday’s semifinal in Exeter, N.H. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Geoff Hansen

Stevens’ Daniella Varela reacts to Mascoma’s first goal scored during their quarterfinal playoff game in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 23, 2023. Stevens won, 3-2, in double overtime and advances to play Berlin in Wednesday’s semifinal in Exeter, N.H. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Stevens’ Daniella Varela reacts to Mascoma’s first goal scored during their quarterfinal playoff game in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 23, 2023. Stevens won, 3-2, in double overtime and advances to play Berlin in Wednesday’s semifinal in Exeter, N.H. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Geoff Hansen

Mascoma’s Kylie Rogers (11) moves the ball upfield ahead of Stevens’ Jilli Ouellette during their quarterfinal playoff game in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 23, 2023. Stevens won, 3-2, in double overtime and advances to play Berlin in Wednesday’s semifinal in Exeter, N.H. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Mascoma’s Kylie Rogers (11) moves the ball upfield ahead of Stevens’ Jilli Ouellette during their quarterfinal playoff game in Claremont, N.H., on Oct. 23, 2023. Stevens won, 3-2, in double overtime and advances to play Berlin in Wednesday’s semifinal in Exeter, N.H. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Geoff Hansen

Callie Demars

Callie Demars

Staff reports

Published: 10-25-2023 10:24 PM

CLAREMONT — Freshman Callie Demars’ goal in the second overtime lifted the Stevens High field hockey team to a 3-2 defeat of Mascoma on Monday in an NHIAA Division III quarterfinal playoff game at Monadnock Park. Izabela Ettapence assisted on the play.

The result moved the third-seeded Cardinals (12-2-1) into Wednesday’s semifinals at Exeter High’s Bill Ball Stadium. Their opponent will be seventh-seeded Berlin (11-5-0), which pinned a 1-0 upset on second-seeded and homestanding Newport (12-3-0) on Monday.

Stevens opened the scoring during the first quarter off a penalty corner. Mascoma goaltender Gabby Pierce couldn’t get full contact on a kickout attempt, allowing Ettapence to collect the rebound and knock it home.

Stevens’ Jilli Ouellette doubled her team’s lead during the third quarter out of a goalmouth scramble. Ettapence and Lilianna Clark earned assists.

Mascoma’s Bryanna Thurston pulled the visitors within 2-1 off a penalty corner, and Makenna Houston forged a 2-2 tie on the same type of play for the Royals. The sophomore stickhandled past a defender before unloading a backhand shot and falling to the grass. Mascoma had a chance for a 3-2 lead, but Ann Buffington shot wide during a breakaway attempt.

Mascoma, which last autumn ended Stevens’ season with a first-round victory, received 15 saves from Pierce and finished 11-5-0.

Stevens last reached the semifinals in 2021, losing to Bishop Brady at Exeter High. The Cardinals’ lone trip to the finals, in 2011, resulted in a loss to Derryfield.

No. 1 Gilford will take on No. 5 Newfound in Wednesday’s 7 p.m. semifinal. The championship game is set for Friday night at Bedford High School at 7 p.m.

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