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Pelham falls behind early, drops Division 3 title game

EXETER — What was a perfect season ended in devastating fashion for Pelham boys lacrosse.
The top-seeded, unbeaten Pythons fell behind by two goals in the first two minutes and could not recover, falling to No. 2 Hopkinton 15-5 in the New Hampshire Division 3 state championship game at Exeter High’s Bill Ball Stadium.
“We’ve had a great season,” said Pelham head coach Will Delanoy. “We are usually the ones that start out strong first. To be behind today hurt. Both teams fought hard, but we just couldn’t get out of that hole.”
The Pythons (16-1) were playing for their first ever boys lacrosse state title. It was their fourth trip to title game, also first going in 2012 then earning back-to-back trips in 2015-16. With the win, the Hawks (16-1) took home their third straight state title. 
Pelham dealt Hopkinton its only loss of the 2019 regular season, 9-5 on May 5. In that contest, the Hawks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead before the Pythons came surging back.
So, when Hopkinton scored twice in the first 2:02 of regulation on Saturday, there was no panic in Pelham.
“The way the regular season game went, we knew by our experience we could claw back,” said Delanoy. “I called a time out and told them they could fight and come back. But we didn’t play our game.”
Pelham could not slow Hopkinton’s early roll, as the Hawks surged to a 4-0 lead before the Pythons managed a shot on goal.
But the momentum seemed to swing when Pelham star Devyn Tucci scored twice in the final 1:03 of the first quarter to cut the deficit to 5-2.
“The guys got some of the jitters out and looked good at the end of the first,” said Delanoy. “But by then we were down 5-2. Clawing back from a deficit like that is tough. 
“We have been very fortunate that, when we play our style of lacrosse, we don’t play from behind, We’re the team that’s controlling the tempo and pace of the game. But not having the ball on offense really hurt us.”
Hopkinton came out in the second on fire, making it 7-2 before Pelham’s Mason Fecteau could respond. The Hawks tallied two more goals before Tucci made it 9-4 at halftime.
“Going ahead gave us confidence, and then we were ready for what was coming after that,” said Hopkinton star Colby Quiet, who scored a game-high seven goals. 
“The first time we played Pelham, after going ahead, we got flat-footed. This time we came out a lot more physical and a lot more intense and we knew what we had to do to win. We cut off their momentum, because momentum is everything in lacrosse.”
It was all Hopkinton after the break. Thanks to a dominant effort on faceoffs and aggressive defense that led to numerous turnovers, the Hawks controlled the ball and prevented Pelham from creating any sustained pressure. When the Pythons did manage an offensive rush, Hawks goalie Ben Madden (12 saves) was there to shut the door.
The Pythons also struggled with penalties, especially in the second half when Hopkinton scored three goals in each quarter to clinch the win.
“Not having the ball on offense and playing more than 30 minutes of defense is tough,” said Delanoy. “They have a great faceoff guy. We tried to do things a little different in the second half, but we couldn’t come back.”
 Following the loss, Delanoy hoped his team could look back on this season fondly.
“We finished 16-1, so that’s a great accomplishment,” he said. “But anybody can beat anybody on any day. This was a great season, though.”
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Brown carries Pelham into title game

 HOOKSETT, N.H. — Had you any doubts on Keith Brown’s drive or his awareness of his place in Pelham history, he erased them in about 160 seconds last night. Baseline jumper. Pull-up 3. Top-of-the-key 3. Blue-collar offensive rebound hoop. 12-2 Pelham. Timeout Hopkinton. Yeah, you get the feeling Brown understands what he’s playing for. He and the Pythons, thanks to Wednesday night’s 57-42 Division 3 state semifinal win over Hopkinton, now stand one win away from back-to-back state titles. The title game is Saturday (3 p.m.) here at Southern New Hampshire University with top-seeded Pelham facing No. 3 Kearsarge. “The only thing on my mind right now is winning another championship,” said Brown, who finished with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting and had a game-high 7 rebounds. “Coach told us to come out firing, try to get a quick lead and that’s what we did.” The quick advantage was one the Pythons would carry through the very end. For Brown, it was a familiar scene with Hopkinton running two and three defenders at him in a series of gimmick defenses. Hopkinton pawed, pulled and probed at him, to the point where it frustrated Brown into an intentional foul when he tried to shove a defender off him. All that seemed to do was energize the school’s all-time leading scorer. While Brown shot it well, including 4 of 8 from behind the arc, his teammates struggled (9 of 29 overall, 1 of 11 on 3s). “You saw him try to keep his teammates involved out there, but when we needed him, he took and made the big shots,” said Python coach Matt Regan. “He owned the fourth quarter when things got a little tight there.” No other Pelham player hit double figures, although Cam DeLoreto continued his fine postseason charge with 9 points and 6 boards. DeLoreto might have done more but he was forced out of the game with blood on his uniform four different times, forcing him to switch numbers. Next up will be 19-2 Kearsarge, a team that Pelham did not see in the regular season. But last night it beat Conant, which beat the Pythons. “We don’t know much about Kearsarge,” said Brown. “I’m sure (Coach) Regan will come up with something for us to play them.”  Wednesday, March 9 highlights Boys Basketball Pelham 57, Hopkinton 42 Division 3 Semifinals Hopkinton (42):  Cam Cyr 3 2-2 10, Jacob Rockwood 3 2-3 8, Nick Meserv 3 1-2 7, Robert Wilkerson 3 1-2 7, Kevin McGrath 1 0-0 2, Josh Angell 1 1-2 4, Dustin Rose 1 0-0 2, Liam Flanagan 1 0-0 2, Totals 16 7-11 42 Pelham (57): Kyle Frank 1 2-2 4, Joe Pantaleo 0 0-2 0, Ryan Nystrom 2 1-2 6, Keith Brown 10 5-7 29, Cam DeLoreto 3 3-6 9, Blake Woekel 0 0-0 0, John Granfield 0 2-6 2, Trevor Gagnon 2 0-0 4, Colin Loring 1 1-1 3, Rob Ryan 0 0-0 0, Dylan Andrews 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 14-26 57 3-pointers: H — Cyr 2, Angell; P — Brown 4, Nystrom Hopkinton (16-5):     10  6 14 12 — 42 Pelham (22-2):     15 15  9 18 — 57

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