Hanover Girls' Lacrosse Gears Up For Title Defense
Beat Timberlane 16-3 For 5th in a Row
The Hanover High School girls’ lacrosse team won their fifth game in a row on Wednesday, taking a 13-0 halftime lead and dominating Timberlane 16-3. The Marauders, hoping to defend their NHIAA Division 2 title, have overcome a slow start and some significant injuries, and are rounding into form at just the right time.
The Marauders, now 9-3 on the season, were paced by the high-scoring trio of Johanna Copeland (4 goals, one assist), Jessica Seibel (4 goals, one assist), and Maddie McCorkle (3 goals, 2 assists). Copeland, a senior, leads Hanover with 50 goals and six assists thus far this season. “She’s a scoring machine,” commented Head Coach Chris Seibel. “Other teams are having a hard time figuring her out. She has the best stick in the state.”
McCorkle and Seibel, both 9th graders, have been significant contributors all season. Seibel, an attacker, has 19 goals and 8 assists thus far. McCorkle, a midfielder, has tallied an impressive 41 goals and 7 assists. A standout this past winter for the Marauder basketball team, McCorkle also has been a team leader on draw controls, and according to Coach Seibel set a team record against Timberlane with 11 draw controls.
The Marauders also received two goals from Sabin Mitchell, Isabelle Sangah and Perrin Millikin, and single scores from Amelia Lubrano and Hanna Kingston
Although Hanover’s offense was impressive, Seibel stressed the importance of the team’s defensive play, citing seniors Mahler Meyerrose and Sophie Cardenali and junior Maddie Wallace. “This was the second game in a row in which we asserted ourselves early,” said Seibel. “We are playing together as a team, and not just as a bunch of individuals playing lacrosse.”
The Marauders got off to a slow start this season, plagued by bad weather, which cancelled all of their preseason scrimmages, and by several key injuries, including a season-ending one to senior Captain to Maddie Lyons. “That one had a real impact on us emotionally,’ said Seibel. “It took us a while to re-fit ourselves. Mahler Meyerrose, a two-year captain, did a lot of heavy lifting for us, and we have been getting great leadership from Sophie Cardenali.”
The Marauders also lost hard-working midfielder Cate Wagner for a number of games, and her recent return to the lineup has provided a boost. “She’s tough, rugged and smart,” noted Seibel. “We haven’t lost a game since she’s been back in the lineup.
Hanover has some big challenges ahead as they finish up the regular season and prepare for the playoffs. On Friday, Hanover travels to Hampton to play Winnacunnet, 11-1 on the season, and losers only to top-ranked Portsmouth. The Warriors recently beat undefeated Bedford, the top team in Division One. One Wednesday, the Marauders close their season with a road trip to Division One Londonderry, one of the top four team in the division. “Both of those games are on grass, which can be a challenging surface for us,” said Seibel. “Those challenges are just what we need at this time of year. As long as we stay on the same page, we’ll be in great shape.”