DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

April 23, 2009

Astros come out of the gates flying

By Lauren Rose

Lacrosse

Girls

Varsity

Rory Fawcett led the way for Pinkerton as she collected five goals and an assist for her team in a 12-2 victory over Exeter. Kacie Connal and Nikki Curry both added two goals to the Astros' first game of the season.

Curry had two goals and two assists in the Astros' 8-6 win against Concord while Connal had three goals. Goalie Diana Kraus made six saves in net, giving Concord their first loss of the season.

Connal pushed past Yarmouth in the Astros' 8-4 win with three goals and one assist as Heather Carr dished out four assists to the victory. Kraus made four saves in net.

JV

Kara Crowell had two goals in the second half to put the Astros up in their 6-4 win over Concord. Steph Corso played solid defense in her team's victory.

Freshman

Despite being down at the half, the Astros came back to win a big one 9-4 against Andover. Taylor Hough played a great game in midfield, winning many of the draws. Only allowing four goals in was goalie Canada Stewart, making important clears throughout the game.

Danielle Coombs played great defense in a big 13-9 win over Exeter for the Astros. Riann Dazlel added five goals and an assist for PA.

The girls brought their record to 3-0 with a 15-6 win as they scored 9 goals in the second half over the Londonderry Lancers. The game was completed with a solid job getting back on defense and good passes in the midfield by McKenzie Kane.

Boys

JV

With a convincing 12-4 win over Phillips Exeter, the Astros raised their record to 2-0 in their hard faught victory. Jeff Auger, Cam Cote, Brian Dustin, Luke Somer and Kevin Kent played well for PA.

Freshman

PA freshman lacrosse defeated Exeter 6-2 as Austin O'Toole led the way for his team collecting four goals. Dan Delay and Zack Daigle both scored one to seal the victory over the Blue Hawks.

The boys lost a nail-biter to Cardigan 3-2 in double-overtime. O'Toole and Delay had the only goals in the game for the Astros. Goalie Pearce Connal and defender Adam Olson played outstanding defense to keep their team in the contest.

Baseball

JV

The Astros' won a close one as they upended Timberlane 9-8. Justin Lippert went 3-3 collecting two RBI's. Both teams had nine hits and the errors proved to almost be a costly mistake as the Owls came up short in the seventh inning for the comback. Combining for a solid pitching performance was Matt Dalton, Adam Cole, and Chad Park.

Freshman

PA lost a close one in eight innings to Merrimack by a score of 6-7. Kyle Cahill went 2 for 3 including an RBI and one stolen base in the season opener. The Astros belted out eight hits in the contest, but fell short in the end.

Kruz Komaridis had the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the Astros past Bishop Guertin 7-5.

Alex Pacocha had two RBI's in his team's win over arch-rivals Londonderry, 5-2. The Astros exploded for a big five-run sixth inning to push past the Lancers in the win.

Softball

Varsity

The Astros took home a 9-4 win over Timberlane as senior pitcher Cara Chooljian led the way for her team's first win. Freshman Kasey Marraffa drove in two runs along with junior Brittany Gentile and senior Katie Miller.

JV

Kelsey Quinn homered and Becca Wazczuk drove in four runs to lead the offense for PA, winning 22-0 over Timberlane. Faith Robinson threw four shutout innings to solidify the Astros' victory.

Olivia Chretian homered and Brittany Masse sent in five runs as the Astros took another convincing win 12-0 against Nashua South. Heather Pelletier played a strong defensive performance for Pinkerton.

Tennis

Boys

Danny Kish, Mike Soltys, Tyler Angle, and Kevin Konstant each won their matchups against Alvirne, pushing past their opponents 6-3. Soltys and Kish and Joon-Ho Lee and Angle also won their contest, helping their team to the victory.

The team next swept Nashua South sending their record to 2-0 on the season. In doubles, Pinkerton's Matt Romano and Mark Mangini won 8-3, Soltys and Kish won 8-2, and Angle and Justin Maryea completed the sweep, winning 8-1. The Astros' singles also won each contest against their opponent in a convincing manner.

Girls

The Lady Astros won their match 5-4 over Alvirne in the season opener. Laurel Salladay, Casey Gilman, Kelsey McKechnie, and Maggie Preece all took home wins in singles. Cara Copeland and Nadia Sheen took home the victory 8-3 in doubles.

Salladay, Summer Burns, Gilman, McKechnie, and Preece all combined for wins in their matches as PA took the victory over Nashua South 7-2. Preece and Gilman teamed up to win their doubles 8-4 while teammates Salladay and Burns also won their match 9-7.

Track and Field

Boys

Pinkerton Academy boys' track and field team was defeated by Concord High School 85-60 in the first meet of the season for both teams. Adam Hoidahl took home the discus and javelin win, earning points for his the Astros.