2014 Sports Year in Review: Top 10
No. 1: The Souhegan boys soccer team won its first championship since 1996, beating Oyster River 1-0 in the final. Devan Casey scored off an assist from Jasper Jones in the 49th minute for the game’s only goal and Teigue Young earned the shutout in goal.
No. 2: The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team reached the championship game for the ninth time and the last 10 years, and won its fourth title in the last eight, by beating Portsmouth Christian 10-9. The Warriors got a big day from Sara Holka, who went 4 for 5 with two RBIs, including the game-winner, and also got the win, striking out seven.
No. 3: The Souhegan boys hockey team captured its first title since 2008 by beating John Stark/Hopkinton 5-4 to win the Division III title. Mike Hayden, Joe Nutting, James Wilson, Taylor Farrow and Riley Connor each had a goal for Souhegan and Connor McCall made 14 saves.
No. 4: Eli Moskowitz turned in a superb cross country season, winning both the Division II and Meet of Champions races. The senior then finished fifth at the New England Championship, came in seventh at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship Northeast Regionals and was 26th at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals.
No. 5: For the second year in a row, the Milford girls basketball team reached the Division II semifinals. With a 16-2 regular-season mark, the Spartans were the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
No. 6: The Milford girls volleyball team reached the championship match for the first time since 2002, but came up short against Windham 3-0. Junior Olivia Rougeau was named the Division II Player of the Year.
No. 7: The Souhegan girls lacrosse team had a remarkable five players – Mickenzie Larivee, Jocelyn Donohue, Madison Learned, Jesse Jay and Taylor Behn – sign to play Division I lacrosse in college, and for the third year in a row, the Sabers reached the championship game.
No. 8: Jordan Litts turned in a game for the ages in Wilton-Lyndeborough’s 59-56 upset win over Colebrook in the Division IV boys basketball prelims. Litts had 42 points – or 71 percent of his team’s points – and also grabbed 24 rebounds.
No. 9: The Milford girls track team got a big boost from its relays to take a surprise second place at the Division II outdoor meet.
No. 10: The Wilton-
Lyndeborough boys tennis team made the trip to Kingswood for a quarterfinal match, but the Warriors were severely undermanned after a number of players participated in “Senior Skip Day” and were ineligible to play in the match.