Souhegan girls lacrosse team plays for title

Editor’s note: No. 2 Souhegan was scheduled to play No. 1 Bedford for the Division I girls lacrosse title on Wednesday night. Results were not available by Cabinet press time.

EXETER – Four Souhegan High School girls graduated Friday night and matriculated their way into uncharted territory Saturday. Paced by the quartet and the distinct drive to make sure it wasn’t their final high school game, the second-seeded Sabers sunk Bishop Guertin, 9-5, in the Division I state semifinals.

“We have four seniors (Casey Johnson, Emma Estabrook, Timber Devine and goalie Meaghan Allard) who are devoted to this game and this team,” said Souhegan coach Maren Petropulos. “The four graduated (Friday), and had a lot going on. We had practice. You know it’s tough being a post-grad and still be on the field.”

Not for these four.

Trailing 3-1 with less than eight minutes to play in the first half, the foursome – one at each level on the field – sparked what only could be called a 20-minute wave of Saber dominance that bookended the halftime break.

Estabrook opened the flurry with a goal, and junior Samantha Jay netted one herself, sending the game to the break at 3-3.

Souhegan junior Abigail Cranney stunned Guertin coming out of intermission, scoring just 30 seconds into the second.

It was shot from which the Cardinals wouldn’t recover.

Suddenly, it was Souhegan (17-2) putting the pressure on and making the extra pass.

“The girls are in great shape. I feel like we had an edge physically,” said Petropulos. “We were patient. We were moving quite a bit offensively, and our transition was huge.”

Estabrook’s second of three goals made it 5-3 and freshman Savannah Behn scored the fifth straight Sabers goal with just 8:30 left, leaving BG to scramble.

Guertin senior Olivia Koutsos would net a pair of goals down the stretch to tighten things up a bit, but there was a lot of keep-away and insurance goals from Jay, Estabrook and Brigid Casey to ice it.

“It’s awesome,” Petropulos said. “And we do have to finish.”

Bishop Guertin, which got goals from Kate Bradford, Emily Santom and Lauren Lupo, finished at 14-4.