Merrimack High School Highlights

SOFTBALL

April 15: Pinkerton 13,
Merrimack 11

The Tomahawks (1-1) rallied after being down 8-0 but fell short thanks to eight errors on the day. Pitcher Caitlin Minear went the distance, giving up just two earned runs on seven hits, striking out four while walking one.

Alexis Kapsambelis went 2 for 3, including a three-run homer, while Olivia Kapsamabelis had a solo homer. Savannah Zagwyn had two hits including a triple while catcher Lauren Gerhard played well defensively while going 3 for 3 at the plate.

April 21: Merrimack 3,
Winnacunnet 0

Caitlin Minear pitched a shutout and Olivia Kapsambelis drove in two runs to lead the Tomahawks past the Warriors.

Julianne Mayville started the scoring with a solo home run in the fifth, and after Renee LeClaire walked and Ashley Grissini singled, Kapsambelis drove both home with a triple.

That was enough for Minear, who allowed four hits and a walk while striking out eight in seven innings.

GIRLS TENNIS

April 15: Exeter 9, Merrimack 0

Merrimack suffered its third loss of the season, falling 9-0 to Exeter.

Casey Wright came the closest to picking up a win for the Tomahawks, dropping her second singles match 8-6, while Lianna Klinger also came up short, 8-5, at fourth singles.

April 17: Londonderry 6,
Merrimack 3

Katherine Bouressa and McKenzy Miller recorded singles wins, and the duo of Kalylah Davis-Rhianna Tallarico won in doubles, but Merrimack (0-4) fell 6-3 as a team to Londonderry.

April 21: Nashua South 6,
Merrimack 3

Samantha Harden (8-3), Victoria Ziolek (8-6), Sarah Alison (8-0) and Tina Ta (8-2) posted singles wins for Nashua South in the Panthers’ 6-3 win over Merrimack.

The doubles duos of Harden-Alison (8-5) and Ziolek-Ta (8-5) were also victorious for South (3-2).

Rhianne Tallarico (8-5) and McKenzie Miller (8-0) posted singles wins for Merrimack (0-5), while the Tomahawks doubles win came via the duo of Courtney McCarthy and Kiera Crowley (8-2).

BOYS TENNIS

April 21: Nashua South 8,
Merrimack 1

Led by co-captains Kaushil Patel and Brian Barrows, Nashua South had strong singles play across the board to defeat Merrimack 8-1 and record the Panthers’ first win of the season.

Patel (9-7), Barrows (8-3), Brandon Stempler (8-4), Sam McIntyre (8-2), Pranav Prabhal (8-2) and Aniradh Naidu (8-2) all won their singles matches for the Panthers. Patel and Stempler (8-6) paired up for a win at first doubles, while Diab Eid and Noah Telerski (8-2) teamed up for win at third doubles.

Merrimack’s lone win came at second doubles, courtesy of Greg Keeler and Owen Tracey.

BOYS LACROSSE

April 16: Exeter 14,
Merrimack 13

The Tomahawks, down 8-4 at one point in their season opener, rallied but fell short as the Blue Hawks killed off the final 40 seconds clinging to their one-goal lead.

John Tiano, Matt Brewster and Pierre Watt had three goals each for Merrimack, while Matt Coburn had two goals and four assists and Connor Cyr added a goal. Alex Bronchuck had an assist. Chris Nowalk had 13 saves in the Merrimack net.

April 18: Merrimack 15,
Man. Memorial 2

Jason Fortin scored three goals and assisted on four more to pace Merrimack’s attack in a 15-2 win over Manchester Memorial. Matt Brewster and John Tiano added two goals and two assists each, while Pierre Watt, Connor Cyr (one assist) and Alec Bronchuk also found the back of the net twice for the Tomahawks (1-1).

Kyle Newman headlines Merrimack’s one-goal scorers, tallying his first varsity goal, while Matt Coburn chipped in with six assists to go along with his one goal. Tyler Brewster and Avery Paulson also aided the win with an assist each. Chris Nowalk and Alex Annutto split time in net with four and two saves respectively in the win.

April 20: Nashua South 14,
Merrimack 12

The Panthers, down 8-3 after one period, rallied to even their record at 2-2 thanks in part to five goals and two assists from Collin Morrow and four goals and two assists from Steve Saucier.

Also contributing to the South win were Shane Puleo (two goals, three assists), Zach Anzel (two goals) and Dylan Gamache (a goal). Panther goalie Brian McKinley had 12 saves, five in the critical fourth quarter. Max Osgood won six faceoffs and 12 ground ball pickups.

The Tomahawks (1-2) were led by Matt Coburn’s four goals and three from Matt Brewster. Connor Cyr (two goals, one assist), Pierre Watt (goal, assist), John Tiano and Jake Fortin (one goal apiece) also helped out. Merrimack goalie Chris Nowalk had 14 saves, nine in the first period.

GIRLS LACROSSE

April 16: Pinkerton 13,
Merrimack 6

The Tomahawks got two goals from Callie Dwyer and a goal and three assists from Julia Perry but it wasn’t enough in their season opener.

Dana Mendes, Addie Lacey, Morgan Chantler and Sammantha Andersen each had a goal. Jen Mulligan added a pair of assists while Ally Lowry had three saves in goal.

April 18: Merrimack 20, HB 10

Merrimack got out to a quick start with Dana Mendes finding the back of the net three times in the first 14 minutes, and the Tomahawks would go on to beat Hollis Brookline 20-10.

Holly Eisenberg started a three-goal rally for the Cavaliers that tied the game at the 10-minute mark, but Mendes responded quickly with another goal as Merrimack regained its lead and by halftime was up 12-6.

The second half saw a more robust HB defense, led by Alyssa Rich, Maggie O’Hara, C.C. Eliopoulos and Kristen Marquette.