SUNAPEE — Jack Iacopino’s Sunapee boys (6-1) welcomed Hinsdale on Thursday and after finding the net twice in the span of two minutes, this one wasn’t in doubt.
Rupert Dalton opened the scoring and was quickly followed by Sam Kress (2) as the Lakers turned on the scoring spigot with six different Sunapee players finding the back of the net.
“It was a chance for us to get lots of players on the field and grab some action,” Iacopino said.
With Hinsdale finding it difficult to even get the ball out of their half of the pitch, the play of Jacob Stoughton and Andrew Claus were big reasons.
“We just try and play the ball wide and connect with our runners and work the ball around,” said Claus after the game.
Sam Flint, David Jimenez, Mason Sailer and Clause all tallied goals during the 9-0 shutout.
In the earlier game, the Lady Lakers made short work of the visitors leading 5-0 at the break. Brynn Smith, Liz Tschudin (2), and Hannah Laflamme would account for the goals in the early going with lots of side stories. When Laflamme scored, it would be the first of many goals to come for the freshman on the varsity level as her smile was from ear to ear as she headed toward the crowd.
“It was such an incredible feeling to grab my first varsity goal,” said Laflamme after the game. “All I wanted to do was run toward my mom.”
At the start of the second half another memory was made by Clare Tuohy as she notched the first of her two-goal day to celebrate her birthday in fine fashion.
“This team is so close and we encourage each other all the time,” said the freshman. “With so many great players, I’m just happy to be able to learn from the upper classmen and do the best I can.”
With the game firmly in hand, Sunapee head coach Myles Cooney decided to have Smith re-enter the game knowing what was at stake.
“I kinda knew but wasn’t sure what was going on,” Smith said.
With the team looking to feed Smith, Tschudin was magical at finding slots while Sophie Hubert was her usual unselfish self looking to pass first. Smith’s first attempt whistled wide as she looked skyward but the next opportunity didn’t go to waste as she split two defenders to find the far corner for her 100th career varsity point as Tschudin made a beeline to embrace the newest Sunapee member to join the 100 point club.
“This is a great feeling and I owe so much to my teammates,” Smith said. “Without them this wouldn’t be possible.”
Sunapee (5-2) would close things out with 10 goals as Smith (4), Tschudin (2), Tuohy (2), and Laflamme would finish the scoring plus a Hinsdale own goal.
On Wednesday, the Lakers boys out paced Concord Christian in Concord.
Concord Christian attacked well in the first half but Sunapee Senior Rupert Dalton started the scoring 16 minutes into the game as he one timed a misplayed Concord Christian clearance. Sunapee settled down after that and began to control play better.
In the second half, Matthew Tschudin assisted Vinny Borelli to put the Lakers up by two.
With just five minutes left in the game, Concord Christian scored on a penalty kick.
“It was a fun game with lots of back and forth action,” said Sunapee coach Jack Iacapino. “Concord Christian never gave up.”