Girls’ lacrosse: Overtime loss to No. 3 Gilford ends No. 2 Bow’s championship quest

Bow freshman Charlotte Duncan shoots at the net during the Falcons' D-III semifinal loss to Gilford on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Duncan scored twice in the fourth quarter to tie the game and force overtime.

Bow freshman Charlotte Duncan shoots at the net during the Falcons' D-III semifinal loss to Gilford on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Duncan scored twice in the fourth quarter to tie the game and force overtime. Chip Griffin—Photos By Chip

Bow's Olivia Selleck (8) runs over to celebrate with Charlotte Duncan (5) after Duncan's third goal of the game tied the D-III girls' lacrosse semifinal at 10-10 late in the fourth quarter. The Falcons ultimately lost in overtime on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Bow's Olivia Selleck (8) runs over to celebrate with Charlotte Duncan (5) after Duncan's third goal of the game tied the D-III girls' lacrosse semifinal at 10-10 late in the fourth quarter. The Falcons ultimately lost in overtime on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Chip Griffin—Photos By Chip

Bow senior Olivia Selleck leaps in the air for a draw control during the Falcons' 11-10 overtime loss to Gilford in the Division III girls' lacrosse semifinals on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Bow senior Olivia Selleck leaps in the air for a draw control during the Falcons' 11-10 overtime loss to Gilford in the Division III girls' lacrosse semifinals on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Chip Griffin—Photos By Chip

Bow's Olivia Selleck surveys the field next to the cage during the Division III semifinal against Gilford on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Bow's Olivia Selleck surveys the field next to the cage during the Division III semifinal against Gilford on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Chip Griffin—Photos By Chip

Bridget Hilton (right) hugs Kendall Murray after the Falcons lost to Gilford, 11-10, in overtime in the Division III semifinal at Laconia High School on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Bridget Hilton (right) hugs Kendall Murray after the Falcons lost to Gilford, 11-10, in overtime in the Division III semifinal at Laconia High School on Saturday, June 1, 2024. Chip Griffin—Photos By Chip

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Monitor staff

Published: 06-01-2024 7:24 PM

LACONIA — Trailing by three goals in the fourth quarter was unfamiliar territory for No. 2 Bow on Saturday. For a team that had generally steamrolled its Division III competition all season, No. 3 Gilford (14-2) had the Falcons (16-3) on the ropes with a trip to the state championship game on the line.

Bow fought back to tie the game 10-10, thanks to two late goals from freshman Charlotte Duncan, and forced overtime. But in the extra period with 1:28 remaining, Gilford junior Olivia Keenan capped off a dominant afternoon with her sixth goal to propel the Golden Eagles into the state championship game next Thursday.

When these two teams met at Gilford High School on May 15, it was the Falcons who’d prevailed in overtime, 12-11. Saturday was Gilford’s revenge. 

“They were a great team when we played them last time. We knew we were in for a good game,” head coach Chris Raabe said. “It was OT last time, and we won, and unfortunately they won this time.”

The loss halted Bow’s quest for back-to-back state championships, after rolling through the tournament last year and winning the title game over St. Thomas, 20-5. This season won’t have quite as triumphant a result.

“It was a good effort,” Raabe said. “We had some slip ups in the middle that cost us. … It was a tough way for the seniors to go out, but it was a great game.”

The eight-player senior class — Lauren Rapp, Olivia Selleck, Ally Alexakos, Juliette Tarsa, Jill Harpring, Bridget Hilton, Kendall Murray and Kate Labrecque — reached at least the semifinals each of the last three seasons, including last year’s state title run and a runner-up finish in 2022. On Saturday, Selleck and Murray each scored twice in their final games.

Over the senior class’ four-year span in the program, the Falcons went 59-7.

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“Our senior class has been great,” Raabe said. They’ve been awesome. It’s awesome. I’ll miss them all.”