New Hampshire Boys D3 Final Top 8
What a season for No. 1 John Stark Hopkinton (20-1-0). The General Hawks repeated as Division 3 champions with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Monadnock/Fall Mountain at SNHU on March 9. They stand as the Granite State’s lone 20-win team and they did not lose a game in the division. Eight players graduate, but many return to provide coach Denis Kolehmainen the base for another title run.
Despite the title game defeat, this was an equally memorable campaign for No. 2 Monadnock/Fall Mountain (17-4-0), which returned to varsity status just three seasons ago. A half dozen graduates – five of whom were with the team as eighth-graders when the program was working its way back to varsity status – take a large chunk of offense with them but leave behind a well-established program.
After starting the season 0-4, No. 3 Belmont-Gilford (14-6-0) lost only twice – to JSH in the regular season and to MFM in the semifinals, 3-2.
No. 4 Berlin (13-7-0) rolled over No. 5 Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes (9-10-0) in the quarterfinals before pushing JSH in a 4-2 semifinal loss.