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Freedom lose to Blitz in final game of the season, 47-0
The New Hampshire Freedom took on the undefeated Montreal Blitz in the final game of the 2012 season on Saturday. The Freedom defense played an outstanding first half despite the score, holding the Blitz to only two scores offensively. Montreal got help from it's defense and special teams to add the other scores. Julie Carignan blocked an extra point in the first half and Montreal took a 27-0 lead at halftime. The Blitz would go on to win the game 47-0. New Hampshire ends the season with 3 wins and 5 losses.
Freedom victorious in Connecticut, 20-12
The New Hampshire Freedom traveled to Danbury, CT to take on the Connecticut Wreckers last Saturday and got things going early. Julie Carignan picked off a pass on Connecticut's opening posession and took it to the end zone. However, a Freedom penalty caused the touchdown to be waved off, but the Freedom received possession well inside Wreckers territory. A short drive ended on a QB sneak for the score by Lauri Izzi. Jamie Naylor's extra point put New Hampshire on the board 7-0. The Wreckers answered with a score of their own but we unable to convert the extra point. A beautifful pass by Izzi to Naylor in the second quarter and another converted extra point put the Freedom up 14-6 going into halftime.
Connecticut scored once more in the third quarter, but failed on the 2-point conversion to narrow the lead to 14-12. A touchdown run by Jen Pirog in addition to the stingy Freedom defense would put the Freedom up for good 20-12 and hold off Connecticut from gaining any momentum. Naylor also added an interception and linebacker Tiana Liu made some big hits on defense.The Freedom are now 3-4 on the season.
A day of firsts and a Freedom victory over the Nitro in the pouring rain, 20-6
"Monsoon-like" conditions covered the area on Saturday, as the New Hampshire Freedom took on the visiting Northeastern Nitro from Schenectady, NY. Rain poured down and made the conditions very slippery all day, as evident by the large number of fumbles on both sides. One such fumble by the Nitro was recovered by Defensive Tackle Tina Otte in the Nitro end zone during the first quarter, giving the Freedom their first 6 points. It was Otte's first career touchdown and was the beginning of an outstanding game for her which included several more tackles. The 2-point conversion failed. The Nitro answered with a score of their own on a breakaway run and did not complete the extra point, tying the score at 6-6. Jen Pirog scored on a run in the second quarter to put the Freedom up 12-6 going into halftime.
Each of the three Freedom rookies recorded a first – Katie McFadden scored her first TD on a run in the third quarter, Andy DiRosario recovered her first fumble, and Karen Boucher made her first tackle. Abby Pelletier caught the 2-point conversion pass from Lauri Izzi to complete the scoring on the day, and put the Freedom up 20-6.
Freedom held scoreless against Blitz, lose 42-0
The New Hampshire Freedom headed north of the border to take on current division leader Montreal Blitz. The Blitz came out fast and furious putting 7 points on the board in their opening drive. The Freedom offense was unable to respond and forced to punt. Montreal would go on to score 4 more times in the first half to put the score at 35-0 going into halftime. The Freedom was able to hold Montreal to only one score in the second half. The final score was 42-0. The Blitz goes to 6-0 on the season and heads to New Hampshire on June 16th for a rematch. The Freedom falls to 1-4.
Freedom falls in rematch with New England, 41-14
The New Hampshire Freedom was looking forward to a rematch with division rival New England Intensity, but a warm day at Manchester West Memorial Field didn't go as hoped. The first quarter was a defensive battle between both teams, but the Intensity found their stride early in the 2nd quarter, and scored on four occasions to go into halftime with a 27-0 lead. The Freedom found a little momentum in the 3rd quarter and scored on a run by Jen Pirog, then scored in the 4th on a short pass from Jamie Naylor to Abby Pelletier to put the score at 27-14. However, the Intensity found the end zone twice more to seal the game at 41-14.
Freedom defense shuts out Maine, Naylor leads the offense in 61-0 victory
The New Hampshire Freedom opened up at home in big fashion, scoring 61 points in a shutout over the Maine Rebels in the third game of the 2012 season. Jamie Naylor led the way for the offense, catching 4 TD passes from Lauri Izzi, kicking 5 of 6 on extra points, receiving a 2-point conversion, and returning the favor to Izzi by throwing one to her for a score on a botched field goal attempt on the final play of the game. Naylor also had several kick and punt returns for high yardage.
The game started when Naylor returned the opening kickoff into Rebel territory. Katia Pashkevitch took the first play from scrimmage to the end zone for a 43-yard score. A bad snap resulted in Naylor's 2-point conversion and the Freedom was up 8-0 with only seconds off the clock. Pashkevitch wouldn't stop there, adding 2 more TDs to round out her hat trick in the first quarter. She scored one more time in the 2nd quarter to give her 4 on the game.
The Freedom defense was stingy, giving up only 1 first down to Maine's offense all afternoon, and special teams made big plays. Cassandra Kennedy blocked a punt, Nicolle Renick grabbed an interception, Tiana Liu recovered a fumble, and Naylor forced a fumble on punt team that was recoverd by Renick.
Freedom loses battle with New England Intensity, 14-7
The New Hampshire Freedom traveled to Medway, MA on April 28th to take on the New England Intensity in the second game of the 2012 season. The Intensity got on the board wih a touchdown midway through the second quarter, but failed to convert on the extra point. The lead would not last long, though, as a breakaway run by Jen Pirog set up a TD pass from Lauri Izzi to Jamie Naylor two plays later. Naylor's kick was good and the Freedom took the lead 7-6 going into halftime.
Interceptions in the second half by Joy Burge and Tiana Liu, as well as a fumble recovery on a bad punt snap by Tomi Gibson led the way for the defense to hold the lead for much of the second half. A touchdown in the 4th quarter and a converted 2-point try put the Intensity up 14-7 and the score would remain that way until the finish. The Freedom will see New England again in two weeks for a rematch at home on Saturday, May 12th.
Freedom comes up short in first game against Erie Illusion, 24-20
The New Hampshire Freedom traveled to Erie, PA on April 21st to take on the Ertie Illusion to kick off their 2012 season. The Freedom got on the board first after a 39 yard TD run by Jen Pirog. However, Erie was not far behind with a TD of their own followed by a successful 2-point conversion to put the score at 8-7, illusion. Erie scored again and converted another 2-point conversion. The Freedom responded with a TD by Joy Burge. The extra point was no good and Erie held a 16-13 lead. Another Erie TD and 2-point conversion put them up 24-13.
An interception by Jamie Naylor gave the Freedom new life and shortly after found the end zone with a Kristina Bellizzi run. The extra point was good but Erie held the lead 24-20 with under 7 minutes remaining. The Freedom attempted an onside kick that was successfully recovered. However, a fumble followed and Erie was able to ride out the remainder of the game to seal the victory.