field hockey

ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Principals’ Association announced Division II post-season pairings on Tuesday morning. Mount Abraham (4-1) earned the top seed and will open the playoffs by hosting a quarterfinal on Friday against the winner of a Wednesday game between No. 8 Hartford (2-5) and No. 9 Brattleboro (2-6).  Either No. 4 Woodstock (4-2-1) or No. 5 St. Johnsbury (4-3) would visit the Eagles at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday if the Eagles prevail on Friday. Otter Valley (3-3-2) was awarded the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 MUHS (0-7) on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. That game’s winner gets a date at No...

Eagle senior wide receiver Joey Hemingway jumps above BFA Fairfax defender Caden Getty to catch a throw from quarterback Adam Mansfield in Saturday’s 28-21 win in Bristol on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Highlights in recent local high school sports action include a home win for the Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative football team and victories by the Middlebury boys and Vergennes girls over rival soccer teams from Mount Abe. The Tiger girls’ soccer team also hosted Mount Abe; click here to see that story. FOOTBALL On Saturday the Mount Abe-VUHS collective 7v7 football team outlasted visiting BFA-Fairfax, 28-21. The Eagles improved to 2-4 heading into a Tuesday game at St. Albans. Each of the Eagle quarterbacks performed well, tossing two touchdown passes and one...

MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School forward Molly Laurent stick-handles the ball between two Burlington defenders in the first half of Tuesday’s 5-0 home win in Bristol. The Eagle junior scored twice. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — It might be only a pandemic-shortened, five-game regular season, but so far the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team is making the best of it.  On Tuesday the defending Division II champion Eagles moved to 4-0 with a 5-0 thumping of visiting Burlington (1-4).  After junior forwards Txuxa Konczal and Molly Laurent combined for a sensational early goal, junior goalie Maddie Donaldson and the defense of sophomores Natalie Adams (filling in for ailing senior starter Sarah Lavigne) and Payton Vincent and junior Natalie Chase staved off Burlington’s best surge of the game. ...

JADYNN POPE, CENTER front, is the only senior on the Otter Valley field hockey team, which honored her on its Senior Day on Monday. A defender, Pope celebrated by scoring her first career goal in the Otters’ 8-0 victory over Fair Haven. Photo courtesy of Jodie Keith
ADDISON COUNTY — In the past week of local high school field hockey action Mount Abraham kept rolling, Otter Valley split a pair of games, and Middlebury remained in search of a victory. EAGLES On Oct. 9 the Eagles topped visiting Mount Mansfield, 1-0. Txuxa Konczal’s first-period goal, set up by Molly Laurent, held up as the game-winner as Mount Abe outshot the Cougars, 15-3. Maddie Donaldson earned the three-save shutout as the Eagles improved to 3-0 heading into Tuesday. Mount Abe hosted Burlington on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. OTTERS On Saturday host Windsor (5-0) tipped OV, 4-1. ...
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham bested Middlebury to highlight area high school field hockey action in the past week.  In other action the Tigers came up short on the road, and Otter Valley blanked visiting Fair Haven.  Several games scheduled for Wednesday were postponed due to the threat of thunderstorms. EAGLES VS. TIGERS On Monday the Eagles coasted to a 5-0 win over the host Tigers. Ava Konczal scored twice to lead the Mount Abe attack, and Molly Laurent,Madison Gile and Sarah Heath added a goal apiece.  MUHS goalies Cassie Bettis and Jolee Heffernan combined for 15 saves, but could not...

TIGER JUNIOR VIVIANA Hammond moves the ball forward against Burlington High School’s Skylar Clarke in the first half of the Tigers’ 3-0 loss in Middlebury on Monday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — An improved Burlington High School squad bested the host Middlebury Union High School field hockey team on Monday, 3-0, in the opener for both teams.  The Seahorses outshot the Tigers, 14-3, and broke the game open with two goals 1:18 apart late in the third quarter to take a 3-0 lead. There were good signs for the Tigers. The defense, led by senior Lydia Deppman and junior Kenene Otis and also getting solid work from senior Sarah Nicolai and ninth-grader Erin Mulcahy, for the most part held up under pressure. Junior goalie Cassie Bettis blocked 11 shots, and senior center mid...

VUHS MIDFIELDER TUCKER Stearns is sent flying in a tackle in the first half of Saturday's 1-0 Commodore victory. Independent photo/Steve James
This story has been updated since it was originally published on Sept. 28 to include games played on Tuesday and Wednesday. ADDISON COUNTY — In the first high school sports games of the COVID era on this past Saturday, the Middlebury football team outlasted Otter Valley, the Vergennes soccer teams swept visiting Missisquoi, and both the Mount Abraham-VUHS collective football and the OV field hockey teams came up short on the road.  Then on Tuesday the Mount Abe girls’ soccer team edged MUHS in the opener for both teams, VUHS girls’ soccer settled for a road tie, Mount Abe field hockey debuted...

Tammi Blanchard will coach girls’ soccer at Otter Valley Union High School this fall.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School has hired new coaches to lead two varsity girls’ programs this fall, both with coaching experience at the school, according to Athletic Director Steven Keith. Jodie Keith will lead the OV field hockey team, and Tammi Blanchard is taking over the girls’ soccer program, according to press releases Steven Keith sent out on Tuesday.  According to the OV AD, for the past four years Jodie Keith has coached multiple sports at multiple levels at OV and has a “vision for how the entire 7-12 program can run” at the school. “Her time as a 7th- and 8th-grade...

PANTHER JUNIOR ERIN Nicholas was recently named the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Player of the Year for the second straight season. Nicholas helped the Panthers win their third straight NCAA championship this fall. Photo courtesy of Middlebury Athletics
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College junior field hockey player Erin Nicholas has been named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season. Nicholas helped lead the Panthers to a 21-1 record en route to their third straight NCAA Division III championship and fourth in the last five years. She was named the NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Now a two-time All-American, Nicholas recently became the first NESCAC player to be named Rookie of the Year and then win back-to-back league Player of the Year honors. She finished the season tied...

THE MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE field hockey team poses with its championship trophy after Sunday’s 1-0 NCAA Division III final victory over Franklin & Marshall. The Panthers won their third straight title and fourth in five years after controlling play in both of their Final Four games in Manheim, Pa. Photo Courtesy of Middlebury Athletics
MANHEIM, Pa. — In winning its third straight NCAA Division III field hockey title — and fourth in five years — this past weekend Middlebury College left no doubt which team was the class of the field.  The games were close: In Sunday’s final in Manheim, Pa. at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex, the 21-1 Panthers defeated Franklin & Marshall, 1-0, and they eliminated Salisbury by the same score on Saturday. But the scores don’t reveal that Middlebury dominated possession and allowed each team just one shot on goal.  During Sunday’s post-game press conference, senior defender/midfielder...


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