field hockey


Mount Abraham Union High School senior Txuxa Konczal holds off Cougar midfield Fiona Stotz to spark another attack in the second half of the Eagles’ 3-0 home win over Mt. Mansfield on Monday. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Monday saw another game and another shutout win for the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team, which improved to 3-0. This time the opponent for the three-time defending champion Eagles was visiting Metro Conference foe Mount Mansfield. They were not gracious hosts, piling up advantages of 22-0 in penalty corners and 16-1 in shots on goal. Mount Abe has outscored its three opponents by 12-0, heading into Friday afternoon’s home game vs. Middlebury. What’s working? To start with, every player on the team was a member of the 2020 Division II champion, and many are multiple...

SENIOR CAPTAIN RILEY Keith steals the ball from a Windsor player during Monday’s game in Brandon. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team picked up two wins and a tie in recent action, including a hard-fought contest against Windsor on Monday that ended 2-2 after a 10-minute overtime dual featuring seven-on-seven. The Otters improved to 3-0-1 heading into a Saturday game at Brattleboro, whom they defeated 6-1 earlier in the season. On Sept. 8 the Otters upended host Woodstock, 3-2, in what Coach Jodie Keith described as a strong all-around effort. OV’s goals came from senior middie Brittney Jackson (assisted by Mackenzie McKay), Alice Keith (assisted by Ryleigh...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham and Otter Valley union high school field hockey teams debuted with big home victories over the weekend, and the Eagles added a road win on Tuesday. Middlebury was idle. The Tigers will open the season at Burlington on Thursday. EAGLES On Friday, Sept. 3, the Eagles romped past visiting Missisquoi, 7-0. Olivia Campbell scored three times to lead the attack, Txuxa Konczal scored twice and set up a goal, and Sarah Heath added a pair of goals. Molly Laurent and Madison Gile picked up assists, and in goal Maddie Donaldson and Greta Jennison combined for two...

DENNISE CASEY, AN all-star field hockey midfielder at Mount Abraham Union High School, follows her shot on goal. The 1999 Mount Abe graduate, who later played key roles in Gov. Jim Douglas’s administration, also played in a Junior Olympic tournament. Photo courtesy Dennise Casey
Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series catching up with student athletes from area high schools. SOUTH BURLINGTON — Over the years being the youngest in a group has not held back Starksboro native Dennise Casey. As a 13-year-old freshman at Mount Abraham Union High School Casey started at midfield for the Eagle field hockey team. After her second year at Mount Abe she was chosen as a Junior Olympian and played in a national tournament in North Carolina. As a sophomore Political Science major at the University of Vermont she volunteered for Gov. James Douglas’s first campaign for...
ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — Fifteen athletes from the Mount Abraham, Middlebury and Otter Valley union high school field hockey teams received postseason accolades from either the Metro Division or the Southern Valley League B Division. Two members of the Division II champion Mount Abe squad earned First Team Metro honors, midfielders Madison Gile and Elizabeth Porter. Joining them on the First Team was MUHS goalie Cassie Bettis. Two Otter Valley players made the SVL B Division First Team, Alice Keith and Jadynn Pope. Names to the Metro Division second team were Eagle forwards Ava Konczal and...

MOUNT ABE MIDFIELDER Abigail Reen (21) carries the ball in the first half of Saturday’s Division II title game against Burr & Burton Academy in South Burlington on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Many elements that make a team successful can be measured — speed, skills, experience, depth. Others pieces are harder to pin down. Chemistry. Grit. Smarts. It seems some teams know how to win. Arguably No. 2 Burr & Burton Academy showed more measurables in Saturday’s Division II field hockey final than top-seeded Mount Abraham Union High School — quickness, flashier stickwork, and for most of the game crisper passing on a turf surface like BBA’s home field. But for the third straight and 10th time since 2000, when the final horn sounded on Saturday it was the team in...

MOUNT ABE’S AVA Konczal harries Hartford defender Grace Gardner in the second half of the Eagles’ 2-1 home win on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — As the Division II postseason got under way top-seeded Mount Abraham won its opener and No. 7 Otter Valley worked hard to oust No. 10 Middlebury before running into No. 2 Burr & Burton in a quarterfinal matchup.  Mount Abe also hosted No. 4 Woodstock on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. EAGLES ADVANCE On this past Friday No. 1 Mount Abe survived a challenge from No. 8 Hartford to win, 2-1. The Hurricanes took the lead two minutes in on an Alice Piper goal. Maddie Gile equalized for the Eagles as they gradually asserted themselves, and Molly Laurent’s unassisted goal 2:20...
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. ...

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