lacrosse


TIGER MIDFIELD TOBY Draper (28), backed by Bode Rubright (10) and Mason Kaufmann (4) outruns the Essex defense in the first quarter of Tuesday’s 6-5 overtime home loss in Middlebury. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Sometimes losses can be both painful and hopeful. On Tuesday a Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse team with just four returners from its 2019 squad and five upperclassmen on its roster squared off against Essex, with 13 seniors and eight juniors. And the Tigers fell behind early as nerves and youth showed. Only the outstanding goaltending of senior Jack Rizzo, who made eight of his 18 saves in the first quarter, kept the Tigers in the hunt. But then, slowly, the home team settled in. Essex maintained an edge in play, but the Tigers began to mark more carefully,...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school lacrosse action over the past week, the Vergennes-Mount Abraham cooperative girls’ team picked up another two victories, the Middlebury girls dropped a close road game for their first setback, and the Mount Abe-VUHS cooperative and Otter Valley boys’ teams each split a pair of games while picking up their first victories. The MUHS boys hosted a tough Division I match on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. VUHS GIRLS On Friday, the Commodore girls’ lacrosse team had little trouble with Colchester, improving to 3-0 with a 17-1 victory in a game played at Mount...

JUNIOR ELENA BRONSON sees her shot saved by Lamoille goalie Kayla Turner in the second half of Tuesday’s game in Vergennes. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — The coaches and players of the Vergennes-Mount Abraham girls’ high school lacrosse team say the group has a lot to work on, and they’re probably right. For example, Coach Marikate Kelley and senior center mid Hannah Kelly said after Tuesday’s home win vs. Lamoille that the Commodores’ transition game could be cleaner, communication on defense could be more effective, and offensive execution could be crisper. But tell that to Lamoille, who came up on the short end of a 14-1 score even though because of spring break the Commodores were missing starting goalie Ashley Tierney;...
ADDISON COUNTY — As the high school lacrosse season opened, both the Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams rolled to big victories, but the Otter Valley boys came up short away from home. TIGER BOYS The MUHS boys opened strong on Saturday, thumping host Burlington, 15-2. Bode Rubright (five goals, two assists) and Mason Kaufmann (four goals, two assists) led the Tiger offense, and team faceoff specialist Cameron Stone won 12 of 16. The Tigers boys are off until they host Essex this coming Tuesday. TIGER GIRLS The Tiger girls on Saturday pelted visiting Brattleboro, 13-2. Alanna Trudeau paced...

COMMODORE SENIOR MIDDIE Hannah Kelly beats a South Burlington counterpart down the field during the VUHS-Mount Abe girls’ lacrosse team's opening win on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Holly Weber
ADDISON COUNTY — Most local teams made the best of the opening day of spring sports, as the Vergennes-Mount Abraham cooperative girls’ and Middlebury boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams all prevailed, as did the Otter Valley baseball team. The Division II Commodore lax and OV baseball squads pulled off notable victories over Division I foes. Eagle-VUHS cooperative boys’ lacrosse hosted Hartford — see separate story here.  Saturday’s softball games and tennis matches were postponed. LACROSSE On Saturday the defending Division II champion Commodore girls’ lax team knocked off defending D-I champ...

Eagle midfield Griff Paradee, who scored a goal in the game, carries the ball past a Hartford defender in front of teammate Billy Lyons in the first quarter of Saturday’s season opener in Bristol. Mount Abraham Union High School rallied from a halftime deficit of 6-0, but ended up losing, 8-3. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative boys’ lacrosse Coach Ed Cook found things to like about the Eagles’ home opener on Saturday: strong defense, decent goaltending, and a high compete level that led to a strong second half. Cook also listed a few problems: Rust, a slow start, an inexperienced team (many athletes saw their first varsity action after COVID-19 canceled the 2020 season), two key players missing, and too many penalties taken. The balance sheet ended up on Saturday with a loss, 8-3 to visiting Hartford, although the Eagles scored the first three goals of the second half...

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