Eagle boys’ lacrosse sneaks by U-32 in opener

ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham boys’ lacrosse team won a nailbiter in its season opener to highlight weekend lacrosse action, while the Middlebury Union boys’ and girls’ teams both won on the road.
The Vergennes boys’ game at Milton originally set for Friday was moved to May 5, as was the Eagles’ home game vs. Stowe scheduled for Friday. The Commodores are scheduled to host Mount Abe on Tuesday at 4, weather and field conditions permitting.
The Eagles won their opener by outlasting visiting U-32, 11-10, in what Coach Paul Low called a hard-fought game. Travis Bachand led the Eagles with four goals, Lucas Richter scored three, and goalie Tucker Paradee stopped 11 shots.
Adding a goal apiece for Mount Abe were Charlie Meyer, Whit Lower, Tyler Willey andOwein Labarr.
MUHS improved to 2-0 with its second one-sided win of the spring, this one by 15-3 on Friday at Rutland, which fell to 0-2. Sam Usilton andJack Hounchell sparked the offense with four goals apiece, while Keenan Bartlett tallied three times.
Connor Quinn added two goals, and Bobby Ritter andNathan Hermann tacked on a goal apiece. Rutland fell to 0-2.
The Tigers are scheduled to play at BFA and Mount Mansfield on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, before hosting South Burlington on Saturday.
The Tiger girls also defeated host Rutland, 14-10, on Saturday to move to 2-0. The Raiders dropped to 1-2.
The Tigers led at the half, 10-5, and scored the opening goal of the second half to take a game-high six-goal lead.
Goalie Baily Ryan stopped 17 shots, several as the Raiders tried to rally late. Raider goalie Amanda Hadley made 15 saves.
Emily Robinson led MUHS with five goals and three assists, Emily Kiernan scored three, and Katie Holmes contributed two goals and two assists.
Tigers Julia Rosenberg,Kiera Kirkaldy,Emma Donahue andAlexis Ouellette added a goal apiece. Freshman Marina Rotella led the Raiders with four goals.

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