Both Tiger lacrosse teams victorious

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school lacrosse action in the latter half of last week, the Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams kept winning, while the Mount Abraham and Vergennes boys each dropped a pair. The Otter Valley boys were idle, but will host VUHS on Monday. 
On Wednesday, the MUHS boys won at 2013 Division I finalist Essex, 15-7. Sam Usilton led the attack with four goals and an assist, Keenan Bartlett andAli Abdul-Sater chipped in three goals apiece, and Bobby Ritter andSeth Wright added two goals and an assist each. Goalie Nate Lalonde backstopped the win with 12 saves.
On Friday, the Tigers improved to 8-1 by topping Colchester, 12-4, after taking a 9-1 lead at the break. Connor Quinn’s four goals and an assist paced the offense, Bartlett recorded two goals and an assist, Ritter scored twice, and Lalonde blocked 10 shots against the 3-3 Lakers.
On Wednesday, the Tigers rolled past host Champlain Valley, 18-7. Emily Robinson paced the offense with three goals and six assists, while Emma Best added four goals and Sophia Abdul Sater scored three goals and set up three scores. Alexis Ouellette,Julia Rosenberg andEmily Kiernan added two goals apiece, Kiera Kirkaldy recorded a goal and an assist, and Emma Donahue scored once.
On Thursday, the Tigers edged previously undefeated St. Albans, 16-15, in overtime. MUHS tallied four straight goals after BFA’s Leilani King scored to open OT to make it 13-12. Katie Holmes and Rosenberg scored first, and Kiernan netted two straight before the end of the first three-minute OT period to make it 16-13. The Tigers held on in the second OT session.
Leading the Tigers were Kiernan (six goals), Robinson (three goals, assist), Abdul Sater (two goals, two assists), and Holmes (two goals, assist). Goalie Baily Ryan stopped 10 shots, two late in regulation, while BFA’s Cora Hartman also made 10 saves. King racked up eight goals and five assists.
On Saturday, the Tigers edged three-time defending champion South Burlington, 9-8, after rallying from a 6-2 first-half deficit. Robinson’s four goals including the game-winner with a minute left. Holmes and Kiernan netted two apiece, Rosenberg added one, and Adbul Sater assisted two scores. Ryan stopped 11 shots, while Courtney Barrett made 17 saves for the 6-3 Rebels. The Tigers are 6-1.
On Wednesday, host Rice topped the Eagles, 13-6. Mount Abe trailed at the break by just 7-4, but Coach Paul Low said the Eagles failed to capitalize on their second-half chances. Travis Bachand scored four for Mount Abe, and Dylan Weaver andOwein LaBarr added a goal apiece. GoalieTucker Paradee stopped 10 shots.
On Saturday, the Eagles fell behind at the half, 8-2, to visiting Harwood and saw a rally fall short in a 14-10 setback. Bachand scored five times, Gus Catlin andWhit Lower scored two each, and Lucas Richter added one. Paradee recorded nine saves for the 3-4 Eagles.
On Wednesday, host Stowe bested VUHS, 16-1. Tommy Lee Hodsden scored for VUHS, with an assist from Tucker Babcock, and goalieBroc Clark stopped 10 shots.
On Saturday, visiting Burlington bested VUHS, 16-5. Details on that game were unavailable. The Commodores are 2-5.

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