Lacrosse: Tiger boys fall in final seconds

ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ lacrosse action earlier this week, Middlebury dropped a heartbreaker to a fellow Division I contender; Vergennes won twice, once over Otter Valley, which also dropped another contest; and Mount Abraham won a tight game at home to return to .500.
On Tuesday, the Tigers lost to visiting South Burlington, 10-9, when Rebel Willy Champagne scored his fourth goal of the game with 2.1 seconds left to snap a 9-9 tie. Cam Nolting added three goals for the Rebels, who also got 11 saves from goalie Mike Blauvelt in improving to 9-2 with their second win of the spring over the Tigers.
Sam Usilton andKeenan Bartlett led MUHS with three goals apiece, and Connor Quinn scored twice. Goalie Nathan Lalonde stopped 10 shots as the teams each put 20 shots on goal. The Tigers fell to 8-2, with both setbacks to the Rebels.
On Monday, host VUHS outscored OV, 13-7, as Erik Eisenhower scored three goals and Tyler Crowningshield tallied twice and recorded five assists. Tyler Kepes (two goals, one assist), Aaron Rowell (two goals), Kyle Mailloux (goal, assist), and Aaron Gaines,Luke Stinchfield andTommy Lee Hodsden (goal apiece) also scored for VUHS.
Hunter Mayshak,Jeb Hodsden andEthan Reardon picked up assists, andBroc Clark (11 saves) andAaron Welt (one stop) split time in the VUHS goal as the Commodores improved to 3-5.
Colton Leno scored three times to lead OV; Erik Sherman, Keenan Pratt, Jeritt Patch andTyler Peterson added a goal apiece; Tyson Cram assisted two scores; and Will Ross set up one goal. Carson Leary stopped 22 shots for the Otters.
On Tuesday, the Commodores took a 5-1 halftime lead on the way to an 11-5 win over visiting Randolph. Crowningshield (four goals, two assists), Mailloux (three goals, assist), and Deighlin Lynes (goal, two assists) led the VUHS attack, and Kepes, Eisenhower and Max Bicknell rounded out the goal scoring. Clark (11 saves) and Welt (one) duplicated their effort vs. OV as the Commodores improved to 4-6.
Also on Tuesday, the Otters lost at Rutland, 18-2, to drop to 1-10. Details were unavailable at deadline.
On Monday, the Eagles spotted visiting Montpelier two early goals, but rallied to lead at the half, 6-5, and then outlasted the Solons in a second-half defensive battle to win, 9-7.
Coach Paul Low said the Eagle middies stepped up when the Solon defense focused on the Mount Abe attackers. Whit Lower led the attack with four goals, Lucas Richter scored twice, Gus Catlin recorded a goal and three assists, and Matt George,Owein LaBarr andDylan Weaver chipped in with a goal apiece. Goalie Tucker Paradee backstopped the victory with 10 saves as the Eagles evened their record at 4-4. 

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