Lax action: Eagles top VUHS; Tigers look strong

ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham boys held off Vergennes to highlight recent high school lacrosse action. In other games, the Middlebury girls held a big lead when a game was suspended by lightning, the MUHS boys romped, and the VUHS and Otter Valley boys came up short.
The Vermont Principals’ Association will release Division I and II boys’ and girls’ lacrosse playoff pairings on Monday.
On Friday, host Mount Abe outlasted visiting VUHS, 10-6, with solid production from its midfield. Middie Whit Lower led the attack with three goals, while Gus Catlin andWill White Pifer each scored twice. Matt George andTyler Willey added a goal apiece to round out the attack, and Paul Sabourin debuted in goal with seven saves.
Tyler Crowningshield led the Commodores with three goals, while Kyle Mailloux scored two and Tyler Kepes added one. VUHS Goalie Aaron Welt recorded 11 saves.
The two teams are scheduled to meet again on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Vergennes. The Eagles will also visit Randolph on Saturday at 11 a.m. to conclude their campaign.
On Tuesday, host Montpelier outscored the Commodores, 13-9. Mailloux and Erik Eisenhower scored two apiece for VUHS, and Crowningshield, Aaron Gaines, Kepes and Max Bicknell tacked on one each. Broc Clark and Welt combined for eight saves for VUHS.
The 4-10 Commodores will wrap up their regular season by hosting their rematch with the Eagles on Thursday at 4 p.m.
The Tiger girls appeared to be well on their way to a Friday win over visiting Champlain Valley, leading by 8-3 with about 20 minutes remaining in the game, when a thunderstorm forced the game to be suspended. On Tuesday morning, school officials arranged for the contest to be completed this Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
MUHS spotted CVU a quick goal, then took charge with four straight, including three by junior attacker Emily Kiernan. The second of those came at 21:17 on a feed from Sophia Abdul Sater and was the 100th of her career.
Emily Robinson also scored in the surge, and Katie Holmes andEmma Best picked up assists.
Goals by Robinson and two from Holmes, one assisted by Best, helped the Tigers to a 7-3 halftime lead, and Robinson scored her third of the game at 22:35 of the second. Tiger goalie Baily Ryan made several nice stops, including on a breakaway just before lightning struck and officials halted play.
MUHS carried an 8-3 record into a scheduled Wednesday home game vs. rival and defending Division-I champion South Burlington. The Tigers are set to play at Burlington on Saturday as their regular season ends.
On Tuesday, the Tigers pummeled host St. Johnsbury, 23-1. Details on this game were unavailable at presstime. The Tigers’ Friday game at Champlain Valley was postponed to this Saturday at 11 a.m. The Tigers will carry an 11-3 record into that contest, which will conclude their regular season. A top-four seed for the postseason could be at stake.
On Saturday, visiting St. Johnsbury defeated OV, 17-5. Colton Leno scored twice for the Otters, Collin Eugair had a goal and three assists, and Derek Bassette andM.J. Denis scored a goal apiece. Denis’ score was his first at the varsity level. Carson Leary (35 saves in three quarters) and Sean Martin (seven in the fourth) split time in the OV goal.
OV (1-14) was set to host Hartford on Wednesday and is scheduled to end its regular season with a date at Burr & Burton on Friday. 

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