Tiger girls’, Mt. Abe boys’ lax finish strong; playoffs next
ADDISON COUNTY — Local high school lacrosse teams are waiting for the official playoff seedings after finishing up their regular season this past weekend.
Middlebury girls’ lacrosse closed out the campaign with two wins in its last three games late last week to post a regular season record of 10-4. According to the Vermont Principals’ Association website, that puts the Tigers in a three-way tie for fifth place in Division I.
The Vergennes boys concluded their regular season by hosting the Eagles on Thursday; see story on Page 18. The Commodores posted a 4-11 record and are 13th in the VPA rankings. The Eagles ended with two victories and an 8-6 record, good enough for eighth place in the standings.
The Otter Valley boys’ team posted lopsided losses in its final two games of the season to end up 1-16.
The MUHS boys lost a heartbreaker on Saturday to the No.1-ranked team in Division I and will likely be seeded fifth with 11-4 record.
The Vermont Principals’ Association was set to release playoff pairings early on Monday.
This past Wednesday, Sophia Abdul Sater’s second goal of the game for Middlebury carried the Tigers into overtime vs. visiting South Burlington, and then Emily Kiernan’s third goal of the game with 38 seconds left in the extra frame gave MUHS the victory, 11-10. Julia Rosenberg also scored a hat trick for the Tigers (9-3). Katie Holmes (one goal and one assist), Emily Robinson (goal, assist) and Emma Best (goal) also contributed. Tiger goalkeeper Bailey Ryan made 15 saves.
Ashley Norris led the defending D-1 champion Rebels; South Burlington goalie Courtney Barrett stopped 14.
On Thursday, in the conclusion of a game halted on May 23 due to lightning, MUHS closed the book on Champlain Valley with a 12-6 victory. Robinson had five goals and an assist and Kiernan tallied four times, including the 100th goal of her career. Holmes added three goals and an assist for the Tigers and Ryan had 11 saves.
MUHS fell to Burlington High (8-6) in Saturday’s season finale in the Queen City, 9-7. Bleonda Sulemani and Irish Buchanan both had hat tricks, and Sulemani also supplied an assist; Maddie Feeney added two goals and three assists for Burlington. Goalie Norah Mitchell posted five saves.
Middlebury was led by Emily Robinson and Sophia Abdul Sater, who each tallied two goals and two assists. Emma Best, Emily Kiernan and Kiera Kirkaldy also scored and Baily Ryan made eight saves.
After defeated Vergennes on Thursday, the Eagles demolished 0-14 Randolph, 15-2, in Bristol on Saturday. Contributing to the bloodbath were Travis Bachand, who tallied four goals and four assists; Lucas Richter with four goals and two assists; and Charlie Meyer and Gus Catlin, who each had two goals and two assists. Tucker Paradee stopped four shots.
On Saturday in Hinesburg, visiting MUHS led at the half, 9-4, but Champlain Valley rallied and the Redhawks’ Matt Palmer broke a tie with 26 seconds to go to claim a 12-11 win over Middlebury. The Tigers had lost to CVU in Middlebury on May 17 by a score of 12-8.
Keenan Bartlett struck for five goals and an assist to lead MUHS. Six Tigers had a goal apiece: Connor Quinn, Bobby Ritter, Sam Usilton, Austin Robinson, Andrew Gleason and Nathan Herman; Quinn also had four assists and Ritter had one assist. Nathan Lalonde made 10 saves.
Palmer finished with two goals while Elliott Mitchell (three goals, assist) and Griffin DiParlo (two goals, assist) also produced for the Redhawks (14-1). CVU goalies Zander Miller and Chris Gronlund combined for six saves.
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