Tiger boys are the only local team alive in lacrosse playoffs

ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Union High School boys were the only local lacrosse team left standing at the end of last week, as the MUHS girls and Mount Abraham and Vergennes boys all dropped mid-week contests. The Otter Valley boys’ program chose not to participate in the Division II postseason after its one-win season.
On Saturday, the No. 5 Tiger boys defeated host No. 4 Brattleboro, 20-8, to improve to 13-4 and earn a Tuesday semifinal date at tops-seeded Champlain Valley. The Tigers will take on the 15-1 Redhawks at 4:30 p.m. CVU twice defeated MUHS this spring, 12-8 and 12-11. The final will be played at Castleton State College next weekend at a time to be announced.
Vs. Brattleboro (12-5 against a softer schedule than MUHS faced), the Tigers took a quick 5-0 lead and never looked back. They led by 6-3 after one quarter and by 10-5 at the half. Sam Usilton led the attack with six goals, Bobby Ritter scored four, Connor Quinn scored three goals and set up two, and Keenan Bartlett found the net three times to lead the attack.
Jackson Hounchell,Nathan Herrmann andCullen Hathaway chipped in a goal apiece, and Andrew Gleason added two assists. Goalie Nathan Lalonde backstopped the win with eight saves.
On Thursday, the Tigers finished off No. 12 Spaulding, 15-5. MUHS had taken a 6-1 lead on Tuesday before the game was suspended late in the first half. Herrmann sparked MUHS in the early going on Tuesday with three first-period goals; he finished with four scores, as did Usilton. Quinn scored twice and set up five goals, Ali Abdul Sater scored twice, and Bartlett, Ritter and Chris Ewell added a goal apiece. The Tide finished at 1-13.
In D-I girls’ lacrosse on Wednesday, visiting No. 12 Essex bolted to a 5-0 lead in the first 12 minutes, and No. 5 MUHS never really recovered. The 6-10 Hornets led by at least three goals the rest of the way, led by seven goals from Anna Olsen and four from Charlotte Stuart. Essex goalie Haley Drury stopped 10 shots.
Emily Robinson led MUHS, which reached the final in each of the past three years, with five goals and an assist, and also contributing were Katie Holmes (two goals, assist), Emma Donahue andSophia Abdul Sater (a goal and an assist each), and Emily Kiernan andAlexis Ouellette (a goal apiece). Tiger goalie Baily Ryan stopped eight shots as MUHS finished at 10-5.
In D-II boys’ lacrosse in Bristol on Wednesday, visiting No. 9 Stratton bested the No. 8 Eagles, 13-9. The game had started on Tuesday, but was suspended after eight minutes with Stratton leading, 2-1. Stratton led at the half, 6-5, and slowly pulled away after the break. Finn McNamara led Stratton (7-5) with six goals, and goalie Sean Pomerantz stopped three shots.
For the Eagles, who finished at 8-7, Charlie Meyer led the attack with three goals and an assist, Gus Catlin andTravis Bachand each scored twice, Tyler Willey andLucas Richter added a goal apiece, and goalie Tucker Paradee made eight saves.
Coach Paul Lowe said given that the Eagles had only 18 players, he was happy with their season and their effort on Wednesday. “Our team played hard throughout the game and left nothing on the field. It was a close game until the end and I am proud of their performance,” Lowe said. “We are a young team and relatively small, but we never give up on ourselves.”
Another young and inexperienced D-II lax squad, the No. 13 VUHS boys, fell at No. 4 Rice, 14-2, on Wednesday. Rice moved onto the quarterfinal round with an 11-4 record. Erik Eisenhower scored both of his team’s goals as the Commodores wrapped up their season with a 4-12 record.

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