Lacrosse wrap: Tiger girls, Mount Abe boys earn wins

ADDISON COUNTY — In high school lacrosse action in the latter half of last week, the Middlebury girls and the Mount Abraham boys earned wins, the MUHS boys split two games, the Vergennes boys suffered their first losses, and the Otter Valley boys came up short twice.
On Friday, the Tiger girls moved to 3-0 by defeating host Essex, 13-8. Emily Kiernan led the way with four goals, Emma Donahue andSatchel McLaughlin chipped in two goals apiece, Emma Best andAlexis Ouellette contributed a goal and an assist each, and Claire Armstrong,Julia Rosenberg andEva Hirsch tacked on a goal apiece. Katie Holmes set up two scores, and Andi Boe added an assist. Goalie Baily Ryan backstopped the win with seven saves.
On Thursday, the Eagle boys evened their record at 2-2 with a 7-4 win at U-32. Dylan Weaver (two goals and an assist) and Charlie Meyer (two goals) led the offense, and strong defense and Tucker Paradee’s goaltending did the rest.
On Wednesday, host Champlain Valley rallied to deal the Tiger boys their first loss, 13-10. The 1-4 Redhawks, considered to be a Division I title contender, won for the first time by outscoring MUHS by 8-2 in the second half.
Redhawk goalie Chris Gronlund played a key role with 17 stops. Jack Hounchell paced the Tiger attack with three goals and five assists, while goalie Nathan Lalonde made nine saves.
MUHS bounced back on Saturday to dismiss host Mount Mansfield, 15-3, as 11 Tigers scored. Bobby Ritter led the 5-1 Tigers with three goals, and River Payne andAndrew Gleason added two apiece. Lalonde and Lucas Plouffe shared time in goal and combined to made seven saves. Goalie Will Macone stopped nine shots for the 1-5 Cougars.
OV BOYS        
On Wednesday, visiting Green Mountain Valley (2-0) defeated the OV boys, 11-4, after taking a 6-0 lead. OV goalie Carson Leary stopped 13 shots, and Colton Leno scored twice.
On Friday, visiting Hartford edged the Otters, 8-6, despite Leary’s 22-save performance. Leno (three goals) and Derrick Bessette (two goals) sparked the OV attack. Hartford goalie James Young stopped eight shots as OV fell to 1-6.
On Thursday, host Milton (3-1) held on to edge the VUHS boys, 10-9, dealing the Commodores their first setback after a 5-0 start. The Yellowjackets were up by two in the late going and survived a VUHS push.
In goal, Milton’s Matt Branger stopped nine shots and the Commodores’ Broc Clark made 14 saves. Sparking the VUHS attack were Erik Eisenhower (four goals, assist), Tyler Crowningshield (three goals, three assists), Tyler Kepes (goal, three assists) and Max Ratti-Bicknell (goal, assist).
On Friday, host Rice coasted past what was a shorthanded VUHS team, 22-3. Crowningshield scored twice, Tyrell Montani scored once, and Clark stopped nine shots.

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