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Eagles’ defeat Otters as boys lacrosse season winding down

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated Otter Valley to highlight local boys’ lacrosse play late last week, the last in the regular season. In other games, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Middlebury all posted wins, while OV lost to a Division II title contender.
The Vermont Principals’ Association was set to release playoff pairings on Monday morning. First-round games will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
EAGLES VS. OTTERS
On Thursday, the visiting Eagles erupted for 11 first-quarter goals on the way to a 13-5 win over the Otters. Goalie Tucker Paradee made sure the early surge stood up by stopping 18 OV shots. Lucas Richter tossed in four goals to lead the Eagle attack, Charlie Meyer scored three goals and set up two more, Dylan Weaver found the net twice and set up a score, and Gus Catlin scored twice. Hendrik Schubinski andRyan Bonar added a goal apiece for Mount Abe.
For OV, Keenan Pratt scored three times, Collin Eugair andDerek Bassette added a goal apiece, and goalie Carson Leary stopped 15 shots.
OV coach Randy Stewart said his team came out flat, but bounced back. “After that first quarter, we played them to a 5-2 victory,” he said.
On Saturday, visiting Burr & Burton defeated OV, 19-4. Colton Leno and Pratt scored two goals apiece for OV, and Leary stopped 18 of 29 shots through three quarters in what Stewart called an outstanding effort. John McKeighan added five saves in the fourth.
Moving forward, Stewart said the Otters will graduate only three seniors, and he is optimistic about the future despite this spring’s 1-15 record. “My team has grown so much this year,” he said.
Also on Saturday, the Eagles topped host Randolph, 16-3, to finish their season with a four-game winning streak and a 7-7 record.
Meyer led the way with six goals and four assists, Catlin added three goals, Richter scored twice with two assists, and Owein LaBarr and Weaver also scored twice. Paradee stopped three shots, while Ghost goalie Baukey Pearson made nine saves.
The Eagles are tied with U-32 for the No. 8 seed in the standings and will almost certainly face the Raiders in the first round, with record against common opponents or strength of schedule determining the host of that game.
COMMODORES
On Thursday, the Commodores outscored visiting Montpelier, 17-9, to finish their season at 7-8. Tyler Crowningshield (seven goals, four assists) and Erik Eisenhower (five goals, two assists) combined for a dozen scores to spark the VUHS attack.
Also contributing were Tyler Kepes (two goals, two assists); Zach Gebo,Brett Woods andBrad Sturtevant (a goal apiece); and Max Ratti-Bicknell (two assists). Commodore goalie Broc Clark backstopped the win with 11 saves, and Solon goalie Mitch Whalen stopped six shots. The Commodores will open the playoffs on the road.
TIGERS
On Thursday, the Tigers coasted to a 16-7 win over visiting BFA-St. Albans. They were hoping to nail down the top seed in D-I against visiting Essex on Saturday; see Page 17. Against the 8-5 Bobwhites, Connor Quinn led MUHS (12-3) with four goals and five assists; Bobby Ritter,Ali Abdul Sater andAustin Robinson tossed in two goals apiece; and goalie Nathan Lalonde stopped five shots.

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