Tiger boys’ lax gets No. 1 seed; VUHS ousted

ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Union High School boys earned the top seed in Division I to highlight local lacrosse news earlier this week. They were set to host a quarterfinal later this week, while the Tiger girls won a first-round game.
As the playoffs got under way on Tuesday, the Vergennes boys lost an opening-round Division II game on the road.
Also in D-II, on Wednesday afternoon the No. 9 Mount Abraham boys (8-8) upset  No. 8 U-32 (8-8), but the No. 16 Otter Valley boys (1-15) fell  No. 1 Rice.
The Eagle-Raider game was a rematch between two teams that split two regular-season contests. This time visiting Mount Abe prevailed, 11-8. The Eagles will play at No. 1 Rice in a quarterfinal on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Tiger boys, courtesy of their 12-11 win over Essex on Saturday, finished at 13-3 to earn the top seed in D-I. They will open the playoffs and their quest for the program’s eighth title and first since 2003 on Friday at 4 p.m. against No. 8 Woodstock (8-8) in a quarterfinal matchup.
A win over their traditional rival Wasps would move the Tigers into a home semifinal on Monday against either No. 4 Essex (10-4) or No. 5 Brattleboro (11-6), who will also meet on Friday. The D-I final will be played the following weekend at Castleton at a time to be announced. No. 2 South Burlington (12-3), No. 3 Mount Anthony (12-4) and No. 6 Champlain Valley (a misleading 9-6) are lurking in the other half of the bracket.
The Tiger girls finished the regular season at 8-5 after losing four road games late in the season, all close, and were awarded the No. 6 seed. They are  seeking the program’s first title since 2008 and eighth overall. D-I on the girls’ side has shown parity all spring: The Tigers lost in overtime at No. 1 seed Burr & Burton (12-2) and split two games with No. 2 seed Burlington (13-2).
MUHS hosted No. 11 Brattleboro (5-11) on Wednesday, and the Tigers prevailed, 15-4.
The win means a date at No. 3 Rice (11-3) on Saturday at 4 p.m. If the Tigers were to prevail in that matchup, they would advance to a June 9 semifinal, probably at Burlington, unless No. 7 Mount Anthony (11-6) pulls off a quarterfinal upset. The D-I final will be played the following weekend at Castleton at a time to be announced.
In the only game played on Tuesday, No. 6 Stratton dealt No. 11 VUHS a 13-3 setback. Deighlin Lynes,Tyler Crowningshield andTyler Kepes scored for VUHS, and Crowningshield picked up an assist. Crowningshield finished the season with 54 goals and 36 assists, a 90-point total that Coach Ed Cook believes to be a program record. Goalie Broc Clark stopped 13 shots for VUHS on Tuesday.
The Commodores finished with a 7-9 record, a total that represents a three-win improvement from 2014. 

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