High school field hockey teams wrap up regular season, OV to host playoff

ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated Middlebury to highlight local field hockey action as the regular season ended last week. In other action, the Eagles and Tigers each dropped road games, while Otter Valley’s final two games were both canceled due to poor field conditions.
The Vermont Principals’ Association was set to release playoff pairings on Monday morning.
On Friday, host Mount Abe defeated the Tigers, 2-1, in overtime when Hannah Wahl scored in the extra session. Jackie Reiss, from Ashley Turner, gave the Eagles the lead, but Lexi Bartlett equalized for MUHS late in regulation. Eagle goalie Chessley Jackman made three saves, while the Tigers’ Bridget Audet stopped 17 shos.
The Eagles finished at 6-7-1 to apparently earn the No. 5 seed in Division II and will probably visit No. 4 Springfield (8-4-1) in a quarterfinal. 
Middlebury (3-11) will apparently earn the No. 9 seed in D-I and visit No. 8 Rutland (4-7-2) in a first-round game.
On Wednesday, host Champlain Valley tipped the Eagles in overtime, 1-0. Jackman stopped eight shots, five more than goalie Kristy Carlson did for the 7-3-4 Redhawks.
On Wednesday, host South Burlington (13-1) earned a 3-0 victory over the Tigers. MUHS forced Rebel goalie Liz Sargent to block two shots, while Audet  made 15 saves. 
OV finished at 7-5 after a Friday game at Rutland and a Saturday home game at Woodstock were both called off. The Otters apparently edged Springfield and Mount Abe for the No. 3 seed and will probably host No. 6 Burr & Burton (6-5-3) in a first-round game.

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