Tigers No. 1 in girls’ lax; VUHS No. 11

ADDISON COUNTY — As expected, the Vermont Principals’ Association awarded the undefeated Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team the No. 1 seed for the Division I postseason.
Meanwhile, the 1-12 Vergennes squad is the No. 11 seed in D-II.
The 15-0 Tigers received a bye into the quarterfinals and will host either No. 8 Mount Mansfield (9-6) or No. 9 Brattleboro (8-8) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The semifinal is on Tuesday, and the final will be played the following weekend at the University of Vermont. Defending champion Mount Anthony (15-0) is the No. 2 seed, South Burlington (13-2) is No. 3, and Rice (10-5) is No. 4.
The Tigers could face a challenge on Friday: They defeated Mount Mansfield twice this season, but only by 10-8 and 6-5.
The first-year Commodores were set to visit No. 8 St. Johnsbury (6-6) on Wednesday afternoon. The Hilltoppers defeated the Commodores, 16-4, in the teams’ only meeting this spring.
Both the VUHS and MUHS girls concluded the regular seasons with important wins on May 26 — the Commodores earned their first, and the Tigers concluded their regular season undefeated.
The Commodores got five goals, an assist and eight ground balls from Ashley Turner and three goals from Norah Deming as they broke through for the first-year varsity program’s first victory, 14-8, at the expense of visiting Harwood.
Also contributing were Jalen Cook (two goals, eight ground balls), Jackie Reiss (two goals, five ground balls), Chloe Johnston (two assists, six ground balls) and Leah Croke (assist, five ground balls).
The Tigers won their closest game of the season, 6-5, over visiting Mount Mansfield. Isabel Rosenberg (three goals), Satchel McLaughlin (two goals), Mikayla Robinson (one goal) and Emily Laframboise (two assists) took care of the offense, while goalie Raven Payne made five saves. Joanna Wright stopped nine shots for the 9-6 Cougars. 

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