In boys’ lax, OVUHS is the only playoff winner

ADDISON COUNTY — In high school boys’ lacrosse playoff action Otter Valley won its first home playoff game in 13 years before falling in a Division II quarterfinal, while the Middlebury and Mount Abraham-Vergennes teams both lost on the road.
On Wednesday the host No. 5 Otters pulled away late in a 12-5 victory over visiting No. 12 U-32 (1-10). Tim Kittler (four goals) and Hayden Gallo (three goals and an assist) led the attack. Ethan Sulik-Doty added two goals and an assist, Zach Scarborough scored twice, Matt Moseley chipped in a goal and an assist, and David Williams contributed two helpers. Goalie Alec Stevens backstopped the win with eight saves.
On Saturday arguably the best season in OV program history ended with a 3-2 loss at No. 4 Stowe. Gallo scored the only goal of the first half, but the Raiders’ Jace Boerger sparked Stowe (11-4) in the second half with two goals.
Playing in his last game for OV, Stevens made 17 saves to keep OV in the game and scored the first goal in his standout career with an end-to-end run with four minutes to go. That score made it 3-2, but OV could come no closer and finished at 8-6.
On Wednesday host No. 4 Essex (11-4) ousted the Tigers from the D-I playoffs, 14-8, in a first-round game. Senior Kolby Farnsworth capped his Tiger career with a game-high five goals, and Mason Kaufmann added a pair for MUHS. Goalie Jack Rizzo stopped 10 shots as the Tigers finished 4-11.
On Wednesday host No. 8 Milton (6-11) eliminated the Eagles from the D-II postseason, 11-2. Ryan Rougier scored both Eagle goals as the young Mount Abe-VUHS cooperative team finished at 4-9.

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