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Lacrosse teams pick up victories

ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school lacrosse action the Middlebury boys, Vergennes-Mount Abraham girls, and Mount Abe-VUHS boys all earned victories as they entered the final week of regular season play.

TIGER BOYS

On May 19, the MUHS boys’ team got past host St. Albans, 10-4, with multiple goals from Owen Lawton (four), Mason Kaufmann (three) and Jackson Gillette (two).

On Saturday, the Tigers outlasted host Mount Mansfield, 8-7, despite another injury to one of the team’s three seniors. MUHS has been playing for the past three weeks without senior attacker and leading scorer Bode Rubright due to a knee injury. Coach Matt Rizzo said the Tigers will soon learn if he can return for next week’s playoffs.

On Saturday, Kaufmann, the team’s leading midfield scorer and a key two-way player, went down in the first half after scoring twice, Rizzo said. Coach Rizzo said the injury didn’t seem as serious as Rubright’s, but his status remains uncertain.

Without the two mainstays, Rizzo said his inexperienced team — there are two juniors, with the rest of the squad seeing varsity action for the first time this spring — has shown remarkable poise in compiling a 9-3 record, good for second place in Division I with two home games left on the schedule: vs. eighth-place Rutland on Wednesday after the deadline for this section, and vs. first-place CVU on Saturday.

“(I’m) super proud of this very young squad.

The future is bright for the program,” Rizzo said in an email.

Against the Cougars, the team’s third senior, goalie Jack Rizzo, came up big with 14 saves and good work in transition to set up the offense. Toby Draper notched two goals and two assists, Gillette added another pair of goals, and Cam Stone won nine of 17 faceoffs and added a goal.

Coach Rizzo was also pleased with the way his attackers killed the final 1:20 while nursing the one-goal lead. “We ran out the clock and won,” he said.

EAGLE BOYS

The Mount Abe-VUHS boys’ team won twice to improve to 4-8. On Friday, the Eagles topped visiting U-32, 12-8. Griffin Paradee (three goals, two assists) and Liam Oxford and Evan Jennison (two goals apiece) supplied the lion’s share of the Eagle attack, while goalie Aidan Danyow made seven saves. Raider Brenden Tedeschi (six goals) and Callum Davis (12 saves) kept U-32 in the game.

On Tuesday, the Eagles made it two straight by defeating host Milton, 10-4. Henry Anderson (three goals, two assists), Iain Olsen (two goals, two assists), Oxford (goal, two assists) and Paradee (goal, assist) took care of the offense. Danyow made four saves behind a strong defensive effort.

The Eagles wrap up their regular season by hosting OV on Thursday. They, like the Otters, will participate in the D-III playoffs.

COMMODORE GIRLS

Another team that keeps winning is the VUHS-Mount Abe girls. On May 19, the Commodores tuned up for the May 22 showdown with first-place Hartford (see story on Page 1B) by blanking host Lamoille, 11-0.

Sydney Weber and Hannah Kelly each scored three times to pace the attack, and Elena Bronson added a pair. Goalie Ashley Tierney stopped the only shot she saw, while Lancer goalie Kayla Turner made five saves.

VUHS-Mt. Abe improved to 10-1 headed into its matches with undefeated Hartford, the team that dealt the Commodores their only loss, and third-place Green Mountain Valley, a game that was moved from Wednesday to Tuesday at the last minute.  (See story in the Hartford story.)

TIGER GIRLS

On Friday host CVU bested the Tiger girls, 17-8. Redhawks Gretta White and Chloe Snipes combined for 11 goals and goalie Clare Stackpole-McGrath made four saves. For the Tigers,  Sophie Laroque (three goals) plus Ella Tucker and Alanna Trudeau (two goals apiece) provided most of the offense, and goalie Lydia Deppman made 10 saves.

On Tuesday, visiting South Burlington defeated the Tigers, 16-6. Tucker, Hana Doria and Nora Wootten supplied goals for the Tigers as they dropped to 4-8 heading into their season finale at home vs. Mount Mansfield on Friday.

OTTER BOYS

On May 19 visiting Hartford defeated the OV boys, 17-2. Hayden Bernhardt and Matt Mosley scored for the Otters, who honored their two seniors, David Williams and Jacob Stevens, before the game. OV dropped to 1-8 heading into its Thursday game at Mount Abe.

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