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Lacrosse teams to host in playoffs

ADDISON COUNTY — The defending Division II champion Vergennes-Mount Abraham girls’ lacrosse team earned the highest postseason seed among local lax squads, while the Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams will also host postseason games.

The Mount Abe-VUHS boys’ team hosted Otter Valley this past Thursday, and the Eagles will also be at home for a playoff game — see story on Page 1B.

COMMODORE GIRLS

On Saturday the 12-2 Commodore girls’ lacrosse team coasted past Stowe, 19-4. Coupled with first-place Hartford’s victory over GMVS, the win allowed VUHS-Mt. Abe to move past the Gumbies in the D-II standings and earn the No. 2 seed.

Hartford, with which the Commodores have split two games, is the No. 1 seed and GMVS, which defeated VUHS-Mt. Abe in Waitsfield, is the No. 3 seed. A potential semifinal rematch between the Commodores and Gumbies would now be at VUHS.

But first, No. 7 Woodstock is likely to pose a quarterfinal challenge to the Commodores on Saturday at 4 p.m., barring a first-round upset.

In the big win at Stowe, Ryley Olsen (four goals, four assists), Sydney Weber (four goals) and Sophie Davis (three goals) led the attack. Hannah Kelly, Elena Bronson and Txuxa Doherty-Konczal added two goals apiece. Doherty-Konczal (three saves) also shared time in net with Illia Dennison with goalie Ashley Tierney injured. Tierney’s status for the postseason is uncertain.

TIGER BOYS

The Tiger boys’ lacrosse team split a pair of games last week to finish 10-4 in a tight D-I race. They ended up seeded No. 4 and will host No. 5 Essex on Friday at 4 p.m., with defending champion Champlain Valley looming as a probable semifinal foe on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

On May 27, the Tiger boys eased past visiting Rutland, 8-2, as Toby Draper led the offense with three goals and an assist. Owen Lawton and Mason Kaufmann added two goals each, and goalie Jack Rizzo had another strong outing, making eight saves.

On Saturday, the Tigers took visiting CVU to overtime in a 7-6 setback. Alex Leonard scored the overtime game-winner for the Redhawks, and goalie Jake Bowen made nine saves. Draper led the Tigers with three goals and an assist, and Rizzo made a dozen saves.

TIGER GIRLS

The Tiger girls lost to visiting Mount Mansfield on May 28, 7-5, leaving MUHS with a 4-9 record and a No. 8 seed. They were set to host No. 9 Rice in a play-in game on Wednesday. A win would move the Tigers into a Saturday quarterfinal vs. undefeated top seed Burr & Burton.

Three Cougars scored two goals apiece on Friday, and MMU goalie Merrill Spofford came up big with nine saves. Hana Doria and Alanna Trudeau each scored twice for the Tigers, Sophie Larocque added a goal, and goalie Lydia Deppman made five saves.

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