Boys’ lacrosse setbacks include big victory
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury, Mount Abraham-Vergennes and Otter Valley union high school boys’ lacrosse teams overall found the going tough in the past week, but mixed into the losses was one of the Tigers’ biggest regular-season wins in recent years, an overtime victory over multiple-year defending Division I champion Champlain Valley.
Before the Tigers knocked off the Redhawks on Tuesday, they dropped a pair of games to other top D-I teams.
On April 27, host South Burlington doubled up the Tigers, 14-7. Rex Jewell led the Wolves with four goals, Ryan Sweet and Will Hershberg netted three apiece, and goalie Evan Knoth made 13 saves. Owen Lawton sparked the MUHS offense with five goals and set up scores by Jackson Gillett and Eddie Hodde.
On Saturday, host Essex edged the Tigers, 5-3, despite 19 saves from MUHS goalie Kegan Brown. Toby Draper scored all three Tiger goals. Ben Serrantonio and Carter Frankenhoff led the Hornets with two goals apiece, and Essex goalie Ben Russell made 12 saves.
On Tuesday, the previously undefeated Redhawks led, 8-5, before the Tigers rallied to tie the game on a Zach Jette goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation. After one scoreless OT period, Draper found the net to give the Tigers their first victory over CVU in years, a stretch that included a number of close setback.
Lawton led the way with four goals and an assist, and Draper scored twice and set up a goal. Gillett, Hodde and Jette netted a goal apiece, and Brown made 10 saves as MUHS moved to 4-2.
On Friday, visiting St. Johnsbury edged the Eagles, 5-4. Henry Anderson scored twice for MAV, and set up goals by Billy Lyons and Noah Ladeau. Goalie Connor Meachem made eight saves. For St. J Ian McNeil and Jude Loe each scored twice, and goalie Dominik Gray stopped five shots.
On Monday, visiting Hartford pelted MAV, 15-2. Joseph Barwood led the Hurricane attack with five goals.
Ladeau and Anderson scored for MAV, and in goal Meachem and Moises Otero combined for three saves.
The 1-4 Eagles were set to host Randolph on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition.
On April 28, host Montpelier cruised past the OV boys, 19-2. Tae Rossmassler had four goals and three assists for Montpelier, and Solon goalie Cal Davis made nine.
Kieran Williams had a goal and an assist, and Hayden Bernhardt scored for the Otters, who received 11 saves from goalie Daniel O’Brien.
On Tuesday visiting GMVS topped the Otters, 10-5. Evan Thomas scored three goals, Thomas Politano added two, and Bernhardt had three assists as OV dropped to 1-5.
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