Boys’ lacrosse teams earn victories
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury, Mount Abraham/Vergennes and Otter Valley boys’ lacrosse teams each won at least once between May 18 and 24, with the Eagles faring best by taking two out of three.
Teams are playing their last regular-season games; the Division I playoffs will begin next week for the Tigers, and the D-III postseason for the Eagles and Otters.
On May 19 the Tigers edged visiting South Burlington, 8-7. After the Wolves tied it at 7-7 in the late going Toby Draper scored the winning goal, swooping from left to right and picking the lower left corner with nine seconds on the clock. The Tigers then won the faceoff to clinch the win.
Jackson Gillett led the Tigers with three goals and two assists, and Draper scored three and assisted one. Goalie Kegan Brown made five saves.
Rex Jewell, Will Anderson and Will Goyette scored two goals apiece for the Wolves, and goalie Evan Knoth made 14 saves as the Tigers outshot SB, 22-12.
On Friday undefeated Rice, D-II’s first-place team, knocked off the Tigers, 15-7. Garrett Micciche (six goals and three assists), Andrew Greene (three goals, four assists) and Graham Harris (three goals, three assists) were major factors for the Green Knights, who received 15 saves from goalie Logan Lambrecht.
Draper and Owen Lawton scored two goals apiece to lead MUHS, and Brown stopped 16 shots.
On Tuesday visiting Essex defeated the Tigers, 6-4. Tanner Robbins led Essex with three goals, and goalie Ben Russell made eight saves. Lawton, Draper, Angus Blackwell and Gillette scored a goal apiece for the Tigers.
Essex improved to 9-5 and apparently leapfrogged MUHS into fourth place in the D-I standings with the victory.
The Tigers dropped to 8-5 heading into their final game, a home contest scheduled vs. multi-season D-I defending champion Champlain Valley on Friday. To move higher in the standings they might have to knock off the Redhawks and hope for an Essex setback.
On May 18 the Eagles outscored visiting Milton, 12-8, as Henry Anderson scored five times, adding an assist, and Noah Ladeau notched a hat trick. Sawyer Shepard chipped in two goals, and Sawyer Leonard and Andrew Nolan added a goal apiece. Connor Meachem and Moises Otero combined for five stops.
On Saturday the Eagles won at Fairfax, 12-9, scoring six straight goals to close the game spanning the third and fourth quarters to wipe out a 9-6 Bullet lead.
Ladeau led the Eagles with five goals and an assist, and Anderson (three goals, assist), Shepard (two goals, two assists) and Nolan (two goals) also figured prominently into the attack.
Otero made eight saves in the first half, and Meachem made three after intermission. Bryce Fontaine scored four goals for the Bullets, and Fairfax goalie Max Mills stopped 18 shots.
On Tuesday the Eagles finished their regular season with a 19-4 setback at Colchester, a top D-II team. Anderson scored three for the Eagles, and Ladeau added one.
The Eagles finished their regular season at 3-9 after having to forfeit earlier wins over OV and Randolph. The program learned after the fact an ineligible player had participated in some games earlier this season.
On Saturday host D-I Brattleboro thumped the Otters, 16-4. Details were not reported.
On Tuesday the Otters edged visiting Stratton, 7-6, as Hayden Bernhardt’s third goal proved to be the game-winner. Evan Thomas and Thomas Politano contributed a goal and assist apiece, and Kieran Williams and Dom Davis added a goal each.
OV improved to 5-7 heading into the D-III playoffs.
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