MONTPELIER — The top-seeded Montpelier boys Ulitmate team punched a ticket to the championships with Tuesday’s 15-7 semifinal victory over No. 4 Essex.
The Solons scored their first point when Hayden Ellms connected to Kaleth Torrens-Martin for a throw that was more than half the length of the field. Montpelier quickly pulled ahead 3-0 and extended its lead to 8-2 entering halftime.
“The game had a lot of long bombs and they were generally well-placed,” MHS coach Anne Watson said. “It was very windy, which made it tough, and both teams played a fair amount of zone. Thankfully our team was able to work through and around it.”
Essex ends the season at 10-4 after eliminating Mount Mansfield and Rice earlier in the playoffs. The Solons opened the post-season with victories over Sharon and South Burlington, and they’ll host either No. 2 Burr and Burton (12-1) or No. 6 Burlington (9-3) in the championship at 5 p.m. Thursday. The top-seeded MHS girls (10-0) defeated No. 5 Lyndon to make it an all-Solons finals. The Montpelier girls will face No. 2 Burlington (8-4) or No. 3 CVU (6-3) in Thursday’s 7 p.m. championship.
“We are very excited to be hosting the first varsity boys and girls Ultimate finals,” Watson said. “And how delightful that both the Montpelier boys and girls teams will be there. This is a historic event for Ultimate and I’m thrilled that the sport has come to this point. And to be a part of it as a participating coach is especially exciting.”
Harwood 10, Hartford 8
HARTFORD — Ely Kalkstein scored four goals and Finn O’Hara added a hat trick during Tuesday’s semifinal, leading the No. 3 Hilltoppers past the No 2 Hurricanes.
Jake Wells, Mike Aiken and Jonathan O’Brien also scored for the defending Division II champs and teammate Sully O’Hara made 19 saves in goal. Harwood (12-3) will face No. 4 Stowe (12-4) in the title game. Hartford ends the season at 12-5. Dawson Nalette scored thee goals for the Hurricanes and Reese Thompson added two goals in the loss.
“It was a hard-fought game and both teams played extremely well,” Harwood coach Russell Beilke said. “Hartford jumped out to a lead and we ended up tying it before halftime We came out in the third quarter and both teams scored. We were up by four goals at one point, and they came back to tie it up with under three minutes to play. And we scored two goals to take the lead and hold it in the waning minutes.”
Harwood and Stowe split games during the regular season.
The Highlanders earned an 11-5 victory over the Raiders on May 1 before suffering an 8-7 loss five days later.