BARRE — The Spaulding boys lacrosse team locked up the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Division II playoffs with Friday’s 15-9 victory over St. Johnsbury.
The Crimson Tide won for the sixth game in a row to close out the regular season with a 12-1 record. St. Johnsbury (4-10) remained within striking distance most of the game before Spaulding’s multi-pronged offense helped seal the final outcome. The Tide led 4-2 after one quarter, 9-4 after two and 12-7 after three. Three weeks earlier the Hilltoppers struggled during a 16-4 loss to the Tide, but they were competitive in the rematch.
“St. Johnsbury got a lot better and they looked like a different team,” Spaulding coach Ian Thomas said. “The first time they weren’t that physical, but tonight they had six slashes and 14 total penalties. And we had five penalties.”
The top scorers for the Hilltoppers were Max Burt (four goals, two assists), Jaden Hayes (four goals) and Ryan Egan (one goal, one assist). Teammate Matthew Monaghan made 26 saves, while Spaulding goalie Attilio Perantoni recorded 20 saves. Spaulding’s top scorers were Colby Berard (four goals, one assist), Aiden Blouin (three goals, four assists) and Travis Roy (three goals, three assists). Carter Dickinson (one goal, one assist), Myles Aja (two goals), Cam Kearney (one goal) and Owen Kresco (one goal) rounded out Spaulding’s balanced offense.
“It was a whole team effort today, especially after playing eight games in the last two weeks of the season,” Thomas said. “With 29 guys on the roster, it’s tough at the end. But we had guys step up who played in the JV game tonight and then they put time in on varsity too. It just shows how tough we are as a team. When we had longer sets, that was the key to the victory tonight. But most of our goals were in transition. We’re looking to use the weekend to rest and regroup. And we’ll be looking to start our run for the championship.”
Harwood 12, GMVS 4
FAYSTON — A trio of players named Jake haunted the Gumbies during Friday’s regular-season finale.
Jake Lynn (four goals), Jake Wells (three goals) and Jake Green (one goal) gave the defending champs lots of momentum heading into next week’s Division II playoffs. The game was tied at 2 after the first quarter and the Highlanders led 4-2 at halftime before opening up a 9-4 lead entering the final quarter.
“As the game progressed we began to settle down,” Harwood coach Russell Beilke said. “We started to do the little things like clearing the ball, and we took advantage of some fast-break opportunities. It was a great, hard-fought game all the way through.”
Ely Kalkstein tallied two goals for HU, while Finn O’Hara and Jon O’Brien also scored. Goalie Sully O’Hara made 11 saves in the victory. Jackson Jewell (two goals), Riley Kern and Tanner Ketchel scored for GMVS (5-5). Harwood (10-3) will carry a seven-game winning streak into the post-season.
“The great thing about playoffs is you win and you stay,” Beilke said. “We have started playing better as the season has gone along, and we’re playing as a team. Ely is a dominant player, but today he was able to distribute the ball and get so many other players some good looks.”
Lamoille 11, Spaulding 9
BARRE — Lancers standout Morgan Burnham stole the show with a nine-goal performance against the Crimson Tide.
Ryley Cota and Savannah Aiken also scored for the Lancers. Lia Rubel (three goals, three assists) and Hailey Lafaille (three goals) paced Spaulding, while teammate Madison Henderson added two goals and one assist. Morgan Mast (one goal, one assist) and Natalie Mattson (one assist) rounded out the Tide’s scoring. Goalie Analie Choquette made 13 saves in front of the cage for Spaulding, which trailed 6-4 at halftime. Anna Schwartz stopped three shots in goal for Lamoille (6-5).
“It went back and forth the entire game and it was a good battle,” Tide coach Kacey Abbriano said.
Spaulding (2-10) will travel to play U-32 at 11 a.m. Saturday.
U-32 18, Lamoille 7
HYDE PARK — The Raiders scored seven runs in the final inning Friday and snapped the Lancers’ five-game winning streak.
U-32’s Sage Winner went 2-for-4 with a pair of triples in the seventh inning. Allie Guthrie (triple), Cady Burgess and Maia Castonguay all went 2-for-5 for the Raiders, who led 6-0 after the first inning. Winning pitcher Grace Johnson gave up two hits and recorded two strikeouts over seven innings. Losing pitcher Hannah LaFontaine allowed 10 hits and registered five strikeouts over six innings. Anika Stevens recorded both hits for Lamoille.
U-32 (7-5) will host Lamoille (6-8) at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Richford 8, Williamstown 1
Richford 18, Williamstown 1
WILLIAMSTOWN — Pitcher Katie Rotunno lifted Richford to a pair of victories over the Blue Devils on Friday.
Williamstown’s Shylah King recorded the lone hit for Williamstown (5-10) in the first game. Rotunno recorded 15 strikeouts and issued two walks. Richford’s Cheyenne Cunningham went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a home run. Hayley Snider (2-for-4, double) and Casie Greenwood (2-for-3) also had big games for Richford, which scored five runs in the first inning and added 12 in the fourth. During the second game Williamtwon’s Hailey Brickey (triple), Hailey Miller (double) and Hannah MacAskill (single) had hits. Rotunno registered five strikeouts, issued one walk and gave up three hits. Cunningham (2-for-5, double), Austin Archambault (2-for-4) and Madison Johnson (2-for-3) led Richford at the plate.
Montpelier 15, Burlington 7
BURLINGTON — A hammer from Hayden Ellms to Remi Savard gave the Solons their final point Friday, putting the finishing touches on a 10-0 regular season.
Ellms, Gavin Corbett-Valade and Anders Shenholm each dished out three assists for the Solons. Teammates Kaleth Torrens-Martin, Max Hughes and Silvan Avery-Padberg recorded two assists apiece. Gabe Crane and Savard had recorded interceptions in the first half.
“The fact that no one had more than three assists, and almost no one had more than three scores means that we have great depth,” MHS coach Anne Watson said. “We are not overly dependent on any one or two players. This is something that we have been intentionally working on this season.”