EAST MONTPELIER — Seven players scored for the unbeaten Vergennes girls lacrosse team Thursday, sparking a 9-8 victory over U-32.
Marley Keith and Txuxa Doherty-Konczal paced Vergennes with two goals apiece. Jalen Cook (two assists), Hannah Kelly, Siobhan Eagan, Ryley Olsen and Grace Harvey also scored for the Commodores (9-0). Cook won eight ground balls, while Harvey and Doherty-Konczal each won five ground balls. Teammate Ashley Tierney stopped nine shots in goal.
The Raiders’ offensive leaders were Cypress Levitt (three goals), Emily Ehret (two goals), Brooke George (two goals), Sasha Kennedy (one goal) and Ella Lyford (one assist). Goalie Kathryn Jones made nine saves for the Raiders, who trailed 5-3 at halftime. Ten days ago, Vergennes beat U-32 by the same score, but Raiders coach Emilie Connor was more encouraged by her team’s play in the rematch.
“We felt like we were better-prepared for what they were going to throw at us,” Connor said. “It was a cleaner game since the last time we played them and both teams adjusted well. It was a really well-fought battle, but lacrosse is a game of momentum. And they got ahead 9-4 and we never caught back up. They scored their last goal with 18 minutes left. We put a lot of pressure on them in the end, but that lapse in the middle of the game sunk us. In the end, though, it was good exposure for us and it was a good learning experience. It was tough, but it was a fun game today. The first time we played them we were really frustrated, and today we had a lot more composure.”
U-32 (6-2) will travel to play Stowe at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Spaulding 7, Middlebury 6
BARRE — The Crimson Tide scored four runs in the sixth inning to rally past the Tigers on Thursday.
Brianna Storti had two doubles and Tide teammate Grace Hardaker went 2-for-3. Winning pitcher Emily Cetin allowed eight hits, recorded eight strikeouts and issued three walks. Spaulding avenged an early-season 11-0 loss and snapped a multi-year losing skid against the Tigers.
“The girls finally came into it and played great defense,” Spaulding coach Kody Lyon said. “We did all the things right. In my five years of coaching, this is the first time we’ve ever beat Middlebury — or even been close to beating them. It was a fabulous game, and Kyle Harris did a phenomenal job behind the plate. She threw out two or three girls attempting to steal second and she controlled the game back there. Kyle and Emily were unstoppable today.”
Spaulding’s Marley Ostrout hit a triple to deep left-center on the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning. She scored a few minutes later on a sacrifice bunt by Harris. During the second inning, Storti reached base on a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice by Allison Everett.
Middlebury tied the score at 2 in the third inning and pulled ahead 5-2 in the top of the fifth inning. During the bottom of the fifth, Hardaker reached base on a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mariah Hoar, closing the gap to 5-3.
The Tigers inched ahead 6-3 in the top of the sixth inning before the Tide answered with a vengeance in the bottom of the frame. Katelyn Stearns kicked things off with a triple and crossed home shortly afterwards, making it 6-4. Cetin reached base on an error and Storti followed with a one-run double to deep center. Everett and Hardaker added one-run singles to put Spaulding in the driver’s seat.
Cetin saved some of her best stuff for the seventh inning, holding Middlebury (5-4) scoreless to close out the victory. Spaulding (3-6) will host Mount Abraham at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
U-32 14, Lake Region 4
EAST MONTPELIER — Pitcher Grace Johnson limited the Rangers to a single hit during Thursday’s payback victory.
The Raiders suffered a 19-11 loss against Lake Region at the beginning of the week, but they were sharper in the rematch. Johnson struck out two batters and was perfect on the mound after allowing an infield single to Autumn Perron in the first inning. Starting pitcher Denise Goodridge gave up 17 hits and registered four strikeouts during six inning for Lake Region (3-8).
The Raiders opened up a 4-0 lead in the first inning before Lake Region scored three runs in the second. As Johnson gained confidence on the mound, U-32’s offense extended the lead to 6-3 in the third inning and pulled ahead 9-3 in the fourth.
Offensively, Sage Winner (3-for-5) and Elizabeth Guthrie (3-for-3, double) paced U-32. Grace Johnson (2-for-3, four RBIs), Allie Guthrie (2-for-4, home run) and Ruby Singer (2-for-2, double) added depth to a power-packed lineup. Brianna Rich (2-for-4) and Alex Smith (2-for-3) were also solid at the plate for U-32 (5-3). The Raiders will travel to play Thetford at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Oxbow 18, Harwood 0
DUXBURY — Madison Fornwalt threw a four-hitter Thursday and the undefeated Olympians pounded out 25 hits at the plate.
The reigning Times Argus Player of the Year recorded 17 strikeouts and issued two walks. Rachel Bloom (two hits), Lynn Russell (double) and Cassie James (single) registered the only hits for HU.
James took the loss on the mound after recording eight strikeouts and issuing eight walks over seven innings. The Olympians pulled away late, scoring six runs in the sixth and five in the seventh.
Fornwalt went 5-for-6 with two doubles, while teammate Emma DeGoosh was 4-for-6. Makayla Simmons and Lilly Bartlett both doubled for Oxbow.
“We spread the runs throughout the whole game,” Olympians coach Carl Hildebrand said. “We held them defensively and we finished strong.”
Oxbow (12-0) will travel to play Lyndon at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Enosburg 10, Williamstown 0
WILLIAMSTOWN — Hornets slugger Eliza Blake went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored during Thursday’s shutout victory.
The Hornets (9-2) scored four runs in the second inning and added two in the third. Enosburg’s Maggie Tiffany went 2-for-2 with a triple, while teammate Erin Diette went 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Winning pitcher Dana Elkins recorded eight strikeouts and issued one walk.
Reese Clayton recorded the only hit for the Blue Devils and suffered the loss on the mound. She recorded two strikeouts, issued one walk and allowed 12 hits. Williamstown (4-6) will travel to play Peoples at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Lamoille 22, Peoples 14
MORRISVILLE — The Lancers recorded nine hits and took advantage of 23 walks on Thursday.
Lamoille’s Katie Locke went 4-for-5 at the plate. Hannah LaFountain earned the victory on the mound after allowing 19 hits, recording four strikeouts and issuing three walks. Adele Biasini went 4-for-6 with a triple for the Wolves. Athena Myer (3-for-5) and Olivia Davis (two doubles) were also strong at the plate for PA.
“Everybody in the lineup had at least two hits, except for one player,” PA coach Art Lilley said. “But (LaFountain) only walked three kids and that was the difference.”
Peoples (5-7) will host Williamstown at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Williamstown 3, Enosburg 2
WILLIAMSTOWN — Nolan Bean and Carson Corriveau combined efforts on the mound Thursday, while teammate Garrett Metcalf recorded the Blue Devils’ lone hit and scored the game-winning run.
“This kind of game is huge for a team like us,” Williamstown coach Troy Busconi said. “Enosburg is a Division II program and they came in undefeated. And this was a total team win. You don’t score three runs on three hits without guys doing the little things right. And we did a lot of the little things right today. The boys should be able to carry this confidence into the next few games. These are the kind of wins that can propel a team for the rest of the season.”
Bean earned the victory on the mound after pitching the first five innings. He gave up four hits and issued five walks. Corriveau earned a six-out save after issuing one walk and registering two strikeouts. Gabe Dexter made a diving catch in right field in the top of the seventh to thwart the Hornets’ comeback attempt.
“The defense played really solid behind both Nolan and Carson,” Busconi said.
Enosburg scored one run in the first and one in the third. The Blue Devils scored twice in the bottom of the first after Jacob Tassie, Dalton Cody and Ethan Robie all reached base on walks to load the bases. Bean laid down a sacrifice bunt to drive in two runs.
“They left home plate uncovered and I just told the kids to keep running,” Busconi said.
Williamstown scored the winning run in the fifth inning. Metcalf roped a one-out double to the gap in right-center field and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tassie. Cody reached base on an intentional walk, and the Hornets attempted to pick him off at first base. The plan backfired when Metcalf’s heads-up base-running resulted in the final run.
“The first baseman didn’t field the pickoff throw cleanly and his throw to home was a little low,” Busconi said. “The umpire initially called Garrett out and then he saw the ball was on ground. So then he made the correct call.”
Williamstown improves to 6-3, while Enosburg falls to 10-1. The Blue Devils will travel to play Peoples Academy at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Spaulding 8, Middlebury 7
BARRE — Jackson Pierson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh inning on Thursday, giving the Crimson Tide a walk-off victory over the Tigers. Spaulding (5-4) will host Mount Abraham at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
U-32 7, North Country 0
EAST MONTPELIER — The Raiders are on the brink of recording one of their most successful regular seasons after blanking the Falcons on Thursday.
Jack Morris improved to 8-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles. Joe Franco, Basil Humke, Owen Myka-Smith and Jacob Bradley helped U-32 cap a singles sweep. Finn Olsen and Kayl Humke won at No. 1 doubles, while Calen Kirkpatrick and Malone Bruce triumphed at No. 2 doubles.
“Owen started hitting with a lot of power, which was really nice to see,” U-32 coach Garrett Washburn said. “It was something that he hadn’t been super comfortable with, but he was just unleashing shots today.”
Bradley coasted in his first set at No. 4 singles before tinkering with a few things in the second set. He wound up earning a 6-0, 6-4 victory.
“In the second set, I wanted (Bradley) to try some different things that we’d been working on,” Washburn said. “It was good to see that he actually won even though he was playing out of his element. And both doubles teams played really well and there was a lot of talking. It’s not that stereotype where you put your weaker player at doubles. Both our No. 1 and 2 doubles are solid right now and I don’t think I would switch them around, unless someone were to challenge them.”
U-32 improves to 7-1 and will close out the regular season next week with Wednesday’s doubleheader versus Harwood and Friday’s match against Spaulding. The South Burlington Wolves (8-0) are the clear front-runners this season as they seek their 25th championship. U-32 is battling for one of the next top spots along with Stowe, Mount Anthony, Rutland and Woodstock.
If the Raiders can keep up their streak heading into playoffs, they’ll rival last year’s squad as one of the best in program history. The Raiders went 13-1 in 1999, earning a victory over Stowe in the Division II title match. U-32 also had highly successful seasons in 2000 (11-3), 2012 (14-3) and 2015 (10-4). The Raiders finished at 12-3 last year after suffering a 5-2 loss against Stowe in the semifinals.
“They were there last year, so they knew what to expect this season,” Washburn said. “Going in, I think it helped them. And losing to Stowe in the semis was an eye-opener.”
Joe Franco def. Nick Bliss 6-0, 6-0
Basil Humke def. Connor Davis 6-0, 6-2
Owen Myka-Smith def. Derek Medley 6-2, 6-1
Jacob Bradley def. Chris Johsnon 6-0, 6-4
Jack Morris def. Ryan Morse 6-0, 6-0
Finn Olsen and Kayl Humke def. Evan Tremblay and Andrew Charbanneau 6-3, 6-0
Calen Kirkpatrick and Malone Bruce def. Max Roberts and Colin St. John 6-1, 6-4
U-32 4, North Country 3
NEWPORT — Veterans Ginger Knight, Lucy Krokenberger and Addie Hannan picked up singles victories on Thursday, while teammates Jasmine Toro and Anna Knauss won the match of the day at No. 2 doubles.
Toro and Knauss nearly finished off their opponents in the second set before hanging on for a 6-1, 6-7(5), 11-9 victory. Knight was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at No. 1 singles. Krokenberger didn’t drop a single game at No 2 singles. Hannan breezed to a 6-2, 6-2 win at the No. 4 position.
U-32 (5-1) will host Harwood for a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.