BARRE — The Spaulding boys lacrosse team never trailed Monday but still struggled to pull away from Stowe, resulting in a cliffhanger ending to the Crimson Tide’s 8-7 victory.
Jacob Washburn assisted Aiden Blouin for the game-winning goal with one minute left in double-overtime, helping Spaulding extend its winning streak to four games. Blouin finished with a team-high three goals to go along with one assist, while goalie Attilio Perantoni made 16 saves.
“This was a big grinder game for us,” Tide coach Ian Thomas said. “We were missing some guys and we went deep into the roster and played a lot of JV guys. But Stowe played really well today. It was just like the first game and it could have gone either way. But we were able to make the plays in overtime and get some looks.
“Our guys played with a lot of grit and intensity today, even though it was a hot day and we were gassed. We played six freshmen today, so it was a great character win for us to grow closer and battle throughout the entire game and both overtimes. It was the first time we’ve gone to overtime this year and it’s always special to have a season with an overtime win.”
Travis Roy (two goals, one assist) and Washburn (one goal, one assists) also recorded multiple points for the Tide. Teammates Cam Kearney and Colby Berard also scored, while Cam Gosselin paced the Tide on face-offs. Hans Huber scored twice for the Raiders. Jace Boerger, Clark Brown, Jake Rabos, Rowan Pinkham and Kevin Crawford added single goals in the loss and teammate Nate Rice made 12 saves. Spaulding led 2-0 after one quarter, held a 6-3 halftime lead and entered the fourth in front 7-5.
“At the end of the game, there were looks both ways and Attilio had one save in each overtime,” Thomas said. “We won the opening face-off in the first overtime, but they got possession and called a timeout. They had a long set, and then we went down and got a shot and their goalie made a nice save. And it was pretty much a scrum for the rest of the first overtime. And both teams had looks again in the second overtime. Stowe had the ball, and we were coming out of a timeout and we forced a turnover on a clear. Jacob picked up the ground ball and he dumped it to Aiden. And Aiden scored in transition.”
Spaulding (10-1) will travel to play Milton at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Harwood 10, Milton 7
WATERBURY — Ely Kalkstein (four goals) and Mike Aiken (two goals) helped the Highlanders hold off a determined comeback attempt by the Yellowjackets on Monday.
Jake Well, Finn O’Hara, Sawyer Simmons and Jonathan O’Brien also scored for HU, and teammate Sully O’Hara made 17 saves. Harwood (8-3) will host Lamoille at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“We’re on a nice little roll and today was a good test for us,” Harwood coach Russell Beilke said. “(Jackson Ehler) is a beast. He’s a big, strong attackman and he gave us all sorts of problems. At the very end they were making a comeback, and Sully stood like a wall for us. He made a bunch of saves, but the most noticeable ones were in the fourth quarter.”
GMVS 16, Killington 7
FAYSTON — Five goals from Jackson Jewell helped the Gumbies get warmed up after a slow start Monday.
Killington hung around early before building a 7-3 halftime lead. Seb Segre (four goals) and Josh Valentine (three goals) also had big games for GMVS (4-4). Tanner Ketchel, Raymo Blancato, Ryan Beardsley and Montpelier product Brian Bushey also scored in the victory. Goalies Christian Riis and Gavin Worth combined efforts to make eight saves for the Gumbies, who will host St. Johnsbury at 4 p.m. Wednesday.