MILTON — Defending Division II champion Harwood opened the 2019 boys lacrosse season with Friday’s 4-3 victory over Milton.

Finn O’Hara paced Harwood with two goals and one assist. Jake Wells and Jake Green also scored for the Highlanders. Colby Bergeron, Ryan Dowling and Andrew Karlin scored for Milton. Both teams spent a total of four minutes in the penalty area. The Yellowjackets held a 16-15 edge on ground balls and a 16-15 advantage on shots.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Rutland 13, Essex 4

ESSEX — Rutland High School held Essex to a goal in the first half and beat the Hornets on Friday to improve to 3-0.

“This feels good; the girls are really playing together and every day they’re getting better,” said first-year coach Matt Zmurko.

Rylee Burgess had five goals and an assist and was one of eight Raiders to find the back of the nets, including Justine Peters and Makieya Hendrickson with their first varsity goals.

Rutland led 6-1 at the half.

Leah Zmurko was a big reason along with a defense that was up to the task. She had four 8-meter stops among her 10 saves.

“Our defense played really good,” coach Zmurko said.

Brianna Beauchamp had two goals, Francie Ettori a goal and three assists, Kendra Sabotka one of each and Logan Kinsman three assists for Rutland.

Madison Larson had three saves for the 0-2 Hornets, who were led in scoring by Emma Whitney with two goals.

Rutland will visit BFA-St. Albans on Tuesday.

SOFTBALL

Fair Haven 35,

Mill River 14

NORTH CLARENDON — Fair Haven defeated Mill River 35-14 in a softball game abbreviated to five innings by the mercy rule on Friday.

The Minutemen fall to 1-1.

BASEBALL

Windsor 8, Mill River 3

NORTH CLARENDON — Windsor made its trip to Mill River count with an 8-3 victory.

The Minutemen fall to 0-2.

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