VERGENNES — A cooperative Mount Abraham-Vergennes team handed defending Division II champ U-32 its first loss of the season with Monday’s 9-8 girls lacrosse victory.
Txuxa Doherty-Konczal, Jalen Cook and Ryley Olsen tallied two goals apiece to lead the charge.
“They are super aggressive and their pressure just threw us off our game early on, and we couldn’t quite recover,” U-32 coach Emilie Connor said. “Both teams caused a lot of turnovers and it was back and forth the whole game. It was 4-4 at halftime and we got tired at the end, but I was super proud of how hard we worked. That program has made huge progress since last year and it was a good learning experience. Plus, I don’t like being undefeated going into playoffs.”
Emily Ehret paced U-32 with four goals and Raiders goalie Kathryn Jones finished with 10 saves after stopping a handful of free position shots. Also scoring for U-32 were Brooke George (one assist), Cypress Levitt, Jozie Bolduc and Kaylee Thayer. The Raiders held a 7-6 lead midway through the second half before Vergennes rattled off three straight goals in a span of two minutes. Leah Croke, Hannah Kelly and Siobhan Eagan also scored in the victory. Harriet Anderson notched two assists and goalie Ashley Tierney made three saves. U-32 (4-1) will host Hartford at 4:30 p.m. today.
GMVS 11, St. Johnsbury 9
FAYSTON — Erika Wiebe scored her sixth goal to put the finishing touches on Monday’s come-from-behind victory over the Hilltoppers.
The game was tied at 4 entering halftime before Lilly Leach (five goals) helped St. Johnsbury pull ahead 8-6 in the second half. The Gumbies responded with four straight goals, taking the lead for good on a high-percentage shot by Julia Brophy (two goals). Emma Austin scored a backhanded goal to knot the score at 8 before GMVS pulled away at the end.
Molly Queally scored twice for GMVS and teammate Molly Quinlan made 12 saves in goal. Ella Ceppatelli, Polly Currier, Olivia Matteis and Lydia Bushey recorded single goals for the Hilltoppers and goalie Grace Phelps made eight saves in the loss.
Peoples 23, Harwood 4
MORRISVILLE — The Wolves capitalized on 24 walks Monday and winning pitcher Athena Myers threw a one-hitter to silence the Highlanders.
Olivia Davison went 2-for-4 with four RBIs at the plate and teammate Lindsey Menard went 2-for-3 for PA. The Wolves scored 11 runs in the first inning to set the tone for the five-inning victory. Myers issued seven walks and recorded 10 strikeouts.
“She’s a new pitcher and it was the best game she pitched all year,” PA coach Art Lilley said.
Peoples (3-4) will host Enosburg at 4:30 p.m. today.
Williamstown 24, Twinfield 2
WILLIAMSTOWN — Ten runs in the first inning and nine in the third resulted in a five-inning victory for the Blue Devils on Monday.
Hailey Brickey went 3-for-4 with four home runs and one double. Hailey Miller went 3-for-4 with a double and scored two runs, while Hunter Covey was 3-for-4 and scored three times. Williamstown also benefited from strong at-bats by Hannah MacAskill (2-for-2), Syerra Day (2-for-3) and Brianna McLaughlin (three runs scored). Twinfield’s Delaney Fowler went 2-for-2.
McLaughlin earned the victory on the mound after giving up four hits over four innings. She recorded six strikeouts and issued three walks. Day struck out one batter and issued one walk during a hitless inning of relief. Williamstown will travel to play Danville at 4:30 p.m. today.
Oxbow 21, Thetford 0
OXBOW — The Olympians scored five runs in the first inning and added eight runs in the fourth inning Monday.
Makayla Simmons went 3-for-4 at the plate and teammate Melanie Neil was 3-for-5 with a double. Winning pitcher Madison Fornwalt registered 11 strikeouts, issued one walk and allowed one hit.
“It was not the common hitters for us today,” Oxbow coach Carl Hildebrand said. “(Fornwalt) was intentionally walked four times, but she scored three times. We’re trying to work on aggressive base-running and taking advantage of that.”
Oxbow (6-0) will travel to play Randolph at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Middlebury 11, Spaulding 0
MIDDLEBURY — Winning pitcher Gwen Stafford gave the Crimson Tide headaches all game, recording 14 strikeouts during Monday’s one-hitter.
Losing pitcher Emily Cetin recorded eight strikeouts and issued zero walks. Middlebury’s top offensive threats were Carly Larocque (three hits, five RBIs), Aby Larock (two hits, one RBI) and Gwen Stafford (three hits). Sydney Provecher and Ashley Sunderland both recorded doubles for Middlebury (3-2). Spaulding will host Mount Abraham at 4:30 p.m. today.
Spaulding 4, Middlebury 0
MIDDLEBURY — AJ Castellaneta had two doubles and Jalen Lewis threw a three-hitter Monday against the Tigers. Lewis required 76 pitches to get the job done, recording five strikeouts and two walks. Hale Hescock took the loss. Spaulding will host Mount Abraham at 4:30 p.m. today.
Montpelier 15, Lyndon 1
Montpelier 15, CVU 3
MONTPELIER — The Solons kept their perfect record intact with victories over the Vikings and Redhawks on Monday.
Althea Torrens-Martin scored five points in the opening game to overwhelm Lyndon. Teammate Mae Browning chipped in with one point and three assists. Mikaela Luke-Currier added one point and three assists, while Ruby Jennings had two points and two assists.
“We weren’t quite as efficient on offense as we would have liked,” MHS coach Nolan Benoit said. “But thankfully our solid defense gave us many chances to score.”
Nadia Scoppettone took control during the second game, tallying two points and six assists. Luke-Currier finished with two points and three assists. Browning had four assists and Jordan Allen-Brandon wound up with three points and one assist. Eliana Moorhead (three points) and Sophia Currier (two points) also scored.
“CVU scored the first point of the game, which showed that if we wanted to win we were going to have to work for it,” Benoit said. “After trading a few points, we started to pull away and took an 8-3 halftime lead. They are a very athletic team, which meant it was hard work to play person defense on them. During the second half, we started to play zone defense and they had a hard time with it. And we scored seven straight points to end the game.”