NORTHFIELD - Quarterback Nathan LaRosa ran into the end zone three times and threw a trio of touchdown passes Saturday night, leading the U-32 football team to a 40-7 victory over Lyndon.
The game ended with 4:23 remaining after a Lyndon player was injured and taken to the hospital in an ambulance. By that point the Raiders were in command, thanks to stingy defense and LaRosa's combination of arm strength, accuracy and agility.
Max Fair had two touchdown receptions and Alec Lemiux also scored on a LaRosa pass. U-32 kicker Zai Gluck made 4 of 5 extra-point attempts. Freshman Crosse Gariboldi proved that he's one of the premier running backs in Division II, racking up more than 140 rushing yards in the victory. Sully O’Hara recovered two fumbles and had one sack for the Raiders. Teammate Anthony Concessi contributed one interception and one sack.
U-32 has been a second-half team most of the season, but LaRosa was hot in Saturday's first quarter with two rushing touchdowns. Fair's 7-yard touchdown in the second quarter pushed the Raiders in front 19-0.
The Vikings closed the gap to 19-7 with 5:38 left in the second quarter when Whit Steen completed his first pass of the day. The quarterback fired to Trevor Lussier up the left side for a 46-yard scoring play.
Lyndon committed a costly defensive penalty a few minutes later, but LI's Bryonn Noyes recovered a fumble on the next play. One play later, U-32's Anthony Concessi picked off a pass at the 50-yard line with 5:09 on the clock. Gariboldi burst up the middle for a 38-yard run, moving the ball to the 15-yard line. LaRosa fired a 5-yard pass to Fair with 4:18 left in the first half for a 26-7 lead.
U-32 recovered a fumble with 3:00 left in the first half, setting up a first-and-goal situation from the 5-yard line. LaRosa faked a handoff during an option play and ran straight up the middle for a 33-7 advantage with 2:48 on the clock. Lemiux beat his defender and took the inside lane to haul in a 12-yard touchdown pass from LaRosa with 7:30 left in the third quarter. U-32 (5-1) will travel to play Mount Abraham at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Brattleboro 56, Spaulding 16
BARRE - The undefeated Colonels showed why they're the top-ranked team in Division II during Saturday's 40-point victory over the Crimson Tide. Brattleboro (6-0) will host Fair Haven at 7 p.m. Friday. Spaulding (1-5) will travel to play Milton the same day.
Stowe 5, North Country 0
STOWE - The Raiders improved to 10-0 and earned their eighth straight shutout Saturday. Jono Niessenbaum assisted Rai Bleda in the seventh minute and Alex Reichelt tucked away a penalty kick 10 minutes later. In the 30th minute fullback Alex Tilgner made a run out of the back, beat three players and scored on a 20-yard shot. Alex Reichelt set up Nick Mitchell in the 44th minute and assisted Jack Sievwright in the 57th minute.
Milton 7, Spaulding 0
BARRE TOWN - Cooper Goodrich scored twice and the Yellowjackets built a four-goal lead in the first half Saturday. Cam Fougere, Chance Rose, Nick Desouza and Ethan Jones also fired shots past Spaulding goalie Kent Barcomb (13 saves).
U-32 6, Northfield-Williamstown 0
EAST MONTPELIER - Caroline Kirby returned from a two-game absence and scored four times Saturday, propelling the Raiders to a lopsided victory.
Kirby capitalized on an Emily Frazier assist in the 32nd minute on a pass from Payton Gariboldi. In the 44th minute Gariboldi set up Kirby again for a 3-0 lead. Kirby served up her fourth goal on a penalty kick in the 51st minute. Avery Knauss extended the lead to 5-0 in the 76th minute, with Frazier assisting. Yvonne Roberge tucked away the final goal on an Avery Knauss assist.
Evie Moore (two saves) and Claire Obeldobel (one save) combined efforts in the shutout for U-32. Keeper Ciera Sweet made nine saves for Northfield-Williamstown (3-6-1).
U-32 (9-1) will travel to play Peoples Academy at 4 p.m. Thursday. Northfield-Williamstown (3-6-1) will host Montpelier at 4 p.m. Friday.
GMVS 1, Burke 0
FAYSTON - Kelly Gebhardt scored in the fifth minute and goalie Cassandra Cormier made 11 saves for the Gumbies. Burke keeper Lindley Friedman stopped 10 shots.
Harwood 3, Missisquoi 2
DUXBURY - Rachel Goodwin tucked away the game-winning goal for the second time in three days, propelling the Highlanders past the Thunderbirds.
Abby Scharges scored with a minute left in the first half to give the Highlanders a 1-0 lead at the break. Missisquoi answered with two goals in the first five minutes of the second half. Anna Kudriavetz equalized for Harwood before Goodwin buried the final goal. Harwood finished with an 8-6 advantage on penalty corners.
"It was an evenly matched game with play at both ends of the field," HU coach Katie Alexander said. "We played very well as a team both offensively and defensively. On offense we did a great job passing to space, running onto the ball and working the ball up the field. Defensively, the girls did a great job overlapping, running to intercept passes and communicating with each other."
Harwood (4-6) will travel to play Lyndon at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.