LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
SOUTH BURLINGTON -- Last year, the Burr and Burton Academy girls lacrosse team saw its season end in the Division II finals to Rice Memorial.
This year, the Bulldogs will head into the Division I playoffs with a 14-9 win over the Green Knights -- who also made the jump to D-I this year.
BBA used five goals from Morgan Bazyk and four goals from Hayley Sabol to help get the job done, and BBA coach Dave Miceli also noted the solid transition defense that allowed BBA to force Rice turnovers and give the Bulldogs second chances to score.
Rice was led by Michelle Bolger, who had three goals and two assists.
Lauren MacKenzie stopped 10 shots for BBA, while Maura Sheridan stopped 12 for Rice.
BBA ends the regular season at 13-2 and will be the top seed in D-I when the VPA brackets are released on Monday afternoon. Rice ends the regular season at 10-5.
BBA baseball loses by one
MANCHESTER -- Finishing off the regular season on Saturday, the Burr and Burton Academy baseball team fell to Hartford 5-4.
The Hurricanes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second on a two-run double by Jacob Perkins and a BBA throwing error, but Jackson Rawson responded with a three-run double in the bottom of the inning.
Hartford pushed its other two runners across in the third and the fourth, with Greg Shinn hitting a triple to plate Brandon Gaudet for the would-be winning run.
In the bottom of the fourth, BBA cut the deficit to 5-4 on a sac fly by Rawson that plated Adam Maitland, who had gotten on base with a double. Noah Rizio and Maitland finished with two hits on the day.
Steve Carrone picked up the win for Hartford, while Jordy Allard pitched a decisive seventh inning, striking out two BBA batters with pinch-runner Cody Hogan on third base.
BBA ends the regular season at 7-9.
ESSEX -- At the Exxes Invitiational on Saturday, a handful of Mount Anthony Union High School track and field athletes made the cut for the New England meet.
The highest individual finishes at Essex went to Leniesha Williams in the 100-meters (12.85) at Andrew Brandmeyer in the 400 (50.65), with both Patriots finishing second in their respective events.
Raheemah Madany finished fourth in the 100 behind Williams, while the pair combined with Taylor Gruber and Chelsea Corrow to defend their 4x100 crown, running a 50.47 for the win. Sierra Dickie finished third in the 400, while Williams was fifth in the 200. Firdous Madany finished sixth in the shot put.
Brandmeyer teamed up with Ben Seward, Brad Myers and Andy Seward to finish second in the 4x400, running a 3:30.98. Brandmeyer and Andy Seward were also on the 4x800 team that finished fifth along with Luke Lapean and PJ Seward. Andy Seward also finished fourth in the 800.
The Patriots are back on the track next Saturday at the Division I state meet at Burlington High School.
Voltage fall again
ST. ALBANS -- The good news for the Vermont Voltage is that they get to play the Westchester Flames again on Wednesday.
The bad news is that the Voltage will still be searching for its first win after falling to the Flames 4-1 on Saturday at the Collins-Perley Sports Complex.
First half goals by Lucas Salmon and Rilway Salaway helped put the Flames in a commanding position, then a goal by Abrah Baryua two minutes after halftime and another by Lucas McBride in the 68th minute doomed the Voltage to its fourth loss in four contests.
In the 90th minute, Ovan Oakley got the Voltage on the board with a pass from Bo Vuckovic, but it was too little, too late.
The Flames are now 2-2-0 on the year while the Voltage are 0-4-0. Westchester will host Vermont in the rematch on Wednesday.