LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- It took until there were under seven minutes left in Friday's Division I girls lacrosse quarterfinal before No. 4 Mount Anthony Union High School could grab the lead against No. 11 Essex -- and they would give the lead up again.
But with time winding down, Emily Altland struck on a free position shot to tie up the game then Erica Hale scored her second of the day on another free position shot to put MAU up one with under three to go, and the Patriots held on the rest of the way for a 10-9 decision.
Anna Olsen led all scorers with five goals, tallying four times in the second half to try and help her Hornets team to the win. But four goals from MAU freshman Altland, including two of the last three for her side, helped MAU to the win.
"The defense played tremendous today after they were shell-shocked a little bit in the first half," said MAU coach Tom Otero. "They did a good job of causing turnovers today."
And with Essex on fire early, the Patriots needed every ounce of that defensive effort to comeback and win.
Essex went up 4-1 with less than seven minutes gone in the game, and led 5-2 on Olsen's first goal of the contest. But Courtney Gabrus and Meghan Bishop each scored before the half to make it a 5-4 Essex lead at the break.
In the second, Essex came out and scored through Olsen, but Altland pegged the score back to 6-5 then Emily Cross, who scored two goals in the game, hit to tie the game up.
Essex went back up through Olsen, but then Hale and Altland hit to give MAU its first lead at 8-7 with 6:30 remaining. Essex, though, found an answer and Olsen scored to tie it with 5:34 left, then on the ensuing draw Olsen struck again to make it 9-8.
But Altland and Hale made sure the result didn't stay that way.
In the final three minutes, MAU gave the ball back to Essex twice, but the defense held strong and goalie Sam Mayer (18 saves) came up with a big one on a point-blank effort to keep MAU up.
"Sam played a tremendous game, the game of her life," Otero said of his junior goalie.
Claire Taub also picked up a big responsibility, face-guarding Essex's best player in Charlotte Stuart. Stuart scored twice in the game, but both were early in the first half. Otero credited Taub's effort with shutting Stuart down.
Haley Drury stopped six shots for Essex in the loss.
MAU now advances to the semifinals, where the Patriots will either travel to No. 1 Burr and Burton Academy or host No. 9 Burlington. That contest is being played on Saturday at Burr and Burton.
Macksey, Welch bring home titles
CHESTER -- Arlington Memorial High School senior Peter Macksey repeated as 110-meter hurdle champion at the Vermont Division IV championships with a run of 18.38 seconds at Green Mountain on Friday. Macksey edged out Winooski's Jason Truong by less than .3 seconds.
Macksey also finished second in the discus and third in the shot put to score all 24 points for the Arlington boys.
His teammate, fellow senior Amber Welch, is also a state champion this year, as Welch won the discus with a throw of 88 feet, 8 inches.
The girls' 4x100 team of Welch, Bhumika Patel, Molly Elwell and Becca Solari finished second, two places above where the team was seeded coming in.
Patel also picked up sixth-place finishes in the long jump, 400 and 200 for the Eagles, while Elwell was fifth in the 800 and Solari finished sixth in the 1,500 and fifth in the 400.
The Arlington girls finished sixth out of 11 teams, with Richford winning and Northfield finishing second. For the boys, Macksey's performance placed the team eighth out of 11 teams, while Chelsea won and Richford finished second.
Bulldogs knocked out
SOUTH BURLINGTON -- The Burr and Burton Academy baseball team pulled off an upset to get into the quarterfinals of the Division I tournament, but the No. 13 Bulldogs' season came to an end in a 8-1 loss to No. 5 South Burlington.
Connor Bradley and Jake LeVan combined to pitch a three-hitter against BBA.
Jon Iris took the loss for BBA, giving up six hits, four walks and hitting three batters. Griff Stalcup pitched in relief, not giving up a hit in three innings of work.
Matt Baechle had two homers and four RBIs to lead South Burlington.
Stalcup sacrificed Cody Roberts home in the seventh for BBA's lone run.
The Bulldogs end the year at 8-10.
Seven Mountaineers make Academic team
BENNINGTON -- Seven Southern Vermont College student-athletes earned their way to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Academic All-Conference Team for the 2014 spring semester as announced by the league this week.
Three members of the Southern Vt. softball team garnered the honor, each for the second time in their collegiate careers. Juniors Emily Fleming and Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) are being recognized once again after making their way to the 2013 Spring Academic All-Conference Team while sophomore Katie Raymond, SVC's 2014 Mountaineer Female Scholar Athlete award winner, is collecting her second nod after working her way to the 2013 Fall Academic All-Conference list as a member of the College's women's soccer team.
Two sophomores are representing the women's basketball squad as Marissa Myers and Javasha White both made their way onto their first academic all-conference team. Men's volleyball junior Scott Fitzgerald earned grades worthy to make his way onto the 2014 spring squad while teammate and senior Anthony Barahona continues to rack up laurels with his first career academic all-conference team placement.
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Storm will host a volleyball tournament in honor of former teammate Jesse Roy.
The tournament will be on June 28 at JC's Tavern with registration starting at 11 a.m. and the event at noon.
Teams are guaranteed to get at least two games and each team has to have four players.
Registration costs $100 per team and pre-registration will take place at JC's. For more information, call 802-681-9058.
Noms being accepted for Vt. Sports HOF
BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its next class of athletes and contributors through its website at www.vermontsportshall.com.
This year's class will be the third inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame and many of the first 25 inductees came from nominations from the public. Nominations for the 2014 induction class will close on June 30.
The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame (VSHOF) is a nonprofit organization to recognize those individuals whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports, athletics and recreation in the Green Mountain State. In addition to honoring those who make a significant contribution to the state's sports legacy, the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame will promote and provide inspiration in sports and recreation to the state's youth.
All sports will be represented in one of the categories: baseball/softball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, hunting/outdoors, motor sports, soccer, track/running, winter sports (skiing, snowboard, etc.), general (all remaining sports) and contributors. Multi-sport and multi-discipline candidates are also considered (participate in more than one sport or athlete/contributors). In its first two classes, 10 of the state's 13 counties have been represented.
An official nomination form in PDF may be downloaded from www.vermontsportshall.com. Only fully completed official nomination forms will be accepted for consideration. Many questions about nominations or candidate eligibility can be found online at: http://www.vermontsportshall.com/faqs.html. Other questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.