Bulldogs' Bisselle MVP of all-star tilt
ESSEX >> Burr and Burton Academy senior Aggie Bisselle scored two goals to pace the Austin team in the 32nd Annual Rotary All-Star Classic, the annual senior game for Vermont hockey players.
Bisselle was named MVP for the Austin team, while Missisquoi defenseman Emily Fornier was named the MVP for the Harris side.
Essex's Bailey Gaskill also scored for Austin, while teammate Sarah Tobey added an assist. Essex's Vika Simons and Rutland's Kelsey Eddy combined for 20 saves.
Fournier and BFA-St. Albans' Riley Yandow each had a goal for Harris, while Northfield's Krystal Parent dished out an assist.
South Burlington's Erin Church and Stowe's Mikaella Doran combined for 17 stops in goal.
BBA's Jack Ams got ice time for the Harris team during the boys game, a 3-2 Harris win.
SVC drops conference doubleheader
NEW LONDON, CONN. >> Southern Vermont College opened up its 2016 New England Collegiate Conference schedule Saturday afternoon at Mitchell College, falling in both games of the league doubleheader at Alumni Field by 9-7 and 9-4 margins.
Mitchell led the whole way of Game 1, fending off a Mountaineer push in the latter part of the contest to squeak by. The Mountaineers, who batted as the home team in the second matchup of the day, went in front early with a lone run, only to see the Mariners go ahead with five over the next three innings for a lead they would keep through the final out.
Mitchell took a 3-1 lead after the second inning of the day's opener before taking up another five through the next two frames. Southern Vermont cut into its deficit with three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings but could not complete the comeback as the Mariners closed out their first victory.
Mountaineer freshman catcher Dan Mason went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored while senior shortstop RJ Pingitore was 1-for-4 with a run scored and another pair batted in.
SVC junior righty Joshua Hay suffered the loss (0-3), despite giving up just one earned run in four innings on the mound; he struck out two Mariner batters on the day.
In Game 2, the Mountaineers took to a quick 1-0 lead after their turn at the plate to start the day-cap. Mitchell responded, scoring three in second and a pair over the next two innings to go in front 5-1. Southern Vermont was able to scratch across three runs through the sixth, but the Mariners increased their advantage with two more in both the sixth and seventh while holding off the SVC offense to finish off the day's sweep.
Mason tallied his second straight multi-hit game in the effort, going 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. Junior designated hitter Anthony Mercuri was also 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, knocking in a pair of runs and scoring another while D'Agnese registered a 2-for-4 showing from the batter's box.
SVC sophomore right-hander Jean-Carlos Berasgoico took the loss from the hill (1-2), giving up seven runs (four earned) with five strikeouts on the day.
Southern Vermont (3-11, 0-2 NECC) is next in action on Wednesday to finish up the Conference series with the Mariners; that rubber match will serve as the Mountaineers' Opening Day as they will welcome Mitchell to Bill Epstein Field for a 1 p.m. first pitch.
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