Patriots crowned MVL champs; top BBA


BENNINGTON >> It's been six years since the Mount Anthony girls lacrosse team defeated Burr and Burton.

That was also the last time the Patriots were Marble Valley League champions.

Both streaks came to an end on Wednesday when MAU topped BBA, 14-7, to win the 2016 MVL crown

"It's feels absolutely amazing to be able to win the MVL and beat BBA after losing to them early this season," said MAU coach Whitney Brooks. "This was a huge game with a lot at stake for us and I'm happy that we came out and played the best game we played all year to come out with the win."

The Patriots took control of the game from the start with back-to-back goals from Emily Altland and Bridget Ahearn to take an early 2-0 lead over BBA.

Altland led the Patriots with a half-dozen tallies.

After BBA cut their lead in half, MAU got its offense back rolling again.

Altland scored again, then Brianna Zipprich got into the scoresheet. Then Altland fired in her third goal of the afternoon with six minutes left in the first half to extend the lead to 5-1.

"I just played my game and took advantage of the scoring opportunities I had," Altland said. "As an offensive unit we took the right shots and we did a good job moving the ball in transition, which helped us get most our goals early on in the game."

Ahearn then scored back-to-back goals to join Altland in the hat trick department. Ahearn's second tally was set up from a nice pass from Altland that made it a 7-1 game.

With a six goal lead in hand, the MAU defense had plenty of space to work with and did so by shutting down the Bulldogs offense to only two goals in the half.

A big part of that was goalie Carly Plaisance who was a rock in the cage, saving everything in sight and finishing with 16 saves in the contest.

"Their defense was impenetrable today," said BBA coach Jennifer Brenner. "We couldn't make a lot of our passes against the zone they were playing and give them credit, they did a great job slowing our offense down."

Leading 7-2 going into the second half, the Patriots' offense went back to work with Altland again leading the way, scoring her fourth goal of the contest within the first two minutes. Ahearn scored and then Altland added her third assist, finding freshman Caroline Musinski for a 10-3 lead.

Altland continued to close in on a personal milestone, scoring 199 to make it 11-3 and then the piece de resistance, Altland crashing the net to slam home her sixth of the day and the 200th of her career.

"It's an honor to be able to reach a milestone of scoring 200 goals here at MAU," Altland said. "I couldn't have done this without the help of my teammates and coaches. It's feels cool to be able to accomplish this feat."

BBA's Aggie Bisselle and Bella Dworkin added goals in the final minutes to reach the end result. Bisselle scored a hat trick, while Shayla Heekin scored two goals of her own.

Zipprich added two more goals in the second half to give MAU three players with at least three goals. Ahearn finished with four goals scored to cap off her special Senior Day.

MAU finishes the regular season 13-2, while BBA drops to 9-6 in the loss, finishing the regular season strong winning seven of eight.

Both teams now await their playoff seeds when the Division I pairings are announced early next week.


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