Roundup: Indians, Bulldogs reach respective finals
SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. — A slow start in the Section II, Class D semifinals couldn't stop the Cambridge football team.
Trailing by a touchdown at the end of the first quarter, Cambridge roared back for a 34-12 win over Canajoharie on Saturday.
The Cougars took the lead in the first quarter on a Jace Fox touchdown pass, but Cambridge came back to lead 13-6 at the break with a 3-yard touchdown run by Riley Stefanovich and a 56-yard bomb from Brendan Holcomb to Ryan McLenithan.
Fox pulled Canajoharie back to 13-12 with his second touchdown pass to Joe Trembley, but Andy Romack — the leading rusher for the Indians on the day with 102 yards — scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground, the first from 29 yards and the next from 10 yards to increase the Cambridge lead to 28-12.
Cambridge's Colton Dean added a 15-yard touchdown run for the final points. The Indians are 8-1 and face Whitehall on Saturday at Schuylerville in the Class D Super Bowl.
Bulldogs roll into D-II title game
MANCHESTER >> Milton started the Division II football semifinal against Burr and Burton Academy in the best way possible, returning the opening kick for a touchdown and an early lead.
Then the Yellowjackets learned what happened when you wake up the beast.
Burr and Burton Academy scored the next 54 points unanswered as BBA cruised to a 54-14 win on Saturday to punch their ticket to the championship.
The Bulldogs were equally proficient through the air and on the ground, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for four.
Griffin Stalcup continued his unbelievable season under center for the Bulldogs, completing 20-of-32 for 370 yards and the four touchdowns. He also accounted for a pair of the rushing touchdowns. Andrew Smith and Carter Vickers also ran for touchdowns.
Vickers was the main man on the end of Stalcup's throws, catching seven passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Connor Simonds had the other touchdown catch.
Burr and Burton Academy will face Bellows Falls on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Rutland High School for the Division II championship.
Cambridge edged by No. 1 Schoharie in Class C semifinal
LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. >> The Cambridge girls soccer team gave up two goals in the first 15 minutes and could only get one back as the Indians ended its best season since 2010 with a 2-1 Class C semifinal loss to Schoharie on Saturday.
Carolyn Krohn scored in the opening five minutes, then doubled the lead 10 minutes later to put Cambridge in an early hole.
With four minutes left in the first half, Cambridge cut the advantage as Suzie Frisch scored off a rebound after a Miranda Seacord shot.
But the defenses were strong in the second half, and even with a handful of chances, the Indians couldn't find the equalizer.
Courtney Davis had 12 saves for Cambridge, while Desiree Palmatier had 16 for 16-1 Schoharie. Cambridge finishes the year at 13-6.
SVC repeats as NECC XC champs
WESTFIELD, MASS. >> Bennington's Mark Brandmeyer helped the Southern Vermont College men's cross-country team win the New England Collegiate Conference title for the second straight year after winning on Saturday at Stanley Park.
Brandmeyer earned his second straight NECC Runner of the Year honor, winning the race in 26 minutes, 19 seconds, a new record for the course and just six seconds off his personal record.
The Mountaineers placed four runners in the top 10 to win the crown with 27 team points, followed by Regis College in second overall with 42 after four members of the Pride finished in the top 10. Elms College rounded out the top three team placements with 91 points.
"The men winning two years in a row — amazing," said third-year SVC head coach Kathleen Newton. "They deserve it; they have worked hard all season along with good summer training. We never took it for granted that they could win. Each workout, long run, strength training, and even yoga, was a cumulative progression leading to today. They each stepped up and ran their hearts out with some amazing races."
Brandmeyer was followed by teammate and junior Justin Ferguson, who was second at 26:31, taking 17 seconds off his mark from last year's race. Bennington College freshman Noah Froh took one second off his previous personal best to be next for SVC and fifth overall, the Mountaineer rounding out the All-NECC First Team with a time of 28:16, becoming the first Bennington student to receive all-conference honors since the Southern Vermont-BC consortium was established in 2013.
Corey Barcomb got the best of three runners going for the seventh spot, edging out a pair of Regis members near the line at 28:45. Brandmeyer, Ferguson and Barcomb each made their way to all-NECC teams for the second time in their respective careers with their placements. Senior captain Cameron Michael Curtiss rounded out the Mountaineer top five, placing 12th overall with a 29:18 showing.
Isaiah Backels was next for SVC and 19th overall, taking 2:16 off his previous personal record for a mark of 31:21. Aden Fischer also set a new personal record, coming in 20 seconds ahead of his old top showing, with a 32:57.
"Corey's kick at the end, passing two Regis guys, was incredible," continued Newton. "I'm proud of both teams for the way they performed, but mostly for their dedication and work ethic this season. As I said to them all after the meet, I couldn't be more proud of them. They are a great group of young women and men."
Conference coaches voted Newton as the NECC Coach of the Year.
Southern Vermont now prepares itself for next Saturday's ECAC Division III Championship, an 8k slated to start at 11 a.m. at Mount Greylock High School in Williamstown.
The women's team was fourth overall, just two points off of the second-place crew, with nine members setting new personal bests. Three SVC runners made their way to all-NECC teams.
"I'm proud of both teams for the way they performed, but mostly for their dedication and work ethic this season," Newton said. "It's crazy how close the women's team results were. Our women have really improved over the last two years. They also have worked very hard this season, and their times improving from the start of the year is proof of that. As I said to them all after the meet, I couldn't be more proud of them. They are a great group of young women and men."
Junior Shelby Whitman led the team, finishing second overall at 20:17; that time was nine seconds faster than her previous-best collegiate mark and was only 10 seconds off of the best time ever run by a Mountaineer on a 5k course. Whitman was immediately followed by Bennington College sophomore Annika Kristiansen, third overall, crossing at 20:23 for a time 20 seconds faster than her previous best and good enough to move her up to third on the all-time 5k record list. Both Whitman and Kristiansen's placements were good enough for them to land on the All-NECC First Team, Whitman's being her second straight.
Schyler McGuire made her way to her third all-conference team in as many years, making the All-NECC Second Team with a ninth-place finish at 21:23. Bennington's Isabella Poulos was fourth for the Mountaineers, taking 55 seconds off her previous personal record for a 23:02 showing. She was closely followed by Emily Freling who crossed at 23:29, knocking 14 seconds off her old PR to round out the Southern Vermont top five.
Emily Lesure set a PR, coming in at 23:33. A freshman tandem followed her in consecutive order, Morgan Arleth crossing at 24:54, while Morgan Kaeppel was right behind with a time of 26:03. Ashley Perrino was next for the team at 29:18 and Kaylee Cross ran a 29:31.
Wheelock College amassed 51 team points with Lesley University, a team that had won all seven of the previous NECC meets, finishing second with 59 points. Regis had 60, just ahead of SVC's 61.
Mountaineers fall to Lynx; home game next
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. >> After 90 minutes of scoreless action at Buckingham, Brown & Nichols Saturday afternoon, Southern Vermont College lost 1-0 to Lesley University in overtime of a New England Collegiate Conference women's soccer game that concluded the regular season for both teams.
The hosting Lynx scored 4:41 into the extra stanza to pull out the league win and finish off an undefeated Conference schedule.
SVC finishes the regular season with a 10-6-1 overall record and a program-best 6-2-1 mark in conference. They'll host Newbury on Tuesday, the first home playoff game for the Mountaineers. Lesley owned a 22-3 advantage in total shots during regulation, but Southern Vermont sophomore keeper Melissa Mascari was able to stop all 10 attempts on net to keep the hosts out of the goal and send the match to the additional session.
Men's soccer ends season in loss
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. >> Southern Vermont College wrapped up its 2015 season Saturday afternoon, falling 4-1 at Lesley University in New England Collegiate Conference men's soccer action at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols.
The hosting Lynx struck three times in the opening period before SVC got on the board after the intermission. Lesley would keep Southern Vermont from mounting a comeback, however, as it added an insurance goal en route to the league victory.
The Mountaineers (4-14, 2-6 NECC) cut into the LU lead in the 70th minute when freshman Anthony Dominguez took a through ball from senior captain James Tschinkel near the penalty spot. He then chipped a shot into the back of the net, his team-leading eighth goal of the year making it a 3-1 affair on Tschinkel's fourth helper of the season. Lesley wouldn't allow SVC to get any closer, instead scoring once more to gain separation with about 15 minutes left to play.
Freshman keeper Noah Chani made six saves in the effort.
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