State title journeys begin today
BENNINGTON -- Heading into the homestretch of the spring sports season, a plethora of local teams are riding high as the playoffs approach.
After a scramble to finish the season, the Burr and Burton Academy girls lacrosse team earned the top seed in Division I with a 13-2 record. The Bulldogs are also the hottest team in the state, winning 13 in a row after an 0-2.
They get a bye to the quarterfinals on Saturday, where they'll face the winner between Brattleboro and Burlington. In the same bracket is the Mount Anthony Union High School Patriots, who finished the season 11-4 and as the fourth seed.
MAU will face No. 13 CVU, who finished 1-14, on Wednesday at the Vets Home Field, and if they win, they'll host a game with either No. 5 Middlebury or No. 12 Essex.
The Patriots are led by the scoring of Emily Cross, who had more than 60 goals this season, but close behind is Emily Altland, who scored 54 times and set the all-time scoring mark by a freshman.
In boys lacrosse, both Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton have home games in their respective division.
In Division I, No. 7 seed MAU will host No. 10 BFA St. Albans today at 4:30. The Patriots, who finished 8-8 after a tough non-league schedule, would move on to face South Burlington if they get past the Bobwhites.
In Division II, BBA is also the No. 7 seed and they'll face Harwood today at 4:30. The Bulldogs ended the season above .500 at 8-7, while Harwood was under at 7-8.
If the Bulldogs move on, they'll face the winner of Stowe-U32 on Friday.
After finishing the season 14-2, the Mount Anthony Union High School softball team earned the No. 2 seed behind Essex in the Division I playoffs. The Patriots will face No. 15 Rutland today at 4 p.m. for a quarterfinal berth, having beaten the Raiders twice this season.
The Patriots are led by Kate Goodell and Makayla, seniors who are having incredible seasons at the plate and in the field.
Also in Division I, Burr and Burton Academy garnered a 13 seed and travel to No. 4 Missisquoi. BBA was 4-12 this season.
In baseball, both Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton starts the Division I playoffs on the road, with No. 14 MAU traveling to face No. 3 Rice on Tuesday. MAU finished at 6-10, while Rice is 11-4 on the year.
MAU is led by senior starter Matt Upright, a candidate to throw a shutout anytime he's on the bump.
BBA, after a 7-9 campaign, travels to Burlington to face the Seahorses. Burlington was 11-5 this season. BBA is also led by its pitching, including Noah Rizio, who has had more than 14 strikeouts in a game twice this season and can be dominant at times.
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