BBA moves on to D-II semifinal

MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton defense sacked North Country quarterback Alex Haugwitz nine times and the offense was as strong as ever in a 48-7 win in the Division II quarterfinal at Taylor Field on Saturday.

Logan Morgan ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Jay McCoy added 142 and a score.

McCoy also passed for two touchdowns, one to John Morgantini and one to Joey McCoy.

Burr and Burton will host a championship game rematch against No. 4 Bellows Falls on Saturday, time to still be determined.

Eagles march on

ARLINGTON — Despite a 'pack-it-in' defense from No. 9 Twin Valley, the top-seeded Arlington girls soccer team advanced to the Division IV semifinal with a 3-1 win over the Wildcats.

Arlington took a 1-0 lead in the first half when Haley Mattison found Tess Belnap, who had a nice shot from the edge of the 18-yard box. Early in the second half, Belnap scored her 41st goal of the year to double the advantage.

A few minutes later, Lilah Ward found Xandria Hoyt, who beat the keeper for her 12th goal of the 2017 campaign.

Tatyana Bowman helped Twin Valley avert the shutout with a goal in the 65th minute.

Shaana Staab had two saves for Arlington, who are 16-0 and will host Long Trail School on Wednesday. The Mountain Lions were 6-0 winners over Craftsbury on Friday.

Brandmeyer, SVC wins 4th straight NECC title

WESTFIELD, Mass. — Southern Vermont College claimed its fourth-straight New England Collegiate Conference men's cross country championship Saturday afternoon at Stanley Park behind senior captain Marc Brandmeyer's fourth career individual crown.

Brandmeyer solidified himself as one of the league's best-ever runners as he capped his career with a perfect 4-for-4 showing at Conference title meets. No other NECC harrier, from either the men's or women's side, has ever won more than two individual championships.

Three Mountaineers placed in the top five on Saturday to help SVC tally 53 team points — narrowly edging Wheelock which came in second overall with 58.

Joining Brandmeyer on the All-NECC First Team was sophomore Davant Smith who finished with a time of 28:52 to be the second runner to cross the line. Bennington College freshman C.G. Holden also made his way to the First Team as he finished third for the Mountaineers and fifth overall at 29:53.

Jackson Amankrah took two seconds off of his previous personal record to come in at 35:51, while Isaiah Backels was close behind to round out the Mountaineers' scoring placements as he finished at 36:04. Orlando Guichardo came in at 51:12 in his first collegiate championship.

SVC will next head to the NCAA Division III New England Regional Qualifier held at Southern Maine University on November 11.

Kristiansen's individual win propels SVC to third

WESTFIELD, Mass. - Bennington College senior Annika Kristiansen helped the Southern Vermont College women's cross country team take third place at Saturday's New England Collegiate Conference Championship as she finished first overall at Stanley Park to claim the individual title and become the league's 2017 Runner of the Year.

Kristiansen was her squad's first runner to win a conference championship race since Shelby Whitman did so in 2014.

A pair of Mountaineers placed in the top five while another three found themselves in the top 20. SVC chalked up 61 team points — finishing just four behind a second-place Elms College crew. Lesley had an amazing showing to claim the team title as seven Lynx positioned in the top 10.

Kristiansen came through first overall to take home the Runner of the Year award with a time of 20:10; that was just six seconds behind her SVC all-time record for a 5,000 meter race. Her showing helped the Bennington senior make it onto the All-NECC First Team for the third-straight year.

Also collecting First Team honors was Bennington senior Isabella Poulos, who did so for the second consecutive season, as she came through fifth at 21:00 to tie her best mark of the year.

Emily Ikonen was third for the team as she was 19th overall with a time of 24:06, and Lexia Gillette was right behind at 20th with a 24:25. Junior rookie Maddy Main took 11 seconds off of her previous personal best to chart a 24:33 and round out Southern Vermont's five scoring placements, and Stephany Ferreira was next for the Mountaineers with a PR of her own as she knocked off 27 seconds from her old low to register a 25:07. Faith Sullivan completed her first collegiate championship with a 31:29 showing.

Select Mountaineers will now prepare for the NCAA Division III New England Regional Qualifier which will take place on November 11 at Southern Maine University.

SVC women set wins record

BENNINGTON — No Southern Vermont College women's soccer team had ever amassed 12 wins in a single season until the 2017 Mountaineers defeated No. 3 Newbury College 3-0 at Everett Field Saturday afternoon in the first round of the New England Collegiate Conference playoffs.

Sydnee Julian picked a prime moment to notch her first goal of the year as she hit a stellar shot off the bottom of the crossbar and over the line late in the opening half; just her second career score.

Jayne Wierzbicki added her 11th of the season to make it a 2-0 lead, and Taylor Mallett then converted the penalty opportunity to cap the scoring with her seventh goal on the campaign.

The Mountaineers are now 10-0-1 with 10 shutouts in their last 11 games. Melissa Mascari made two saves while notching her 26th career shutout.

The victory sees third-seeded SVC move to 12-4-1 on the year and bring a four-game winning streak into the semifinals; that will mark the third time in the last four seasons that the Mountaineers will be playing for a chance to move onto the tournament championship.

SVC     BENNINGTON — Southern Vermont College never let up after having its back on the ropes Saturday night to pull out a 3-2 New England Collegiate Conference women's volleyball victory over Dean College during Senior Day at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

SVC went on top with a 25-18 victory in the first set before DC came back to tie the match with a 25-21 edging in the second. SVC took the third with a 25-21 margin in the third game, but the Bulldogs were able to stay in it with an elongated 29-27 fourth-set win. Dean would go on top 8-6 in the fifth — only to see the Mountaineers score six unanswered after their timeout before closing out the league triumph with a 15-10 win in the last frame.

Liv Sowles had her first 30-plus night of her career as she tallied a match-leading 32 kills to go along with her 14 digs and three block assists. Nikki Ramirez followed with a season-high 22 kills while also registering 21 digs and four aces, and sophomore setter Abigail Landon had another season-best as she assisted on 55 of the 58 Mountaineer kills.

SVC now prepares for its Tuesday night home playoff match against Bay Path University — a first-round matchup slated to begin at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers conclude the regular season with a 4-3 record in league play (8-18 overall) for their first Conference mark above .500 since 2013 (7-1).

SVC men finish regular season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Southern Vermont College men's soccer team concluded its 2017 regular season Saturday night as the Mountaineers were downed 5-0 by Lesley University in New England Collegiate Conference action at Edwards Field.

SVC heads into the league's postseason after posting a Conference record of 3-4 (5-14 overall); the Mountaineers will host Newbury College on Tuesday for a 1 p.m. first-round playoff matchup.

Lesley got on the board early with a goal in the sixth minute, and the hosts then scored twice in a span of 2:58 of clock time to go on top 3-0 by the end of the 17th. LU would notch another goal just 8:09 into the second half before putting it out of reach with the hosts' fifth coming in the 63rd minute.

Mountaineer freshman keeper Dylan Berg turned away nine Lynx shots..


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