ST. JOHNSBURY — Mary Cushing had four goals and BFA-St. Albans scored the eventual winning goal with three minutes left as the Comets topped St. J Academy 7-6 in a Division II lacrosse game on Tuesday.
Up 7-6 in the final minutes, BFA “went into stall mode,” SJA coach Tom Forster said. “Lilly [Leach] got the ball with about 40 seconds left but they stopped her at the 12 and ran out the clock.”
For the second game in a row the Hilltoppers started fast, this time grabbing a 3-1 lead. BFA drew into a 5-5 halftime tie, and both teams fought to gain the edge in a defense-oriented second half.
“Hats off to them, they pressured us all across the field and caused turnovers,” Forster said. “Our defense played incredibly well today. The girls are playing nicely together, there’s not one player doing all the scoring. That’s what we want to see.”
Leach and freshman Polly Currier had two goals each, while freshman Ella Ceppetelli and junior Ainsley Larsen also scored. Still another freshman, Elizabeth Douglas, made six saves for the Hilltoppers.
“Her heart is as a defender,” Forster said, noting that SJA’s other goalie, Grace Phelps, will be back next week.
Now 2-2, St. J visits Lamoille on Saturday. They beat the Lancers 11-7 in their April 10 season opener.
COLEBROOK 6, GROVETON 0: In Groveton, it took six innings before the Mohawks got on the board in their second road game of the season. Freshman Sam Howe led the Colebrook offense with two RBI and a run scored.
Groveton starter Jill Laverty took the complete-game loss, giving up just five hits while fanning six. Laverty held the Colebrook offense scoreless through the first four innings, allowing just four base runners in the opening frames.
Colebrook senior Taylor Siewierski got her first start of the season, going all seven in the shutout. Giving up just three hits without a walk, Siewierski’s defense also pitched in, going without an error to seal the win. Siewierski saw just 24 batters in the win. Sage Smith went two-for-three with an RBI and run scored.
In the fifth, Colebrook had an opportunity to capitalize. After two quick outs, freshman Sage Smith singled to left field. After Siewierski and senior Callie Dauphinais drew walks, Laverty picked up a key strikeout to end the frame.
The Mohawks finally capitalized on a string of hits and errors. Senior Chandla Cooney led off with a single, and back-to-back errors in the infield loaded the bases. An errant throw to the plate on a soft ground ball scored the first run of the game. Sam Howe capitalized with runners on, and her first double of the season scored two. A Sage Smith single scored the fourth run of the game, and she stole second to put two runners in scoring position. A dropped strike three in Siewierski’s at-bat drew the throw to first, scoring Howe from third. A Dauphinais RBI ground out scored the final run of the game.
Jill Laverty was the only multi-hit Eagle, going 2-for-3. Groveton (1-2) is back on its field today with a 4 p.m. game with Canaan-Pittsburg. Next for the Mohawks (3-0) is a Friday home game with the Lisbon Panthers.
LYNDON 13, NCU 10: At the Vikings’ McDonald Family Field, the Vikings piled up their runs in the middle innings, then fended off a furious Falcons rally in the top of the seventh.
Trailing 13-3 after the fourth inning, the Falcons cut it to 13-6 going into the seventh inning before making LI squirm with four runs in the top of the seventh. The Vikings’ Justin Duncanson then came on in relief and got the last two outs of the game.
“A lot of walks and errors,” LI coach Jeremy Wheeler said. “We walked 11 of their guys and drew seven off their pitchers.” Vikings pitching combined for eight strikeouts, while just one LI batter went down on strikes.
Sophomore David Stevens, senior Brandon Brunell and junior Ethan Sherratt each had two hits for LI, with Sherratt driving in three runs. Noah Gonthier (3-for-5) and TJ Santaw (2-for-4) were effective hitting for North Country.
Now 2-0, the Vikings host Harwood Thursday, and Spaulding on Saturday. Next on the schedule for the Falcons is a Thursday game at BFA.
NC 003 012 4 — 10 7 3
LI 028 300 x — 13 10 3
N: Santaw, March (3), Gonthier (4) and Gonyaw. L: Dane Buckingham, Connor McClure (4), Jake Boivin (6), Justin Duncanson (7) and Dan Jones.
LAKE REGION 16, BFA-FAIRFAX 6 (6): In just their second day on their field, the Rangers scored in five of the six innings of their season opener. “We had a well-balanced attack, top to bottom,” coach Shawn Perron said. “It was just our second time on the field. We hadn’t used a mound until today.”
Catcher Brady Perron had three RBIs as a result of his triple and two-run HR. Dylan Gagnon also tripled, while Liam Kennedy belted two doubles. Kennedy also pitched an inning of relief, while starter Parker Brown, and reliever Parker Perron helped the cause with two singles each.
The Rangers visit Lamoille Thursday for their next game.
BFA 000 420 — 6 5 2
LRU 164 302 — 16 15 2
BFA: Loudenmeyer and Avery Russin; LR: Parker Brown, Liam Kennedy (4), Parker Perron (4) and Brady Perron.
STOWE 4, SJA 3: In Stowe, the host Raiders won both doubles matches to squeak out the win.
All but two matches were fairly one-sided, but the Raiders won both the close ones at number one singles and number two doubles. Now 1-2, the Hilltoppers host Hartford Friday at 4.
Singles: 1. Skyler Graves, Stowe, def. Audra Shield-Taylor 6-4, 4-6, 13-11; 2. Emilia Liz Brendel, SJ, def. Lexy James 6-0, 6-0; 3. Chiara Bachfischer, SJ, def. Natalee Doehla 7-5, 6-3; 4. Anna Buntova, SJ, def. Nadia Noonan 6-1, 6-0; 5. Emma Carey, Stowe, def. Franziska Murmann 6-4, 6-2. Doubles: 1. Abby Rice/Sage Lively, Stowe, def. Jianing Wu/Zhiying Guan 6-1, 6-1; 2. Timber Laporte/Olivia Carey, Stowe, def. Natalie Cartwright/Carlota Reyzabal 6-3, 4-6, 10-8.
STOWE 6, SJA 1: In St. Johnsbury, top-seeded Hilltopper Jose Pablo de Maria was the only winning player for the home team, which dropped to 1-3 going into its next match Thursday in Newport with North Country Union.
Singles: 1. Jose Pablo De Maria, STJ def. Rai Bleda 6-3, 6-0; 2. Alex Tilgner, Stowe def, Takanori Tanifuji 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (6); 3. Johnny Driscoll, Stowe def Takahiro Matsumoto, 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (8); 4. Jackson Seivwright, Stowe def. Avery Caterine 6-4, 6-0; 5. (STJ forfeited – player inelgible) Max Mckenna, Stowe def John Bae 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: 1. Ben Salvas/JP Daliere, Stowe def James Gong/Jason Wang 6-0, 6-1; 2. Jeremy Segal/Alex Nissenbaum, Stowe def. Hank Chang/James Gong 6-1, 6-3.