Local Roundup: Woodstock Boys Lacrosse Streak at Five
St. Albans, Vt. — The Woodstock Union High boys lacrosse team apparently has warmed up at the absolute right time of the season.
Riding a Braden McCarthy hat trick and a five-point day from Oliver Kaija, the Wasps rolled to an 11-2 win over BFA-St. Albans on Monday to extend their ongoing winning streak to five games. The victory, pending other results, powered Woodstock (10-3) into a three-way tie with Middlebury and Brattleboro for the last two top-four spots in the Vermont Division I standings. The Wasps visit the Colonels in Brattleboro on Wednesday night.
The Bobwhites (5-8) stayed within 4-1 at the half only to have the visitors run away with the second half. Kaija finished with two goals and three assists to complement McCarthy’s three-goal game.
“I’m feeling good,” Woodstock coach Brandon Little confessed. “We’re still playing good lacrosse in the home stretch. We’re getting good minutes from a lot of different players. I’m feeling good about our situation.”
Haven Lantz, Justin Forgione, Nehemiah Wood, Connor McCarthy, Campbell Boswell and Jackson Wood also scored for the Wasps. Connor McCarthy threw in three assists, Jonas Kantola picked up a pair of helpers and Lantz and Nehemiah Wood added one assist apiece.
South Royalton 22 Rochester 0 (5)
Rochester, Vt. — The Royals (11-2) made quick work of the Rockets (0-13) to retain a top-four spot in Vermont Division III entering the final week of play.
Keanan Thompson contributed a two-run triple as part of a 3-for-3, four-RBI day for South Royalton, which slapped 15 hits. Leif Johnson, David Ballou and Alex Berk all had two-hit afternoons, with Ballou driving in three runs, Johnson delivering two and Berk knocking home one. Johnson earned the win with two innings on the hill.
South Royalton hosts Craftsbury in a makeup game on Wednesday.
Whitcomb 6, Twinfield 1
Bethel — Laura Vaillancourt whipped up an 11-strikeout gem in the circle and Nicole Begin launched a three-run homer to highlight a four-run opening frame for the Hornets (5-6).
Vaillancourt dominated the Trojans (4-6), holding the visitors to three hits and one walk. Lindsey LaPerle singles, Jonnie Thompson walked and Krista Townsend reached on an error to start Whitcomb’s early rally; Begin followed with her blast after LaPerle scored the Hornets’ first run on a wild pitch.
Thompson had two RBIs and LaPerle finished with two hits for the Hornets, who visit Rivendell this afternoon.
Newport 12 Mascoma 0 (5)
Newport — Mariah Chase’s two-run homer in the fifth capped a day featuring five extra-base hits for the Tigers (12-3), who maintained third place in NHIAA Division III with one game to play.
Katrina Batista, Lindsy Desmarais, Kaytlynn Kenney and Samantha McNeel all doubled for Newport, which finished with five hits. McNeel enjoyed the support, throwing a five-inning shutout with four strikeouts, three walks and four hits allowed before the 10-run rule came into play in the fifth.
Allie Psota had two of Mascoma’s four hits. The Royals go to Fall Mountain on Wednesday, the same day the Tigers wrap up their schedule at Conant.