Woodstock Boys Handle St. J

Woodstock — Connor Joyce scored a pair of goals to help the Woodstock Union High boys hockey team rally for a 3-2 victory over visiting St. Johnsbury last night.

Ben Orr scored in the first period off an assist from Will Gault to give Woodstock (3-6) the early 1-0 advantage. St. Johnsbury tied it up before the end of the first and then took a 2-1 lead with a goal early in the second.

“We came out a little flat in the first (period),” Woodstock coach Charlie Hancock said.

“Then we started moving the puck better in the second and third periods.”

Connor Joyce scored the equalizer for the Wasps before the end of the second, with an assist to Alastair Bones. Joyce then added the game-winner 5 minutes, 9 seconds into the third period with Braden McCarthy picking up the assist. Brady Stewart stopped 27 shots in goal for Woodstock.

“We had a good effort by the boys, they came to play tonight,” Hancock added.

The Wasps look for two in a row at Lyndon on Saturday. Woodstock beat the Vikings 9-0 on Dec. 19.

Girls Hockey

KUA 1, Vermont Academy 0

Meriden — Hailey Hart’s goal late in the second period helped the Wildcats to a hard-fought victory.

Hart rocketed a slap shot from the point to beat the Vermont Academy goalie on the short side. Maya Karosas and Joanna Scafer each picked up assists on the play.

Coach Sophie Leclerc praised the play of Hannah Madden and Aurora Braswell. KUA killed six penalties, including a 5-on-3 opportunity by Vermont Academy in the final few minutes.

The Wildcats visit Governors Academy tomorrow night.

Girls Basketball

Chelsea 32
Mid Vermont Christian 28

Quechee — The Eagles lost a tough one to a hard-charging Red Devils team.

Phoebe Seale had 14 points and Anna Seale had 10 points to lead MVCS (3-7), which led 17-8 at halftime.

“We couldn’t quite pull it back in. Our shooting was off, their shooting started hitting and we couldn’t quite pull it out. We played with only six kids and we hung in there. No one got in foul trouble,” Eagles coach Perry Seale said.

MVCS hosts United Christian on Saturday; tipoff is at 1 p.m.

South Royalton 32 Rochester 28

Rochester, Vt. — The Royals stormed back with an 11-2 run to close the game and earn a quality road victory over the Rockets.

Emily Berk had 14 points and Kim Lakin had nine points for SoRo. The Royals trailed 26-21 at one point in the fourth quarter before starting their charge following a timeout with just over five minutes to play.

“During the timeout we reiterated fundamentals, rebounding and getting good shots,” South Royalton coach Chuck Howe said. “We had stopped rebounding and let them get back in the game. We clamped down on defense and had a nice comeback.”

Howe praised Cheryl Flint for her work controlling the boards to key the late rally. The Royals visit Blue Mountain on Dec. 25.

Boys Basketball

Mid Vermont Christian 34 Chelsea 29

Quechee — The Eagles outscored the Red Devils 10-4 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory and improve to 6-4.

“It was a defensive battle for sure. It came down to executing a few plays in the last few minutes and not turning the ball over,” MVCS coach Brian Sayers said.

Austin Sayers led the Eagles with 23 points. The back-and-forth battle featured many lead changes with MVCS leading 18-12 at halftime before falling behind 25-24 through three quarters.

“They’re very athletic, but we beat them twice. I’m very happy for the guys,” coach Sayers added.

The Eagles beat the Red Devils 46-41 in Chelsea on Dec. 19. MVCS is back in action on Saturday as United Christian comes to town.

College Women’s Swimming

Dartmouth 160, UNH 140

Durham, n.h. — Dartmouth won eight events in a win over New Hampshire last night. The Big Green 200-freestyle relay team set a pool record with a time of 1 minute, 37.59 seconds.

Dartmouth’s Olivia Samson dominated the distance events by claiming both the 1,000-meter freestyle and the 500 freestyle. while teammate Kendese Nangle claimed the 100 backstroke and Charlotte Kamai won the 100 free.

The Big Green divers claimed top honors on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Erica Serpico picked up her second straight 1-meter title and Katy Feng took the top spot in the 3-meter event.


Donohue Bronzes
At Nationals

Madison, Wisc. — Hanover High School graduate Erin Donohue earned a pair of bronze medals riding for the Lees-McRae College cycling team at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Chapionships last weekend.

Donohue’s first medal was a team honor, as LMC finished third in Saturday’s Division I championship race. Donohue took 13th place individually in the event.

The Norwich resident competed in the elite women’s race on Sunday. While 52nd out of more than 85 riders in the event, Donohue finished fifth in the women’s under-23 category, which resulted in another bronze medal and a spot on the podium.