Raptors Wear Down Ghosts
Orford — The cliched saying, “defense wins championships” may get an eye roll from skeptics, but the impact of relentless team defense was on full display in yesterday’s first round Vermont Division III playoff game between Rivendell and Randolph. The host Raptors outlasted an upset attempt by the visiting Galloping Ghosts, earning a 48-36 victory to clinch their spot in the quarterfinals.
Rivendell, playing without senior leader Lacey Stever, was led by Hannah Rockwell’s career-high 18 points. The Raptors clung to a 27-23 lead through three quarters and then scored 21 points in the fourth to pull away. Rockwell had 11 points in the final eight minutes. Rivendell’s Tao Ameden added 14 points, while Stefanie DeSimone and Megan Perkins each had six. Kelsey Jacobs had 19 points for Randolph while Brittney Lafrenierie had 12.
“We finally wore them down defensively,” Rivendell coach Russ Wilcox said. Randolph entered with a deceptive 5-15 record after concluding a schedule with 12 games against D-II teams. “They play great defense, we didn’t take them lightly. We didn’t have a good answer for (Randolph’s) Jacobs.”
Wilcox highlighted the play of freshman defensive stopper Jennifer DeBois, who played all 32 minutes in her first career playoff game. DeBois’ natural position is guard, but, Wilcox said, “We’ll put her on anybody. I wish that coaches cared more about defense, because she should have been all state.”
The Raptors remain hopeful that Stever can return from an ankle injury in time for Saturday’s quarterfinal game against Winooski in Orford.
South Royalton 31
Craftsbury, Vt. — The Royals (6-15) came up just short in their upset bid against Craftsbury (17-4) in the opener of the Vermont D-IV playoffs.
SoRo led 10-9 after the first quarter and battled the Chargers back and forth all night. The Royals had two attempts at game-tying 3-pointers in the final seconds, but neither found the bottom of the net.
“We had a good plan and we executed it,” Royals coach Chuck Howe said. “We played well, just came up short.”
Howe had his team switch to a “triangle-two” defense for the first time this season and managed to slow the Craftsbury attack.
Senior Emily Berk had 11 points for South Royalton, while Rachel Moore had eight. Kim Lakin and Cheryl Flint each chipped in with six points. Lakin, Flint and Ellen Manby are the other SoRo seniors.
Hazen 78, Sharon 18
Hardwick, Vt. — The Phoenix fell in the first round of the Vermont Division III playoffs as Hazen breezed into the quarterfinals.
Souhegan 55, Hanover 33
Amherst, n.h. — The 10th-seeded Marauders saw their season come to an end at the hands of the No. 7-seed Sabers in the first round of the New Hampshire D-II playoffs.
Souhegan led 28-12 at halftime over seed Hanover. Jake Kennedy had 21 points for the Sabers.
Hanover graduates four players, including Liam Gantrish (nine points) and Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris (eight points). Also departing will be Ryan O’Rourke and Cole Harris.
“We’ll miss all four of them. Cyrus played a great game, he played like a senior and did a nice job. Liam really finished strong, both of those guys finished the year playing hard,” Hanover coach Tim Winslow said.
At State Meet
Ludlow, Vt. — The Woodstock alpine skiing team claimed second place at the state championship meet at Okemo Mountain as three southern Vermont teams dominated a field of 14.
The Wasps, typically strong in the slalom, placed four skiers in the top 20 of the event, led by Sawyer Mattson in fifth with a time of 1 minute, 30.03 seconds. Jake Kelly was just behind, taking 10th in 1:31.42. Matt Frates (15th) and Charlie Kelly (20th) also placed high for Woodstock. Mount Mansfield’s Tristian Palola took first in the slalom with a time of 1:24.95.
The slopes at Okemo presented a slower, flatter course than the Wasps’ home hills at Suicide Six. “The course is dramatically different,” Woodstock coach Bill McCollom said. “It was a fair test for all. The course conditions were very fair.”
Rutland’s Andy Kenosh won the giant slalom event with a time of 47.81 seconds. Mattson took ninth for Woodstock at 49.58 while Jake Kelly was 15th, Taylor Lessard was 22nd and Charlie Kelly took 26th.
McCollom praised a strong team unity in helping the Wasps cruise to a runner up finish.
“There was a real sense of team going on today. They skied exceptionally well.”
Burr & Burton won both slalom and giant slalom races to run away with the team title over the rival Wasps. Rutland took third place.
“We’ve all battled back and forth,” McCollom said. “It’s fun to see all three teams come through at states. There was a good sense of camaraderie between the three southern teams.”
Mattson skied well enough to qualify as one of 12 skiers to represent Vermont in this weekend’s Eastern High School championships at Cannon Mountain.
Team scores: 1. Burr & Burton 59, 2. Woodstock 122, 3. Rutland 180, 4. Lyndon 187, 5. Mt. Mansfield 189, 6. CVU 215, 7. Lamoille 218, 8. Essex 310, 9. S. Burlington 317, 10. BFA-St. Albans 350, 11. Burlington 372, 12. St. Johnsbury 385, 13. Harwood 415, 14. Stowe 426.
Dartmouth 12, BU 7
Boston — A balanced offensive attack that saw seven players score goals helped No. 13 Dartmouth (4-0) defeated Boston University (1-1).
The Big Green’s Lindsey Allard had three goals and an assist.
Early on, Dartmouth was finding the back of the net in bunches as a burst of goals from Sarah Byrne and two apiece from Liz Calby and Hana Bowers put the visitors up 5-1 just over 10 minutes in.
Allard scored her team’s final three markers of the first half as the Green took an 8-5 advantage into the intermission.
The second frame was more of the same from Dartmouth as it pushed its lead to 11-5 a little more than a third of the way into the period. Frances Bird sealed it with the final goal of the afternoon halfway through the stanza.
The Big Green put together another solid team effort as it finished with advantages in draw controls (12-9), shots (24-19) and free-positions (5-7/2-3). The Big Green also turned the ball over three fewer times in the contest (19-16) than their opponents.
Dartmouth goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello recorded all five of her saves in the second half.
The Big Green is 12-5 all-time meetings with the Terriers.
Dartmouth will return home to face No. 2 Florida on Saturday at noon.
Dartmouth Players Honored
Hanover — Dartmouth sophomore Nick Lombardi was selected the Ivy League Player of the Week for his performance at the Dairy Queen Classic, hosted by the University of Minnesota. Senior teammate Cole Sulser was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week.
Lombardi, who was also named the Ivy Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com, was the recipient of the Silver Stick as the Most Outstanding Player at the tournament that took place at the Metrodome. The third baseman hit .500 over the three games (6-for-12), with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs.
Sulser started the season opener for Dartmouth against the Golden Gophers, his first time on the mound in nearly two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. The right-hander, a first-team All-Ivy selection in 2011, picked up where he left off by hurling six shutout innings, surrendering just three hits and a walk while striking out four.
Dartmouth Pitcher Wins Award
Princeton, n.j. — Dartmouth pitcher Kristen Rumley picked up her first Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honor of the season after earning a win and a save in Dartmouth’s stint at the Colonial Classic Invitational in Washington She sharesd the honor with Princeton’s Shanna Christian.
Rumley is 4-1 after recording a complete game win over host George Washington. In the 3-2 win, she tossed a season-high eight strikeouts. Pitching in relief against Seton Hall, she allowed just one run in five innings of work. The sophomore closed the weekend with a one-inning save against George Washington, her second career save.