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Local roundup: Woodstock boys lacrosse coach steps down

  • Woodstock High boys lacrosse coach Brandon Little is shown during a 2018 game against Burr & Burton. Little, who led the program for 11 seasons, announced his resignation this week.

  • Woodstock High boys lacrosse coach Brandon Little addresses the Wasps during their May 20 rout of Hartford. Little, who led the program for 11 seasons, announced his resignation this week. (Valley News — Tris Wykes)


Staff reports
Thursday, June 13, 2019

WOODSTOCK — Brandon Little, the Woodstock High boys lacrosse coach since 2009, has resigned for what he said were a variety of issues, including a desire to spend time with his young children. He confirmed the move via text message and said he may continue to coach in his town’s youth recreation program, but declined further comment.

Little is a 1993 Woodstock graduate who also graduated from the University of Vermont before working in New York City’s culinary world. He returned to the Upper Valley and began coaching the Wasps in 2009, taking over for Bill Elberty, now the associate head coach at Hartford.

Although its enrollment size places it in Vermont Division II, Woodstock High has always played Division I boys lacrosse, a source of immense pride to those in the program.

The Wasps were 12-5 this season and lost a playoff quarterfinal at Essex, 8-7, in overtime. Woodstock had won nine consecutive games entering the clash and outscored their opponents this season, 196-96.

Woodstock reached the state semifinals in 2011, 2014 and 2018 under Little and were a combined 84-47 during the past eight seasons.

The Wasps were 11-11 in playoff games during his tenure.

Dozens of Little’s former players have competed at the college level, including recent Woodstock graduates Nick Schmell at Limestone College, Hunter Schmell at Merrimack College, Ed Doton and Luc Isssa at Castleton University and Ben Orr-Hartig at Emmanuel College.

— Tris Wykes

WOMEN’S LACROSSE Big Green’s Giroux named All-American

HANOVER — Dartmouth senior Kathryn Giroux was named a third-team All-American on Wednesday by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

This is the second honor this year for the team captain, who was honored with a spot on the Inside Lacrosse Women’s All-America third team last month.

The New Jersey native finished her collegiate career as the top draw specialist in Ivy League history.

Her 160 draws this spring set a single-season benchmark for an Ivy player, while her career total of 418 is also the most by any player in conference history.

A unanimous All-Ivy League first team selection this spring, she was considered one of the top midfielders in one of the top lacrosse conferences.

Giroux is the first Dartmouth player since Jaclyn Leto (a third-team nod in 2016) to earn a spot on the IWLCA team.

MEN’S SOCCER Big Green announces 2019 slate

HANOVER — Dartmouth on Thursday announced the 2019 men’s soccer schedule, which features 16 games and pits the Big Green against five NCAA Tournament teams from last season.

Dartmouth kicks off its season on Sept. 6 at Wake Forest, who finished the 2018 regular season as the No. 1 team in the country after going 17-1.

The Demon Deacons advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, where they were upset by Akron, who advanced to the title game.

The Big Green greets UMass in the home opener on Sept. 10 and four days late hosts Michigan State, which reached the NCAA College Cup semifinals last season.

Dartmouth faces three more NCAA tourney teams when it visits New Hampshire (Sept. 18) and hosts UConn (Oct. 1) and Ivy League champion Princeton (Oct. 5).