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Kriplin scores twice as Raiders rout Kingswood

  • Isalys Quinones

  • Jacob Kriplin

  • Alyssa Burr

  • Liberti LaCasse

Staff Reports
Published: 2/10/2020 10:17:26 PM
Modified: 2/10/2020 10:17:22 PM

Staff Reports

WEST LEBANON — Lebanon-Stevens-Mount Royal junior defenseman Jacob Kriplin scores a lot of goals in practice, but such luck hasn’t been coming in the Raiders’ NHIAA Division II boys hockey games this season. As coach Jim Damren puts it, Kriplin was “jonesing” to get one in a game when it counted.

On Monday, he did better than that.

The blueliner scored the first of the Raiders’ three power-play goals for his first varsity strike, then later added another man-up tally as Lebanon rolled over Kingswood, 5-1, at Campion Rink. Kriplin also had an assist on the hosts’ other power-play conversion on a night when the Raiders (4-9-0 overall, 4-7-0 NHIAA) were 3-for-4 on the man advantage.

“He’s just kind of been snakebit and pressing,” Damren said. “He scores a ton of goals in practice, and he was really, really jonesing to score his first varsity goal in a real game. I think he was trying to do too much. When he scored on the power play, he got the monkey off his back.”

Lebanon benefited from quick starts in all three periods.

Despite precious little time in the offensive zone, Lebanon bolted to an early 2-0 lead. Jon Cloud was credited with the opening goal after just 26 seconds, with Griffin Auch and Andrew Duany earning assists on the Raiders’ first trip up the ice. Duany doubled the lead about four minutes later, potting a right-corner feed from Cloud on a counterattack.

Kriplin picked it up from there. The junior finished a Duany pass just 61 seconds into the middle stanza for a 3-0 advantage, cutting from the point to mid-slot before beating Kingswood goalie J. Oleg Sheahan’s glove hand. He joined Auch in setting up Cloud’s second of the game at the 32-second mark of the final period for a 4-1 lead and added his second career goal on an Auch pass with 1:56 to play.

“The effort was there again tonight,” Damren said. “It’s been there for the last few games, but when we score first and get off to a good start and build off it, the guys believe.”

Toby Cromwell had 25 saves — 13 of them in the opening period — for Lebanon, which visits Spaulding on Wednesday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Stevens 41, Plymouth 38 (OT)

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Alex Taylor’s tip-in with 45 seconds left in overtime gave the Cardinals the lead for good as they won their first-ever game in two winters of NHIAA Division II play. Taylor had 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead Stevens (2-9). Ty Bonneau hit two free throws with 5.5 seconds left in regulation to complete a comeback and force the extra session. Clayton Wadsworth and Matt Jones added nine points each for the Cardinals.

Stevens has now won two games in a row and will visit Hanover on Wednesday.

Windsor 54, Springfield 45

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets (5-11) played what coach Harry Ladue said was a strong all-around game to top the Cosmos.

“We got the lead with a strong second quarter and then kept them at arm’s length,” Ladue said. “We played solid defense, hit some shots and did a good job on the boards.”

Owen Abrahamsen led the way with 18 points for Windsor. John Cook added 12 points and Ethan Lawyer had 10. The Jacks outscored Springfield, 16-9, in the second quarter to take the lead for good.

Windsor will host Woodstock on Thursday night.

Montpelier 73, Oxbow 31

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Solons (14-2) made an impression on the Olympians (3-13) with a dominant victory at Mona Garone Gym.

Twelve Montpelier players hit the floor, and 10 provided points on a balanced night. Tyler Ricker paced the visitors with 12 points, followed by 11 from Will Bruzzese and 10 each from Micah Bloomberg and Leo Riby-Williams.

The Solons entered the night ranked third in VPA Division II.

Bryce Ilsley had 11 points and Cooper Simmons 10 for the O’s, who are right back in action on Tuesday night, hosting Thetford.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Mascoma 54, Franklin 35

WEST CANAAN — The Royals opened the action with an 11-2 run and never looked back to beat the Golden Tornadoes.

Liberti LaCasse had 12 points to pace Mascoma (5-8). Emily Moulton drained three, 3-pointers on her way to 11 points. Jordan Henry added eight points.

“We came out firing on all cylinders,” Mascoma coach Walt Hammond said. “We’re starting to get healthy, and it shows. We hope to continue to win games and climb in the standings.”

The Royals are back in action on Tuesday at Newport.

Stevens 70, Plymouth 35

CLAREMONT — Ten Cardinals hit the score sheet and four accumulated double figures in a lopsided win over the Bobcats at Carr Gymnasium.

Stevens (8-8, 6-7) bolted to a 21-6 lead at the first-quarter buzzer and was never seriously challenged. Freshman Jaci Morin led the charge with 13 points. Fellow frosh Alyssa Paquette netted 12 points, senior Sydney Miller had 11 and freshman Tara Sullivan contributed a career-high 10.

The Cards get their toughest test of the season when Hanover visits on Wednesday.

Mid Vermont Christian 50, Twinfield 29

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — The Eagles solved the Twinfield press in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 points to pull away for the win.

“It takes us a while to get comfortable when teams play a good full-court man (defense) against us. In the fourth, we really spread the court, made good passes and got some good looks,” MVCS coach Chris Goodwin said.

Sydney Goodwin had 11 points and 22 rebounds while providing a forceful presence in the post for the Eagles. Hayley Goodwin led MVCS with 21 points. Lydia Eastman added eight points.

MVCS (11-4) visits Poultney on Thursday.

Fair Haven 55, Hartford 30

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — Ryleigh Coloutti buried three of her four 3-pointers and 11 of her game-high 22 points in the opening quarter to lead the Slaters over the Hurricanes (8-6), ending their four-game winning streak.

VPA Division II-leading Fair Haven (15-0) never trailed after opening a 16-9 lead after one quarter. The 30 points marked Hartford’s second-lowest offensive output of the season, behind only a 55-19 loss to the Slaters in early January.

Jasmine Jenkins had 10 points (including a 4-for-4 effort at the free-throw line) and Kennedy Mullen came up with nine points for the Canes, who visit Lyndon on Wednesday.

Sunapee 48, Newport 39

NEWPORT — Alyssa Burr had her best game since returning from a yearlong injury absence, but it wasn’t enough for the Tigers (3-11, 3-9) to get past one of the top teams in NHIAA Division IV.

Burr backed a game-high 16-point effort from Greysan Beaulieu with 15 points of her own. It was only the fifth game of the year for Burr, who sustained a knee injury last year and didn’t see her first hardwood action until three week ago.

Miah Hamm led the Lakers (12-3) — ranked fourth in D-IV — with 14 points.

D-III Newport, which received four-point nights from Riely Skarin and Maddie Miller, host Mascoma on Tuesday night at Wheeler Gym.

West Rutland 51, Rivendell 26

ORFORD — The Raptors (4-8) couldn’t keep pace with a deep and talented team from West Rutland (14-0).

“Our girls played as hard as they could, but West Rutland is a great team. The best in our division,” Rivendell coach Dennis Fitzgerald said.

Adele Tilden had nine points for the Raptors, who play at Blue Mountain on Saturday.

Springfield 53, Woodstock 27

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Springfield bolted to a 20-2 lead after one quarter to put the Wasps (1-13) away early at Dressel Gym.

Lara Tarleton led Woodstock with nine points.

Savannah Sheehan and Norah Harper both finished with five.

The Wasps travel to Mill River on Tuesday.

Bellows Falls 65, White River Valley 39

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — The Wildcats (10-5) stayed with the Terriers until tiring out in the fourth quarter.

White River Valley, riding a season-high 18 points from Hannah White, trailed by just nine points through three periods, 43-34, when the needle hit empty. White also had five 3-pointers on the night for the Wildcats.

Sarah Howe finished with eight points for WRV, which hosts West Rutland on Thursday.

UNIFIED BASKETBALL

Keene 62, Hanover 51

KEENE, N.H. — Avery Hunnewell had a game-high 27 points, backed by a trio of 3-pointers, but the Marauders (1-5) couldn’t slow down the Blackbirds.

Eli Weintraub backed up Hunnewell with 16 points. Hanover wraps up its season at White Mountains on Monday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Dartmouth’s Quinones to Olympics

BOURGES, France — Former Dartmouth College guard Isalys Quinones will be participating in the Tokyo Olympics this summer as a member of the Puerto Rico national team.

Quinones and her teammates will be playing in an Olympic tournament for the first time.

The Puerto Ricans claimed one of three spots out of a four-team tournament in France that concluded on Sunday.

The 2019 Dartmouth graduate had nine points, five rebounds and an assist in a 91-89 overtime win over Brazil on Thursday. That proved decisive when Australia beat Brazil on Sunday to secure the Puerto Ricans’ trip to Japan.

Quinones averaged 9.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in her team’s three games. Puerto Rico, which lost to Australia and host France over the weekend, will open Olympic play on July 26.

WOMEN’S GOLF

Big Green opens at FAU

BOCA RATON, Fla. — The Big Green started its spring season with the first two rounds of the Florida Atlantic University’s Winter Warmup tournament at Osprey Point Golf Club.

Freshman Amanda Zhang led the way for Dartmouth with a 1-over-par 145 (73-72), good for fourth place overall. The Big Green is fourth as a team in the 14-school field heading into Tuesday’s final round.

Dartmouth shot a team 602 on Monday, trailing only Seton Hall (584), Arkansas State (594) and Xavier (600).

ADMINISTRATION

Longtime Colby-Sawyer coach/AD leaving

NEW LONDON — George Martin, the 26-year coach of the Colby-Sawyer women’s basketball program and the school’s athletic director since 2013, is leaving the school to take a similar administrative role at Dean College in Franklin, Mass.

Martin owns a 469-213 record with the Chargers, which leaves him ranked 24th in victories among active coaches. He’s also the winningest women’s basketball coach in New Hampshire. His teams have won seven conference titles and made seven appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Martin has also overseen 23 varsity programs as AD and also coached the women’s volleyball program on various occasions. He’ll join Dean in time to guide it to full-time membership in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference this fall.




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