Local roundup: MVCS volleyball impresses in comeback victory

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Published: 10/20/2021 11:16:36 PM
Modified: 10/20/2021 11:16:41 PM

ST. ALBANS, Vt. — The Mid Vermont Christian School girls volleyball team went from one of its worst matches of the season to one of the more promising ways to enter a state tournament.

The Eagles rallied from a 2-0 deficit on Wednesday, roaring back to take a 3-2 win over BFA-St. Albans. MVCS (9-4) dropped the opening two sets, 25-8 and 25-19, then charged back to take the last three, 25-22, 25-22, 15-7, to potentially earn a top-four spot in the VPA Division I tournament.

“The girls went from playing their worst game of the season in set one to playing some of their best in the last three games,” MVCS coach Tom Evans said. “The last three games were the most balanced team effort we have had all season.”

Rather than pointing out specific leaders, Evans credited “the entire team” for the victory.

Incomplete records on the Vermont Principals Association website had MVCS in fourth place in D-I entering Wednesday night, leaving Rice (10-3) as the only school capable of supplanting the Eagles for a top-four slot at states. Mid Vermont Christian will learn its opening assignment on Monday.

Mascoma 3, Stevens 0

WEST CANAAN — The Royals (6-10) closed out their schedule with their second shutout of the Cardinals (0-16) this season.

“Good performance by our whole team,” Mascoma coach Eric Ramage noted. “Our seniors were steady and strong in their last regular season game.”

The victory secured for the Royals a bid into the 12-team NHIAA Division III state tournament. Mascoma learns its opening assignment on Monday.

ConVal 3, Hanover 1

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — The Cougars topped Hanover in a tight four-set affair, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24.

Hanover (8-7), which had a three-match winning streak stopped, wraps up its regular season at home against Campbell on Friday evening.

FIELD HOCKEYWindsor 7, Springfield 0

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — The two-time defending VPA Division III champion Yellowjackets (8-4-1) regained their winning form in a rout of the Cosmos.

Gwen Ambrose powered the win with a career-high four goals for Windsor. Peyton Richardson (two assists), Meagan Holling (one assist) and Karen Kapuscinksi also scored for the Jacks, who got a shutout effort in goal from Lindsey Young. Gretchen Gilcris had a busy 18-save afternoon for Springfield.

Windsor hosts Otter Valley for its senior game on Saturday morning.

GIRLS SOCCERWindsor 2, Hartford 0

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Olivia MacLeay and Elliot Rupp dented the net to give the Yellowjackets (4-8-1) a win over the Hurricanes under the Hartford High lights.

Windsor jumped in front just five minutes into the contest when MacLeay put away an Audrey Rupp cross. Elliot Rupp nailed a set piece from 30 yards in the second minute of the second half. Sophia Rockwood recorded a six-save shutout.

“The girls came with energy tonight,” Windsor coach Jeff Bachey said. “There was something about playing Hartford under the lights that the girls really got up for the game, and it showed in their play on the field.

Erin Thompson finished with seven saves for Hartford (4-9-1), which closed its regular-season slate.

Stevens 3, Sunapee 2

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals (11-4-0) celebrated senior night with a narrow win over the Lakers at Monadnock Park.

Stevens closes the regular season at Pelham on Friday.

BOYS SOCCERSharon 9, Proctor 0

SHARON — The Phoenix (10-2-0) routed the Phantoms to close out the regular season and secure the second seed in next week’s VPA Division IV tournament.

Riley Eastman led the way with four goals and an assist. Daniel Henderson (assist) also posted a hat trick for Sharon. Ever Tofel (three assists) and Jack Lloyd also scored. Sam Simone earned a pair of assists. Parker Bogardus had a four-save shutout in the TSA net.

“This was an outstanding showing across the board,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said. “We were tidy in the back and dynamic in the final third. I couldn't be more proud of my charges.”

Sharon will learn its opening tournament date on Monday.

White River Valley 5, West Rutland 1

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Wildcats (6-5-2) made the most of their 12 shot attempts, scoring on nearly half of them in a win over the Golden Horde.

Robby McShinsky found the target for two goals and also set up a pair of scores. Dominic Craven also struck twice with an assist, and Mason Gauthier contributed a one-goal, one-assist effort.

“We only had 13 players available, so we needed everyone to contribute, which they did,” WRV coach Alex Montano said. “It was a very unselfish team performance.”

Otter Valley travel to WRV to wrap the regular season on Friday.

Thetford 4, Lake Region 0

ORLEANS, Vt. — Nolan Pepe punched home his first varsity goal to highlight the Panthers’ second straight victory.

Aidan Keane and Elliot Jones also scored for the Panthers (4-9-0), who picked up an own goal from the Rangers as well. Fritz Junker, Mitchell Parkman and Ethan Marshai recorded assists, and Mack Briglin posted his first varsity shutout in goal with five saves.

TA travels to Harwood on Saturday to wrap up the regular season.

Richford 5, Oxbow 0

RICHFORD, Vt. — Five different Rockets scored and Xavier Wood recorded a five-shutout of the Olympians (1-12-0).

Carter Blaney, Jonas Lagasse, Elis Fernandez, Ryan Sanborn and Aske Greve netted Richford’s goals. Dakota Goodridge stood strong in the Oxbow net, making 10 stops. Nate Bachus helped Goodridge by stopping a couple of potential goals off the line, but the Rockets overpowered the O’s with five second-half goals.

“We fought hard in some horrible field conditions,” Oxbow coach Andrew Fisher said. “The defensive backfield was a swamp, and our players and keeper slipped and fell multiple times. The ball didn't bounce our way today, but our guys worked hard until the end.”

Rivendell visits Oxbow to close the season on Saturday.

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