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November 1st, 2012
BURLINGTONâ€“In all the years I have been watching field hockey, I have never seen Missisquoi Valley Union's team look scared.
On Wednesday afternoon, on the artificial turf at the UVM athletic complex, the North Country Falcons struck fear into the hearts of the mighty Thunderbirds.
MVU (12-3-1) went on to win the contest, 2-1, but it was a lot closer then they would have liked it to have been.
"I am very proud of these girls," said coach Chantelle Bouchard as she struggled to keep her emotions in check.
Missisquoi came out of the chute on fire.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country Falcons will find themselves against a familiar opponent when they travel to UVM for the Division III field hockey semi-finals today at 3:30.
Coming off their dramatic 1-0 win over Bellows Falls, the team's spirits are high.
"They are excited," said Bouchard. "They really want to get out on the field and just play."
Missisquoi Valley Union (11-3-1), ranked third in D III, were the Falcons first round advisories last year, and they defeated NCU in well-fought battle on the hard-packed sand in Swanton.
THETFORDâ€“This year's State Meet had the best running conditions in 4 years with dry trails, temps in the 50s and a bank of fog that didn't lift until the girls challenge race.
The Division I girls varsity race started off the day, and NCU was running with a depleted squad.
We were missing our #2 and #3 runners due to season ending injuries earlier in the month.
Haley Jo Tetreault was not at 100% for the day's race, but she worked though the race finishing 23rd in Div I (34th in the State).
Junior Jade Dandurand was our second scorer with her best time at Thetford in 25:04.
ORLEANSâ€“Meghan Livingston broke a 1-1 tie with 11:37 remaining in the second half to lift the twelfth ranked Mount Abraham Eagles (10-4-2) over the number four seed Lake Region during the Division II quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon.
The goal came after a solid seventeen minutes of sustained Eagle pressure in the Ranger end of the field.
"The girls gave an awesome effort out their," said Eric Degre. "Unfortunately in the second, they got a bunch of shots in a row and eventually scored."
As the action unfurled in the first half, both teams looked fairly equal.
NEWPORTâ€“Jacob Buckles broke two school records on Friday night as the Falcons fell to Milton 55-26 to wrap up their regular season.
"Those records... I've been wanting to beat them all year," said Buckles.
"I have been hoping, hoping, hoping to finally beat them and to do it is awesome. I can't describe the feeling."
"I can't say enough good things about Jacob Buckles," said coach Tim Simoneau. "He is going to the North/South game and there is no reason he shouldn't be in the Shrine game, representing North Country."
BELLOWS FALLSâ€“ In the biggest surprise of the weekend, the seventh ranked North Country field hockey team knocked off number two Bellows Falls (11-2) 1-0.
"We called a time out with five minutes left and I told them that we didn't drive all of this way for nothing, that we were not leaving without a win, and we got it," said a joyous coach Chantelle Bouchard.
Brittany Fortier scored with 1:55 left to play in regulation to give her team the win.
The goal came after a dash-mark hit, which Brittany Verge put into the circle.
ORLEANSâ€“Somebody had to win and somebody had to lose in the Lake Region-Mt. Abraham match on Friday afternoon.
No matter what happened, one team was going to leave the field feeling awful.
Sadly for the fans in Ranger Country, it was their much loved, much admired Lake Region boys, as the Eagles (7-7-1) tallied two goals in the final ten minutes of the contest to advance into the Division II semi-finals.
"I thought it was an excellent match," said coach Tom Evans. "It definitely could have gone either way and it happened to go theirâ€™s, so hats off to them."
BARREâ€“Spaulding's Julia Ormsby's goal two minutes and nine seconds into the first half was all the eighth seeded Crimson Tided needed as they held on for the remaining seventy-two-plus minutes to defeat North Country 1-0 in the opening round of the Division I play-offs.
"We played hard, but you never get those goals back," said coach Peter Alexander. "We had eight chances to clear or get something done, and you could see it coming.
"But, from that moment on, I thought we competed and had some decent chances, and I am very pleased with the effort."
CRAFTSBURYâ€“Sisters Elaine and Sarah Dunbar each had a goal as Craftsbury Academy defeated UCA 2-0 in playdown action on Wednesday afternoon.
The Chargers controlled play in the early going, and their pressure paid off when Sarah Dunbar opened the scoring, sending a rebound past United Christian goaltender Lydia Samaan.
In the second, with the score still 1-0 CA, UCA picked up their game and started to pressure the Chargers.
But the home team did not buckle, instead mounting their own assault on the UCA net.
ORLEANS - A brand new coaching staff and an early deficit couldn't stop the Lake Region girls varsity soccer team, who picked up a 2-1 victory over Otter Valley Wednesday afternoon in the opening round of the Division II championship tournament.
Senior striker Lauren Nesshoever took advantage of an early lapse in No. 4 Lake Region's defensive unit. Nesshoever pocked a give-and-go 10 minutes into the match to give the No. 13 seeded Otters an early edge.