Hockey Falcons Win, NCU Girls Play Well in Loss, More

GIRLS HOCKEYNo. Country 3, Middlebury 1MIDDLEBURY–Trailing 1-0 after one period, the Falcons were able to rally behind two goals from Crystal Moss to earn a big road win over a much improved Tiger team."The girls are starting to learn how to bounce back after a tough first period," said NCU coach Claude Paul. "Overall we had a good second and third, really taking over the game in the final period."Heading into the second down 1-0, Emily Doty hooked up with Moss for the first North Country goal of the game.Emilie Paul set-up Whitney Bernier for the game-winning goal 4:53 into the third period. Moss netted her second of the contest twelve seconds later to give the Falcons a little insurance."Crystal was a big factor for us out there," Paul said of his junior forward.The win moves the Falcons to 11-3-1, while Middlebury drops to 6-6.The team will travel to Stowe on Tuesday looking to go 3-0 on the season against the Raiders.Puck drops at 6:30.BOYS HOCKEYNo. Country 6, MVU 2HIGHGATE–The North Country boys moved into double-digits in the win column, earning their tenth victory of the season against Missisquoi Valley Union High (3-10-1) on Saturday evening.Kody Halikas and Ross DeLaBruere each netted a pair of goals in the win.Brody Jacobs got his first goal of the season and Ryan Paul had the other tally for the Falcons.The win moves North Country's record to 10-2-1, and has then in a first place tie with South Burlington by index points (30).Speaking of the Rebels, a much anticipated rematch with SBUH is next on the calendar for the Falcons, as they travel to the Cairns arena on Wednesday for the 5:20 showdown.The last time these two teams met was quite the spectacle, so it will be interesting to see how the teams fare this time out.GIRLS BASKETBALLBHS 46, No. Country 35BURLINGTON–"This was a great game. We lost, but it felt like a win," said coach Christiane Brown after a well-played game by the Falcons last Friday.While they did not get the win, they got some improvement in a lot of areas, especially hitting from downtown, where four different players, Anna Bingham, Kelsea Cutting, Desiree Coffin and Nicole Therrien were able to find the bottom of the net.Bingham, who has been off her game a little bit in recent days, played extremely well for the Falcons, leading the team with not just her nine points, but with her play as a whole."She looked to create plays for the team and her D was strong and tenacious," said Brown.Coffin chipped in six points, and Therrien continues to be a force down low, grabbing four rebounds in the contest.The loss moves the team to 4-7, while BHS stands at 7-3.A tough opponent comes to town on Tuesday as the girls will play host to the third seeded Essex Hornets at 6:30 at the North Country gymnasium.UCA 33, Trinity Baptist 27WILLISTON–Moriah Lafoe led the Lady Crusaders with ten points as UCA picked up win number five on Friday evening."In the second half we started making our shots, and we played really well," said coach Molly Smith.The team was without five of their players, but overcame the challenge to earn the W.Said Smith, "Each girl played the hardest I have ever seen them play."Unfortunately, the team dropped their next game, at home on Saturday, to Canaan 48-25.The girls will be in action this Friday at 5:00 at home.