Kate Knowles and Paige Viens hooked up on two of Middlebury’s three second-half goals, pushing the Tigers past visiting Mount Mansfield 3-2 in a Division I field hockey playdown Wednesday.
Knowles assisted on a Viens’ goal before Viens returned the favor later in the second half on the eventual game-winner.
Hattie Hervin had both of MMU’s goals, the latter coming with about 10 seconds to play in regulation.
Baily Ryan made four saves for Middlebury and Jordynn Chandler stopped six shots for the Cougars.
D-II field hockey
* (7) Harwood 1, (10) Woodstock 0: Katie Martin scored with 13 minutes left in regulation as host Harwood edged Woodstock.
Sarah Wry earned the assist for the Highlanders.
D-I boys soccer
* (3) Hartford 2, (14) Spaulding 1 (OT): Ten-man Hartford weathered a scoreless second half and got a penalty-kick winner from Jed Sass in overtime to bounce Spaulding.
Denver Heath staked the Crimson Tide (3-11-1) the lead midway through the first half, but Tanner Wilson headed in a cross from John Lewis 10 minutes later for the Hurricanes’ (13-2) equalizer.
Hartford, which got a red card in the first half, got two saves from Aaron Parker. Kevin Fritz had six saves for Spaulding.
D-II boys soccer
* (13) Rice Memorial 9, (4) Otter Valley 0: Ryan Benz racked up five goals as Rice cruised past visiting Otter Valley.,
Brent McKeown, Hussein Hussein, Clay Scott and Sam Dickin also scored for Rice (9-5-1). Leland Gazo and Connor Gorman combined on Rice’s ninth shutout of the season.
* (10) Vergennes 2, (7) U-32 0: Vergennes scored twice in the first half as it ousted U-32 from the postseason for the second year in a row.
Josh Benning opened the scoring with a 10th-minute header and Dana Ambrose doubled the lead in the 22nd minute, curling in a corner kick. Dylan Raymond finished with a seven-save shutout for the Commodores (5-8-2).
Mackinley Shaffer had eight saves for the Raiders (7-7-1).
D-III boys soccer
* (8) Thetford 5, (9) Winooski 3: Matt Perry’s three goals and an assist helped host Thetford knock off Winooski.
Conner Brown and Kyle Bowen also tallied and Brandon Grey made nine saves for Thetford, which led 4-2 at halftime.
Jabril Abdullahi (goal, two assists, Ganesh Rai (goal) and Eddy Lamson (goal) were Winooski’s leaders. Ali Omar finishd with a dozen saves.