After trailing at the end of the first half, Colchester exploded for 13 goals in the second half to earn a spot in the Division II high school boys lacrosse state championship game with a 17-9 win over Green Mountain Valley on Wednesday.
The Lakers (15-2), were down 5-4 at the break, topped defending-champion GMVS in a rematch of last year’s thrilling title-game.
Quinn Trabulsy led Colchester with six goals and four assists, Josh Gervais potted three goals and added four assists and Calvin Brault chipped in two goals.
Christian Gallagher paced GMVS (12-3) with four goals and two assists, while Max Stamler had two goals.
Barry Bergeron made 12 saves for the Lakers.
* (2) Lamoille 14, (5) U-32 7: Bennett Anderson paced Lamoille’s offense with six goals in a win over visiting U-32.
Zach LeBlanc and David Legris each added two goals for Lamoille (17-1). Thomas Meyer made 14 stops to earn the win.
Connor Hirsch scored three goals for U-32 (11-6) and Connor Garand made 14 saves.
Div. I boys lacrosse
* (1) Essex 13, (4) Brattleboro 4: James Olsen collected three goals and two assists and eight players scored at least one goal in Essex’s win over visiting Brattleboro.
Thomas Vanzo (two assists), Luc Leblanc (assist) and Steve Morse each tallied twice for Essex (16-2). Brendan Gleason added a goal and an assist and Connor Fulton, Joe Galati and Brendan Leonard also tallying.
Patt Abbott and Andrew Lounsbury combined to make 10 saves for the Hornets.
Brattleboro’s Connor Elliot-Knaggs and Sam Siegel each had a goal and an assist. Nik Rancourt and Dylan Bettini rounded out the scoring.
Div. I girls lacrosse
* (2) Middlebury 16, (3) Mount Anthony 8: Middlebury rode a strong defensive effort as it beat Mount Anthony to book a spot opposite South Burlington in the Division I state title game.
Middlebury (12-4) allowed only one goal in the second half in the win. Emily Robinson (four goals and four assists) and Emily Kiernan (four goal and two assists) led the Tigers offensively. Baily Ryan made seven stops.
Emily Cross had two goals and two assists for Mount Anthony (11-7). Sam Mayer made nine saves.
Div. II girls lacrosse
* (4) Rice 9, (1) U-32 8: Rice opened the second half with five unanswered goals to earn the upset win over previously unbeaten U-32 and return to the title game.
Katy Ranaldo and Michelle Bolger each had three goals for Rice (15-2-1), while Emily Cutting added two.
Kristin Keene led U-32 with three goals and two assists and Nicole Lavigne chipped in with three goals.
* (2) Burr and Burton 18, (3) BFA-St. Albans 8: Hayley Sabol paced an offensive outburst from Burr and Burton, as the Bulldogs downed BFA-St. Albans.
Kate Montague added four goals and one assist, Rory Halligan chipped in with three goals and Morgan Bazyk had two goals for Burr and Burton (16-2), which led 8-4 at halftime. Casey Apps made nine saves.
Leilani King and Ali Hardy led BFA (15-3), each scoring two goals. Cora Hartmann took the loss, making eight stops.
Div. II baseball
* (2) Otter Valley 8, (3) Lamoille 1: Justin Owen scattered six hits in 6 2⁄3 innings, and Thomas Roberts and Shane Quenneville drove in two runs apiece as Otter Valley beat Lamoille.
Otter Valley (18-1) overcame a 1-0 deficit and will face top-seeded Burr and Burton with a chance to win its first championship since 1976. No. 3 Lamoille finished its season at 16-2.
Quenneville’s two-run triple in the first put the Otters ahead and they sealed the victory with four runs in the fifth.
Nate Severance drove in a run for Lamoille in support of losing pitcher Jack Thompson, and joined Nick and Nate Lynch with two hits each.
* (1) Burr and Burton 6, (5) Missisquoi 5: Noah Rizio hit a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Burr and Burton the win over Missisquoi.
Zack Stewart scored the winning run for Burr and Burton (17-2), and Jake Stalcup earned the victory, entering the game in second inning and allowing just two runs. Stewart had three hits to lead the BBA offense.
David LaRoche hit a solo home run for Missisquoi (12-7), while Matt St. Amour and Elijah Eaton each doubled.
Div. III baseball
* (2) Randolph 14, (3) Poultney 4: Alex Gilbert collected two hits and four RBIs, Jacob Sprague each had four hits and a pair of RBIs, and host Randolph advanced to its first final under 20-year head coach Mike Czok.
Alex Delhagen added to Randolph’s 17-hit attack with a 3-for-4 effort, while winning pitcher Ben Jickling allowed three runs and struck out five in four innings of work.
Randolph scored six runs in the third inning.
* (1) BFA-Fairfax 3, (4) Leland & Gray 2: Tanner Benoit hit a game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh inning to plate Matt Larose and lift BFA-Fairfax over Leland & Gray.
Kris Wehne, who went 1-for-3 with a run and stolen base, earned the win in relief for Fairfax (18-0).
Drew Barnum took the loss for Leland & Gray, pitching seven inning and allowing three runs on five hits.
Div. IV baseball
* (3) Danville 7, (2) Mount St. Joseph 2: Danville jumped on the board early and then relied on a four-hit performance from pitcher Kyle Johnson to beat Mount St. Joseph.
Johnson pitched seven innings, striking out eight batters for Danville (12-6). Brett Elliott and Eric Remick each had an RBI single in the four-run first inning.
Matt Sanborn took the loss for MSJ (13-5), while Zach Lanzillo paced the offense with two hits and an RBI.
Div. II softball
* (3) Vergennes 4, (2) Lyndon 0: Emilee Trudo had eight strikeouts and no walks in a complete-game two hitter as Vergenees blanked Lyndon.
The Commodores (15-4) will be playing for their first softball championship since 1983.
Tamara Aunchman’s RBI triple and Trudo’s two-RBI single keyed Vergennes’ four-run fourth inning.
Emily Doty’s triple and Kelly Brooks’ single were LI’s only hits. After Brooks’ single in the second, Trudo retired the final 16 LI batters.
Vikings starter Kelsey Croft allowed nine hits and fanned seven in the loss. Lyndon (16-2) was seeking its third straight trip to a championship game.
* (1) BFA-Fairfax 8, (4) Harwood 0: Dani Russin went 3-for-4, driving in two runs, to pace defending-champion BFA-Fairfax to a win over Harwood.
Kayla Nester had a two-run home run and Kayla Mathieu added an RBI triple for Fairfax (18-0). Mathieu went the distance in the circle, striking out eight.
Sammy Stolar took the loss for Harwood (14-4), giving up eight runs on nine hits.
Div. III softball
* (1) Leland & Gray 3, (5) Randolph 1: Leland & Gray’s Elizabeth Symanski came out on top in pitchers’ duel with Randolph’s Rachel Johnson.
Leland & Gray went ahead in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-out, two-run double by Kelsey Bruder, scoring Ashley Goddard and Kori Griffi.
Symanski earned the complete-game win, giving up six hits and striking out eight. Johnson took the loss, giving up six hits and striking out nine in seven innings of work.
Brooke Jacques hit a home run to account for Randolph’s run.
Div. IV softball
* (4) West Rutland 9, (8) Twinfield 8: Taylor Raiche’s game-winning single capped a six-run rally in the seventh inning as West Rutland stunned Twinfield.
Morgan Raiche scored the winning run and Kaelin Reopell. Left-hander Ashley Ibety took the loss.
Johanna Lee had a double and a single to lead the No. 4 Golden Horde at the plate.
* (7) Danville 4, (3) Black River 3: Jennie Moore scored in the top of the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and lift Danville.
Moore led off with a single, stole second and scored on two groundouts to plate the winning run for Danville (12-7). Kaylin Zangla earned the win after striking out 12 in seven innings of work.
Sarah Rumrill took the loss, and added a single and a triple for Black River (14-4).