MIDDLEBURY – Middlebury scored six straight goals in the second half to pull away from Montclair State and win it’s NCAA tournament first round game, 17-8, on Tuesday afternoon at Youngman Field.
With the win, the Panthers (13-6) advance to face Amherst in the round of 16 on Saturday.
Jon Broome and Jack Rautiola each netted three goals and had an assist to pace Middlebury. Joel Blockowicz finished with two assists and a goal, while Henry Reihl and Joey Zelkowitz eached had a goal and an assist.
Will Ernst earned the win for the Panthers, making 12 saves for the win.
Zach Schreck finished with a hat trick and an assist, as Michael Schreck chipped in two goals and two assists for Montclair State, who finish the season 13-6.
• Amherst 20, Castleton 4: No. 6 Amherst’s offense proved to be too much for visiting Castleton as the Lord Jeffs stormed to an early lead to bounce the Spartans from the NCAA Division III tournament.
Zach Davidson paced the Spartans (13-6) with two goals to finish his career with 400 points on 206 goals and 194 assists, the third-highest total in NCAA D-III history.
Peter Latulippe made 13 saves the first half and took the loss. Senior Sam Polas provided eight saves and allowed 11 goals over the final two periods.
Quinn Moroney led Amherst (17-2) with a goal and 10 assists while Kane Haffrey had a game-high four goals.
H.S. GIRLS LACROSSE
• South Burlington 12, Mount Mansfield 8: South Burlington rebounded from an early 4-0 deficit to earn a win over visiting Mount Mansfield.
Casey Johnson led the Rebels (5-2) with six goals, while Kimmy Norris and Willow Yager each chipped in with two strikes. Ava Hultgren and XiXi Halvorsen-Phelan each tallied once and Danielle Boucher made 14 saves to earn the win.
Katie Macone, Alana Scott and Shannon Springer each scored two goals for Mount Mansfield (3-4), while Colby Knight made eight saves.
• Burlington 19, Essex 13: Madison Feeney dialed up five goals and five assists, Casey O’Neill pumped in six goals and host Burlington downed Essex.
Namoi Musman added three goals and three assists for the Seahorses, Reeve Flynn and Alyssa Dubois had two goals apiece and Ajla Medic turned away 12 shots.
Anna Olsen led the Hornets with three goals and three assists. Hannah Danis (assist), Macall Meslin (assist), Jackie Quackenbush and Mady Corkum added two goals each while Lindsay Hallowell and Sarah Horrigan combined for 13 saves.
H.S. BOYS LACROSSE
• Hanover (N.H.) 17, Essex 10: Brendan Foraur and Conor Austin each pumped in five goals to send host Hanover past Essex in an interstate contest.
Brendan Gleason led the Hornets (6-2) with four goals and an assist. Sean Vanzo struck twice, Henry Adams had a goal and two assists and Andrew Lounsbury turned away 12 shots.
• Champlain Valley 13, Mount Mansfield 5: Outscoring host Mount Mansfield 4-1 in both the second and third quarters, Champlain Valley pulled away for the win to get back to .500 on the season.
Matt Palmer led the way with three goals and four assists for the 4-4 Redhawks. Charlie Bernicke had a hat trick and two helpers and Elliott Mitchell (assist) also netted a hat trick.
Chris Gronlund (four saves) and Matt Murakami (five) combined for the win in net.
The Cougars (1-6) got two goals from Travis Benson and seven saves from Will Macone.
• Rice 15, Mount Abraham 8: Thirteen first-half goals did the trick as visiting Rice cruised past Mount Abraham.
David Boeman put up five goals and two assists to lead the Green Knights. Sully Baker had a hat trick and Evan Roulean had two goals and an assist, and goalie Dylan Marchand made five stops.
Gus Catlin and Lucas Richter each had a hat trick for the Eagles and Tucker Paradee stopped 10 shots.
• U-32 9, Montpelier 7: After forging a 4-4 tie by halftime, visiting U-32 went on to open up a five-goal lead as it toppled Montpelier.
Cecil Freeman netted a hat trick with two assists fro the Raiders (3-2), Jake Murray pumped in four goals and Hunter Lane and Alton Cross provided single tallies. Jackson Bates finished with 10 saves.
Connor Barrett paced the Solons with four goals, Nelson Brown had two and Mitchell Whalen stacked up 16 saves.
• Green Mountain Valley 6, Harwood 5 (OT): Justin Boes struck in overtime to lift visiting Green Mountain Valley to a win over Harwood.
Boes’ tally, his third of the game, came with one minute, one second remaining in the OT period. Jack Despres, Sebastian Gonin and Tim Gavett also scored for the Gumbies (4-1).
Connor Woolley and Hunter Wimble each had two goals for the Highlanders (3-4) and Corey Dalismer scored once.
Casey Gordon had seven saves to earn the win, while Cam Andrews stopped eight shots in a losing effort.
• U-32 16, Peoples 11: Sophia Gonazeles earned the win in 5 1/3 innings of relief work, benefiting from visiting U-32’s 11-run fifth inning as the Raiders rallied past Peoples.
Gonzeles — who scattered eight hits, struck out five and walked one — helped her own cause witha 3-for-5 showing at the plate that included a grand slam and six RBIs.
Tycha Weston (two RBIs) and Avery Alberghini (four runs) also had multi-hit games for U-32.
Ally Fitz (triple) and Sabrina Lacasse (double) each had two hits and two RBIs for the Wolves (5-3) and Kristen Merrill drove in two runs. Megan LeMare went the distance in the loss.