HANOVER, N.H. – Cam Nolting scored with 24 seconds to play and Vermont copped a rare win over New Hampshire, 15-14, in the 23rd Hanover Lions Twin State boys lacrosse game Saturday afternoon.
South Burlington’s Nolting finished with three goals, as did Champlain Valley’s Elliott Mitchell for the Green Mountain boys, which topped New Hampshire for the first time in 20 years. The Granite State leads the all-time series 20-3.
Austin Robinson (Middlebury) and Chase Wright (Rutland) each scored twice while Mike Blauvelt (South Burlington) and Andrew Lounsbury (Essex) combined to make 15 saves for Vermont.
In a back-and-forth affair, Wright, Mitchell and Nolting each had key goals in the fourth quarter to respond to New Hampshire’s strikes. Mitchell had the tying goal to make it 14-all with about three minutes to go before Nolting found the net for the winner in the game’s latter stages.
•New Hampshire 21, Vermont 9: Michelle Bolger of Rice Memorial tallied two goals and two assists but Vermont couldn’t hang with New Hampshire in the rival states’ annual showdown.
The Granite State girls lead the series 17-3.
Clancy Farrand (Woodstock) and Emily Kiernan (Middlebury) also had two goals apiece and Jillian Varin (Rice) added a tally and an assist for Vermont.
Lacrosse is the first of several annual all-star games between recently graduated high school seniors from Vermont and New Hampshire.