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Area teams eliminated early in field hockey playoffs

The Vermont High School field hockey playoffs began last week with each division seeking a state champion. Only two Rutland County teams were represented. The Raiders of Rutland competing in Division I, while the Otter Valley Otters were looking for a Division II State Championship. Below is a wrap up of how each fared in their early round games. Division I Rutland Countys only school in the top division bowed out of the tournament early, falling in the first round to the seventh seeded Colchester Lakers 2-1 on Wednesday, October 15th in Colchester. The Lakers jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when Kristen Buckless scored just 45 seconds into the game, but Kristen Treveno evened it up at 1-1 just two minutes later when she scored the Raiders lone goal of the day. The game remained tied at 1-1 until Renee Olio scored the game winner with just five minutes left to play in the game. Colchesters Hope Ling had five saves, while Sarah May stopped 10 shots for the visiting Raiders. The Lakers advanced to the quarterfinals with an 8-5-2 record where they were eliminated by Champlain Valley 1-0 on Friday, October 17th. . Rutland ends their season with a 3-10-3 record. Division II The fourth seeded Otter Valley Otters didnt fare much better, losing 1-0 in the quarterfinals to the fifth seeded Springfield Cosmos last Friday (October 17th) in Brandon. With the two teams played to a scoreless tie through the first 25 minutes before Springfield struck the fatal blow. Right after Otter goalie Jordan Stage had made two beautiful saves, knocking away a shot by Claire Hammond, and then recovering to stop a shot off the rebound, before Maria Stern got her stick on the ball and pushed it over the line for the game winner. Stage made six saves for the Otters, who end their season with a 7-6-2 record. The Cosmos had a date this past Wednesday with the top seeded, unbeaten Harwood team this past Wednesday. High School Football In a low scoring affair in Brandon Rice defeated the Otter Valley Otters 8 - 6 last Saturday in Brandon. Will Sinkula ran for a 3 yard touchdown in the second quarter and Matt Fahey added a two-point conversion to stake the visitors to an 8-0 halftime lead. The Otters had a chance to pull even halfway through the third quarter when quarterback Zak Williams connected with Ed Carter for a 7-yard touchdown pass. However when the hometown Otters went for the game tying two-point conversion Rices defense tackled Williams, thus preserving the win, 8-6. With one week left in the regular season for both teams Rice improved to 3-5, while the Otters fell to 1-7. The Mill River Minutemens woes continued last Saturday too, this time falling hard to the Vikings in Lyndon 42-0. Joe Riendeau rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and returned an interception 85 yards for another touchdown to lead Lyndon in te lop sided affair. Jake Garfield and Robert Trucott contributed a rushing touchdown each to the win for the 6-2 Vikings. The Minutemen, who remained winless at 0-8 )could manage just 191 yards of total offense, with running back Tim Tyminski getting 56 of them on 27 carries. The Rutland Raiders gave up 251 rushing yards to Brattleboro last Friday night, but still managed to defeat the visiting Colonels 15-9 in Rutland last Friday evening. In what was a low scoring affair Rutland led 7-3 with under eight and a half minutes left to play in the game when Brattleboro struck. The Colonels drove 42 yards with running back Davin Freeman, who led all rushers with 136 yards, completing the drive with a 4 yard touchdown run, claiming their only lead of the day 9-7, but it was short lived. Rutlands Rick Lantman took the ensuing kickoff and returned it 77 yards to put the Raiders right back on top 13-9. Rutland made it 15-9 when Tyler Flinn completed a pass to Jim Sullivan in the end zone for the successful two-point conversion. Brattleboro looked like they would bounce right back as on their next possession they drove all the way to Rutlands thirty-yard line. But the threat ended when a bad snap was recovered by Rutlands Ryan Ritter. Brattleboro would not threaten again. Connor Beerworth scored the Raiders first touchdown on a fifty-seven yard run from scrimmage. The win elevates Rutland to 6-1, and more importantly locks up the number two seed for the Raiders in the upcoming tournament. That means they will play the semifinal game at home. The Colonels dropped to 3-4 with the loss. Minutemen Perfect When the Mill River Minutemen hosted the Springfield Cosmos on Thursday, October 16th in the final game of the boys soccer regular season they were hoping for the perfect season, and they got it, by just over two minutes. With just 2:11 left to play in the game the two teams were in a 1-1 tie when Matt Dinnan, with an assist from Trevor Kotrady, scored their biggest goal of the year. Springfield struck first in this one when John Kendall scored in the opening half. The Cosmos held that 1-0 lead until there was 18:43 left to play in the game. At that point Kotrady, assisted by Kyle Webster and Ethan Bicskei, beat Springfield goalie Tyler Albee, tying the game at 1-1 and setting the stage for Dinnans late game heroics. The win not only cemented a perfect 14-0 season for the Minutemen, but they were also crowned champions of the Marble Valley League B Division. Springfield, who finishes the regular season at 11-2-1, could have become co-champions with a win.

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