Tigers fall short in week's play

MIDDLEBURY After winning their first two playoff games and advancing to the semifinals the Middlebury Tigers run for a Division-I Field Hockey State Championship came to an abrupt end Oct. 21. Champlain Valley ended the Tigers dream by eliminating them in the semifinals 2-0. The Tigers finish the season with a solid 12-4 record. The soccer playoffs got underway since our last issue, and the Middlebury Tigers boys team, like the field hockey team, experienced some post season success but fell short of the ultimate goal. They began by defeating their County rivals the Mount Abraham Eagles 4-1 in the play downs, behind a two goal performance by Nate Peterson on Tuesday, October 21st. in Middlebury. Ryan Siegle scored the lone goal for the Eagles who finished their season at 6-6-3. But then the Mill River Minutemen shutout the Middlebury Tigers 4-0 last Friday in the quarterfinals. T.J. Mumford had a goal and two assists, while Matthew Dinnan, Trevor Kotrady and Bryan Cole each scored for the 16-0 Minutemen. In a game that was harder fought than the final score would indicate the Minutemen out shot their guests 25-16 and the two teams had six corners apiece. Goalie Austin Bicskei earned the shutout by making a dozen saves. Quinten Collins made seven saves for Middlebury whose season ends at 8-6-2. In girls soccer both the Mount Abraham Eagles and Vergennes Commodores competed in the Division-II tournament, and both suffered quick exits, losing in the opening round Oct. 22. In Milton Sam Rock blasted three goals past Eagles goalie Shanna Gebo to lead the fifth seeded Yellowjackets past twelfth seeded Mount Abraham 4-1. Chelsea Dike scored Windsors first goal and Michelle Nichols contributed a pair of assists to the playoff win. Jenna Paquette scored the lone goal for the Eagles, who finished their season with a 5-9-1 record. In Vergennes it took two complete overtimes and 6:36 of the third overtime before the Woodstock Wasps eliminated the Vergennes Commodores. With 6:36 gone in the third sudden death period Sophia Anderson took a feed from Gretchen Kaija and drove the ball past Commodore goalie Meghan Scott-Tisbert, ending Vergennes season much sooner than hoped. Vergennes had ample opportunities to win this one. They out shot their guest 25-16, including a 9-5 advantage in the three overtime periods, but they could not put the ball into the net. Noellen Meisner stopped 10 shots for Woodstock while Scott-Tisbert made five saves for Vergennes. The Commodores end their season at 7-7-1. Eagles Eliminate Redhawks The Mount Abraham Union High School Eagles may not be going to the Division-III playoffs, but they made certain that neither would the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks. The Eagles bumped CVU from the final Division-III playoff spot when they defeated them 8-0 last Saturday in Bristol. On their first possession of the game Mount Abe took the ball 60 yards in six plays, ending with a five yard touchdown run from Josh Masterson. After Pat West successfully ran in the two-point conversion neither team would score again. West had a superb game for the 3-5 Eagles rushing for 132 yards on 22 carries. Masterson had 16 carries and added another 56 yards for the victorious Eagles. The Middlebury Tigers didnt fare so well in their final game of the season, losing 23-20 to Bellows Falls last Friday night in Saint Albans, and the way they were defeated will leave a bitter taste in the Tigers mouth during the off season. With just 2:30 left to play in the game Middlebury clung to a 20-13 lead. But the Tigers decided to have their punter take a safety. That decision proved fatal. BFA took the two points, making it 20-15, and then took the ball after the free kick and marched down the field, with Will Barnett carrying the game winner into the end zone with just nineteen seconds left to play in the game. Kris Sabourin followed by carrying in the two-point conversion to give the game its final score. Despite the loss Middleburys Cooper Quenneville will remember this game with pride. Quenneville carried the ball 13 times for 80 yards, including touchdown runs of 4, 15, and 4 yards. Sean Harrison added 63 more yards on 20 carries for the Tigers who finish the 2008 season with a 3-6 record.

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