The Mount Saint Joseph Mounties came close to winning their first game of the year last Saturday in Rutland, but fell short, losing to the Spaulding Terriers 7-0. Spaulding converted their first possession of the game into a touchdown, with quarterback Zach Dessureau sneaking it in from one-yard out to complete the drive. MSJ's hopes were dashed when their final drive was halted with an interception. MSJ fell to 0-8 while Spaulding improved to 2-6 with the win.
In Rutland the night before the undefeated Essex Hornets went on a 22-0 run over the game's final 15 minutes, turning a tight 13-13 ballgame into a convincing 25-13 win over the hometown Rutland Raiders.
Raider quarterback Troy Davine threw a touchdown pass and ran for another. After falling behind 13-0 Davine connected with for a 12-yard touchdown pass, making it a 13-6 game at the half. The Raiders opened the scoring in the second half too, tying the game at 13-13 when Dayne ran it in from 11 yards out. The rest of the game though was all Essex. The Hornets remain perfect at 8-0 heading into their final regular season game this weekend against South Burlington. The loss dropped Rutland to 5-3 on the year.
Wasps Upset Otters in OT
It may have taken nearly two full overtimes, but when Woodstock's Blake Wendell scored her second goal of the game with just 15 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the Wasps to a 2-1 victory over the heavily favored Otter Valley Otters, she finished what could prove to be the biggest upset of the field hockey season.
After a scoreless first half Shayna McDonough put the Otters up 1-0 with the game's first goal early in the second half. Wandell tied it on a penalty shot with 6:01 left in the second half, setting the stage for her OT game winner.