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September 7th, 2011
SWANTONâ€“North Country's buys soccer team got under the eight ball early, and could not find a way out, as MVU topped the Falcons 3-0 in the boy's first game of the 2011 season.
The Falcons could only muster three shots against a stingy Thunderbird defense, while Logan Fortier faced sixteen shots against.
North Country will look to even up their record as they play host to MMU this Saturday at 10:00 AM in the teamsâ€™ home opener
SOUTH BURLINGTONâ€“ Despite a strong effort from rookie goaltender Danielle Gabucci, the Falcons field hockey team dropped their first contest of the season by the score of two to nothing to the Rice Green Knights.
"We played awesome, very defensively," said Coach Chantelle Bouchard, "Rice is a very tough team."
After a Megan Simpson goal was disallowed in the first half due to contact with a foot, Rice's Erika Gonyaw would score the official opening goal of the game on a penalty corner after time had expired in the first half.
Former Falcon Houston Judd will be making a return to the Green Mountain State when the St. Lawrence football Saints travel to Norwich to take on the Cadets. Kick if is scheduled for 1:30 at Norwichs' Sabine Field.
This will be Judds' first return to his home state since he started with the Saints in the fall of 2009. He is currently playing on the right side of the offensive line after he started his college career as a defensive end.The move to the O line occurred during Judds' sophomore year.
ORLEANSâ€“The second game of the season didnâ€™t follow the same script as the first one did, as the Ranger boys fell to the Lamoille Lancers by a 3-2 score.
The Rangers came out of the gate strong as Josh Thibault corralled a Caleb Royer throw-in and banged it in the back of the net for a 1-0 Lake Region score, just 24 seconds into the contest. But the rest of the contest wouldnâ€™t be as easy for the Rangers. The Lancers would score twice in the first half to go into halftime leading by a score of 2-1.
NEWPORTâ€“"We couldn't have been any younger than last year."
Those were the words Coach Peter Alexander used to describe the 2010 Falcons girls soccer team. They had only four returning seniors try out for the squad last season, and one of them, Ashley Jenne was the meat and potatoes of the Falcons offense, scoring a team high seven goals for the club.
This season, the team is still young, with five sophomores on the team, but the rest of the team is more mature after going through a tough 6-6-2 season in the Capitol Conference.
BARRE-Thereâ€™s been a lot of off season talk around the Newport area about where the 2011 North Country Falcons football team would be this fall. The first test went according to plan. NCU broke out of the blocks in a convincing way as they dominated Spauldingâ€™s Crimson Tide scoring early and often en-route to a 50-0 victory.
The Varsity Rangers of Lake Region kicked off their 2011 soccer season with a big 5-1 victory over the Oxbow Olympians Saturday morning. The weather was perfect for a game of soccer and Coach Evans and his players were ready to play from the opening kickoff.
BURLINGTONâ€“ Thousands of fans lined the downtown streets of Burlington for a parade on Saturday that celebrated former UVM star and current Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas' Championship season. The event featured Thomas and members of his family, the Stanley Cup, as well as players from the UVM hockey team.
Thomas was able to get a second day with the Cup after his first day was spent in Michigan in his home town, and took the opportunity to show his appreciation for his fans in the Green Mountain State.
NEWPORTâ€“The North Country field hockey team has potential. They have fourteen seniors returning in 2011, and they have set some high goals for themselves.
"The girls are really excited," said returning coach Chantelle Bouchard, "I think they will do well, and their goal is the states."
It is a lofty goal, but not one that is unobtainable.
What must occur in order for this to happen will be the emergence of players that are ready to take their game to the next level in order to fill some pretty important shoes that were vacated by last years' departing seniors.
The Craftsbury Academy boysâ€™ soccer team will once again be under the control of 2nd year coach Mike Ruetz. Coach Ruetz has worked with the majority of these players for the past 3 years, having been the 7/8th grade boys coach at Craftsbury, before moving up to the Varsity position.
Having finished the previous season with a 4-10 record, Coach Ruetz knows that his team needs to improve.