Weekend Round-up: Falcon Girls Excel on Ice and Court, UCA, LRU Hoops Win
STOWE–Finally, after years of being on the losing end of things, the North Country girl's hockey team picked up a win against Stowe, defeating the Raiders 2-0.The score could have been much higher, but Stowe's netminder Danielle Mayo was a rock in the nets, stopping sixteen shots in just the first period alone."We had a good first period, but Mayo is a tough goalie to beat," said coach Claude Paul.Mayo stood tall until the third period, when the Falcons were finally able to get a pair past her.First it was Whitney Bernier, taking a chip pass from Anyas Morin and going top-shelf on Mayo.Then Taylor Morley got a pass from Emily Doty and went in all alone on Mayo, scoring on the break-away.Mikaella Doran stopped six shots, including a third period penalty-shot for the now 5-2 Falcons.Mayo had thirty-five saves for 3-4 Stowe.Next up is a Wednesday match with Rice starting at 6:00 at home. The game will be broadcasted on NSN, so check out their website nsnsports.net for more details.NCU 47, MMU 18JERICHO–After jumping out to a 12-5 first quarter lead, the North Country girl's basketball team kept right on going, defeating Mount Mansfield 47-18 Thursday evening."It is always nice to have ten out of twelve players contribute in the score book," said coach Christian Brown. "We got to work on a lot of concepts, especially focusing on our defense, which fuels our offense, and rotating players into help."Anna Bingham had 12 points and 9 steals in limited action. Ashley Robishaw-Morin has six points as did Nicole Therrien.Morgan Greene and Britni Jewer had six boards a piece, and Hollie Smith added three assists in the win.The win has the Falcons sitting at 4-0 while MMU continues to stay winless at 0-6.North Country will start to face some stiffer competition as they welcome in a member of last year's final four, Colchester, into the NCU gym this evening at 6:30.UCA 57, Websterville 38BARRE–Chris DeLaBruere had twenty-five points and fifteen rebounds, and Paul Saaman added seventeen as the shorthanded UCA Crusaders bested Websterville 57-38 on Saturday."We rebounded really well and hit from outside," said coach Tony DeLaBruere. "When we make those outside shots, it makes it that much easier on us, and defensively we were able to play man D and work on some stuff that needed attention."The Crusaders were without Dale Martell, who looks to be done for the remainder of the season with a wrist injury."We are really going to have to play smart if we are going to continue with just six guys out there," said DeLaBruere.However, help may be on the way, as Ji Hoon will start practicing with the squad today and could see game action soon.Ji Kim also had a nice game for UCA, contributing five points along with some shut down D.Now 5-1, the team will square off against Masse Vanier on Wednesday afternoon in the municipal building in Newport.Tip-off is at 4:30.UCA 29, Websterville 28BARRE–With starting center Laura Libby unavailable to play, the UCA girls rallied together to earn their second win of the season, defeating Websterville 29-28 on Saturday."These are the types of games I want us to be in, and it showed us all what kind of team we can be," said coach Molly Smith. "Defense won us this game and it shows that we can comeback and win a close battle. I am very proud of my team."Christina Maxwell had the game winning foul shot and Moriah Lafoe led the team with eight points.Amy DeLaBruere stepped into the center role and excelled in that position for the Crusaders, rebounding well and being an all-around force down low.With win number two now under their belt, they will go for their third on Wednesday when they host Masse Vanier at the municipal building in Newport at 3:00.MORRISVILLE–The Lake Region girls defeated Peoples Academy 39-36 on Saturday to move to 5-0 on the season, while Peoples goes to 1-5.The biggest difference in the match was the Wolves inability to convert from the line, going 10-29 in the contest.Lake Region will have some time off before hosting Lamoille on the 15th at 7:00.For the boys, after defeating Missisquoi 75-65 on Thursday, they continued their success, besting Lyndon Institute on Saturday 42-35 to move to 7-0 on the season.The boys will get back to work tonight when they host Winooski at 7:00.