LRU’s Close Takes Second, UCA Boys Split, Plus More in Weekend Roun-up

CROSS COUNTRYNorth Country at Lyndon and U-32Lyndon Meet – 9/20/12LYNDON– The North Country boys took second, while the girls finished third in the Falcons, second meet of the season.Alex Cotnoir, despite spraining an ankle during the race, was the top finisher for the boys in 5th, just 3 seconds back from 4th place runner with Andrew Franklin again on his heels and Sam Brunette just off of their pace. Ross DeLaBruere had another strong race, pacing the top guys over the toughest hill before fading back a bit to 8th place.On the girls side, Haley Jo Tetreault was the top NCU scorer in 9th (24:18) followed by Adele Woodmansee in 18th. Rounding out the scoring for the 3rd place girls team were Jordan Howell, Jade Dandurand and Maggie Stuart.U32 Invitational – 9/22/12EAST MONTPELIER–According to coach Chris Shaffer, it was "another perfect day for racing with low humidity, sunny skies and warm (but not hot) temperatures" as the Falcons readied themselves for meet number three.The boys picked up a third place (out of 15 teams) finish, behind Colchester (1st – 50 pts) & Middlebury Union (2nd – 80 pts).  Sam Brunnette unleashed a tremendous kick in the last 300 meters to go from 8th to 2nd overall leading the Falcons in a time of 18:11. The only one saved from that kick was the winner, Max Moulton from Middlebury.  Andrew Franklin was the 2nd runner in for the Falcons in 18:34 (12th overall) followed by Ross DeLaBruere (14th – 18:53).  Patrick Tetreault (19:27 – 26th) and Ben Dillner (19:55 – 38th) finished strong  to round out the scoring for NCU. Haley Jo Tetreault, who bounced back from the Lyndon race, ran strong, finishing 4th (21:55) to lead NCU to 7th place out of 12 teams.  Adele Woodmansee was the next one in for NCU in 18th (23:38).  Jordan Howell (44th – 25:27), Jade Dandurand (60th – 26:58) and Laura Smith (78th – 30:32) rounded out the scoring for the girls team.  Next up for the team is a NVAC meet on Monday at St. Johnsbury (Boys @ 4PM/Girls @ 4:45PM).Lake Region was also at the U-32 meet and this time around, Emily Close was able best fellow Kingdom racer Haley Jo Tetreault to pick up second place.Emily finished with in 21:42 besting her previous time by well over two minutes. Cody Dollof had a time of 20:23 for a PR for the more hilly courses. Elise Morissette beat her last years' time with a 28:19.BOYS SOCCERUCA 2, Concord 0UCA 0, Richford 1CONCORD–The UCA boys won their third game of the season on Saturday, defeating Concord 2-0 to improve their record to 3-1."We controlled the game from start to finish," said coach Alyssa DeLaBruere. Dale Martell got the scoring started, putting one home sixteen minutes into the contest.Justin Limoge added the insurance goal with nine minutes remaining in the first.On Saturday the boys traveled to Richford where they had what coach DeLaBruere plainly put "a battle."For seventy-nine minutes the score stood at 0-0, but in the final minute of the game Richford's Brett McAllister was able to find the back of the net to give Richford the win."There were so many stand out moments in this nail biter," said DeLaBruere. " I have to tip my hat to the exceptional midfield play of Dylan Willey, who played well beyond his years (13 year-old eighth grader). "He played a solid 80 minutes and never backed down. I saw a new level of play, aggressiveness and skill from him today."Now at 3-2, UCA will host Trinity Baptist at 4:00 toady at Gardner Park.Lake Region 0, Danville 1DANVILLE–Lake Region fell to 4-2 on the season as Danville needed only one goal to beat the Rangers.Next up, the boys return home to host Hazen on Wednesday afternoon at 4:30.GIRLS SOCCERNorth Country 0, Montpelier 1MONTPELIER–The Falcons dropped their second straight game of the season on Friday evening.Whitney Bernier was in the nets for the Falcons, and the sophomore had 10 saves in the contest.North Country now stands at 4-2, and will look to find a way back into the win column on Tuesday when they host Peoples Academy.Game time is 4:30.UCA1, Concord 1 2OT'sCONCORD– Moriah LaFoe had the only goal for the Crusaders and Lydia Samaan and Whitney Carter combined for 14 saves as UCA and Concord battled to a draw late last week."We controlled most of the game with excellent passing and communication which I think is huge for our team," said coach Molly Smith. "If we have that going we are a great team, and in this game we had it."LaFoe opened the scoring in the first half on a beautiful free kick outside of the eighteen.Concord tied the contest with ten minutes remaining in the second, but neither team could score in the OT periods.Said Smith, "This being our second over-time game in the last two games, I saw a change in my girls."This overtime they came out with a determination that they would not go out with a loss."Standing a 0-4-1, UCA will now head to Winooski this afternoon in search of their first win of the season.