NC Boys Tie Essex, LR XC Girls Place 3rd in Weekend Round-up

CROSS COUNTRYRANDOLPH–Lake Region ran in the Three Rivers Invitational on Saturday, where the girls team finished in 3rd place.Leading the Rangers was Emily Close, who finished in 4th place with a pace of 7:06 per mile.Haley Kennedy, who took some time off of the soccer pitch to get back in the cross country game, came in 10th with a pace of 7:43 per mile.Emily Millar ran a 7:55 pace for 12th place and Elise Morissette completed the team effort. Said Coach Greg Hennemuth, "Cody Dollof deserves much praise for his 5:58 mile start and pushing for his personal record, a 6:30 mile pace."Cody's finished the race in 20:05.Next up is the Lyndon Invitational on Tuesday. Varsity action is slated to get underway at 4:00.GIRLS SOCCERLake Region 6, Winooski 0WINOOSKI–Tyrah Urie scored two goals and Jordyn Cowles and Sidney Whipple combined for a four save shut-out as the Lady Rangers improved to 4-0 this season.Drew Neal picked up her second goal of the season while Mikayla Royer, Megan Menard and Tori Adams all scored their first career varsity goal in the win."It was nice to get scoring from some other people," said coach Brad Urie.Urie was also pleased with the efforts of his half-backs."Celeste Lussier, Caitlyn Bernier and Drew all did a good job of controlling the game back there," Urie said.With three games this week, Urie believes that by Saturday afternoon he will have a good idea of where the team stands this season.The busy week gets underway today when Lake Region travels to Danville for a 4:30 match.BOYS SOCCERNorth Country 1, Essex 1ESSEX–The Falcons hit the road on Saturday to face one of the top programs in the Metro, and emerged from the game with a 1-1 tie.Drew Stone had the lone goal for North Country, scoring early in the first half, while netminder Logan Fortier had 13 saves in the contest.The boys return home this week and will face Burlington on Tuesday at 4:30.FIELD HOCKEYNorth Country 0, Montpelier 0MONTPELIER– The Falcons and the Solons played as long as the rules would allow, but neither team could find the back of the net in this battle of the goalies."It was a great game and a total team effort," said coach Chantelle Bouchard.Danielle Gabucci held court in the North Country nets, and didn't allow an inch in the tie.The Falcons will look to build on this great defensive performance when they travel to take on Rice in the second game of the season series on Tuesday.Game time is 4:00.FOOTBALLFair Have 43, North Country 0FAIR HAVEN–Going into this season, the Falcons coaching staff knew that starting last Friday, the team would be facing some of its' biggest challenges of the year.They were right as Fair Haven dropped 43 points on the Falcons en route to the shut-out win."The good part is that we are making progress with our offense, even though the score did not reflect that," said coach Tim Simoneau.Connor Hogan got the start at QB as well as at safety, and he played the entire game, resting only during special team plays.The sophomore is part of the rebuilding process, and as any coach knows, during these, as Theo Epstein put it, "bridge years" things can be tough."It is what it is, and we are building toward the future," said Simoneau.Things do not get any easier as Rice comes to town this Friday for a 7:00 contest at Veteran's Field.