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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
New England Rounup: Vermont

By Roger Brown

Vermont fans couldn’t even look at the glass as half full following last weekend’s Twin State lacrosse games.

VermontThe Vermont girls dropped an 18-11 decision to New Hampshire, and then the Vermont’s boys staged a late rally but fell to New Hampshire, 13-10.

Each game was played at Hanover (N.H.) High School and featured players who graduated from high school earlier this year.

A Vermont victory was within reach in the girls game, but New Hampshire outscored Vermont 9-2 in the final 12 minutes.

Mount Mansfield’s Kim Liberty and Burr and Burton’s Sawyer DeVries each collected two goals and two assists to lead the Vermont offense. Vermont also received two goals from Chelsea’s Michelle Upham, Mount Anthony’s Alyssa Amos, and Burr and Burton’s Piper Ferrone. Burlington’s Anne Barker scored Vermont’s other goal.

Vermont’s Sara Till of Rice (12 saves) and Chelsea’s Morgan Tullar (11) each played a half in goal.

Burr and Burton’s Dave Miceli served as Vermont’s head coach. He also coached the 2000 team.

Hollis Brookline’s Hanna Mazzola, Merrimack Valley’s Erin MacLean and Winnacunnet’s Julia MacVane netted three goals apiece for New Hampshire. Mazzola also had three assists.

The Vermont boys played from behind most of the afternoon. New Hampshire built a 12-5 lead at one point.

Spaulding’s Tory Chouinard led Vermont with three goals and three assists. Champlain Valley’s Lawrence Dee added three goals and two assists.

 Ben Adams (Essex), Dakota Engberg (BFA-St. Albans), Nick Schmell (Woodstock) and Abel Warden (Lamoille) each scored a goal. Adams also collected three assists.

Dave Trevithlick, who led Champlain Valley to the Division I title this season, served as Vermont’s head coach.

Erik Kelly (three goals) and Tom Auger (two) led the New Hampshire offense. Vermont’s Eric Palmer (CVU) and Sam Polis (Hartford) made seven saves apiece.

New Hampshire, which led 5-3 at halftime, has won 17 of the 19 games played in the series. FIELD HOCKEY TEAM FALLS IN OT
Winnacunnet’s Megan Grew scored with five minutes left in overtime to hand New Hampshire a 2-1 triumph over Vermont in the Twin State field hockey game played at Keene State College on Friday night.

The victory gave the Granite State a 16-9-3 series advantage in the annual contest.

South Burlington’s Ashley McDonald scored Vermont’s lone goal, which tied the game 1-1. Newfound’s Abby Erier opened the scoring for New Hampshire.

Vermont goaltenders Hannah Lundie (Essex) and Hillary Sylvester (Missisquoi) recorded 10 saves.

DiMAMBRO EARNS GATORADE AWARD
Essex High School’s Michael DiMambro has been named Vermont’s Gatorade Athlete of the Year in track and field for the second straight year.

The award recognizes academic achievement, exemplary character and athletic accomplishments.

DiMambro won four events — the 100- and 200-meter dashes, the 110 hurdles and the long jump — at the Division I state championships this season. He defended his state title in the decathlon last week.

“Mike is humble, gracious, talented and hard-working,” Essex girls track coach Joe Gonillo said. “He set goals for himself and worked extremely hard to attain them.”

DiMambro, who will attend the University of Rhode Island on a track scholarship, placed second in the 100 and third in the long jump at the New England meet two weeks ago at Burlington High School.

SHOOTING STAR
Essex freshman Madison Corley shot a 4-over-par 76 to finish in a tie for second at the New England high school golf championships at Bretwood Golf Course in Keene, N.H., Monday.

Corley, Vermont’s state champion, finished a stroke back of Ali Reed of Westborough, Mass. Rutland’s Carly Ferro tied for fourth with a 77.

The top Vermont boys were Mount Abraham’s Jona Scott and Lake Region’s Matt Morin, each shot a 76 to finish in a four-way tie for 21st.

GRIBBIN JUMPS INTO RECORD BOOK
South Burlington’s Mollie Gribbin broke her own state record and placed second in the triple jump at the USA junior national track and field championships, which were held at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field on Saturday.

Gribbin, who will be a senior in the fall, earned her second-place finish by clearing 40 feet, 9.5 inches on her third jump in the competition.

Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.