May 24, 2012 ~The boys’ and girls’ lax teams had another busy week, and we’ll start with the boys’ game last Tuesday against Montpelier. The team jumped out to an early lead, then let the hosts back in the match, before reeling off five unanswered goals for the 15-9 win. Graham Quisenberry ’12 netted 4 goals, while Geoff Pyke ‘14, Hans Halvorsen ‘12 and Mitch Grimmer ’12 each added a hat trick. Christian Gallagher ’15 and Trevor Harnsberger ’13 each scored as well. The netminding duties were split between freshmen Casey Cardon and Erik Silbernagel, and they combined for 4 saves.
The team then took its undefeated record south to meet Burr and Burton Academy in a rematch of last year’s semifinal match (which GMVS won 10-7). Unfortunately, neither the atmosphere nor the result was the same, as the visitors fell 19-12. Casey Cardon turned away 7 shots, but the relentless BBA attack made it a tough day. Up front, Graham Quisenberry found the net 3 times, while Sam Worley ’13, Trevor Harnsberger and Christian Gallagher each had a pair of goals. Hans Halvorsen contributed 4 assists along with his 2 goals, while Mitch Grimmer scored once.
The team shook off that bad afternoon in style on Saturday, though, as they faced off against unbeaten Lamoille Union, a solid team that had not lost to GMVS in 6 years. Riding a furious second half, in which the team grabbed 9 goals, GMVS dominated the game to win 13-7. Hans Halvorsen had a hand in 9 goals, scoring 4 and assisting on 5. Graham Quisenberry had a hat trick and Geoff Pyke scored twice. Sam Worley, Trevor Harnsberger, Mitch Grimmer, Christian Gallagher added 1 goal each. Casey Cardon bounced back as well, making 8 saves to seal the win.
On Monday the team headed over the hill to Bristol to meet Mt. Abe, and in a game that featured a lot of action by the younger players, came away with a 13-6 victory. Erik Silbernagel got the win with 8 saves, as well as an assist on a goal by defenseman Neil Gallagher, whose scoring run up the middle was a crowd-pleaser. His younger brother Christian had 4 goals, with Mitch Grimmer and Sam Worley each scoring twice. Will Clifford ’12, Max Stamler ’14, Geoff Pyke and Trevor Harnsberger rounded out the scoring.
Today’s match featured a trip to Otter Valley in Brandon, and the team came away with a 10-8 win. It was not as close as the score would indicate, as the seniors stayed out on the Long Trail doing their service work. Sam Worley took advantage of being center stage, and he notched 5 goals on the day. Geoff Pyke had a couple of tallies, while Trevor Harnsberger, Seb Gonin and Jay Boland each scored once. The fourth quarter featured many of ‘tomorrow’s stars’, as the 8th-graders and other younger players saw a lot of action. The team, now sporting a 10-1 record and sitting in second place in the D2 rankings, will again have the seniors in uniform for tomorrow’s final regular season game at Stowe against the upstart 10-3 Raiders.
The girls’ team had a rough week, yet the team is consistently improving, despite its record. Last week’s away match at Burr and Burton was a tough one, as the team dropped a 14-4 decision. Kelly Glander got two goals, while Emma Waldman and Meg O’Shea each scored once. Simona Croccolo weathered the storm with 13 saves.
On Saturday the squad hosted U-32, but the energy from the many fans in attendance was not enough to overcome the Raiders’ offense, and GMVS lost 17-7. Scoring for GMVS were Emma Waldman (4 goals), Meg O’Shea, Nicole Leibundgut and Kelly Glander.
On Monday the team faced off against Randolph in what proved to be the year’s most exciting match. The game report from Lauren Germano:
took the lead quickly in the first half and were quickly up 7-1. GMVS stepped
it up and were able to finish the half only down by 3. Randolph scored a few
more quick goals in the second half bringing their lead up with 5 goals in less
than 10 minutes left. After letting the lead jump to 7 goals, they stepped up
their intensity and were able to get 5 quick goals, eventually tying the score
with Randolph. The last 7 minutes were heart pounding, as GMVS and Randolph
went goal for goal, with GMVS taking the lead with just over 2 minutes left. In
the last 30 seconds Randolph was able to get a shot in to win the game.
Both teams showed quick movement on attack with solid ball handling and aggressively placed shots. A great effort put in by all. Goal scorers were Meg O'Shea (1), Nicole Leibundgut (3), Eklutna Kenney (2), Kelly Glander (5), and Dani LeBlanc (4).
Simona Croccolo saved 7 shots in goal, most of which were point-blank numbers.
Today featured a match against Stowe, and the visitors took the 10-6 win. Scoring for GMVS were Olivia Frank and Dani LeBlanc (2 apiece), as well as Kelly Glander and Tarrah Price. Lauren provides the play by play for one of the game’s highlights:
“The best play of the goal was a perfectly placed pass from Becca Ryan to Tarrah Price who with a quick shot placed the ball in the back of the net!”
Tomorrow bring last year’s State Runners-up, Oxbow HS, to town, and then the team awaits its playoff pairing, which is announced Monday at www.vpaonline.org . The boys’ pairings are also released on Monday.