BRATTLEBORO -- Playing their first home game of the season, the Brattleboro boy's lacrosse team defeated Amherst, Mass., 15-10, Thursday, at Natowich Field.

Deadlocked at 2-2 after the first quarter, and at 5-5 late in the second quarter, the Colonels scored twice in the final two minutes of the first half to take a 7-5 lead that they wouldn't relinquish.

"Down 2-1 late in the first quarter, Jake Atomanuk had a big goal that got us jumpstarted. Brennen Zolnoski's two goals, sandwiched around a Sam Siegel goal, before the half gave us momentum going into the second half," stated Brattleboro coach Chris Sawyer.

Siegel had another big offensive day for the Colonels, scoring the first three goals of the fourth quarter to break the game open. Conner Elliott-Knaggs returned to the lineup to score his first points of the season.

"Our attack scored some goals today but I thought they really contributed in the riding game. They work hard. And defensively, we are improving. Colby McGinn played with tremendous effort and Kyle Patno, Cesar Borges and Perry Legg all battled hard to help us win face-offs," added Sawyer. "They were missing a few kids but we still had our hands full. It was a good win."

Siegel (5 goals), Elliott-Knaggs (4 goals) and Zolnoski (3 goals) did the damage for the winners. Tanner Freeman tallied twice and Atomanuk also split the pipes. Brattleboro goalie Ian Cebek made 10 saves.

The Colonels (2-1) are back in action today with a home game versus Spaulding at noon on Natowich Field.


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Softball

Springfield 10,

Leland & Gray 6

SPRINGFIELD -- An eight-run fourth inning by the Cosmos was the difference in Thursday's game and the Rebels dropped to 1-1 overall.

"We didn't hang our heads," said Leland & Gray coach Tammy Claussen, whose team was trailing 10-2 after that explosion by the hosts. "We didn't give up."

Jordan Gouger doubled, tripled and drove in two runs to lead the Townshend team. Erica Cutts went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Rachel Borgesen had a two-run double in the seventh.

Elizabeth Symanski (5 K's, 2 BB, 8 hits) suffered the loss. The Rebels actually outhit their foes, 9-8.

Leland & Gray has four games next week and will host Green Mountain on Monday to start things off.

Baseball

WILMINGTON -- Twin Valley is off to a 1-2 start. The Wildcats lost to Woodstock 9-5 and to Proctor 6-5, and defeated West Rutland 6-4.

Colin Lozito had two hits versus Proctor and three more against West Rutland. Sam Molner and Kyle Murdock each had a 3-for-4 day at the plate.

The Wildcats will host Springfield on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

Burr and Burton 7,

Brattleboro 0

BRATTLEBORO -- On Friday at BUHS, the best matches for the home team came at fourth and fifth singles, where Spencer Butter lost 3-6, 1-6 and Nick Hallock was defeated 1-6, 3-6.

The Colonels swept the doubles matches on Thursday, but went 0-for-4 in the singles matches that were played and forfeited at fifth singles in a 5-2 loss to MAU.

Spencer Butter and Spencer Loggia prevailed at first doubles 4-6, 6-0, 10-7. Nick Ahlgren and Mateo Vallejo won 6-0, 6-3 at second doubles.

Playing singles for the 0-3 Colonels were: 1. Tony Acevedo, 2. Gideon May, 3. Lachlan Francis and 4. Jake Gartenstein.

The 0-4 Colonels will play at Woodstock on Monday.

College News

CASTLETON -- Sarah Clark of Guilford and Vernon's Mariah Lesure are both playing on the Castleton State College women's lacrosse team.

Clark, a senior midfielder, has 38 ground balls and three goals for the Spartans. Lesure, a junior midfielder, has four goals and six assists.

Castleton State (7-6) will play in an NAC semifinal on Tuesday.

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CASTLETON -- Nik Rancourt of Brattleboro and Andrew Worden of West Dummerston are both playing for the Castleton State College men's lacrosse team.

Rancourt, a freshman midfielder, has 12 goals and one assist for the Spartans. Worden, a junior defender, has started four games and has 25 ground balls.

The 11-5 Spartans will play in an NAC semifinal on April 30.