Bulldogs strike early; zoom past rival MAU

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BENNINGTON — Round 1 of the Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton Academy boys lacrosse rivalry this spring saw the visiting Bulldogs come out standing tall, striking for six unanswered goals to begin the contest and rolling to a 14-5 victory over the Patriots.

BBA coach Mark Lange wanted to see his Bulldogs come out focused and he was not disappointed with the offensive clinic his team put on in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs marched their way to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, beginning with a goal from senior Tommy Grabher and ending with sophomore Jake Baker knocking in his third goal of the quarter to give BBA the early advantage.

"Our guys came fired up and ready to go," Lange said. "They were focused. They were ready to go up against a really good team in MAU and that start really helped get a good team win today."

Down six right off the bat, the Patriots needed a spark to get them back in the game and got one courtesy of Bulldog penalties.

With a man-up advantage, MAU's offense went to work as Ben Doucette fired a goal past BBA goalie Maxx Ingison to get the Patriots on the board.

After another Bulldogs penalty, sophomore Jeff Potter, coming off a five-goal effort in its last game against Mount Greylock, went top-shelf to cut the BBA lead to 6-2.

The Bulldogs' lead was knocked down to three moments later, when Doucette struck for his second goal of the quarter to make it three unanswered goals for MAU.

That was as close as MAU got to its rivals as BBA went back on the attack in last four minutes of the first half, scoring three unanswered goals of its own, concluding with senior Carter Vickers knocking in his second goal of the game with eight seconds to play in first half to give the Bulldogs a 9-3 halftime lead.

"We were really moving the ball well today on offense," Vickers said. "We have really started to mesh as a unit over the past few games and we're really clicking with on another against MAU."

Vickers was one of four BBA players that scored at least three times.

Teammate Sean Apps was one of those, tallying his third goal of the contest to open up the second half for BBA.

Apps added in his game-high fourth goal later on in the third quarter off a great pass from Grabher to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 12-5.

The senior also finished with a game-high three assists.

"It feels good to help your team beat its rival," Apps said. "Our defense really helped our offense get out on some fast breaks. It felt good to knock a couple shots into the back of the net."

Grabher and Vickers both scored their third goals respectively in the fourth quarter to put the finishing pieces on the victory.

Doucette scored a team-high three goals in the loss, while Potter had the Patriots' other two scores on the day.

MAU scored all five of their goals on man-up situations.

"It feels good to hold a great team to five goals," Lange said. "We like to play an aggressive style on defense, and that helped us a lot in some situations. We also did commit some foolish penalties and that's something will have to clean up as we go forward."

BBA improves to 4-1 with the win, while MAU drops to 2-3.

The Bulldogs will next gear up to play Woodstock.

MAU on the other hand, will travel to play South Glens Falls.

"We came out flat and put ourselves in a tough hole down six to start the game," said MAU coach Jeffrey Noyes. "We only had seven ground-balls in the game, so that's an area that we have to work on to improve in. It was a tough loss, but our kids aren't hanging their heads and are ready to get back on track when we face South Glens Falls this weekend."

Reach sports editor Steven Bassin at 802-447-7567 ext 112 or @SBassin_Banner


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