A few random thoughts on the weekend …
The state champions have been crowned in Vermont high school soccer and field hockey … there were no major surprises … congrats to all of the winners!
High school football semi-finals are in the books and looking ahead to next Saturday there will be three very interesting state title games coming up in Rutland. There was an upset in the Division Three semi-finals on Friday night when defending champion Otter Valley outscored second seeded Woodstock. OV now gets Windsor in the title game. The other two championship matchups are as were expected, with Burr & Burton meeting Bellows Falls in D-2 and Hartford taking on St. Johnsbury in D-1. St.J had to survive a huge scare though, rallying for two fourth quarter touchdowns to edge CVU 35-34 in one of the best state semi-finals in years.
On the college front Norwich gave it a heck of a try, but ended up on the down side of a 27-13 score at Husson in an NEFC conference showdown on Saturday in Maine. Norwich held the powerful Eagles to a 13-13 tie through three quarters, but Husson scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to take the win. The loss drops the Cadets to 4-5 on the season. They will try to finish at the 500 mark and bring home the Maple Sap Bucket when they host Castleton in the season finale on Saturday on Sabine Field inside Haynes Family Stadium.
College hockey … I guess it is becoming one of those sure things … you know like death and taxes … the newest addition to that short list … UVM hockey loses to UMass Lowell. Off to a great start and playing some entertaining hockey the Cats went into Lowell and dropped a pair to the Riverhawks 3-1 and 4-2. That is five wins in a row for UML over Vermont and eight straight without a loss against UVM.