Thurston wins Burlington Invitational
Harwood’s Ava Thurston topped the field in a strong day of racing for Division 2 Harwood, which turned in solid team-wide performances against larger D-1 schools from across Vermont and from Rhode Island and Montreal at the Burlington Invitational.
Thurston ran a 19:50.3 to beat her closest competitor by 14 seconds in the 5,000-meter girls race. Overall, the Harwood girls finished third with 66 points, while the boys were fifth with 143.
Thurston’s blistering time put her well ahead of second place Emily Bloom (20:04.3) of Rice and third-place Natalie Preston (20:23.6) of Essex. Fellow Harwood sophomore Caelyn McDonough finished 11th and Julianne Young overcame injuries to finish 12th, three seconds behind McDonough.
Also scoring for the Harwood girls were Britta Zetterstrom in 15th and Charlie Flint in 27th. Jill Rundle and Alexandra Pendo also ran for the Highlanders, finishing 29th and 33rd.
The Harwood boys were led by Carlton Cummiskey, who finished 10th in 18:20.5. Luke Groom was 14th, Ebbe Lillis 35th, Vincent Spina 39th and Jack Lamphere 49th. Zennor DiMario (50th) and Silas Yonkman (56th) also ran well for the Highlanders.
Division 1 squads Burlington (51 points) and Essex (59 points) were the only girls teams ahead of the Highlanders.
The top boys team was from North Kingstown, R.I., with 33 points; Burlington was second with 50 and Middlebury third with 109.
Harwood 7, Spaulding 2
Harwood sophomore phenom Tanum Nelson struck for five long-distance goals and classmate Emma Ravelin added two scores in a win over Spaulding.
Spaulding scored first, then Ravelin scored two goals in a matter of minutes.
Nelson scored her first goal midway through the first half on a free kick, and scored again a minute later on another deep shot. She had a hat trick before halftime and scored twice more in the second half.
Her five goals on the day gave Nelson 10 in the season’s first three games.
Halle Pletzer and Jenna Halstrom scored for Spaulding and Camryn Fewer had an assist.
Amaya Rogers stopped 11 shots for Harwood; Spaulding goalies Lily LaCroix and Courtney Silk combined to make 11 saves.
Harwood is now 3-0, Spaulding 0-2.
Harwood 6, Northfield-Williamstown 0
Harwood’s Tanum Nelson scored goals and assisted on another in a rout of the cooperative team from Northfield-Williamstown.
Marcella Grimaldi, Louisa Thomsen and Josie Rand also scored for Harwood; Amaya Rogers made 10 saves in goal and Sarah Bartolomei made two stops after coming on in relief.
Burlington 2, Harwood 0
Division 1 foe Burlington went into Duxbury and shut out the Highlanders.
Jonathan Ishimave scored Burlington’s first goal and Ajun Karki scored on a rebound after Harwood goalie Ollie Hammond made a save. The Highlanders held the visitors scoreless in the second half.
Burlington’s defense kept the pressure off goalie Owen Harris all day, and he had to make just one save. Hammond stopped eight shots for the Highlanders, now 1-1 on the season. Burlington is 2-0-1.
Stowe tops Harwood at Stowe Country Club
Three of Stowe’s top four golfers scored in the 40s as the Raiders beat Harwood by 26 strokes at Stowe Country Club.
Stowe’s team score was 181 at the nine-hole event; Harwood’s was 207.
Jake Green led Harwood with a 49; Jake Lansky and Jon O’Brien each shot 52 and Liam Guyette had a 54.
Stowe’s Max Gentle had a 41, the low round of the day. Lincoln Sinclair shot a 43, Chace Newhouse 44 and Jesse Brown 53.
Stowe’s Lexi James had the low round for the girls with a 55; U-32’s Jenna Mekkelsen shot a 60, Harwood’s Maddie Cheney a 62 and her teammate Emma Kellett a 70.
Harwood wins at Ryder Brook
The Harwood boys edged Lyndon Institute in a season-opening match hosted by Lamoille Union at Ryder Brook Golf Club.
Harwood shot a 193 to beat Lyndon by six shots; Northfield was third with a 211. Lamoille was one golfer short of a full squad.
The Highlanders were led by Liam Guyette’s 42; Jon O’Brien shot a 46, Jacob Green a 48 and Zak Wing a 57.
Lyndon’s Colby Langtange had the low round of the day with a 40. Northfield was led by DJ Baroffio’s 48, Green Mountain Valley School’s Colin MacGuffie had a 54 and Lamoille’s Nolin Westenberg had the low round for his squad with a 62.
The sole girls at the event, Lyndon’s Casey Barton, shot a 57.
Stowe 1, Harwood 0
Stowe’s Natalie Doehla scored the game’s only goal with five minutes left in regulation, as the Raiders outlasted Harwood in a defensive battle.
However, Harwood coach Katie Alexander saw a lot of positives in the game.
“Our teamwork, passing, communicating, and overall level of play on Friday was definitely higher than it was last season and even at Montpelier two days prior,” Alexander said.
Stowe goalie Andrea Jackman made four saves and Harwood’s Kaylee Cameron made six.
Harwood is 1-1, Stowe 2-0.
Harwood 2, Montpelier 1
Down 1-0 early, Harwood rallied to win its season opener in Montpelier.
Claire McGeorge scored the second-half equalizer for Harwood, then assisted on the game-winning goal by Rachel Goodwin. Abby Scharges had the assist on McGeorge’s score.
Cece Curtin scored for Montpelier.
Harwood 3, Burlington 1
Harwood improved to 2-0 on the young season with a home win over Burlington.
Harwood 3, Randolph 1
The Highlanders kicked off their season with a road win over Randolph.