Area lacrosse players represent Vermont at Twin State

BENNINGTON — Bennington County will have a major presence at the annual Twin State Lacrosse games coming up next weekend.

Eight local athletes will represent Vermont in the annual senior game against New Hampshire.

In the girls game, Mount Anthony has three players, including Emily Altland, Brianna Zipprich and Hayley Richmond. Burr and Burton will also be represented by Lydia Morgantini.

Altland holds the Mount Anthony school record for scoring at 259 career goals, adding 83 scores this season. Zipprich was close behind with 76 goals. Richmond, a midfielder was tasked with stopping the top offensive player for the Patriots' opponents.

"All the D-I coaches get together to pick players who should be on it and what they've achieved this year," said MAU coach Whitney Brooks. "Coming back from winning states last year, they pointed out Emily and Bri, and Hayley, she was great on defense, usually face-guarding the other teams' top shooter."

Morgantini was one of the leading scorers for the Bulldogs this season.

"Lydia was definitely a threat for BBA," Brooks said. "She's tall and her length was an advantage to get the ball into the eight [meter-box]."

In the boys game, three Burr and Burton players — attacker Carter Vickers, midfielder Sean Apps and defender Andrew Smith — will be at the 25th annual matchup, as well as Mount Anthony midfielder Trey Lang.

"It means the world to have those guys represent BBA and Vermont," said BBA coach Mark Lange. "They have been key contributors to our program, ever since they were freshman. They've set the tone as seniors and what BBA lacrosse is going to be for the future."

Vickers scored more than 100 points this season and racked up 326 for his career, second in Bulldogs' history. Apps added nearly 30 goals and 45 points out of his midfield spot and Smith kept opposing offenses clamped down.

"Andrew is a great individual athlete, Carter of course, and Sean stepped up in a big way for us this year, offensively and defensively," Lange said. "When we needed a goal at the end of a game, we went to Sean and Carter."

Lange had a unique perspective on Lang, coaching him last season at Mount Anthony.

"No one has a motor like Trey," Lange said. "He's deserved everything he's earned over his four year career. It's a testament to the athlete every time he stepped on the field."

In the two games last season, New Hampshire won both, the boys taking a 24-19 decision and the girls scoring a 24-9 win.

The games will take place at Hanover High School, the girls game beginning at 12:30 p.m. and the boys game at 3 p.m.


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