Bulldogs stay hot, roll past Stratton

MANCHESTER — Playing in the 90 degree heat did not slow down the Burr and Burton boys lacrosse team who came out ready to score in its game against Stratton Mountain on Thursday afternoon. The Bulldogs roared to a 16-1 victory over last year's Division III state champions to improve to 10-4 on the season.

"This was a good win for us playing a solid program in Stratton Mountain," said "Our guys played hard from the starting face-off on. We're feeling really good about ourselves right now and where we're at as a team after this win."

It was a special day for Carter Vickers, who came into the contest just five points shy of 300 career points.

The senior got the party started for the Bulldogs in the first quarter, scoring the games' first goal and then notching an assist on a goal scored by Tommy Grabher that helped BBA get out to a 2-0 lead.

Vickers punched in his second goal of the contest to extend the lead to 4-0 and then added his second assist of the game moments later to put him one shy of 300.With under a minute left till halftime and leading 6-0, Vickers reached the milestone by slashing in his third goal of the contest.

"It feels pretty good to accomplish this feat," Vickers said. "My goal when I started playing here as a freshman was just to get 100 goals, but as years went on I realized I can set my sights a little higher. I just try to the best I can to help the team win and this accomplishment helped it happen."

Vickers finished with a game-high four goals and three assists in the win, putting him currently at 302 career points.

Leading 8-0 going into the second half, senior Sean Apps continued the scoring with back-to-back goals, giving him a hat trick on the afternoon.

Apps slapped in his fourth goal of the game later on in the third to give BBA a 12-0 lead.

"We had good ball movement all game and that was a big key for our offense today," Apps said. "It always feels awesome to be able to help the team get a win."

Stratton Mountain scored its first and only goal of the contest in the closing moments of the third quarter to stop BBA's 13-0 run.

The Bulldogs answered with three goals in the fourth quarter to close out the contest, giving them 16 goals, a single-game high for BBA this season.

Bulldog sophomore Logan Sands had a goal and two assists in the win as BBA had a total 10 different scorers in the contest.

Senior Maxx Ingison collected five saves in net.

With home games against Rutland and Mount Anthony left to finish off the regular season, BBA controls its own destiny to earn a first round bye in the playoffs.

"It would be really big for us to get a first-round bye, so we can able to recover a bit from the regular season," Lange said. "It would also allow us to have some time to go over things in practice that we haven't been able to do much this season because we have been playing every other day."

The Bulldogs will hots Rutland on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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