Hartford Fall Sports Playoff Preview & Schedule
Football, Soccer & Field Hockey teams prepare for home playoff games
By John Seaver
After a very successful regular season, the Hurricane fall sports teams will each host playoff games this week. Below is a playoff preview of the teams with game dates & times.
Hurricane Football ended the season undefeated (7-0) in league play after thrilling back
to back, come from behind wins at Rutland (34-33) last Friday and St Johnsbury
(35-20) the week before. The wins
clinched the #1 seed in Division I and sets up a home playoff game vs. #8 Colchester
on Friday night. The Hurricanes are powered by a suffocating defense and a bruising running game. In going 7-0, Hartford has outscored its
league opponents 276-80 and has allowed only 19 points in the 2nd
half of games this season (13 of which were garbage time TD’s at the end of the
game). RB/QB Tyler Hamilton led the
Canes offense with 10 TD’s followed by RB Brett MacLaren 8, RB Kody Rhodes 7, QB
Gavin Farnsworth & RB Hunter Perkins 5 each.
Hartford coach Matt
Trombley on his team’s season “We have been
fortunate to have a good run this regular season. We have a solid group
of senior leadership which helps when you are down. This is a group that
refuses to lose. They stay focused and do not panic if things don't go
their way. They believe in the system and each other. They work
hard every day to get better and don't rest on past accomplishments. We
are a little banged up like every team right now. A couple guys nursing
injuries and illness but hope to be a close to healthy as we can by Friday.”
The Canes defeated the
Lakers in a September 9 meeting in Colchester 32-7.
Trombley on their first
round opponent “Colchester was a tough team back in week 2 and they have only
gotten better. We expect they will have
some new schemes for us to run against as well as some new stuff to defend.
It’s always hard to beat a team twice especially when they are well
coached. We expect a tough game that
will probably be determined in the trenches.”
A win vs Colchester and
the Canes would play at home Friday November 4 vs. the winner of the #5 Middlebury at #4 Essex game.
Boys Soccer finished the season 7-5-2, good enough for the #5 seed in Division II, and they will host #12 Mill River at Maxfield on Tuesday at 3:00. The Hurricanes are led by junior captain & leading scorer Kyle Prior (14 Goals, 3 Assists) and keeper senior Jordy Allard (6 shutouts). Senior captain & midfielder Ben Rouillard added 6 goals and junior captain & midfielder Pat McGlone led the team with 7 assists. Hartford has outscored their opponents 30-14 this season playing 10 of their 14 games against Division I opponents. The Canes were 3-0-1 vs. DII opponents this season but did not play Mill River this season.
Coach Kevin Guilbault
on his team’s first round opponent “As
for Mill River, it will be nice to see a team that we haven't played in a few
years. We play a difficult schedule. We have to play at a good level every
game, so we will be prepared for this opportunity. At this time of year, it's
about execution, so hopefully we can execute enough to advance.”
Hartford win and the Canes would likely travel to #4 Woodstock Friday at
3:00. The Canes were 1-0-1 vs. the Wasps
in the regular season.
Girls Soccer finished the season 7-3-4 and also earned the #5 seed in Division II and will host #12 Lyndon Institute at Maxfield on Wednesday at 3:00. Keeper Morgan White has 5 shutouts and the tough Hurricanes defense has given up more than 2 goals only twice this season and only 3 goals total in the last 6 games. Seniors Sarah Jones (5 Goals, 6 Assists) & Belle Leister (7 Goals) lead the Canes in scoring on a very balanced team that saw 9 different players score at least 1 goal this season.
team’s chances in the playoffs coach Jeff Acker said “At this time of year, the
games get tighter because you are getting everybody’s best. I think the whole
Division II tournament this year should be wide open. At the beginning of the year I thought there
were six teams with the potential to win it all, and if I add Stratton to that
mix, that makes seven. Milton is obviously the defending champ and were number
1 all year, so they have to be the favorite.
But U32, Montpelier, Mill River, Mt Abe and Hartford are all good enough
to win it all.”
With a win the Canes would likely travel to #4 U32 Saturday at 1:00. The Canes lost in a shootout to U32 in last
Field Hockey finished a very strong season 9-3-1 and earned the #3 seed in Division I. They receive a bye in round 1 and will host #6 Colchester at home on Saturday morning at 10:00. Hartford is led by leading scorer & senior captain Brooke Hurd (7 Goals, 8 Assists) and senior captain & goalie Rachel Loseby (7 shutouts). Hartford outscored their opponents 24-8 this season with defenders Caitlin Gaudet, Emily Ballou & Morgan Fisk having played very well in front of 3-time MVL Goalie of the Year Loseby.
we lost in the playoffs to CVU 2-1 & coming into this year some people
didn’t think we would be that good. But
this team wants to win & prove them wrong” said 2nd year coach
Heath Haskell. When asked about his team’s defense coach Haskell said “I feel
very calm with Rachel in goal and the defense in front of her. She has been a great player & I hope she
wins her 4th MVL Goalie of the Year award this year.
With a win
Hartford will advance to the semi-finals at UVM on Tuesday at 3:30.
This Weeks Schedule
Maxfield Sports Complex: Boys Soccer vs
3:00 Maxfield Sports Complex: Girls Soccer vs Lyndon
Hartford High School: Football vs Colchester
Saturday 10:00AM Hartford High School: Field Hockey vs Colchester
Follow me on Twitter @John_K_Seaver for in game updates of each game.