Harwood/Mad River Valley player Charlie Reilly outruns a defender. Photo: Maureen McCracken

The Harwood/Mad River U15 lacrosse team opened up their season last weekend with Saturday wins against Barre and Plattsburgh and a Sunday tie against Stowe. The team is a combination of Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse and Harwood Youth Lacrosse players in grades seven and eight.

In the Barre game, Harwood/Mad River won by a score of 10-7, led by Cameron Forbes (four goals), Sawyer Simmons (three goals, one assist) and Finn O’Hara (one goal, three assists). Gavin Dewey, Luke Groom, Gavin Thomsen and Stephen Valdakis also scored. Jon O’Brien was strong in goal to support the win.

In the Plattsburgh game, Harwood/Mad River won by a score of 8-1, led by O’Hara with three goals and Avery Fish with two assists and a goal. Other goals were scored by Jack Talbert, Joe Hale, Thomsen and Simmons. Addison Dietz was excellent in his first game ever in goal.

Against Stowe, the teams tied 5-5, with Harwood/Mad River goals coming from Tucker Frank, Adrian Clapp, Dietz, Fish and Talbert. Jordan Grimaldi led in assists with two. Dietz and Conor McCarty – also a first-time goalkeeper standing tall against a tough opponent – split time in the goal.

The next scheduled game for Harwood/Mad River U15 will be at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Crossett Brook Middle School fields.

In other upcoming lacrosse events: On Friday, May 5, the Mad River U15 girls will open their season with a home game at 5 p.m. at Mad River Park.