VT, NH split Lions Cup Twin-State showdowns

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45th annual Lions Cup Twin-State games

Scorching heat in Castleton didn’t stop tradition on Saturday, and both high school all-star games delivered at Wolk Stadium.

The 37th installment of the women’s Lions Cup kicked off the day, and New Hampshire’s second half effort propelled them to a 3-1 victory against the Green Mountain State.

Vermont dominated the first 45 minutes of the contest, but several great scoring chances went unrewarded as both teams went into halftime scoreless.

Grace Devanny (Concord, N.H./Concord High) got the Granite State on the board and into the lead early in the second frame.

Vermont answered when Tatum Shappy (Milton, Vt./Milton) found the back of the net and tied the game at one a piece.

The even score didn’t last long, and New Hampshire pulled away with goals from Ashleigh Matsis (Milford, N.H./Milford High) and Amanda Marshall (Bow, N.H./Bow High) sealed the win.

Devanny was named the game’s most valuable player, and New Hamshire improved to 19-13-5 in the all-time series.

The men closed out the all-star slate, and had the benefit of playing much of the 45th men’s Lions Cup out of the sun.

Vermont found the net once to start each half and shut down New Hampshire for a 2-0 decision.

Will Lapointe (Waterbury, Vt./Harwood Union) broke through just nine minutes into the game with a tally inside the box, and Vermont didn’t look back.

The Green Mountain State added some insurance in the second when David Chorlton (Bennington, Vt./Mt. Anthony Union) fired a shot in from just outside the box to make it 2-0.

Defender Adam Lyon (Essex, Vt./Essex) was named the M.V.P. of the game, and Vermont inched closer to .500 with the all-time series at 20-17-8.

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