Rutland’s boys’ lacrosse team turned the tables on Saturday afternoon against rival Brattleboro.
The Raiders had been outscored by 29 goals in their first two games, but on Saturday it was Rutland who took their turn as the dominant force.
The Raiders cruised to a 16-1 win over the Colonels to claim their first victory of the season.
“We’re finally getting back to full strength, getting the guys back on the pitch,” Rutland coach Ben Burton said. “The confidence level is going up. They’re starting to put the little things together.”
The Raiders set it up early and often.
Patrick Cooley opened the scoring about two minutes into play and rookie Noah Bruttomesso followed with an overhand shot less than a minute later.
Micaiah Boyle kept the pressure on, scoring with 8:25 left in the first quarter, dodging a defender to get a straight shot. Boyle added Rutland’s other goal in the first quarter, getting a nice pass from Cooley from the right side of the net.
The Raiders dominated the first half, as Cooley added two more goals in the second quarter, Boyle netted another and Jacobb Downs and Matt Magro both scored.
The lead eventually swelled to 13-0, before Brattleboro sophomore forward Wyatt Cudworth finally put the Colonels on the board with about 50 seconds left in the third quarter.
That was all Brattleboro was going to muster that day. The Colonels are a young team and could be in for a season where they pick up a few pieces. Earlier in the week, Brattleboro fell to Burr and Burton Academy 17-1.
Rutland finished the game with a three-goal fourth quarter, capped off by a Boyle goal from a difficult angle on the right side of the net.
Boyle led Rutland with five goals. Coooley followed with four, Bruttomesso had three, Matt Magro had two and Downs had one.
The Colonels had nine shots on the day but didn’t test Rutland goaltender Jarrett Kelley much. Kelley only had to make two saves. and Emilio Strangeway, who came on in the fourth quarter, didn’t have to stop.
Burton believes Rutland’s defense is his backbone and could play a big role in his success.
“The strength of our team is our defense,” Burton said. “We have a good group of seniors there, Jake Burton, Jack Coughlin and Tyler (Terrian) were low for us. They played solid.
“(Ryan) Cassarino in long-stick midfield has been shutting people down all day.”
The rivalry games don’t stop there. Rutland (1-2) is set to host Otter Valley on Tuesday.