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Brotherly Face-Off

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NORTHFIELD, Vt. -

There's no mistaking the sound of a proud parent cheering on their child at a sporting event However, in the case of Peggy Roberts, on this day, her vocal cords are getting a true workout as she roots for not one, but two sons, one on each team.

"I was so excited to see them play each other, they've never done this before," Peggy Roberts said.

On Monday, the Norwich men's lacrosse team hosted Castleton in a matchup of 12-3 teams. But more important for the Roberts family, it was a highly anticipated showdown between brothers. Spartans sophomore midfielder Ben meeting freshman Cadets attacker Connor. The pair sharing a field for the first time since they were teammates at BFA-St. Albans in 2011.

"We've circled this for a long time, it's been an all season kind of wait," Connor Roberts said.

"We played on the same hockey defensive line, and in football I was the fullback and he was the tailback," Ben Roberts said. "This was different, it was cool."

Only 16 months apart, the two are as close as sibling can be. One even crediting the other for renewing their love of the game.

"He's the reason I'm playing right now," Ben Roberts said. "He got me excited about the game again after practicing this summer."

However on this day, friendship gave way to competition. Especially in the second, period when Connor decided to take Ben 1-on-1 to show him how much he's grown this past season.

"I saw the opening and felt that I had to take him one-on-one," Connor Roberts said.

"He got the better of me this time," Ben Roberts said. "I admit it, he got the better of me."

The Spartans did exact revenge on Norwich by taking the game 16-9 but in the end, both brothers were heroes in the arms of their No. 1 fan.

In Northfield, Dylan Scott Channel 3 Spotlight on Sports.

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