Nov. 10, 2010
A return to the Division 1 semifinals in 2010 after nine players graduated from the 2009 division tournament runner-up has to be considered a good season for coach Kate McDonald’s Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team.
The Redhawks finished 8-5-3 and made it to the semifinals a week ago Wednesday, where they fell 5-0 to eventual undefeated champion South Burlington High. The running Rebels went on to pop defending champ Hartford High 3-0 in Saturday’s title match at the University of Vermont for a perfect 17-0 season.
During the regular season, the Redhawks lost 5-0 to the Rebels at CVU and 2-0 Oct. 20 in South Burlington.
To spring the semifinal upset, CVU needed to get an early score that might give the speedy top-seeded South Burlington combine pause. Instead, it was the Rebels who became the early birds, knocking in a pair of goals within the first seven minutes en route to a hefty 4-0 advantage by intermission.
The Redhawks buckled down in the second half but were held off the scoreboard.
McDonald told the media that the team had hoped to start strong, but South Burlington’s early scores took away any possible CVU momentum.
Seven players will be graduated by the time McDonald greets hopefuls at next summer’s tryouts. This spring’s graduates will include tri-captains Mallory Hillman, Aubrey Deavitt and Louise Gibbs. Also departing are goalie Sami Kassel, Holly Bertolet, Kelsey Barrett and Madison Wetmiller.
— Mal Boright, Observer staff