Boys lacrosse opens playoffs at home (6/4/09)

June 4, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Losers in their last two regular season contests, the Champlain Union High boys lacrosse team nevertheless captured the third seed in the Division 1 postseason pairings and will host a quarterfinal game Friday, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Heading to Hinesburg for the clash will be either 11th-seeded Rutland High (4-12) or sixth-seeded Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans (9-6). The two teams were scheduled to play Wednesday at BFA after press deadline.

CVU holds a regular season victory over Rutland at the Red Raiders’ field. The Redhawks split in two games with BFA, each winning on the other’s home grass.

On May 23, CVU rolled into St. Albans and through the Bobwhites for a 13-8 triumph.

That was the Redhawks’ final regular season victory.

Essex High, 11-5 and second-seeded, came to Hinesburg Wednesday and shocked CVU by racking up an 8-1 halftime edge and then easing to the win, 15-7. It was their second thumbs-upper over coach Dave Trevithick’s forces.

Old standbys had the scores for CVU. Tim Reichert logged a pair while Nick Hart, Wes O’Brien, Sam Spencer, Lawrence Dee and Cody Litchfield each got singles.

Next up, on Saturday, was a visit from South Burlington. The 11-4 Rebels helped themselves to the top seed in the playoffs with an overtime 7-6 win in a game delayed well over an hour after the scheduled 11 a.m. start by thunder, lightning and downpours.

South Burlington’s Zach Davidson scored just two minutes into the additional period to end it. It was his fifth tally of the game.

Despite being outshot 22-10 for the day, the Redhawks led 6-4 in the second half and 6-5 when South Burlington tied it with 30 seconds remaining in regulation.

Smith and Dean Priest each launched two scores for CVU.