After opening the season with three games in five days, the Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team had a two-day break following Wednesday’s (Observer press time) scheduled home opener against South Burlington High.
The defending Division 1 champion Redhawks are on to Maine Saturday for a session against Cape Elizabeth High. They will then have vacation week off until the following Saturday when they go to Mount Mansfield Union.
The season thus far has been two overtime contests and two narrow losses prior to the South Burlington match.
The April 9 spring opener at Colchester High was postponed.
Monday at Hanover, N.H., CVU trailed by two goals with just 18 seconds left in regulation and scrambled back to force the overtime before falling to the Marauders, 12-11.
Senior midfielder Elliott Mitchell unleashed a trio of scores for the Redhawks while junior Matt Palmer and sophomore Owen McCuin each fired two goals. Freshman Walter Braun, sophomore Charlie Bernicke, junior Kyle Jaunich and senior Cam Rivard netted singletons.
Goalie Matt Murakami had 11 stops in the Redhawks’ cage.
On Saturday, It was a case of being unable to protect a two-goal lead in the fourth quarter that did in CVU in a 10-9 overtime loss at Essex High. The Redhawks had recovered and taken the lead from a 7-4 deficit at intermission.
The Hornets’ veteran Brendan Gleason scored the game winner, which gave him three goals and a pair of assists for the day.
McCuin notched three goals for CVU. Palmer and junior Dylan Schaefer each potted a pair. A busy Murakami came up with 16 saves in the CVU net.