May 21, 2009
By Mal Boright
The Redhawks are back!
That is no doubt the word around boys high school lacrosse circles after the Champlain Valley Union High combine logged its third straight victory Saturday, a 14-2 thrashing of visiting Mount Anthony Union High of Bennington at the hilltop nest in Hinesburg.
The victory was their third straight following a set of three losses in a row against some of the Metro might.
CVU continued its late season push Tuesday with a 10-6 triumph at Mount Mansfield Union High in Jericho Center. In lifting their season mark to 10-3, the Redhawks got four goals from Nick Spencer. Tim Reichert and Nick Hart each popped a pair of tallies. Singles came from the sticks of Wes O’Brien and Alex Hennessey. CVU outshot the Cougars by a 20-10 margin.
On Saturday, the Redhawks will engage in the first of a series of three games against their previous tormentors with a trip to St. Albans for an 11 a.m. game against Bellows Free academy.
On Wednesday, defending state champ Essex High comes to Hinesburg for a 4 p.m. match. The following Saturday, South Burlington High will be at the hill for an 11 a.m. contest.
After that the wait will be for postseason pairings.
Big days were aplenty Saturday in the win over the Patriots. Sam Spencer netted three goals to go with a pair of assists, while Owen Smith also scored three times and helped on another.
Dean Priest notched a pair of scores while setting up four others. Reichert and Lawrence Dee also potted a pair of goals each. Hart and Nate Wells fired home singletons.
CVU outshot the visitors, 20-9.
Last Wednesday, Priest and Reichert led the attack with two goals and an assist each as the Redhawks scored a 9-3 victory at Burlington High, their second triumph over the Seahorses.
CVU net minders Eric Palmer and Will Dubuc shared time in the goalmouth and totaled 16 stops.