April 21, 2011
Defending champs next for surging squadBy Mal Boright Observer correspondent
With three solid victories under its belt, the rollicking Champlain Valley Union boys lacrosse team will face a serious test Thursday with a visit to Essex to meet the defending champion Hornets at 3 p.m.
Essex, which topped the Redhawks in last year’s Division 1 title game, is 2-1. The Hornets’ latest victory was a 10-2 home decision on April 16 over BFA-St. Albans.
While the Hornets were popping the Bobwhites, the Redhawks were unleashing a 15-6 whipping on Spaulding at a windy and chilly Hinesburg nest.
The 15 goals hiked the explosive Hawks’ three-game total to 44 as their veteran offense continues to thrive by scoring early and often.
It took almost a minute before CVU had tucked away the first goal of the contest—Lawrence Dee scoring an unassisted tally—the first of four he would lodge to go with a pair of assists. It was the third time in three outings Dee scored within the opening minute of play, usually within the first 30 seconds.
Dee added two more first period goals while Nathaniel Wells and Justin Beaudry also countered for a 5-1 CVU advantage by the end of the quarter.
The teams scored only once in the second reel, so the Redhawks led 6-2 at the half. But action picked up after intermission as CVU hiked the lead to 14-5 by the start of the final reel, and coasted the rest of the way.
Taylor Gingras (also three assists), Wells and Jake Marston (three helpers) fired in a trio of goals apiece while Beaudry finished with a pair.
As the scoring parade rolled through, the defense also picked up the pace against a Spaulding team with several veterans back from last year’s unit that came within a point of the Redhawks in a regular season contest at CVU.
“We really came together today,” said co-captain and senior defense leader Ben Teasdale. “This was our best game. Guys from last year’s jayvees and others are stepping up.”
Teasdale recalled the 2010 Spaulding game in which speedy Crimson Tide forwards Cody and Tory Chouinard and others proved tough to handle despite the Redhawks’ ability to subdue them and win the playoff contest.
The Chouinards each scored a goal on April 16, but the gritty CVU defense allowed few open shots and netminder Eric Palmer made 15 stops. In the Spaulding cage, Matt Systo made 10 saves.