October 28, 2016

CVU girls LAX team 3-1 going into Friday’s game

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After three solid victories in their first four outings, new coach Erin Malone and her Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse team will entertain a solid South Burlington High team on Friday (4:30 p.m.) at the Redhawks’ Hinesburg nest.

The Rebels, 2-0 going into this week, opened their season last Wednesday with a 17-9 home win over Rutland, a team that popped the Redhawks 13-8 Friday.

However, CVU shrugged off their lone defeat with a one-sided 13-4 home triumph Tuesday over Burlington High on a sunny, breezy afternoon. “This was much better than the last one. We just want to get better with each game,” said Malone after the contest. CVU is already more than halfway to its 2011 win total of five.

Kate Raszka took the ball on the opening faceoff and sashayed her way through a stunned Burlington defense to deposit the ball past Seahorse goalie Nina Knorr. The play took just 13 seconds.

Junior Brenna Gorman and senior Michaela Kiley added counters in the next three minutes and the Redhawks were on the wing. They led 6-1 by halftime by as much as 12-2 before Burlington notched two consecutive pointers late in the second half. CVU sophomore Thea Weiss then added a final goal with four seconds remaining.

Raszka had three scores, while Gorman and senior Jessica Dudley each fired home a pair of scores. Lucia LLona, Abby Owens and Caelin Weiss added a goal apiece.

Owens helped lead a CVU defensive effort that limited Burlington’s effectiveness near the CVU goal where netminder Sarah Caffry made eight saves. Raszka and Kiley were among players controlling midfield with interceptions and loose ball recoveries that led to 29 shots on the BHS cage.


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    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

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    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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