April 20, 2014

CVU girls LAX team positioning for playoffs

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By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After polishing off visiting Montpelier High 17-3 on Monday at the Hinesburg nest, the Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse team had just two games remaining to add more luster to a nifty 8-4 mark.

The Redhawks finish on the road at  5-9 Mount Mansfield Union on Wednesday (after Observer press time) and on Friday at mighty Middlebury Union

High. “We have a chance to get the third seed,” said CVU coach Erin Malone following Monday’s victory. High seeds mean home playoff games.

Kevin Riell, CVU athletic director, agreed, adding that southern teams Brattleboro Union and Rutland High are also in the mix for seeds three through five behind Middlebury and South Burlington High, likely to be the top two.

It did not take long for the ambitious Redhawks to claw their way to an overwhelming lead against the Solons.

CVU logged nine goals in the opening five minutes and two seconds with Abby Owens, Jessica Dudley and Brenna Gorman (twice each), Kate Raszka, Michaela Kiley and Caelin Weiss all scoring.

Montpelier did not cross midfield with the ball until seven minutes had passed.

CVU led 12-1 at the half and eased through the final 25 minutes.

Owens finished with four goals, while Dudley and Weiss each totaled three. Bridget Moore popped in a pair of tallies and Emily Spencer got one.

Michaela Gobille had four saves in the CVU cage.

A big home win for the Hawks came Friday when they nudged past Essex 14-13. The winning goal was planted by Kiley, which put the Hawks up 14-12 before Essex got a late score.

Raszka finished with a big six-goal day, while Kiley had three.

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