By Mal Boright
As an old song might have gone, “There is no place like home during playoff time.”
The Champlain Valley Union High boys and girls lacrosse teams open the Division 1 playoffs on their Hinesburg grass, the boys on Wednesday and the girls on Friday.
Coach Dave Trevithick’s fifth-seeded 11-5 boys took on 12th-seed 1-15 Burlington High on Wednesday. A victory meant a trip to fourth seed 11-4 Woodstock Union on Friday.
The girls are seeded fourth and are set for a home contest on Friday (4:30 p.m.) against fifth-seeded Brattleboro Union, also 9-5. A win would bring a likely meeting on Tuesday at top seed 12-1 South Burlington High. The Rebels will be matched on Friday against either eighth-seeded Mount Mansfield Union or ninth seed Essex High.
Both CVU teams bowed in their final regular season games.
The boys got tripped 15-9 on Friday night at Essex High, despite three goals and two assists from Chris Bulla, plus a pair of scores and two helpers from Alex Bulla. It was the Redhawks’ second loss to the Hornets, who took possession of the “Bucket” for the next 12 months.
The girls also lost on Friday, bowing to 14-2 Middlebury by a 14-8 tally. The Tigers earned their second win over CVU, which got two goals each from Abby Owens and Jessica Dudley.