By Mal Boright
With a half-dozen players on spring break trips, the defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team saw its season opening five-game win streak snapped Saturday by visiting title hopeful South Burlington High at the Redhawks’ Hinesburg hillside nest.
Coach Dave Trevithick and his red and white outfit then faced some team travels. They were slated to motor down I-89 to Hanover N.H. High Wednesday (after Observer press time) and on Friday hit the road south to Rutland High.
Their next home game is Tuesday when rival Essex High rolls into Hinesburg for the first clash with the Hawks since last June’s title match at Castleton State College The Hornets came into this week with just one loss, that to a New York State team.
Not much was happening for the Redhawks on a rain threatening Saturday morning when South Burlington charged to a 11-3 triumph. The Rebels’ freshman attacker, Cam Nolting, slammed home goals in the first two minutes of the contest and South Burlington was on a roll.
CVU’s Griffin Brady, on an assist from Chris Bulla, made it 2-1 with nine minutes and two seconds left in the quarter, taking advantage of a Rebel penalty. South Burlington then scored the next three goals in the period, Eric Davidson and Nolting again igniting the run.
CVU trailed 6-1 when Bulla scored the Hawks’ second goal with 5:04 remaining in the first half. CVU then went scoreless until the final reel when Steele Dubrul found the net. Dubrul was also effective in winning midfield face offs much of the day.
Last Wednesday, at full strength, the Redhawks rumbled into St. Albans and zinged Bellows Free Academy by a 13-1 count as Christian Goulette put up a super game with four goals and three assists. There was plenty of help from Bulla and Charlie Shea with three goals each, while singletons came from the sticks of Hoyt McCuin, Jack Gingras and Garrett Linck. Netminders Owen Hudson and Will Fay stopped eight Bobwhite shots.