April 2, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

It has been a busy preseason for the Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team, which opens its 2009 campaign next Thursday with a trip to Woodstock High.

The April 9 game will be the first of three straight road contests, with trips to Rice Memorial High on Saturday, April 11 and Middlebury Union High on April 13. The Redhawks have their home opener against Burlington High on April 17.

“We are looking okay,” head coach Dave Trevithick said Tuesday while summing up his team’s progress thus far.

“We are going to be a little deeper this year than last with more guys able to step up,” the coach explained.

The Redhawks are hoping to at least get back to the Division 1 championship game, where they have lost to Essex High the last two springs.

Last weekend, Trevithick took his squad to the lacrosse hotbed area of Syracuse, N.Y. to test the competition there.

“We got beat up a little,” the coach said of the two scrimmage games against area teams.

He said the team also had an opportunity to visit nearby Onondaga College, where one of last year’s CVU captains, Bennett Dee, is playing.

The Redhawks lost eight from last season’s team via graduation, but some key guys are returning, including tri-captains Tim Reichert, Owen Smith and Ben Soll.

Trevithick has moved Smith from midfield to attack, where he will join veterans Dean Priest and Justin Beaudry in swarming around opponents’ nets. Peter Hiser, a transfer from Rice Memorial High, is also in the attack mix.

Midfield vets include Reichert and Sam Spencer among others, while up from jayvees and looking good are Nate LaCroix and Jake Marston.

Heading up the defense will be Soll and Cullen Millikin, along with Brady DeHayes and Tim Davis.

The goaltending position is a three-way battle between sophomore Eric Palmer and juniors Mark Albertson and William Dubuc.

As for the other teams in the division, Trevithick thinks Essex will once again be strong, as will South Burlington High and Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans.