April 16, 2009
By Mal Boright
After exploding for 22 goals in two season-opening victories at Woodstock Union High and Rice Memorial High, the Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team played its home opener earlier than originally scheduled. The contest, originally set for Monday at Middlebury Union High, was switched to Tuesday on the Redhawks’ grass.
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Sam Spencer (left), a senior at Champlain Valley Union High, fends off a Rice defenseman during Saturday’s lacrosse game. The Redhawks have jumped to a 3-0 start. Visit www.willistonobserver.com for more photos of the game.
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Owen Smith (center), a Champlain Valley Union High senior, is chased by Rice Memorial High’s Kenyon Lovejoy during Saturday’s game.
The now second home fixture of the season is Friday, when Burlington High motors to Hinesburg.
In the game against Middlebury, senior Sam Spencer demonstrated how he apparently believes in doing things by the fours.
The veteran popped home four goals for the second time in three days while leading the 3-0 Redhawks to a 12-8 victory over Middlebury Union. Spencer also racked up three assists.
Midfielder Owen Smith also tallied four times. Nick Hart and John Marston each notched a pair of goals while Dean Priest passed off for two assists.
The Redhawks outshot the Tigers 23-19. Redhawks goalie Eric Palmer came up with 11 saves.
After popping Woodstock 10-2 last Thursday, coach Dave Trevithick and his Red Clads took out Rice 12-5 Saturday morning, but were unable to put the Green Knights away until the stroke of noon and the opening minutes of the third quarter.
Ahead by just 4-3 after Rice scored in the opening minute following the halftime break, CVU cranked up three goals in 44 seconds, starting at 9:53 to open a more dominant 7-3 edge. The scores came from Hart (his second), Smith and Nathaniel Wells, also his second of the game.
Trevithick credited Smith, a veteran senior midfielder and co-captain, with getting the Redhawks going after a so-so first half.
“He (Smith) missed the first half because he was sick, but he got to the game at halftime and was ready to play,” said the coach.
Since there was no phone booth at the bench, Smith had to put on his jersey in the outdoors, but the results were reminiscent of those obtained by that famous caped chap who used phone booths for quick changes.
And if Smith spent the morning not feeling well, after he got into the game it was Rice that became a bit sickly.
“Owen really settled us down and got us going,” said Trevithick.
Rice got back to within 7-4 late in the third period, but on the ensuing faceoff, Tim Reichert gained control of the ball, charged downfield and scored with 59 seconds remaining in the period. CVU got four more goals in the fourth quarter to finish off the Knights.
Another story was Wells. A co-captain of the jayvee team, the sophomore midfielder was brought up to take the place of defenseman Cullen Millikin, who is away on a school trip. Wells responded with the two goals and steady play.
Also having a big day was senior midfielder Spencer with four goals — three coming in the second-half — to go with a pair of assists. Other CVU point getters were Nick Spencer and Marston.
The Redhawks held a 31-13 advantage in shots on goal, with net minders Palmer and Mark Albertson combining for eight stops.
Reichert, a wizard at winning face-offs, had a booming outburst at Woodstock with three goals and two assists.
Smith and Hart had two goals apiece, while Sam Spencer, Justin Beaudry and Robbie Dobrowski each got singletons.