June 22, 2018

Essex test Friday for CVU field hockey


Senior captain Emma Griesser powers ahead of her opponent during Friday’s game against visiting Burlington High, while teammates Lily Schmoker (left) and Sami Harvey keep up. (Observer photo by Stephanie Choate)

Rated number one in the state according to the most recent power rankings, the 6-1-1 Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team will try to knock off a rising Essex High team at the Hornets’ nest Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Essex (6-1-2) has won six straight games, including a 4-0 win Tuesday over defending division champion South Burlington High. CVU, at home, handed the Hornets their lone loss, 1-0 back on Sept.13.

The Redhawks will then journey to Burlington Monday for a 6 p.m. makeup of a contest postponed earlier in the season.

Coach Kate McDonald’s high-flying charges used a late first-half tally to nip visiting Mount Mansfield Union High 1-0 Tuesday at the Hinesburg field.

Amanda Whitbeck popped the lone score with just 19 seconds left before the intermission break. Lauren Macy set up the goal.

CVU goalie Evangeline Dunphy made three stops in gaining her fifth blank job of the campaign.

Last Friday, the Redhawks zipped past Burlington High 3-0 as Sierra Saia fired two goals and Molly Dunphy also tallied.

CVU’s tie came a week ago Wednesday, a 1-1 affair at Middlebury Union. Katie Arms forced the deadlock with a second half goal.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

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