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Field hockey ’Hawks out to regain winning edge

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Sept. 30, 2010

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

A band of Eagles from Mount Abraham Union High will swoop into Hinesburg Heights at 4 p.m. Thursday when the home nesting Champlain Valley Union High field hockey Redhawks hope to get back into the victory column. The ’Hawks played to a deadlock and defeat in their last two outings.

The Eagles entered this week with a 1-4 record.

CVU is 4-2-1 following Saturday’s 3-3 tie at Middlebury Union and Tuesday’s 5-0 whitewash by undefeated South Burlington High, which hiked its season mark to 6-0.

The Rebels were quick, strong and smart at midfield and defense and up to their reputation as a Division 1 title favorite.

Swift forward Ashley McDonald and teammate Molly Higgins each scored twice. Morgan Bresnahan also found the range for the Rebs.

One of CVU’s best chances came just before halftime when co-captain Louise Gibbs’ long shot just missed catching the left corner of the South Burlington cage.

“If that had gone in we would have trailed by 2-1 at halftime and that might have made a difference,” said CVU coach Kate McDonald, adding that South Burlington has a great team.

The Redhawks best sustained threat against South Burlington, which has allowed only a single goal this season, came late in the second half. Trailing 4-0, CVU, with Gibbs, Kelsey Barrett and Mallory Hillman operating up front, got off three straight shots, but South Burlington keeper Becca Bowser stopped all three among her total of six saves.

Sami Kassel had 10 saves for the Red and White.

Despite the score, CVU defenders — led by The Red Rascal, co-captain Aubrey Deavitt — had some solid plays in front of Kassel. Deavitt was quite rascally in breaking up Rebel offensive surges while mates Lauren King and Jenna Cloutier also had moments.

“They were fast and a very good team,” Deavitt said of South Burlington.

The two foes meet again Oct. 20 on the Rebels’ turf.

In the tie at Middlebury, Sarah Reed scored twice and Gibbs notched a tally as the Redhawks came back twice from deficits with Reed forcing the deadlock with just 1:53 remaining in regulation.

McDonald said Deavitt prevented a tiebreaker with a non-goalie save on a Middlebury penalty-corner after regulation time had expired.

Middlebury came away with a 3-2-1 season mark.

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