Redhawks land top playoff seed
By Mal Boright
For the defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team, the curtain has come down on one season and the second campaign is about to begin.
Observer photo by Stephen Mease
Champlain Valley Union High field hockey captain KK Logan (19) follows teammate Louise Gibbs (21) down the field against Mount Abraham Union on Friday. CVU won 1-0 to close out an undefeated regular season.
But what a season number one was.
Friday’s 1-0 home victory over Mount Abraham Union High put CVU’s final mark at 14-0 to earn top seed in the upcoming playdowns. Hartford High, last year’s title game opponent, was seeded second with a 12-1-1 record.
In putting away all comers, the Redhawks outscored their foes 43-4. They gave up nary a goal in seven home games, chalking up a 23-0 advantage.
By gaining the mighty one seed, the Red and White will have home games for the quarter and semifinals, with the initial second season outing Friday afternoon at 3:30. The Redhawks will face the winner of Wednesday’s opening round game at Middlebury between Brattleboro High (6-7-1) and host Middlebury Union (5-6-3).
The Redhawks nipped Middlebury twice by 2-0 and 2-1 scores. They did not play Brattleboro.
If CVU gets past the quarterfinal round, it will then be home Tuesday to either 12-4 Rutland High or 10-3-1 Mount Anthony Union at 3:30 p.m. These two meet Saturday in Rutland.
The regular season finale against winless Mount Abraham was unexpectedly close given that the Redhawks had trounced the Eagles 4-0 earlier in the season in Bristol.
Mireille Kelley scored the lone tally, a little more than three minutes into the second half. It was her third goal in the last four games. Emmaleigh (The Helper) Loyer drew an assist, her team-leading 13th of the season.
CVU net minder Elizabeth Gaudette had two saves, both in the first half.
Defenders Aubrey Deavitt, Lauren King and Kelsey Jensen helped keep the Eagles bottled up in their own zone for most of the second half.
A postgame ceremony honored graduating seniors and parents. It was the final regular season home game for Kelcey Lamphere, Maggie Ryan, Kelley, Kathryn Powell, Loyer, KK Logan, Jensen and Goddette.