May 21, 2009
By Mal Boright
Southern strategy is probably best left for the politicians.
After two losses against teams from Vermont’s temperate zone, the Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse team (0-10) faced its last two home games of the season this week against northern neighbors. The Redhawks were scheduled to entertain Mount Mansfield Union at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Spaulding High of Barre at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
They will wrap up the regular campaign next week with night tilts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Essex High and at 7 p.m. on Friday at South Burlington High.
This past Saturday, CVU headed to Bennington for some of that famed southern hospitality. Instead, the Patriots popped the visiting Hawks 16-3.
On Monday, it was back on familiar home ground, where a crisp, well-functioning Rutland High team lived up to its pre-game 11-1 record to earn a 16-6 decision over CVU.
The Raiders jumped to an early 6-0 lead in the first half and never looked back, although the Redhawks did have some moments.
With 8:15 remaining in the half, junior Lucy Halvorson scored off a pass from sophomore Devan Wilkins to put CVU on the board.
Moments later, at 6:51, sophomore Liz Betz weaved her way through the Rutland defense and fired home a goal to bring the youthful Redhawks — the team has only five seniors — to within 6-2.
But Rutland scored the next goal out of a crowd in front of the CVU net for a 7-2 edge at intermission. The Raiders added three more in the first five minutes of the second half before junior Emily Shaw ended the Rutland string with a goal at 18:31.
Rutland bolted to a 14-3 lead before CVU sophomore Amanda Kinneston got loose for three scores in the closing 10 minutes. Kinneston also potted a pair of tallies against Mount Anthony.
Senior midfielder Hannah Wright scored four goals to pace Rutland. Two other Raiders notched three pointers each.
Rutland goalie Jesse Wilson had five saves, including a nifty one on CVU’s Erika Gobeille, who made several strong sorties into the Raider defenses.
The Redhawks were without senior co-captains Michaela Cornbrooks and Elizabeth Beckett, both lost to leg injuries.