May 28, 2009
By Mal Boright
Still looking for the first win of the season after missing by a whisker Saturday, the Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse unit is closing out the regular season this week with night games at Essex High on Wednesday and at South Burlington High at 7 p.m. Friday.
Observer photo by Pogo Senior
Surrounded by four Spaulding High defenders, Champlain Valley Union High sophomore Abagael Giles fires CVU’s third goal into the net on Saturday. Spaulding went on to win the game, 13-12, with a last-minute score.
Observer photo by Pogo Senior
Gillian Shelley (left) of Champlain Vally Union High jumps to block Spaulding midfielder Jenna Howard.
The 0-12 Redhawks last week had a reinvigorated offense and did not go quietly in home defeats, 14-10 to Mount Mansfield Union High on Wednesday and 13-12 to Spaulding High of Barre on Saturday morning.
Saturday’s affair was a ding-dong doozie, not settled until 6-6 Spaulding snapped a 12-12 deadlock on senior Shannae Harvin’s goal with just 37 seconds left in regulation.
After falling behind for much of the first half, the Redhawks held one-goal leads three times in the second half, the last time when junior Erika Gobeille sashayed from midfield to the front of the Crimson Tide net to fire home the goal and give the Hawks a 12-11 edge with 5:07 left.
It was Gobeille’s third score of the game, the second straight outing in which she had a trio of pointers.
But Spaulding came right back to tie it at 4:46 on Alahna Sandefer’s shot from a bunch-up in front of the CVU cage.
The Redhawks charged to the Spaulding end and got off three shots, but could not dent goalie Chelsea Otis, who made a super save off CVU’s Amanda Kinneston. Otis was credited with 12 stops during the fray.
Joining Gobeille with three goals was CVU’s Emily Shaw. The junior had an outstanding effort, including goals that gave CVU leads at 23:24 (8-7) and 13:09 (11-10).
Sophomores Gillian Shelley and Abby Giles each scored twice while Louise Gibbs and Kinneston, also sophomores, had singletons each. Shelley also had two assists.
“We were missing 10 players today,” said CVU coach Julie Sloan. “We had to use many girls in different positions.”
The overall effect was Hustle City, a solid performance that just missed putting the girls into the victory column.
Amanda Lacallaide, another sophomore, made 11 saves in the CVU net, including some stellar work in the second half that helped the Redhawks stay in contention.
Spaulding broke out to an early 4-1 lead. The Hawks came to life at 12:51 when Gibbs scored after a set-up pass from Shelley and was followed 50 seconds later by Giles with a smart backhander into the Tide cage.
CVU got into a 6-6 tie on Shelley’s goal with three minutes remaining, but a Spaulding score at 0:54 gave the Tide the halftime edge.
In the Mount Mansfield game, Kinneston, Lizzy Betz and Devan Wilkins scored twice each and Shelley notched a goal.