April 23, 2009
By Mal Boright
With 44 goals in the scoring column and a 4-0 record in tow, the Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team rolls south Saturday for an 11 a.m. session with the Red Raiders of Rutland High.
The next home game for the Redhawks is Tuesday, when Mount Mansfield Union High rumbles into Hinesburg for a 4 p.m. start.
Many CVU athletes are away on trips during vacation week, but that may not be a serious problem for coach Dave Trevithick, whose Redhawks have the blessing of depth as some 13 players have contributed to the outpouring of goals.
In last Friday’s 10-5 put away of Burlington High at the CVU field, it was Dean Priest, Wes O’Brien and Peter Hiser each notching a pair of goals, their initial tallies of the season. Max Valentine also scored for the first time.
Leading producers Owen Smith and Nick Hart each scored, as did Jake Marston.
Top point man for CVU is senior Sam Spencer, who lodged nine goals and five assists in the first three contests. Smith now has eight goals and Hart seven.
The Burlington game was not as close as the final score. The Redhawks took a 10-2 lead into the fourth quarter and then eased off the throttle, with the Seahorses chalking up a pair of pointers in the final 90 seconds.
An earlier Burlington score came at the beginning of the second period when CVU drew a three-minute penalty for an illegal stick. The CVU penalty killers limited BHS to three shots and one score during the player-short situation.
One of the defensive plays of the day came minutes later in the quarter, when CVU’s Ben Soll knocked the ball away from a BHS player moving into possible scoring position in front of goalie Eric Palmer. Soll quickly got control of the ball and charged into the Burlington end, where moments later Hart scored his second goal for a 7-2 CVU lead.
Palmer and William Dubuc served time between the pipes, with Palmer racking up seven saves in a little more than three periods.