April 17th, 2014
By Mal Boright
Having banked victories against tough foes Essex High and Hanover (N.H.) High Saturday and Monday, the defending Division 1 boys lacrosse champion Champlain Valley Union High Redhawks were poised to visit a veteran 2-0 South Burlington High team Wednesday afternoon, after the Observer’s press deadline.
On Saturday, coach Dave Trevithick’s Red- and White-clads will travel to Cape Elizabeth, Me. for another out-of-state contest.
Then it will be a week off before the first home game of the season, when Mount Mansfield Union High’s Cougars come scratching at the Hawks’ hillside nest next Saturday morning (April 26).
Hanover, a Granite State lacrosse powerhouse, fell 10-6 as Dylan Schaefer (three goals), Matt Palmer (two scores) and Hoyt McCuin (one goal and three assists) paced the scorers.
If there is a Helper-of-the-Month honor, McCuin would be high on the list of eligibles. He now has nine assists in just two games.
Single goals were posted by Elliott Mitchell, Griffin DiParlo, Collin Osbahr and Steele DuBrul. Netminder Owen Hudson made 10 stops.
McCuin, with a goal and six assists, Nevin DiParlo with four goals, Palmer with three tallies, Mitchell with two goals and three helpers and Griffin DiParlo with two scores paced the offensive assault on a young Essex High team Saturday morning at the University of Vermont, which resulted in a 16-2 triumph over last year’s championship runner-up.
CVU broke it open early, taking an 8-0 lead by the end of the first period and boosting it to 12-1 by the half-time break. In that opening half, CVU held a 16-6 edge in shot on goal and a 7-4 advantage in face offs captured.
“We came out strong,” said co-captain Nevin DiParlo. Referencing the Redhawks’ veteran attackers and midfielders, DiParlo added, “Our guys have played together since middle school.”
“I knew we could score, but not like that,” said a mildly surprised Trevithick.
Adding single goals were DuBrul, Alex Bulla, Noah Kiernan and Kyle Jaunich.
Hudson had eight saves including a couple first period spectaculars that kept momentum on the Redhawks’ side. Chris Gronlund took over later in the game and had a pair of stoppers.
Bulla, a co-captain and midfielder, had praise for the UVM turf field and facility, which provided a spectacular season-opening venue for the two lacrosse rivals.