April 10th, 2014
By Mal Boright
DiParlo and lacrosse team meet Essex at UVM Saturday
The defending Division 1 state champion Champlain Valley Union High boys’ lacrosse team is wasting no time getting into a pressure early, early season contest.
The Redhawks will tangle with 2013 runner-up and rival Essex High Saturday morning (10:30) at the University of Vermont’s turf field. The two powerhouses last met in June in the Division 1 championship game at Castleton State College.
CVU’s season opener was scheduled at home Thursday but has been postponed due to poor field conditions. No makeup date had been announced.
As Nevin DiParlo put it last week, “We really want to get out onto the field.”
The team has had practice time inside and in CVU’s parking lots while waiting for what has been an extensive snow cover to dissipate. It has been a slow but steady process.
DiParlo, a senior, is one of three co-captains. The others, also senior veterans, are midfielders Steele DuBrul and Alex Bulla.
While the other two leaders are multi-sports participants, DiParlo is a lacrosse specialist at the attack position.
He says his responsibilities as a team captain are “making sure everyone is on task at practice and showing younger players how to handle things in and out of school.”
DiParlo added that he leads by example both on and off the field.
Coach Dave Trevithick is a DiParlo booster.
“He is one of the most solid character guys I have ever coached,” the skipper said by e-mail. “He brings honesty and tenacity to everything he does on or off the field,” calling his work ethic “hard to match.”
DiParlo said in a recent interview that he started playing lacrosse with a recreation team while in the fourth grade and also with friends in back yards. He got hooked on it.
He said his job as attacker is “to pace the offense by controlling the ball. We want to keep possession so we don’t wear down our midfielders and defense.”
DiParlo, however, noted that you also quickly take advantage of opportunities the foes’ defense gives you.
As for the sport’s notorious momentum swings in which big leads can evaporate quickly, DiParlo said it’s a matter of keeping the intensity level high no matter how far in front or behind your team might be.
As for the Redhawks this season, the co-captain is optimistic it will be a good year.
“I feel really good,” he said. “We have a lot of returning players who have been playing together since elementary and middle school.”
This fall, DiParlo will be entering UVM and if he plays lacrosse it will be at the club or intramural level so he can concentrate on his neuroscience major.