May 28, 2009
By Mal Boright
At the beginning of the month, three solid teams nipped a then unbeaten (6-0 start) Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse combine in consecutive games. Now, at the end of the month, the Redhawks are out to get even.
They began a season-closing, three-game set against their tormentors on Saturday with a 13-8 victory in St. Albans over 8-5 Bellows Free Academy, which had laid a 10-8 nipping on CVU May 1 to start that three-game losing streak.
Saturday’s victory, their fifth in a row, hiked the Redhawks’ season mark to 11-3. Two home games remain — Wednesday against defending state champion Essex High and Saturday against South Burlington High — before playoff pairings are announced.
Essex and South Burlington both claimed two-goal victories over CVU on their home fields.
The Redhawk with the sharpest talons at St. Albans was Sam Spencer, who slammed home five goals and added a pair of assists, one of his top games of the campaign.
Right there with Spencer was Wes O’Brien with four scores.
Dean Priest earned the sidekick honors with five assists while Tim Reichert garnered three helpers.
Other goal scorers were Owen Smith with two, and Nick Hart and Lawrence Dee with one each.
CVU out shot BFA 25-18. Redhawks’ goalie Eric Palmer had 10 stops.