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April 28, 2011

BOYS LACROSSE TEAM HEADS TO COUGARS’ LAIR

A Champlain Valley Union boys lacrosse player battles for possession with an Essex player during CVU’s 10-8 win on April 21. (Observer photos by Shane Bufano)

With its home session with Middlebury postponed on Tuesday by wet grounds, the undefeated Champlain Valley Union boys lacrosse team will chase their sixth victory Friday afternoon at Mount Mansfield Union in Jericho Center.

The Cougars are 2-2 for the season. CVU will return home Tuesday (4 p.m.) to take on 1-2 Burlington.

The Redhawks’ latest came on April 23, a 12-1 shellacking of BFA-St. Albans at home. Lanky attacker Taylor Gingras unloaded four goals and helped out on three others to lead the potent CVU attack.

Lawrence Dee collected three scores and a helper. Nathaniel Wells and Chris Bulla added a pair and Jake Marston scored once. Wells and Marston also had assists.

Goalie Eric Palmer blocked eight BFA shots with the Bobwhites getting their lone tally in the third period.

The triumph followed a 10-8 nipping of defending Division I champion Essex on April 21 on the Burlington High School turf, after a switch from the Hornets’ grass due to wet conditions.

Griffin Brady and Justin Beaudry fired in late scores to help the Redhawks prevail in their first encounter of the campaign.

Wells had three goals and Dee added a pair. Marston, Gingras and Robbie Dobrowski also scored for CVU. Palmer had some big stops in the nets.

Ben Adams (two goals, three assists) led the Hornets, who lost several key operators from the 2010 title crew. Marty Harrison and James Olsen also had two tallies.

The makeup date for Tuesday’s postponement of the Middlebury game hasn’t been determined but could happen in mid-May.

CVU SOFTBALL BATS BOOM IN INITIAL VICTORY OF SEASON

After getting the bats untracked Monday with their first victory of the season over visiting Rice Memorial, the Champlain Valley Union softball Redhawks enter a stretch of three tough games with visits to South Burlington on Thursday and Essex on Tuesday, and a home fixture on Saturday against Route 116 neighbor Mount Abraham.

Held to but two runs total in season-opening losses to Mount Mansfield (17-0) and Missisquoi Valley Union (14-2), coach Sara Armstrong Donegan’s charges took powerful and productive swings on a rainy afternoon in crunching the visiting Green Knights 18-3.
The Hawks got off to a fast start when Susan Parmalee led off the home first with a single, Kenzie Roberts reached base and No. 3 batter Leah Leister smashed a pitch over the fence in centerfield for a three-run homer, the Hawks’ first behemoth blast of the campaign.

The offensive assault continued after Rice got the first two outs in the second inning. The swift Parmalee and Roberts legged out infield singles before Leister brought them home with a double. Sophomore Alannah Roy (two hits in the game) got bopped by a pitch and Kayleigh Colbeth plated the runners with a single. Colbeth later scored on a wild pitch, giving the Hawks an 8-0 lead after two frames.

From there, CVU kept adding runs. Parmalee wound up with three hits and Roberts had two. Senior pitcher Cayla McCarthy worked the first three innings and whiffed six. The game was called after six innings.

Tuesday’s scheduled contest against Vergennes was postponed until Wednesday because of rain.

RAIN PLAYS HAVOC WITH TENNIS AND GIRLS LACROSSE SCHEDULES

Tuesday’s soggy field conditions led to postponement of the Champlain Valley Union girls lacrosse team’s visit to Essex until Wednesday afternoon. Monday’s tennis matches for the CVU boys and girls teams were switched to Friday afternoon (3:30 p.m.) with the boys hosting South Burlington at the Shelburne courts and the girls visiting the Rebels in South Burlington.

-Mal Boright

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