Coach Dave Trevithick’s 2013 Division 1 lacrosse rulers will enter the postseason as the number one seed in the always tense hunt for the 2014 championship.
The Redhawks, 14-1, drew a first round bye and are scheduled to defend their hillside ground Friday in a quarterfinal test against the winner of a preliminary contest between ninth-seeded 5-9 Mount Mansfield Union at eighth-seeded 6-9 Essex High. The Mount Mansfield-Essex game was postponed until Thursday.
In the final regular season game Saturday and with top seed possibly on the line, the Redhawks rallied in the second half to slip past an energized Middlebury Union High squad 12-11 at the Hinesburg lax pad.
With time running down and the score deadlocked at 11, Matt Palmer netted the deciding goal with just 26 seconds remaining in regulation. It was his second tally of the contest.
Elliott Mitchell chalked up three scores while Griffin DiParlo, Dylan Schaefer and Alex Bulla joined Palmer in the two goal club. Ryan Keelan had a singleton.
CVU held a 22-17 edge in shots on goal. Middlebury’s Keenan Bartlett bagged five scores for the Tigers who held a 9-4 lead at intermission.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent