May 14, 2009
By Mal Boright
Thanks to an overtime goal by senior midfielder Wes O’Brien Saturday in Middlebury, the 7-3 Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team was able to travel to Burlington High Wednesday in quest of a second straight victory.
O’Brien’s score, just 35 seconds into the additional period, gave the Redhawks a much-needed 13-12 victory over 6-3 Middlebury Union High to snap a vexing three-game losing streak. CVU had won its first six games, including a 12-8 home win over the Tigers.
After Wednesday’s contest at Burlington (an earlier 10-5 victim of CVU), the Redhawks will be home Saturday to Mount Anthony Union High of Bennington. The team will then bus to Mount Mansfield Union High on Tuesday. The Hawks popped MMU 10-3 at home a couple of weeks ago.
In all of their triumphs, the Redhawks have scored in double figures. The goal production machine Monday was led by senior co-captain Owen Smith with four goals.
Dean Priest and Sam Spencer potted two goals each while Priest also contributed five assists to easily claim Helper-of-the-Day honors.
Tim Reichert, Nate LaCroix, Nick Hart and Jake Marston each knocked in a tally.
CVU outshot Middlebury 28-18, with goalie Mark Albertson coming up with six stops.
In the rain at South Burlington High last Thursday, CVU dropped a 9-7 decision to the Rebels. It was the Redhawks’ third straight defeat and third game in a row with fewer than 10 scores.
Trailing 2-1 after the first period, CVU rumbled for three goals within two minutes midway through the second period, with Spencer, Hart and Smith all scoring to give the Redhawks a 4-2 lead and, for a while, control of the game.
The 7-2 Rebels got a goal back just before intermission, knotting the contest. They later took advantage of a three-minute illegal stick penalty on CVU to score twice and take the lead for good.
Spencer wound up with three goals for the Redhawks, while O’Brien and Reichert also scored.
Eric Palmer made 10 stops in the CVU net.