May 15th, 2014
By Mal Boright
A little night work proved successful Tuesday as the defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team nipped Essex High 6-4 and boosted its victory streak to six games and overall record to 8-1.
Coach Dave Trevithick’s combine will be right back in action Thursday with a trip to St. Johnsbury Academy. On Saturday, the Redhawks motor to Middlebury to test the 8-2 Tigers in the makeup of a previous postponement.
At Essex, CVU bolted to a 5-0 halftime advantage, but then got stalled by the 3-6 Hornets in the second half before coming away with a narrow two-goal triumph over a team it drilled 16-2 in the season opener on the University of Vermont’s turf field.
Elliott Mitchell and Matt Palmer popped two scores apiece for the winners, while Zack Evans and Griffin DiParlo each bagged goals.
CVU cage keeper Owen Hudson made 12 stops, while the Redhawks unloaded 24 shots on the Essex net.
Friday, the Redhawks, playing at their hillside home, rolled past challenger South Burlington High 11-6 in what Trevithick called “a quality win.”
It was the first in-state defeat for the 9-2 Rebels, who had nipped CVU 9-8 earlier in the campaign on the South Burlington turf.
After trailing 1-0 into the second quarter, the CVU offense came alive after Dylan Schaefer deposited a sidewinder special past Rebel goalie Mike Blauvert (10 saves) with just under nine minutes to go in the half.
The Redhawks then got ripping, so to speak. After taking a 3-1 lead into the halftime coach’s chat, CVU watched South Burlington close to within 4-3 and then put on the jets with a six-goal burst to take command.
Palmer was the top popper with three goals. Mitchell scored twice and added one official assist while setting up two other scores with sharp passing from left wing in the offensive zone.
Griffin DiParlo also scored twice, while Nevin DiParlo had a goal and two helpers. Dylan Schaeffer, Hoyt McCuin and Evans were also CVU goal getters.
Hudson had nine often-spectacular stops in the Redhawks’ net, earning plaudits from his coach.
“He makes all the saves he needs to make and all the ones he shouldn’t be making,” said Trevithick.