By Mal Boright
After absorbing their initial loss of season last Tuesday (May 5) to Middlebury Union, the Champlain Valley Union High girls’ lacrosse Redhawks have been on the prowl for prey.
And on Thursday and Saturday, they found it at their home nesting place in Hinesburg.
Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans popped in Thursday and departed with a 14-8 defeat in tow. Saturday, the Essex High Hornets got popped 12-4 by coach Becca Weiss’ rollicking crew.
The hunt went on the road this week. Monday’s session at Burlington High was postponed to Tuesday, which was followed Wednesday by a scheduled date at South Burlington High.
Entering the week with a 5-1 record, the Redhawks have a makeup road game at Rice Memorial High Friday. They return home Wednesday to meet Mount Mansfield Union, a team they nipped 11-10 earlier in the season at Jericho Center.
The win over Essex saw the Redhawks bolt to a 7-2 halftime edge with no let up following the intermission chat with the coaches.
Annie Keen and Megan Gannon, the junior jolters for the offense, were in high gear, Keen popping for five goals while Gannon fired home two scores and added three assists.
First year varsity coach Weiss said she is seeking to add depth for the Redhawks. She had it this day as junior Caroline Hern potted a pair of goals and passed for two assists. Senior co-captain Lily Schmoker scored twice and assisted on another.
Gannon put the Redhawks in front 2-1 on a slick back-handed effort with 10 minutes and 46 seconds to go in the first half, and it was all CVU after that as Keen scored three times and Hern then added her two goals in the final 2:13 for the solid halftime edge.
Any concerns about a second half comeback by the Hornets were put to rest when Emma Owens from behind the cage passed to Schmoker on the Essex doorstep for a tally in the first minute of the final half. Owens then passed to Keen for another score a little more than two minutes later and CVU was out of any potential troubles.
“Settle it down, settle it down,” called out Weiss during a hurried Redhawk offensive thrust later. Her charges did resort to “the cool and calculated” and controlled play for the remainder of the game.
Goalie Bailee Pudvar, also a junior, made eight saves, including a couple of doozies early in the contest which kept the Hornets from an early lead.
Pudvar also helped the defense by wandering out of the goal mouth to make plays and start offensive moves.
“I like getting out there and helping,” a grinning Pudvar said after the game.
Coach Weiss admitted that her netminder’s travels can occasionally lead to some graying of the hair.
Midfielder Taylor Filardi and defender Emma Plociennik had solid moments in breaking up the Hornets’ offensive patterns while midfielder Lydia Maitland, a freshman, had impressive offensive rushes.
Schmoker noted that this young team will “be back next year.”
The Redhawks have just four seniors and 16 juniors, sophomores and freshmen.