Field hockey opens playoffs at home10/16/08

Oct. 16, 2008

Seeded second in the Division I postseason tournament, the Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team will meet either seventh-seeded Colchester High (7-5-2) or 10th-seeded Rutland High (3-9-2) in Hinesburg at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Colchester and Rutland played Wednesday, after press deadline, for the right to advance and meet the Redhawks. The game was at Colchester.

While not facing Rutland this season, CVU (9-2-3) tripped up Colchester 1-0 early in the regular season at the Lakers’ field. The teams tied 2-2 on Sept. 27 at the Redhawks’ spread.

Coach Kate McDonald’s Hawks got the second seed despite being tied in division rankings with Essex High (11-3), which drew third seed. CVU beat the Hornets twice during the regular season.

Top seed went to undefeated Hartford High (13-0-1).

The Redhawks attempt at a 10th regular season victory for the first time as a Division I team was dashed last Thursday by Mount Mansfield Union High. The 2-9-2 Cougars scored with five minutes left in regulation to forge a 2-2 deadlock in Jericho Center.

Lucy Barrett and Kelsey Gagnon (5th goal) scored for CVU, which held an 11-9 advantage in shots on goal.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent