June 4, 2009
By Mal Boright
After going 0-14 for the season, the Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse team went into the Division 1 playoffs Wednesday looking for that elusive initial victory, and perhaps more.
The scenario was not all that grim.
Lately, the Redhawks have been putting the ball into the net, averaging better than 10 points a game in their last four outings. That includes a narrow 12-11 loss to Spaulding High of Barre on May 23 in which CVU led by a goal with less than five minutes to play.
The foe for Wednesday’s game — set to be played after press deadline — was sixth-seeded Essex High (10-6). The 11th and last-seeded Redhawks were on familiar ground in that they lost to the Hornets at their nest last Wednesday by a 14-11 tally.
In that game, the youthful offense got cracking behind five goals from sophomore Amanda Kinneston, four by junior Erika Gobeille and two from sophomore Lizzy Betz.
CVU led at the half, only to fall behind as Julie Pearl paced the Hornets with three scores and a trio of assists.
Friday night, under the lights in South Burlington, the Redhawks fell to the Rebels 21-10 despite a five-goal outburst from sizzling sophomore Gillian Shelley.
Betz canned two more pointers, while Kinneston, Gobeille and junior Emily Shaw each notched one.