Redhawks upset in quest for championship (11/5/09)

Defeat ends an otherwise splendid season

Nov. 5, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The quest for an undefeated Division 1 championship campaign came up a goal short Saturday afternoon on a rainy, windy afternoon in Castleton, but Champlain Valley Union High field hockey coach Kate McDonald and her Redhawks could still look back on a momentous autumn.


    Courtesy photo by Chris Powell
Champlain Valley Union High field hockey players (from left) Aubrey Deavitt, Elizabeth Goddette, Kelsey Jensen and Louise Gibbs set up to defend a shot from Hartford High. The two teams met Saturday at Castleton State College for a rematch of the Division 1 championship. Hartford took home the title, avenging last year’s loss.


    Observer photo by Greg Duggan
Kathryn Powell controls the ball during CVU’s semifinal win over Mount Anthony Union High on Thursday.

Hartford High, the team CVU clocked 3-0 last year in the title test at the University of Vermont, kept the Redhawks off the score sheet Saturday to emerge with a 1-0 win, ending CVU’s quest for a perfect 17-0 record.

Oddly, CVU’s win last year was the lone 2008 loss for the Hurricanes.

There shall be many moonlights in Vermont before another field hockey team puts together statistics similar to those compiled by this edition of Redhawks.

Let us count the ways:

> A total of 46 goals scored to but five for the opposition.

> Nary a ball past goalie Elizabeth Goddette in the Redhawks’ nine home games.

> Twelve shutouts in 17 outings, with no foe scoring more than once.

> Three overtime victories, all of them on the road by 2-1 scores and all won by KK Logan tallies in the added time.

In the championship battle, CVU took the play to Hartford but the Hurricanes’ scrambling defenders limited the Redhawks to three shots at goalie Sara Binshadler, who blocked all three.

The lone goal came nearly 10 minutes into the first half from a penalty corner when Hartford’s Ashley Brown accomplished something only four other players had all year: Drive a ball past Goddette and the CVU defense.

The senior net minder had two stops in the contest.

“We put on a ton of pressure,” McDonald said to the media after the game. “Their (Hurricanes) defense was really strong; they had good stick work.”

CVU earned the trip to the crowning match last Thursday with a 2-0 victory over a well-traveled Mount Anthony Union High of Bennington team. The semifinal was played at South Burlington High’s turf field.

The game had been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Redhawks’ Hinesburg digs, which were determined to be too rain drenched for such an important contest. South Burlington’s field was available for a 6 p.m. game that night but other considerations forced the postponement until Thursday. The delay made for a long trip home and back for the road-weary Patriots.

Logan scored her 14th goal of the season midway through the first half and Louise Gibbs tapped in a cross 53 seconds before intermission to take care of the scoring. It was Gibbs’ fifth counter.

The Redhawks out shot the Patriots 10-2 and generally dominated territorial play.

“We changed some of our plays for this one,” said Kelsey Jensen, the Redhawks veteran midfielder and long ball swatter in chief.

Jensen (4 goals, 6 assists), Logan, Emmaleigh Loyer (11 goals, 13 assists), Goddette, Mirielle Kelley (3 goals), Kathryn Powell (defense, 2 goals, 5 assists), Kelcey Lamphere (3 goals) and Maggie Ryan (1 goal, 4 assists) will be springtime graduates.