Tough tests await CVU boys lax combine (4/30/09)

April 30, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The lacrosse rocket known as the Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team will find some possible turbulence in the next few days as the schedule enters a challenging time.

With a perfect 6-0 record following Tuesday’s rain-dampened, 10-3 home triumph over 2-4 Mount Mansfield Union High, the Redhawks will be home Friday to a strong Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans team.

On Monday, coach Dave Trevithick and his laxmen make the short trip to Essex High for their first meeting of the season with the defending state champion Hornets, the team that has nipped them in the last two Division 1 title contests.

In caging the Cougars Tuesday, the Redhawks took control of the game from Tim Reichert’s (as usual) capture of the opening face off. Dominating first period play, Jake Marston, Nick Hart and Sam Spencer all scored for a 3-0 lead by the start of the second period. The lead was increased to 5-0 at the half.

Hart finished with his first three-score game of the campaign. Reichert got two tallies. Spencer, Marston, Dean Priest, Nate Wells and Peter Hiser had a goal apiece.

Eric “The Stopper” Palmer made 15 saves in the CVU cage.

In Saturday’s 10-3 victory at Rutland, Spencer and Marston bagged three goals each to pace the Redhawks’ invasion of southern territory.

Thus far in its early season rumble, CVU has struck for 64 goals, an average of better than 10 per outing, while giving up but 26, or 4.3 per game.