Young CVU girls lacrosse squad building off defense (4/16/09)

April 16, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

With a new coach on the sidelines, the Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse team ventured into its 2009 schedule Wednesday. The good news: The game was at the home field. The uncertain news: The foe was defending state champion Middlebury Union High.

The results of the game would not be known until after press deadline.

Julie Sloan, after five years as junior varsity coach at Mount Mansfield Union High, where she still teaches, is the Redhawks’ new pilot.

She said by telephone Monday evening that she considers her 24-member varsity to be “a very young team,” even though 10 are returning from last season’s unit.

Overall, the coach said she is building from the defense forward and that the group has considerable talent and athleticism.

“I hope and think we can compete with the better teams,” Sloan said.

She is looking for scoring from sophomores Gillian Shelley and Amanda Kinneston, junior Erika Gobeille and senior Michaela Cornbrooks.

Leading midfield candidates include senior Ellie Beckett and sophomore Devan Wilkins.

Back on defense is junior KK Logan, who has been cleared to play after some nine months of recovery from a knee injury suffered last fall in field hockey. Sophomore Aubrey Deavitt is also a leading contender for the back line.

The goaltending position is still up for grabs, with freshman Mikaela Gobeille one of the contenders.

Tri-captains are Beckett, Cornbrooks and Erika Gobeille.

On Friday, the Redhawks will travel to Burlington High for a 4:30 p.m. contest before taking vacation week off, with a home session against Rutland High scheduled for Saturday, April 25.