The Champlain Valley Union High school boys accomplished a rare lacrosse feat over the weekend: A shutout.
The Redhawks’ 13-0 blanking of Spaulding on Saturday epitomizes a team that’s been rock-solid in the defensive end all spring.
CVU (8-3) has allowed an average of 5.27 goals a game this season, five times holding opponents to four goals or fewer. The Redhawks yielded a combined two goals in victories over Rutland and BFA-St. Albans. And they were also stout defensively in a 5-4 overtime loss to Hanover, N.H. during the opening game of the season.
Ryan Beaudry, Cam Harris, Jack Hall, Warren Grunvald and Mike Ford are players anchoring the defense for a CVU team that’s won seven of last eight games, the lone setback in that span against Essex. Owen Hudson worked a five-save shutout against Spaulding.
CVU coach Dave Trevithick said the defense was also a big part of an 11-5 win over Mount Mansfield this week.
“(MMU) controlled the clock in the first half,” Trevithick said. “There was a six-minute stretch where they contolled the ball, but our defense hung tight.”
Patriots making noise
Mount Anthony coach Paul Reif said the Patriots came on strong during the second half of last season.
Carrying the momentum into this spring, a roster loaded with 11 seniors has rocketed to a 9-1 start and is the top-ranked Division I team in the Vermont Principals’ Association index.
“We’ve really grown as a team, and have great character and leadership this year,” Reif said.
The Patriots have won all their big games by one-goal margins, including a 6-5 triumph over Woodstock earlier this month. They will get a chance to avenge a 7-5 loss to Brattleboro on Tuesday.
With seniors leading the way in most areas of the field, MAU’s attack has been fueled by a pair of juniors and sophomore Damon Young, the team’s leading scorer at about five goals a game.
“The guys really started buying into what we’re trying to do halfway through last year,” Reif said. “This year we’ve haven’t missed a beat. We’ve been fighting through injuries, and a few games have been closer than I would have liked, but these guys never quit.”