April 21: Rebel Recap

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Thursday April 21, 2016

Girls Lacrosse

The Rebels are now on a roll after a slow start to the year. The team is on a three game winning streak after defeating BFA and Spaulding on the road, and Rutland at home. Coach Anjie Soucy is excited about how her team is playing. “Attackers Ava Hultgren, Kimmy Norris, and Casey Johnson all had solid performances this week. Midfielders Annika Nielsen, Willow Yager, and Joan Vera are gelling as a group and contributing nicely on both ends of the field. The Rebel defense is coming into it’s own and Junior Julia Finnegan had a stellar week,” she said

The girls lacrosse team spent the first half of April vacation in Bradenton, Florida to train at IMG Academy. They played five hours of lacrosse each day and participated in classroom sessions on leadership, mental toughness, and nutrition. Their next game is on the home field against Mt. Mansfield on April 27.

Boys Lacrosse

The Rebels entered April vacation with a 2-1 record after defeating MMU 11-3 in their last contest. Goalie “Moose” Hockenbury led the winning effort with16 saves. On the other side of the field, Murakami (4 goals and 2 assists), Calvin Hultgren (4 goals), Max Capano (2 goals and 2 assists), and Nick Licsinsky (1 goal and 2 assists) paved the way for the scoring spree. The Rebels next game is at home versus Salmon River, NY on April 23. “They are a strong team, we play them annually…,” says Coach Gar Smith. “We have never beaten them, but last year lost by 1, so we are ready for a battle.”

Softball

The Rebel softball team opened the season with a wild game against visiting Mount Mansfield. The game opened with a solid start from pitcher Becky Borazza, who set down the first three batters of the Cougar lineup. The Rebels continued the fast start with two runs, including an RBI double by Kaity Groen. The Rebels led 4-3 at the top of the fifth inning, but MMU’s bats responded with five hits and five runs, putting them up 8-4 over the Rebels. Groen, Katie Bose, and Jenna Bouchard led a rally and fought to within one run, but MMU finished the game with a seven run seventh inning and the Rebels were unable to respond. The back and forth game ended in MMU’s favor, but Coach Seth McQuade is excited for the season. “Even with the loss the Rebels showed that they are going to compete and be a tough team to beat,” he said. Their next game is at Vergennes on April 21.

Baseball

The Rebels baseball team is 1-0 after it squeaked out a win against Mount Mansfield, 2-1. Ben Tate earned the win at pitcher while Noah Barton scored the go-ahead run. John Thibault earned the save. Steven Levite led the way with three singles and Jake Mann was 1-3 with an RBI. Their next game is at Vergennes on April 21.

Ultimate Frisbee

The Rebels Ultimate team opened the year in the win column with a 14-13 thriller versus visiting Essex. Nevil Desai had the game winning goal, 3 helpers and a D, while teammates Luke Beatty (1 goal and 4 assists) and Brandon Tran (2 goals, 2 assists and 1 D) helped lift the Rebels to the win. The next Rebel Ultimate game is Tuesday, April 26 against Middlebury.

Boys Tennis 

The Rebel boys tennis team is 2-0 on the season after two victories over local rivals Burlington and Rice. Burlington proved to be a good challenge early in the year, and it took a huge win by Clark Deng at number five singles to lift the Rebels over the Seahorses, 4-3. The Rebels then defeated Rice 6-1. Freshman Sam Walker is off to an excellent start in his freshman year, going 2-0 at number three singles.

Girls Tennis

The Rebels tennis team is rolling to a strong start this spring. They are now 3-0 on the season after handily defeating Rice 6-1 and Burlington 7-0. Their next contest is at CVU on April 25.

Track and Field

The Rebels hosted Spaulding, Northfield, and Montpelier for an early spring meet. Thirteen athletes broke personal records at the meet, which is rare on a cold April day. Pravesh Sharma Dahal (3), Brandon Lee (3), Bryce Neuman (2), and Brennan Hanson (2) broke personal records in multiple events.

On the boys side, six athletes found themselves in the top 10 performances since 2005. On the overall list: Bobby Hall #10 in 800m (2:05.22), Brennan Hanson #5 in 300m Hurdles (42.67), and Brennan Hanson #9 in LJ (18-6). On the freshmen list: Ben Kndusen #10 in 200 (27.85), Lucas Calcagni #9 in 1500 (4:42.72), and Seth Cournoyer #3 in Shot Put 35-7.75)

On the girls side, Cora Kakalec and Madison Fornasier had strong performances in the 100 meters, while Katherine Yang opened her season with a strong performance in the long jump. Girls Coach Nate Bradbury was pleased with the team’s effort in the cold weather. “Given the temperature outside, these performances were even more impressive,” he said. Their next event is at home on April 26.

SOURCE: Drew Gordan, Correspondent