Thursday June 12, 2014
Girl’s Lacrosse #1
It was a familiar sight Saturday afternoon at Castleton State College, as the Rebels were once again crowned Division 1 State Champions after dominating challenger Burr and Burton 14-4. Sarah Fisher, who has been the focal point of the Rebel’s offense throughout the season, delivered another game-high scoring performance, netting four goals and contributing three assists in the victory. South Burlington and Burr and Burton were deadlocked at a 2-2 tie in the second quarter before the Rebels broke the game open with four unanswered scores. Ashley Norris and Courtney Johnson also got in on the scoring action; both Rebels added a trio of goals in the game, with Norris also dishing out a pair of assists. Shannon Flaherty and Alex Rosenberger wrapped up South Burlington’s scoring on the afternoon with a goal apiece. Burr and Burton managed a second half goal to cut South Burlington’s lead to 8-3, but a confident Rebel defense shut the team down in the second half, while the offense poured on another six goal onslaught to seal the victory. “Our defensive core of Sage Barton, Haley Worgan, Meghan Mostyn, and Natalie Trono did what they’ve done all season, simply shut down the other team’s offense.” said South Burlington coach Anjie Soucy. Courtney Barrett stepped up and held off the few quality shot attempts BBA managed to take. She also made a key interception on a pass to a wide open player that she transitioned up the field quickly to Fisher on the far end, which was a huge momentum changer in the game.” Soucy also emphasized the complete team element of Saturday’s win, adhering to the old adage that offense wins games, but defense wins championships. “The trio of XiXi Halvorson-Phelan, Alex Rosenberger, and Kimmy Norris played amazing throughout the playoffs, putting immense pressure on the other team’s transitions and they did it again in the final. The three worked tirelessly and created numerous turnovers to regain possession for our team.” The Rebels wrap up their season with a fourth straight state championship and a 14-5 record on the season. “Overall, the girls played amazing.” said Soucy “This was a very special season that tested the strength of the team, and they never gave up!”
The Rebels jumped out to an early lead in this past Saturday’s championship game against CVU, but couldn’t seal the deal as the Redhawks mounted a furious comeback to upend the Rebels 11-8. The Rebels built a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, and extended it to 6-1 with just over four minutes remaining in the half. The Redhawks struck a critical blow in the final minutes, with three straight unanswered goals that sent CVU into the locker room down 6-4, but with momentum on their side. By the fourth quarter, CVU had knotted the contest at 7-7. The Rebels briefly reclaimed the lead on a score by Jackson Hall, but the Redhawks went on a 4-0 run in the final 9:03 to seize the championship victory.
“The Rebel tribe represented honorably in the state championship.” said South Burlington coach Gar Smith. “Our boys kept fighting the whole time but, as it happens in lacrosse, the ball bounced in favor of the Redhawks about three more times than it did for us. Defensively, goalie Mike Blauvelt and senior captain Zach Piper played like a wall in the championship game. I am so proud of these young men and what they have achieved. Their season continues to motivate the next generation of Rebel Tribe lacrosse to excel on and off the field,” said Smith. Cam Nolting, Dylan Avery, and Jackson Hall all finished the game with two scores, while Willy Champagne and Kyle Murakami each netted a goal. Blauvelt finished the game with nine saves. South Burlington wraps up its season with a 15-3 record.
The season came to a bitter end for South Burlington on Saturday, as the Rebels were overmatched in the Division 1 championship game at Centenial Field in a 15-3 loss to Rice. Connor Bradley took the mound for South Burlington, giving up six runs in two and two-thirds innings. The Rebels went deep into their rotation trying to find an answer for the Green Knights, using five pitchers in the contest. However, six errors by South Burlington crippled any chances for a comeback and Rice built a 9-0 lead by the fourth inning. Matt Baechle went 2-4 at the plate for South Burlington, fighting to get his team back in the game with a two-run single in the fifth inning the cut the Green Knight’s lead to 9-3. However, Rice put the game out of reach in the sixth inning, when the Green Knights scored six runs to solidify their championship victory. Ryan Burt went 2-3 in the game, driving in South Burlington’s first score on a fourth inning triple. Zach Dichard also connected well, going 3-3 at the plate. The disappointing championship loss wraps up South Burlington’s season with a 14-6 record. Rice’s fifteen runs in the championship game represents the second highest total scored in D-I finals history.