May 14: Rebel Recap

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Thursday May 14, 2015

Boys Lacrosse

The Rebels picked up a pair of wins this past week, traveling to Colchester to defeat the Lakers last Tuesday, before returning home Friday to pull out a double overtime thriller against CVU.

Ben Sievers and Dylan Avery each had four goals apiece and added an assist in South Burlington’s 16-3 victory over Colchester. Nick Licinsky and Kyle Murakami also added a pair of goals, while Cam Nolting added two goals and six assists. Mike Blauvelt made seven saves as the Rebels easily handled the 3-6 Lakers.

Murakami had three more scores in last Friday’s 8-7 double overtime shootout against the Redhawks of CVU. Sievers also contributed three scores in the game, while teammate Max Capano added two goals and an assist. The Rebels and the Redhawks were knotted 7-7 into the second period of overtime, when Murakami unleashed the deciding score just two minutes into the period to claim the contest for South Burlington. Blauvelt made fourteen stops defensively to help put his team in a position to win the game. The matchup was a rematch of last year’s Division I final, and the second time that the Rebels have beaten the Redhawks this season. With the two victories, the Rebels improve to 7-3 on the season. The team travels to Mount Mansfield to face the Cougars on Tuesday, 5/19.

Girls Lacrosse

South Burlington outpaced Middlebury 13-6 last Saturday. Sarah Fisher carried her team with five goals and two assists in the contest, while teammate Kimmy Norris chipped in a pair of scores. Goalie Danielle Boucher stood up to continuous offensive pressure from the Tigers, making seventeen saves to thwart a Middlebury comeback attempt. South Burlington head coach Anjie Soucy was impressed with her team’s performance, but saw it as a natural progression of the skills and strategies that the team has been building on throughout the season. “The team is making huge strides.” said Soucy “All three freshmen on the team, Joan Vera, Grace Hoehl, and Willow Yager are contributing nicely, along with new sophomores Annika Nielsen and Melissa Valgoi. Senior goalie Danielle Boucher was outstanding in both games this week. Meanwhile, our returning core of starters, including Norris, Fisher, Casey Johnson, Xixi Halvorson-Phelan, Meghan Mostyn, and Natalie Trono are showing tremendous patience and determination to keep the team on a fast track to improvement.” The Rebels are 6-2 at the mid-point of their season and, according to Soucy, “are pleased where we’re at and where we’re headed.” The team travels to Essex this Saturday 5/16 to test their caliber against the Hornets.

Baseball

The Rebels got off to a strong start against Colchester last week, capitalizing on a four-run first inning and then maintaining a solid defense throughout the game to stop the Lakers 4-3. Noah Barton and Eddie Hockenbury keyed South Burlington’s scoring, driving in runs in their first-inning performance at the plate. Connor Bradley delivered another strong pitching performance from the mound for his team, working through more than five innings and giving up just six hits, while striking out eight. Henry Cunningham also hit the ball well for his team, ripping a triple for the Rebels in the sixth inning.

An eighth inning walk off single gave the Essex Hornets the edge over the Rebels in a 5-4 road loss last Thursday. The game changing hit undid a strong day at the plate for South Burlington; Henry Cunningham led the Rebels, going 3-4 at the plate. Connor Bradley, Brendan Lahue, and Max McDowell each doubled in the contest. Eddie Hockenbury took the loss after coming on in relief.

The Rebels bounced back to orchestrate their own walk-off victory Saturday in a 2-1 win against St. Johnsbury. Jake Mann delivered a pinch-hit, bases loaded single to put teammate Henry Cunningham across the plate for the deciding score. Connor Bradley delivered a game defining performance for the Rebels from the mound, tossing a complete game one-hitter and mowing down the Hilltoppers to the tune of fifteen strikeouts. Bradley also went 2-3 at the plate for South Burlington. With the victory, the Rebels improve to 6-3 on the season. The team hits a stretch of five straight road games this week, which begins 5/14 when they travel to face Mt. Abraham.

Softball

The Rebels had a few flashes of excellence in last week’s game against Colchester, but it wasn’t enough to keep the team’s two game winning streak alive as South Burlington fell in a 14-1 loss. Abby Dubuque led South Burlington at the plate with two singles in the game. Sienna Eisenhart singled, and launched a homerun in the seventh inning to score South Burlington’s only run of the contest. Becky Borazzo pitched five innings for South Burlington, giving up eleven hits and striking out three Colchester batters.

The Rebels continued to struggle last Thursday against Essex, falling to the Hornets on the road 4-0. Essex capitalized on four straight doubles in the fifth inning to generate three of their runs. The Hornets belted eight hits in the game, with five of the connections going for doubles. South Burlington managed just three hits in the game, as the Hornets improve to 8-0 on the season. Becky Borazzo pitched six innings in the loss.

Boys Golf

The Rebels persevered through a challenging and hectic schedule this past week, taking part in the Patriot Invitational, a head-to-head team match against North Country, and participating in the inaugural West Bolton Shootout.

Last Tuesday, the team traveled to the Mt. Anthony Country Club and finished second overall as a team, with a total score of 329. Devon Havers led the team, shooting an 80 on the day and followed by teammates Chase Sharpe (81), Alec Gelfenbein (83), and Noah Beatty (85). South Burlington trailed only Rutland on the afternoon, whose team finished with a 315 total score.

South Burlington suffered its first loss in a head-to-head match this season when they took on North Country last Friday. The Falcons took advantage of their home course to shoot a 315, besting South Burlington’s 333. Alec Gelfenbein delivered a career low performance to lead the Rebels with a 77. Gelfenbein was followed by teammates Beatty (80), Evan Geremia (81), and Kyle McClane (95).

The team bounced back the next day at the West Bolton Shootout, posting a course-leading score of 329. Sharpe led the South Burlington pack with an 80, followed by Havers (81), Geremia (83), and Beatty (85). The team travels to compete at the Cedar Knoll course this Friday, 5/15.

SOURCE: Peter Caulkin, Correspondent