Thursday May 15, 2014
South Burlington split the two games it played this past week, defeating Colchester last Tuesday 15-4 before falling to CVU this past Saturday 11-6. South Burlington controlled the play early, shutting down the Redhawks in the first quarter and taking a 1-0 lead. CVU, eager to avenge last month’s 9-8 loss to the Rebels, tied the game just three minutes into the second period. After taking a 4-3 into the third period, CVU scored six unanswered goals, capitalizing on South Burlington miscues to put the game out of reach. Dylan Avery led South Burlington with two scores against the Redhawks, while Cam Nolting, Hank Collins, Willy Champagne, and Ben Sievers all scored. When asked about what the Rebels would be looking to improve on after their first Metro League defeat, Coach Gar Smith stressed the importance of improving ball control, while decreasing unforced errors. “We allowed CVU to gain momentum while the clock ticked away.” said Smith “We have huge games coming up against Middlebury and Essex that we need to win in order to solidify our playoff standing.” The CVU loss is just the second of the season for the Rebels, who fall to 8-2.
It was a tough week for South Burlington, with the Rebels absorbing three straight losses to Rice, Mount Mansfield, and Middlebury. It came down to a single goal in all three contests, as the Rebels took the Green Knights and the Cougars into overtime, falling 12-11 in both matchups, before losing to the Tigers 9-8 in regulation. The Rebels, who were missing several key starters through the stretch due to injuries and illness, continued to battle with tenacity and determination. “Senior captain Ashley Norris single-handedly turned the MMU game around for us after we were trailing 6-0.” said South Burlington head coach Anjie Soucy “Junior defenders Natalie Trono and Meghan Mostyn are stepping up and have been pivotal on defense. Senior co-captain Courtney Barrett made forty-eight saves in goal throughout the three contests, and gave us opportunities to win all three games.” Other bright spots for South Burlington this past week included junior Sarah Fisher scoring her hundredth career goal against Middlebury on Saturday, as well as the play of freshman Kimmy Norris, who scored a goal in each of the three games and “is making nice plays in transition,” according to Soucy. The Rebels face two big games this week, traveling to face CVU before returning home to face Essex.
The Rebels broke open a close game with Essex with a sixth-inning eight run deluge to defeat the Hornets 11-2 this past Thursday. Junior Connor Bradley was masterful from the mound in the four innings he pitched for South Burlington. Bradley gave up one hit to the Hornets and struck out six batters to earn the victory. Matt Baechle led South Burlington from the plate, going 3-4 and crossing the plate twice for his team. With the win, South Burlington improves to 5-4 on the season.
The Rebels took another double digit beating this past week, falling 21-1 to Essex in five innings. Julia Templeton scored South Burlington’s lone run, while Liz Sargent took the loss from the mound. With the loss, South Burlington falls to 3-4 on the season.