Thursday May 29, 2014
South Burlington celebrated a victory in the doubles tennis final this past Saturday. Jasmina Jusufagic and Anna Wulfson teamed up to defeat CVU’s Elyse Killkelley and Isabelle Angstman 5-7, 6-1, 10-5. The Rebels took a victory in the third-place doubles match, which saw South Burlington’s Delaney Spink and Taylor Gloyd shutting down Burlington’s team of Meredith LaBracio and Zoe Drummond for the win.
South Burlington took two more tough losses this past week. The Rebels struggled to generate offense in a 10-1 loss to Vergennes, before going down swinging in a 20-12 loss to Mount Mansfield. Breanna Deavitt provided the bulk of her team’s offense in Thursday’s loss to the 10-2 Commodores, connecting for a single and a double at the plate. Liz Sargent continued to pitch aggressively for her team, striking out five batters through four and a third innings. The Rebel batters had little trouble connecting against the Cougars on Saturday. Deavitt was once again instrumental at the plate, going 3-5 in the game and driving in two RBI’s. Alex Groen contributed two hits and two RBI’s, while teammate Maddie Baldwin had two hits and drove in a run. South Burlington held a 12-9 lead, but an impressive eleven run surge by Mount Mansfield left the Rebels in an insurmountable deficit. With the pair of losses, South Burlington falls to 4-9 on the season.
South Burlington got another dominant pitching performance from their ace, Connor Bradley, this past Saturday. The junior struck out eight Mount Mansfield batters to help lead South Burlington to a 7-1 win. As Bradley shut down Cougar bats from the mound, teammate Jason Gaines led South Burlington offensively, connecting three times in his four plate appearances. Matt Baechle, Max Smith and Ryan Burt all had two hits apiece in the game, with Burt crushing a homerun to help break the contest open for South Burlington. The Rebels capitalized on a five-run second inning and finished out the game with crisp, fundamental defensive effort to claim their ninth win of the season. The Cougars got on the board thanks to a homerun of their own by Ben Hayes, but these power-hitting theatrics did little to slow down a South Burlington team that seems to only improve with the progression of the season. With the win, the Rebels improve to 9-5.
Mount Mansfield’s girls lacrosse team had been up to just about every challenge so far this season, but shutting down South Burlington’s Sarah Fisher this past Saturday wasn’t one of them. Fisher netted a game-deciding six goals in the Rebels 8-6 win, while assisting on another score. Ashley Norris had a goal and an assist and Shannon Flaherty also scored to help tie the game at 6-6 midway through the final period of regulation. Fisher netted her final two scores in the last ten minutes of the fourth quarter to break the tie and give the Rebels their ninth win of the season, putting a halt to a five game winning streak by an equally impressive 9-2 Mount Mansfield program. Courtney Barrett made fourteen saves in the game to help South Burlington preserve the win.
While inclement weather kept South Burlington off the fields this past week, the Rebels and coach Gar Smith took it as an opportunity to tie up loose ends in practice before a daunting stretch of games against Essex, BFA, and Spaulding. “Right now we are trying to finish up our season and are working hard to continue to improve on both ends of the field as we get ready for the playoffs,” said Smith. “At this point in the season, we are asking players to expand their roles to not only be more dynamic individually, but as a team.” Examples of this can be seen in the additional work load taken on by Smith’s core of veteran players, who are not only filling new roles on the field, but are stepping up to create a whole new dimension to the South Burlington playbook. “Three year starting defenseman Malik Hines has moved to attack, and has logged six goals and two assists in two games,” said Smith. “This move adds depth to our roster and develops our ability to show different personnel packages to opposing teams. I have always encouraged my athletes to be complete lacrosse players, not specialized but well rounded, and able to manage a variety of situations. We practice with attack men honing their defensive skills and long sticks handling the ball in tight quarters.” Hines is filling in for injured starting attack man Dylan Avery, South Burlington’s second leading scorer on the season. However, true to Smith’s mantra of individual and team, the switch has highlighted a new dynamic to a gifted defensive player. More importantly, the Rebels have won their last two games against Middlebury and Mount Mansfield to improve to 10-2 on the season. “We’re right where we need to be and the boys are dialed in,” said Smith. “The end of the regular season and the playoffs should be a fun time!”
SOURCE: Peter Culkin, Correspondent