May 8: Rebel Recap

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Thursday May 08, 2014

Game and Match Results from April 24 - May 4

Boys Lacrosse 

South Burlington lacrosse pulled off a narrow 9-8 victory Thursday night against the previously undefeated CVU Redhawks. The Rebels got a clutch offensive performance from Cam Nolting, who scored four goals and netted the tie-breaking score with under three minutes in the game to help South Burlington secure the victory. Willy Champagne had three goals in the contest, as the Rebels improved to a perfect 4-0 with the victory. Mike Blauvelt made twelve saves in the game to stave off the Redhawks.     

Salmon River crossed state lines to face off against South Burlington and were determined to leave Vermont with a victory. The Rebels entered Saturday’s game with a 4-0 record, and were equally determined to keep their winning streak intact. A furious second half comeback and some hard fought defense by Salmon River left South Burlington on the short end of the game’s final 12-8 score. The Rebels struck early with their patently explosive offense, netting six goals in the first half to put Salmon River at a 6-3 halftime deficit. Reliable attack man Cam Nolting led his team with four goals, while teammates Willy Champagne and Hank Collins each scored twice for the Rebels. Mike Blauvelt made thirteen saves in goal for South Burlington, but the defense couldn’t slow down Salmon River’s nine goal surge in the second half. With the loss, South Burlington fell to 4-1.

South Burlington bounced back from last week’s loss to Salmon River with three big wins this past week, beating Colchester and Essex on the road in 9-3 and 9-6 wins, respectively, before trouncing St. Johnsbury in a 22-2 home victory this past Saturday, May 3. The Rebels got consistent offensive performances from Cam Nolting and Willy Champagne, while getting key contributions and some big scores from Hank Collins, Sam Desautels, Jackson Hall, and Kyle Murakami. Collins and Avery each had three goals against the Hilltoppers, while John Murray stepped up in goal and made seven saves to help South Burlington cruise to victory. With these most recent victories, South Burlington improves to 7-1 on the season, and has the appearance of a team poised and ready to take on playoffs and overcome last season’s quarterfinal stumbling block. 

Girls Lacrosse

After a well deserved week of rest, the Rebels returned to action this past week and methodically dispatched Essex and Burlington in 18-7 and 11-6 wins to remain undefeated 6-0 on the season. Sarah Fisher continued her outstanding play on the regular season, netting four goals and contributing four assists in the win over Burlington, while Ava Hultgren and Emma Shefield stepped up to provide a new facet to South Burlington’s continually expanding offense. “The girls came back focused and the two wins over Burlington and Essex were great!” said Head Coach Anjie Soucy. “The defense has been solidified by juniors Natalie Trono and Megan Mostyn, alongside returning seniors Haley Worgan and Sage Barton. Courtney Barrett has been the pivotal backbone of the team that we expected. On attack, Sarah Fisher has been contributing not just by scoring multiple goals, but also doing a lot of things to control transitions and the draw. Freshman Ava Hultgren has really risen to the challenge of the varsity level and is learning how to play very well alongside Fisher.” The Rebels face a stretch of four straight road games, concluding with a trip to Middlebury Saturday, May 10 and CVU Wednesday,  May 14.   

Baseball 

The Rebels dialed in on the Thunderbird’s pitching from the very first inning last Wednesday. South Burlington used a ten-run first inning as a spring-board for their 22-9 victory over an overmatched Missisquoi. The Thunderbirds struggled to find a pitch that could fool the Rebels at the plate, as Spencer Lieberman, Paul Valgoi, Matt Baechle, and Gabe Simpatico all ripped extra base hits for their team in the contest. Baechle, Lieberman, and Simpatico finished with a pair of hits each in the game, while Patrick McMackin pitched a solid game from the mound for his team to earn the win. With the victory, South Burlington remains an undefeated 3-0 on the season. 

The Rebel’s undefeated bid came to an end against St. Albans in a 6-5 loss Friday thanks to some tactical small-ball by the Bobwhites and a costly error in the seventh that allowed BFA to escape with a win. The Rebels took a 3-0 lead into the fifth inning, thanks in part to an RBI-single by Connor Bradley. However, BFA came storming back with seven hits in the game and used a pair of bunts in the seventh inning to position themselves for the win. BFA tied the game at 5-5 on a squeeze play expertly laid down by Cody Parrah. When the Bobwhites bunted again with the following batter, the Rebels were able to track down the ball, but overthrew the connecting toss to first base, allowing the game deciding run. Reliever Matt Baechle took the loss for South Burlington, who fell to 3-1 on the season.

After a brilliant start to their season, the Rebels continued a treacherous skid this past week, losing three straight contests to Burlington, CVU, and Essex. While South Burlington hung tough in their 7-6 loss to the Seahorses, the Rebels got outscored 29-4 in a two day span in a 15-0 loss to the Redhawks last Friday and a 14-4 loss to the Hornets last Saturday. Gabe Simpatico and Connor Bradley contributed a pair of hits each in the loss to Essex, but these individual performances did little to turn the tide as the Rebels struggled to get back to early season form. South Burlington will have a chance to bounce back against Essex when the Rebels host the Hornets Thursday, May 8, before travelling to St. Johnsbury Saturday, May 10.

Softball 

South Burlington absorbed its first loss of the season last Wednesday, falling 16-5 against Missisquoi. The Thunderbirds did the bulk of their damage in the second inning, using a bases-clearing triple to spur on a ten-run onslaught against the Rebels. With the loss, South Burlington falls to 2-1. 

The Rebels took another hard loss Friday, falling 17-2 to BFA while struggling to find anything to hit against a masterful pitching performance.  The Bobwhites only gave up two hits to South Burlington in the game. St. Albans capitalized on extra base hits, including a pair of triples in the contest, and the matchup came to a conclusion after five innings. 

Maddie Baldwin, Julie Templeton, and Sienna Eisenhardt led the Rebels last Friday in a heartbreaking 17-15 loss to CVU that still saw South Burlington playing some of its best softball of the season. Baldwin and Templeton each contributed four hits in the game, while Eisenhardt had three hits in the game, including a monumental grand-slam to clear the bases for her team in the third inning. The loss evens South Burlington’s record to 3-3 on the season, but the Rebels and head coach Sean McQuade have to be encouraged by the gutsy, never-say-die style of play that the team exhibited this past week. 

Track and Field

The South Burlington boys team was in action this past Saturday at Essex. The Rebels took a team finish of sixth place out of the ten competing high schools. While South Burlington appeared a little shorthanded in the track events, the Rebel’s Calabe Kasupski and Phil Lyon helped lead their team with high ranking finishes in the field events. Lyon finished fifth in the shot-put, with a distance of 37-04.00 and had another fifth place finish in discus, throwing 108-00.

Kasupski edged out his teammate in the discus throw, finishing fourth with a distance of 110-03. The junior also registered a third place finish in throwing the javelin, with a distance of 119-07, as well as a second place finish in the 110m hurdles and pole vault. Another Rebel making an impact Saturday was Jack Church, who finished twelfth in shot-put out of twenty-two competitors, with a distance of 30-11.

Tennis

Both South Burlington’s boys and girls teams were set to face off against the Essex Hornets Wednesday, April 16, however, both matches were postponed. South Burlington tennis next faces Colchester and Burlington in regular season action. The girls team hosts the Lakers and travel to the Seahorses, with the boy’s team mirroring that schedule.