Thursday October 31, 2013
South Burlington dominated every facet of Friday night’s matchup against St. Albans, as the Rebels defeated the Bobwhites 41-0. Senior Tanner Contois played in just the first half of the game, and still rushed for 222 yards on the ground and touchdown. Quarterback Hunter Riehle had one of his best games of the season against St. Albans. After the Rebels were shut down on their first offensive series, the senior orchestrated a drive down the field, capping it with a two yard touchdown run to put South Burlington up 7-0. Riehle connected on touchdown passes on his next three drives, including strikes of 23 and 24 yards to wide receiver Max Smith and a 28 yard score to Cam Nolting. The Bobwhites had no defensive answer for South Burlington’s high powered offense. Riehle led his team through the air and with his legs, finishing the game 5-11 for 82 yards and three scores and rushing for 17 yards and two more touchdowns.
The Rebel’s season came to an end Monday, October 23rd as South Burlington fell in a 1-0 loss to third-seeded Rice. South Burlington played strong defense throughout the game, but the Green Knights scored the deciding goal with just six minutes remaining in the contest. While South Burlington’s offense struggled to get on track, goalie Morgan Mahar weathered a storm in goal and delivered an outstanding defensive performance. Mahar made 15 saves for South Burlington, who end their season with a 5-10 record. The Green Knights improve to 11-3-1.
Essex upended South Burlington in the playdowns round of the playoffs 3-2. The Rebels were in an early 2-0 hole, but second half goals by Chris Trivieres and Chaney Nash-Gibney tied the game in the second half. Essex’ Brayden Nielson struck a late goal for the Hornets, scoring with 90 seconds remaining to break the tie and give Essex a playoff victory. Kyle MacDonald made four saves in goal for South Burlington, who end their season with an 8-7 record.
The Rebels had one more classic matchup in their ongoing field hockey rivalry with CVU. The game was defined by excellent defensive play and both teams were held scoreless through the first 59 minutes of the contest. With twenty-eight seconds on the clock, South Burlington lined up for a penalty corner. Casey Johnson delivered a precision pass to teammate Courtney Barrett, and Barrett, who has been one of the Rebel’s strongest scorers throughout the season, fired it past a diving Redhawks goalie to give South Burlington the decisive 1-0 victory. Alex Warshaw made four saves in goal for the Rebels. With the victory, the Rebels advance in the playoffs with a 7-5-3 record, while CVU ends its season at 8-3-4.