By Andrew Martin
CVU 17, BFA St. Albans 8 (June 2): Up by just two at the half, top-ranked CVU outscored No. 8 BFA St. Albans 9-2 after the break to pull away for the win in the Division 1 quarterfinals.
The two teams battled through a tight opening half with four ties before CVU finally took an 8-6 advantage into the locker room. Seniors Lydia Maitland and Bella Rieley racked up a total of 10 goals to lead the Redhawks; Maitland had six and Rieley four. Sara Kelley added two goals, Becca Provost, Mia Brumsted and Katie Gingras also scored; goalie Ali Wainer made seven saves.
Mary Cushing led BFA St. Albans with four goals, Lizzie Lumbra scored twice, Shelby Lang and Jenni Delarichie had one goal each. Haley Savage made 10 saves in goal.
CVU improved to 15-2 with the win; the No. 1 Redhawks were scheduled to host No. 5 South Burlington in the D-1 semifinals on Wednesday, after press time. CVU swept South Burlington in two regular-season matchups.
CVU 7, Spaulding 0 (June 5): No. 1 CVU blitzed fifth-ranked Spaulding, handily winning all five singles matches and both doubles, in the Division 1 semifinals to book the Redhawks their tenth-straight trip to the D-1 championship match.
CVU’s Stephanie Joseph beat Whitney Renaud in No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-3, and Corina Gorman beat Kelsey Nolan 6-0, 6-1. The CVU trio of Kendall Blanck, Renee Dauerman and Sophie Dauerman each easily handled their singles opponents, notching three 6-0, 6-0 wins over Spaulding’s Faith Redmond, Chloe Lamphere and Randi Dudley, respectively.
In doubles play, CVU’s Megan Watson/Maddie Huber beat Meghan Brier/Maddy Pletzer 6-2, 6-1 and Courtney Vincent/Ella Kenney beat Makayla Boisvert/Grace Paterson 6-3, 6-0.
Spaulding finishes the season 10-5; CVU improves to 15-0 and plays for the D-1 state championship against No. 6 South Burlington or No. 2 Burlington. Both were scheduled to finish their semifinal match Wednesday, after press time. The state championship tilt will be set following that semifinal.
CVU 7, Colchester 0 (May 31): No. 1 Champlain Valley Union rolled over ninth-ranked Colchester, sweeping all five singles matches and both doubles tilts, in the D-1 quarterfinals.
CVU’s Stephanie Joseph beat Colchester’s Megan Lagerquist 6-0, 6-2 in No. 1 singles and Sophie Dauerman easily dispatched Julia Pellegrino-Wood 6-0, 6-0. Other winners for the Redhawks were Kendall Blanck, who beat Jess Laquerre 6-0, 6-2, Renee Dauerman, who beat Gwen Reuscher 6-0, 6-0 and Corina Gormon, who beat Fiona Doherty 6-2, 6-1.
In doubles play, CVU’s Maddie Huber/Megan Watson beat Molly Echo/Lizzie Graeter 6-1, 6-0 and Courtney Vincent/Ella Kenney beat Anna Dean/Caitlin Richardson 6-3, 6-3.
The win improved unbeaten CVU’s record to 14-0; Colchester dropped to 8-9.
CVU 14, Essex 8 (June 5): Top-ranked CVU held No. 5 Essex scoreless for a 20-minute stretch spanning the second and third quarter Tuesday. Sam Sturim and Walter Braun led a balanced CVU offense as the Redhawks ousted rival Essex, the only team to beat them in the regular season this year, from the Division 1 postseason.
The win sends the five-time reigning champ Redhawks to their sixth-straight D-1 title game.
Essex closed to 5-4 soon after the first quarter, but CVU smothered the Essex attack.
Sturim and Braun led CVU with three goals and two assists apiece; it was one of Sturim’s goals that put the Redhawks back up 6-4. Jake Schaefer also had three goals and an assist for CVU, Will Braun had two goals and two assists, James Bernicke had a pair of scores and Max Gorman a single.
CVU goalie Andrew Tieso stacked up a dozen saves.
Andrew Cooledge led Essex with a three-goal hat trick, Sam Bowen and Grady Corkum had two goals each and Cam Frankenhoff scored once. Aidan Haggerty logged five saves in goal.
Essex finishes 13-6; CVU (16-1) will play No. 3 BFA St. Albans for the D-1 state title later this week at UVM’s Virtue Field. CVU won the only regular season game between the two teams.
CVU 7, Middlebury 4 (June 2): Nate Cuttitta’s three-goal hat trick was the difference for No. 1 CVU against No. 8 Middlebury in the Division 1 quarterfinals.
Also on offense, Jake Schaefer had a good day with two goals and two assists; Will Braun had a single and two assists and Charlie Averill scored too. Junior goalie Andrew Tieso piled up 15 saves.
For Middlebury (8-9), Jack Donahue had two goals, Kam Bartlett and Sam Hodges had singles; goalie Cam Devlin saved 12.
Stowe 5, CVU 2 (May 31): Ninth-ranked CVU triumphed in No. 1 and 2 singles, but top-ranked Stowe took the other three singles points and both doubles matches to get the win in the Division 1 quarterfinals.
CVU’s Ivan Llona beat Stowe’s Rai Bleda 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 singles and Josh Ashooh easily handled Ben Salvas 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 singles. For Stowe, Alex Tilgner beat Joe Warren 6-1, 6-3, Johnny Driscoll beat Brayden Bartlett 6-3, 6-1 and Jack Seivwright beat Ethan Lisle 6-2, 6-4.
Stowe’s Sam Schoepke/Max McKenna beat Peter Hyams/Jonathan Walsh 6-3, 6-1 in No. 1 doubles, and Jono Nissenbaum/Alex Nissenbaum beat Nico Pino/Oliver Bijur 6-1, 6-1 in the other doubles match.
Stowe improved to 11-0 with the win and moved on to defeat No. 4 U-32 in the semifinals Tuesday. CVU finishes the year 9-7.