By Edd Merritt | The Charlotte News
CVU Spirit Day covers the field of fall sports
From volleyball to men’s and women’s soccer, to field hockey, the Redhawk spirit showed on the scoreboard as well as on the pitch. Although the cross-country runners were in St. Albans, they, too, contributed with victories. Even the football team, which lost to Essex by a lone touchdown, played out the game until the last minutes.
Let’s begin with the women soccer players, a group that was determined to come back to the victory lane following its first loss in 49 games the week before. And they did so with a vengeance. Seven Redhawks hit the net in a 9-0 shutout of Spaulding, with Sydney Jimmo and Megan Gannon finding the ropes twice each. With Spaulding called upon for 16 saves, CVU showed its offensive prowess which had been missing earlier in the year by blasting 25 shots on goal.
The CVU men remained undefeated for the first half of the season with a 4-1 Spirit-Day win over Spaulding followed by a 3-0 shutout of Mount Mansfield. Will Yakubik and Cooper O’Connell scored in both games with most of the play occurring in the opponent’s end of the field. CVU goalies totaled five saves in the two contests.
Field hockey moved its record to 3-1 with a Spirit Day 2-0 shutout of Middlebury on first- and second-half goals by Kate Machavern. Tasha Pashby-Rockwood in goal made five saves as the Redhawks outshot the Tigers 14-5.
Cross country attacks Hard’ack
It appears that CVU’s cross-country runners could be the top two teams in the state regardless of gender. Among the girls’ top ten individuals in the BFA St. Albans Invitational meet, six wore Redhawk red. Sophia Gorman, Meara Henninger and Jennifer Ireland placed 2, 3 and 4 with Jul Sulva seventh, followed by Haley Harder and Rosalie Lacroix in ninth and tenth.
Tyler Marshall topped the field among the boys with Elliot Eastman in third and Calvin McClellan and Harken Spillane in sixth and seventh, Baxter Bishop and Jared Leonard finishing ninth and tenth.
Football succumbs to Essex
First-half fumbles will kill you, a lesson the Redhawks learned against Essex in a close Spirit-Day loss, 20-14. The Hornets forced four turnovers, three of them on fumbles, in the first half Saturday, breaking through themselves with a couple of long runs in the third quarter to end the period with a 20-0 lead. CVU did turn around in the final stanza with two TDs, but it proved to be too little, too late. Among nine CVU ball carriers, Charlotte’s Rich Lowrey once again led the pack with 75 yards on 12 carries.
Burhans and Brandeis go together nicely
CVU grad and former Charlotte resident Haliana Burhans has put in goals for Brandeis University’s women’s soccer team, which is ranked number 15 among Division III teams in the country. Haliana, a sophomore, scored her first goal of the season earlier this month against Lesley on the road, leading her team to a 7-0 season record, the University’s best start since 2004. On Saturday the Judges handed Wheaton College its first loss of the season, sealed according to Brandeis’ report, by a “sensational goal” from Burhans. Her speed paid off as she led the rest of the field by 25 yards before eluding the goal keeper and depositing the ball into the open net for the game-sealing goal.
Volleyball does in Green Knights
CVU’s relatively new volleyball club handed Rice a 3-0 defeat as part of Spirit Day Saturday. The team had a 95 percent service percentage, meaning the vast majority of serves fell within the court. They added 19 kills accompanied by 15 blocks. They face Burlington next.