By Edd Merritt
UVM had a local look on its men’s soccer team
Although it lost to Boston College in the NCAA tournament last Thursday, several local players helped the Cats gain the berth. Three of the seven homegrown players on the team are CVU graduates, and six of them will be back next year. The former Redhawks are junior forward Shane Haley from Williston, freshman defender and midfielder Patrick McCue and sophomore defenseman Zack Evans, both from Shelburne. The Catamounts won their fifth conference title that sent them directly into the NCAA show where BC eked out a first-round victory.
Redhawk football moves up a notch in the state standings since last year
Even though CVU won its first post-season road victory by beating Brattleboro in a quarterfinal game, it lost the next week to a powerhouse from Rutland, which ultimately knocked off Middlebury for the top spot in Division I football. CVU finished sixth in the state among the first 15 teams according to the Burlington Free Press power rankings.
Five field hockey Redhawks earn all-state honors
Five members of the CVU field hockey team won recognition for their play from coaches and from the Burlington Free Press. Metro Division coaches named forwards Lydia Maitland and Kate Machavern plus defender Stasha Rup to their first all-star team. Second-team honors went to Redhawk goalie Tasha Pashby-Rockwood and midfielder Emily Ray. Forward Kelsie Saia earned honorable mention. Pashby-Rockwood and Ray were named to the Twin State team, with Machavern as an alternate. The Free Press named Rup to its first team all-state saying that she was able to “defuse dangerous situations,” helping CVU to “pitch nine shutouts.” Tasha Pashby-Rockwood, Kate Machavern and Lydia Maitland made the Free Press’s second team, while Emily Ray earned honorable mention. This year CVU beat Hartford and Essex before losing to South Burlington in overtime for the championship.
All-state and Division I honors to Redhawk soccer players
With three players named to the Vermont State Coaches Association all-state team, two named first-team Free Press all stars and two more receiving second-team status and honorable mention, the perennially strong Redhawk soccer team received its portion of praise for the season, which saw the it finish second in the state, losing to Rice 2-0 in the championship game. Midfielder and CVU’s leading scorer Cooper O’Connell and defender Todd Boisjoli received the first-team nod from the Free Press. A second defender, Joe Parento, received second-team honors. And yet another defenseman, Trey Tomasi, gained honorable mention. The fact that three defensive players were listed among the top in all Vermont divisions indicates why CVU was recognized for its strength in ball control along midfield and in front of its own goal. Seniors O’Connell and Boisjoli along with junior Parento received all-state recognition from the coaches, and junior Tomasi was added to the Metro Division first team. Junior Brock Werner made second team, and senior Will Yakibuk received honorable mention.