With eight minutes remaining in regulation, the Hornets scored twice to cut Champlain Valley Union’s (CVU) lead to one but Redhawks scoring leaders Nevin DiParlo and Alex Bulla (two goals, three assists) tallied one apiece in the fourth quarter to secure the 7-6 win over Essex during the Division I state championship lacrosse game Monday night, June 17 at Castleton State College.
With scoring help from Steele DuBrul, two assists, Elliot Mitchell, two assists, Matt Palmer, one assist, and Hoyt McCuin, CVU not only claimed its second title in three years; it ended its arch rival’s 13-game winning streak.
Goalie Owen Hudson had eight saves, some on his head, for the 13-5 Redhawks, which won its third crown under head coach Dave Trevithick.
As the lacrosse celebrated its State Championship 70 miles away, the CVU baseball team was most likely scoring its first run, in the third inning on a single by Kirk Fontana, at Centennial Field in Burlington. Top seeded Essex held the 3-1 lead after scoring a run in each of the first three innings off starting pitcher Davis Mikell.
During a seventh inning rally, Mikell helped the Redhawks’ cause with an RBI single scoring Deagan Poland who led off with a bunt single. After an Essex pitching change Fontana hit one to center scoring Hayden Smith, who reached on an error, tying the game at 3 and forcing extra innings.
At the top of the 11th inning pinch hitter Shea Ireland led off with a base hit and then scored on Poland’s grounder to take the 1-run lead. After which relief pitcher Rayne Supple forced Essex’s Steve Jurkiewicz to ground out earning the 4-3 win, and the Redhawks second consecutive title, the first repeat D-I champion in 25 years, and the longest final in history of the Vermont Principals’ Association. It was back in 2002 that Essex defeated Mount Anthony in eight innings, the last D-I title game to go to extras.