Edd Merritt, Contributing Editor
Redhawks gain statewide recognition
Before winter sports head into full swing, coaches and the Burlington Free Press sports writers selected players from across Vermont for their prowess this fall in field hockey, while the coaches did the same for men and women in soccer.
Senior midfielder Lydia Maitland from CVU appears on many of the elite field hockey rosters. As a senior, she was named by coaches to the Twin-State team that will face New Hampshire. Teammate Bella Rieley joins her. Redhawk coach Tucker Pierson will assist Anjie Soucy, head coach from South Burlington, on the sidelines.
In the Division I Metro League, Lydia and Bella are joined by Nora Reisman-Rowell on the first team. Flynn Hall and Nathalie Paquette earned second-team honors, and Julia Bryant, Caroline Reynolds and Abby Rosenthal received honorable mention. A separate coach’s honorable mention team had Nora Weisman-Rowell at defense and Bella Rieley at midfield.
Lydia Maitland was also selected by the Free Press to represent CVU on the paper’s first-team All-State roster. They noted that she played varsity field hockey for four years as a Redhawk and hopes to continue on the UVM roster next year. As a midfielder, she worked both ends of the grid equally well. Her play was recognized by the paper and coaches alike, beginning as a second team All-Metro selection in her freshman year.
Men’s and Women’s Soccer
Demonstrating CVU’s continued success in women’s soccer, four Redhawks were named to the Vermont Soccer Coaches Association (VSCA) and to the Burlington Free Press’ All-State rosters: seniors Lindsey Albertelli, Natalie Durieux and Hanna Swett, and sophomore Charlotte Hill.
The newspaper named Durieux Player of the Year. Jess Klein and goalie Charlotter Maryn Askew received honorable mention.
In the coaches’ Metro Division picks, two Redhawks earned special honors: Charlotte Hill as offensive player of the year and Natalie Durieux as one of two defensive players of the year. Natalie, Charlotte and Hanna Swett made the divisional first-team rankings, Lindsey Albertelli, the second team, and honorable mention went to Ali Bisaccia, Sydney Jimmo, Sara Kelley and Maryn Askew.
On the men’s side of the ledger, CVU had three Redhawks earn the coaches’ recognition by being placed on the all-state roster. They are Nate Coffin, Briggs Francis and Sawyer Miller-Bottoms. The same three made the Metro Division first team, Isaac Cleveland, the second team, and Oliver Bijur and Ivan Llona received honorable mention.
MMU/CVU women’s hockey opens season with a win
The combined team from CVU and Mount Mansfield Union topped Rutland 5-4 on a goal by Jackie Ryan in the last ten seconds of the game. CVU’s Lydia Maitland paced the Cougar/Hawks with two goals.
Men’s hockey drops opener to Lower Canada
Lower Canada College sank CVU 9-1 at Cairns Arena Saturday. Redhawk goalies Logan Cody and Reed Dousevicz were called upon to stop 45 shots.