Eagle field hockey falls; playoffs loom for teams

HINESBURG — Host Champlain Valley dealt the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team a 2-0 setback on Tuesday.
The Eagles dropped to 6-7, while CVU improved to 9-3-1 despite a combined seven saves from Eagle goalies Danielle Morse and Samantha Bruce. The Redhawks, locked into second place in Division I, will visit Middlebury on Thursday as the regular season concludes for both teams.
The Eagles will wait to see if their final regular season game will be played. They are scheduled to host South Burlington on Thursday, but a teachers’ strike in that community has cancelled extracurricular events, including the Rebel field hockey squad’s Tuesday home game vs. MUHS.
The Vermont Principals’ Association will release playoff pairings on Monday. The defending Division II champion Eagles are in a logjam with five teams for the Nos. 5-9 seeds.
MUHS is 6-4-2 and in fifth place in D-I as of Tuesday heading into Thursday’s home game with second-place CVU. Depending on results in that game and elsewhere and depending on South Burlington’s playoff status, the Tigers could move as high as fourth place. They apparently cannot drop lower than sixth place.
Otter Valley stood at 10-2 heading into a Wednesday game at D-I Hartford and could help the Tigers’ cause by defeating the Hurricanes for a second time. OV was in second and will apparently earn a top-four seed in D-II regardless of its results in that game and at Rutland on Saturday.

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