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How long has it been since I last updated the boys lacrosse power rankings?
Champlain Valley was still under .500.
After skating through the second half of May without fresh power rankings, I submit my final entry for the 2015 spring season. Better late than never, right?
And speaking of those Redhawks, the two-time defending champions finished on a nine-game winning streak, a run that included a pair of one-goal wins in the semifinals and finals to complete a Division I three-peat.
Enjoy.
1. Champlain Valley (13-6): Chatting with colleague Austin Danforth, who carved out three terrific gamers for the semifinals last Monday and Tuesday and then the title game, we spoke of coach Dave Trevithick's calm demeanor. Now sporting a Santa Claus beard, Trevithick's approach has served well in CVU's three titles, all of which could have resulted in defeats based on their thrilling conclusions. Yet, CVU found a way in all three. Last ranking: 4
2. Middlebury (15-4): Middlebury couldn't solve one team this spring: CVU. Three of the Tigers' four losses were doled out by the champs. The Tigers, tough, roared back into the title conversation. Middlebury, with the most D-I boys lacrosse titles of all time, claimed its first top seed in 13 years and reached its first final in a decade. Last ranking: 3
3. South Burlington (14-4): When South Burlington's offense stalled, so did it season. The Rebels were held to five goals on three occasions this spring, all losses including the semifinal defeat to rival CVU. Last ranking: 2
4. Essex (12-6): Three games, three-one goal defeats to Middlebury. The last was the toughest, a semifinal overtime defeat in which Essex led late in regulation. Last ranking: 1
Essex scored 18 goals in Friday's Division I boys lacrosse quarterfinal win over Brattleboro. Here are five of those goals. ALEX ABRAMI/Burlington Free Press
5. Burr and Burton (15-4): An interesting side note I didn't include in my Division II championship gamer following Burr and Burton's eighth title was the Bulldogs switched out of zone and into man when Burlington raced out to a 4-0, first-quarter lead. BBA coach Jason Pergament erred on what he thought he saw in Burlington's attack and quickly adjusted. Last ranking: 7
6. Burlington (15-5):The Seahorses' first title appearance in eight years will do little do console a determined side that fell short in overtime to Burr and Burton. Burlington's run, however, was memorable, in topping Green Mountain Valley on the road and thenending Rice's unbeaten season on the Green Knights' turfLast ranking: 6
7. Rice (17-1): The Green Knights were on the short end of a game of runs in the semifinals against Burlington. Rice should remain a contender in 2016. Last ranking:5
8. Mount Anthony (13-5): It shouldn't be forgotten that the Patriots had CVU on the ropes early in their quarterfinal matchup. MAU held a 4-1 lead late in the first quarter before CVU woke from its bus slumber.Last ranking: 8
9. Woodstock (8-9): The Wasps have a late-season win over Brattleboro and topped Colchester in the playdowns before losing at Middlebury in the quarterfinals. Last ranking: 9
10. Brattleboro (11-7): The Colonels lost six of their last eight games, the final defeat coming in the 18-4 decision at the hands of Essex.Last week: 10
Bubble: BFA-St. Albans (9-7), Green Mountain Valley (9-3), Stowe (12-3)
Contact Alex Abrami at 660-1848 or aabrami@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on twitter at www.twitter.com/aabrami5