Vermont Division 1 Poll: Spaulding looks to cash in

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Vermont Division 1 Poll

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Spaulding1390
2BFA St. Albans1922
3Essex1642
4Champlain Valley Union875
5U-321621

It’s a deeper, beefier division this season with the addition of four programs – 2016 Lakes champion U-32, 2016 finalist Stowe, Middlebury and Woodstock. U-32 and Stowe accounted for the last five Lakes championships and all four teams seem suited to make the step up.

Based on the responses by coaches to our pre-season survey, No. 1 Spaulding gets the pre-season nod. The Crimson Tide returns a talented senior core, including goalie Cody Gosselin.

No. 2 BFA-St. Alban’s, the defending champion, graduated 13 but, rebuilding or re-loading, the Bobwhites are never to be discounted.

Will No. 3 Essex, last year’s finalist and a State Champion in 2015, reach a fourth straight title game? Development on defense will provide that answer.

We’ll ride along with the consensus of our informal coaches’ survey and open with No. 4 Champlain Valley Union.

No. 5 U-32 rounds out the pre-season list. As a group, the coaches expect all of the programs moving up from D2 will compete favorably.

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