Even as a self-professed “enforcer,” a player who is the most physical player on a side not known for its brawn, W.T. Woodson senior Michael Cherry has proven once again this spring that he is also one of the team’s most gifted scorers.
No. 8 Woodson won 2-1 Thursday against Annandale, with both goals coming from the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Cherry. He is often used by Woodson coach John McAuley at both ends of the field during the game, but his offensive prowess the last three games has been particulalry notable. Cherry has scored a goal in each of those games for Woodson (5-1), which has won five straight and seems to have weathered a 17-day layoff earlier in the season due to spring break and spaced out scheduling.
“We all kind of know each other well. And that’s sort of what we’ve been good at as a team, that maybe other (teams) don’t have as well. Like getting the ball moving around real quickly, and short touches,” Cherry said.
Woodson has all the tools to make a deep late-season run this spring, and much of it is attributed to the leadership of multi-year starters in Cherry and Chris Fanet. Both have committed to play soccer at American next fall, and comprise a deep incoming recruiting class for a team that has won the past two Patriot League regular season titles.
Cherry also considered George Washington, he said. But he was so sold on American that he committed last spring as a junior – and the familiarity with Fanet and other Virginia-based players, such as former Mount Vernon goalkeeper Lucas Belanger and midfielder Dale Ludwig (Fluvanna County) should make the transition to the college game smoother.
“I think it’s a good class coming in,” Cherry said.
Woodson has six days off before embarking on one of its most difficult stretches of the season next week, including matchups at McLean and No. 9 West Potomac next Wednesday and Friday, as well as a date with No. 2 Lake Braddock (4-0-3) the following the Tuesday. Cherry expects to be all over the field in all of those contests. Coming up as a young player, he said he first became accustomed to playing different positions when coaches would move him from center back to center forward, but in high school he’s been “introduced more to the midfield.”
“For me personally, sometimes I do feel like the enforcer but I think as a team, we play a little bit more calmed down,” Cherry said. “I think if we play to our potential, we can go very far…because, again, that chemistry that we have together I think goes a long way for us.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 39
The combined number of goals Quince Orchard’s boys’ lacrosse team scored in its last two games — the latest a 21-3 win Thursday over Magruder. Dylan Chaikan and Jack Harris scored five goals apiece for the Cougars (3-3), and have combined for 25 goals so far this season.
— Churchill sophomore Louis Dubick, a University of Maryland lacrosse commit, was dominant Thursday in the Bulldogs 13-11 win over Walter Johnson in a Montgomery 4A South rivalry game in Bethesda.
— No. 5 T.C. Williams took a 2-0 lead within the first four minutes Thursday against No. 2 Lake Braddock, but the Bruins clawed their way back and salvaged a 2-2 tie in a key AAA Patriot District boys soccer game in Alexandria.
— Maret has less than 150 high school aged boys enrolled at the school, but the Frogs’ baseball team features eight seniors who will play college baseball next year.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Softball: No. 6 Woodgrove at Loudoun County, 6 p.m.
With a win, Loudoun County (7-2) could move into a share of first place in the AA Dulles District softball standings, but the Raiders face a Woodgrove squad that has won seven straight by a combined margin of 91-10. Junior pitcher Jazmyn Roher leads the Wolverines (7-1) with 52 strikeouts and has pitched shutouts in three of her last four outings.
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