Last night in Loudoun County’s heart-pounding 9-8 win over Stone Bridge in a Virginia 5A North region lacrosse semifinal, Michael Rexrode was a difference maker. When the Bulldogs started coming back, Rexrode was one of several Loudoun County players to halt the charge. He turned in an impressive full-field clear, a few key takeaways and one perfectly-timed check when Stone Bridge was threatening in the final seconds.
The Virginia 5A North player of the year, Rexrode has been making plays like those all year. Next season, the defenseman is headed to Rutgers.
But as many on-field highlights as he has had, none will likely get as many views as the 8,000 on this — the video Rexrode made for his teacher to play before he walked in the classroom and asked his girlfriend to prom. She said yes. Without further ado, here’s the video:
NUMBER CRUNCH: 3
Wins between Rexrode’s Loudoun County squad and its first state championship. This is the first season Virginia will hold two lacrosse state championships, a 6A and a 5A, meaning perennial powers Chantilly and Langley no longer loom for smaller schools such as Loudoun County and the Raiders’ fellow 5A North finalist, Loudoun Valley.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Virginia regional playoffs continue in force Wednesday, especially on the lacrosse side. Both defending 6A champions will be in action with bids to the state tournament on the line, as the Madison girls host Westfield and Chantilly boys visit Langley. Either Chantilly or Langley has won every Virginia state lacrosse title since 2008.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY:
Washington-Lee’s boys’ soccer team advanced to the Virginia 6A North final with a win over West Potomac last night. Here’s what it looked like: