Battlefield junior Abby Wescott considered her team’s 19-11 victory at Osbourn Park on Thursday night in the Virginia AAA Northwest Section girls’ lacrosse championship the Bobcats’ most satisfying game of the season.
What was not to like? Coach Rice Lilley accepted the championship trophy, and the prize made its way down the line from eager grip to eager grip on a night when so many Bobcats had a hand in the team’s third straight region or section title.
Seven Battlefield players scored, and defenders were able to keep prolific Osbourn Park junior Corinne Wessels from doing excessive damage (thanks in part to the star player sitting out about a quarter of the game after being issued her second yellow card).
“Today’s game probably is my favorite game that we’ve played yet this season,” said Wescott, who led the Bobcats with five goals. “We had a lot of communication. Every ground ball we were the first to it. Honestly, we just played really smart, and that was probably my favorite part about this game. We took our time when we needed to. We ran the ball when we needed to.”
“This was our best teamwork game, so it was a lot of fun,” said senior Faith Wells, who scored four goals. “And it’s good to win a trophy.”
Battlefield will enter the state tournament as the top seed from the Northwest Section and will host a game June 1. Osbourn Park also had qualified for a state berth by reaching the section final.
The Yellow Jackets have lost to Battlefield in the past four postseasons by four goals, then two, then one last season. This one seemed like it might be another tight finish until Wessels, with her team trailing, 11-8, picked up her second yellow card with 11 minutes 39 seconds left. Battlefield scored five of the next six goals to pull away.
“It’s like when a backup quarterback goes in and all of a sudden everybody’s like: We’ve got this,” Lilley said. “That wasn’t the case.”
“We were just so close,” said Wessels, who stewed on the sideline after leaving the game. “It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. It was like a personal game also because this is the third time I’ve lost to them.” . . .
The Bobcats (19-0) scored four goals in both the first and third quarters, with senior Ryan Swingle finding the net twice in each of those periods. Junior Zach Windsor had two assists in the first quarter, and senior Michael Hanlon had two goals and an assist in the third period.
The game was delayed for about 20 minutes in the fourth quarter when sophomore Anthony Fraga was struck in the back of the head by a Swingle shot. Fraga was taken away by ambulance as a precaution but was moving all of his extremities and seemed okay, Battlefield Coach Kevin Marsh said.