Langley hangs on to defeat Chantilly in boys’ lacrosse

March 28, 2013

Ahead of Thursday night’s game against Chantilly at the Robinson Invitational, the stars seemed to be aligning against the Langley boys’ lacrosse team.

The Saxons, four-time defending Virginia state champions, had lost the first half of their double-header earlier in the day against Robinson. To make matters worse, Langley was without senior midfielder Luke Salzer, who was suspended after arguing with a referee earlier in the day.

But that didn’t stop the Saxons from doing what they’ve done in three of the last four state championship games: beating Chantilly.

The 8-5 victory extended Langley’s win streak over the Chargers that stretches from 2007 and includes the 2009, 2011 and 2012 state championships.

“It means state championships every year,” Saxons junior attackman Billy Orme said. “Winning this game means you’re the best team in the state, to us. It’s huge.”

The Saxons (3-3) jumped out early. They outscored Chantilly 3-1 in the first quarter and added two more in the second to take a 5-1 halftime lead.

It was Orme who opened and closed the scoring for Langley in the first half; the fifth goal came on a behind-the-goal assist from senior Nick Guglielmo.

“He’s one of those guys that sometimes he’ll throw a stupid pass and then he’ll make a great shot,” Langley Coach Earl Brewer said of Orme, who finished with three goals and an assist. “He frustrates me sometimes, but I love him. He was big tonight, he really was.”

Chantilly (4-1) refused to go quietly in the second half.

The Chargers capitalized on a pair of penalties on a Langley defenseman to score two goals with the man advantage that cut the Saxons’ lead to 5-3. The Chargers cut the Saxons’ lead to 5-4 early in the fourth quarter on an unassisted goal from Mike Marson, his third of the game.

Orme was quick to respond though, completing a hat trick of his own with a goal from 10 yards out to put the Saxons back up two. Langley midfielder Brian Ochoa scored two minutes later to put the Saxons up 7-4 and bury the Chargers for good.

Langley got a defensive boost from its goalie Clay Kennedy, who faced little early pressure and made just two saves in the first half. Kennedy recovered well following Chantilly’s second-half rally with five saves in both the third and fourth quarter.

“We’ve obviously played them a lot and we know all those guys,” Orme said. “If we play our best game, there’s nobody that’s going to stop us.”

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