Madison blows past Langley to win Virginia AAA Northern Section girls’ lacrosse title

May 24, 2013

Alex Condon took over as Madison’s primary option at the draw circle during her freshman season, showcasing a poise that belied her experience on the team’s run to the 2011 Virginia state girls’ lacrosse title.

Two years later, Condon wears her championship ring during school each game day as a tangible reminder of the season’s ultimate goal, and the Warhawks are headed back to the state tournament with a strong chance to claim the crown again thanks to the junior midfielder’s continued success on draws.

With Condon dominating the draw for stretches on Friday night, Madison surged past Langley, 19-10, to secure the Virginia AAA Northern Section title in Vienna. The Penn recruit won 18 of 31 draws, including four straight during a six-goal run that gave the Warhawks control late in the opening half.

Junior Katie Kerrigan finished with six goals and three assists, and senior Melissa Kellan added four scores as Madison beat its Liberty District rival for the third time this season. Both squads advance to the state tournament with the Warhawks hosting the West Central Section runner-up next Saturday and Langley visiting the West Central champion.

“It’s the best feeling to know that I can play a part in the offense,” Condon said. “If I can win the draw, I feel like we’re going to score and maybe make a run to win the game.”

Langley (13-5) usually cashed in when it could get possession. Senior Grace Goettman used her height advantage to win five of the first seven draws, and the Saxons had the game tied at 3 midway through the first half before Madison pulled away.

Condon’s lone goal of the game off a pass from sophomore Kierra Sweeney put the Warhawks ahead for good at 4-3 with 11 minutes 10 seconds left in the first half, and they proceeded to run off eight of the next nine before the intermission.

Condon said she started to focus more on the whistle to get the ball away quickly to neutralize Goettman’s reach, and the adjustment paid off with one win after another. Kerrigan and Kellan helped out by chasing down the ground balls, and Madison held possession for almost the entire final eight minutes of the half.

“Alex knows how to take control of the situation and make the decision to turn the tides a little bit,” Coach Amanda Counts said. “She stepped up and was ready to go. . . . She’s absolutely the unsung hero of this team.”

Madison beat Langley, 16-11, in the regular season and needed two days to claim a 17-9 victory in the Liberty District final two weeks ago because of lightning.

On Friday, the Warhawks were even more convincing, earning a running clock when Kerrigan’s final goal gave them an 18-8 lead with 5:35 left.

“No matter what championship it is, it’s a championship and we love it.” Kerrigan said. “It’s one of our goals: Win districts, region and now we’ll try for states. On to the next championship.”

Senior Hayley Soutter paced Langley with six goals.

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