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Langley Defeats Chantilly to Win Virginia Boys' Lacrosse Title

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By Dave Yanovitz
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, June 8, 2009

The Langley faithful came pouring into the stands for last night's Virginia boys' lacrosse state championship game at Westfield, decked in white and sporting a huge drum. They did the wave, cheered loudly and generally made their presence felt -- they wanted a title.

They didn't go home disappointed. Senior midfielder Alex Devlin scored 1 minute 4 seconds into overtime to propel the Saxons to a 4-3 victory over Chantilly. The win completed a storybook season for Langley and Coach Earl Brewer, who in his 15th year at the school captured its first Northern Region and state titles.

"Coach Brewer worked for it, he was overdue," said Devlin, whose decisive strike came on a nifty avoidance of a defender before he darted down the right side and found the back of the net for the winner.

Langley (21-1) won the midfield draw to start overtime and never relinquished the ball.

"We're all dead tired. This is what we worked for all year," Devlin said. "We went on all cylinders tonight. We knew we could do it. We're made of heart."

Trailing by a goal with just over a minute left, Chantilly (16-3) got even when senior Mike Turpyn crossed from left to right, lowered his body and rifled a shot from 18 yards that eluded goalie Galen Kuney (six saves).

"It was awesome, we had the momentum," Turpyn said. "Personally I didn't think we could be stopped after that. But in overtime they had possession, and they took advantage of it."

Early on, the game was a defensive battle as neither team managed to find the goal in the first quarter. But Langley was more aggressive, getting off eight shots to Chantilly's two in that period.

Chantilly goalie Derek Kegerreis (eight saves), a big reason the Chargers won the state championship in 2008, was outstanding again last night. It took Langley 17 minutes and nine shots to finally beat him, with junior midfielder Joey Byrne scoring from six yards off a pass from junior Ethan Bailey for a 1-0 lead.

Chantilly tied the game on sophomore Jared Golden's long-distance bouncing shot that eluded Kuney with 1:10 left in the half, but Langley got the big momentum boost 60 seconds later. Devlin fed Ryan Ningard about six yards from the goal on the right side, and the Saxons senior whipped a shot into the net for a 2-1 lead at the break.

Langley extended the lead to 3-1 with 30 seconds left in the third when Bailey moved quickly to his right and fired home a bullet from 12 yards. But Chantilly didn't quiver, scoring 77 seconds later on senior Joey Abatemarco's bouncing shot from the left side.

With 7:30 remaining, Chantilly appeared to tie the score at 3 when Devon Westerman's bouncer eluded Kuney. But a split second earlier officials blew the whistle because Chantilly coaches had called for a timeout, and the goal was disallowed.

Overall, Langley's offense was more potent and created more chances. The Saxons outshot Chantilly 22 to 11.

Langley 4, Chantilly 3 Successful Run: Over the past two seasons, Chantilly has lost only two games to Northern Region teams, both to Langley: last night and in the Northern Region semifinals last month. A year ago, the Chargers were undefeated. Another Title: The win gave Langley its third title of the decade, and first since 2004 (gymnastics).


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