By Matt Brooks
Thursday, May 27, 2010;
As the Loudoun Valley coaches scouted AAA Commonwealth District champions Brooke Point last week with a potential Northwest Region semifinal matchup on the horizon, they noted the patient flow of the Black Hawks' attack.
Brooke Point's attackers knew what they wanted to do on offense and methodically worked the ball around until they found an opening for one of their top marksmen -- often senior John Daughtery -- and more often than not, the ball ended up in the back of the net. And heading into Wednesday's region semifinal in Purcellville, the Black Hawks' execution up top was reflected in their pristine 17-0 record.
Rather than focus all their efforts on slowing the Black Hawks' attack, however, the Vikings never let their opponents touch the ball in the early going, dominating possession and jumping out to an early 6-0 lead. By halftime, Valley held a commanding 11-2 advantage and the Vikings cruised to a 16-6 victory and another berth in the Virginia state tournament.
"I blinked an eye and it was 6-0," Loudoun Valley Coach Jeff Lewandowski said. "And next thing I knew, it was 9-0. We scored early, we scored quickly. We just jumped them with a total team effort from the face-off."
Sophomore Denis Radcliffe scored the first goals of the game and finished with four tallies and an assist and senior Dylan Zook racked up five goals as the Vikings (17-2) won their seventh straight in convincing fashion. Valley maintained the lion's share of possession throughout thanks to strong face-off play from Syracuse-bound senior Chris Daddio, but when the Black Hawks held the ball and found shooting lanes, Vikings' senior goalkeeper Alex Sharrer was there to anchor the defense, turning away 12 shots on the night.
Brooke Point (17-1) can still extend its dream season by beating Patrick Henry-Roanoke to land the final spot in the state tournament.Yellow Jackets fly into Northwest final
Osbourn Park excelled in its first season in the AAA Cardinal District, compiling an undefeated record against league opponents and rolling to the district regular season and tournament titles. Now the Yellow Jackets will test their might against the top team from their former home, the Cedar Run.
Led by a four-goal effort from Nick Leporatti, a pair of tallies by Emmett Torney and 12 big saves from A.J. Didoura, Osbourn Park held off Patrick Henry-Roanoke for an 11-9 win in their Northwest Region semifinal.
The Yellow Jackets (14-3) will travel to Purcellville Friday night to take on Loudoun Valley, looking to extend a 10-game winning streak into the state tournament. Both teams have already secured sports in next week's field, and the region champion will host Northern Region third-seed W.T. Woodson while the runner-up must travel to the Region II champion.Valley girls hammer Forest Park to reach final
The Loudoun Valley girls' lacrosse team challenged itself this spring, scheduling private-school powers Ireton and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes along with a bevy of top teams from the AAA Northern Region. The only blemishes on that brutal non-league slate were a pair of one-goal losses to the pair of private schools. Against Northwest Region competition, however, the Vikings were thoroughly dominant.
They continued that string of strong play Wednesday night in a 20-2 win over Forest Park to reach the region semifinal, which they will host in the first half of a double-header with their male counterparts.
Senior Michelle Zakrzewski scored five times and Morgan Becker, Shannon Harkey and Caitlin Kholsa scored three goals apiece to lead nine Vikings in the scoring column. Loudoun Valley, which has won its last six games by an average of 14 goals, will host Cedar Run runners-up Battlefield in Friday's final. The Vikings (15-2) swept all three regular season meetings and are determined to get back to the state semifinals where last year they fell to eventual state champions Chantilly.