For once, Chris Lorusso had bragging rights over his older brother, Mike.
Chris, 14, scored two goals for the Ashburn Inferno in-line hockey team in the 17-and-under championship game of the Invitational Game Series tournament Saturday in Fredericksburg. But Mike, 16, still made a crucial contribution at game's end.
The game against Prince William was tied at the end of regulation, and in the shootout, it was Mike Lorusso who scored the game-winning goal in the 6-5 victory.
"Chris was pretty excited that he scored more goals than his brother," said Steve Lorusso, Inferno's coach and the boys' father. "Mike's goal in the shootout was kind of fluky. He hit it off the crossbar, and then it hit off the back of the goalkeeper."
The 17-and-under Inferno was the only local winner in the 24-team tournament. Only one other local team advanced to the final of its division: the Ashburn Inferno lost to Slapshotz in the 10-and-under title game.
Ashburn had beaten Prince William, 9-3, in a regular season game in early June. But Saturday at Slapshotz Arena, the teams battled to a 5-5 tie in regulation. Chris Lorusso (two goals), Dave Norman, Mike Ansell and Travis White scored for the Inferno.
Four players from each team participated in the shootout, and only Mike Lorusso scored. Inferno goalkeeper Craig Vardy saved each shot he faced.
The players on the 17-and-under Inferno have been together for seven years and won national tournaments in 1996 and 1997. But winning the IGS tournament -- which featured six Virginia clubs (Loudoun, Ashburn, Fairfax, Centreville, Prince William and Fredericksburg) -- was special because it was a local event.
"It was all the local teams, which makes it kind of neat and unique," Steve Lorusso said. "When we started out, we were the only show in town. We had to go out to Philadelphia or Colorado for tournaments. It's fun to see the local teams, to play them a couple of times and build up some rivalries."
CAPTION: Zach Lundgreen stretches to cover the goal during a recent practice for 12-and-under Loudoun Lightning in-line hockey team. The squad lost to Centreville, 4-1, in the second round of the Invitational Game Series tournament Saturday in Fredericksburg.