An article in Loudoun Extra March 27 should have made clear that the Stone Bridge boys' lacrosse team finished second during the regular season in the Dulles District last spring. Loudoun County was the district tournament runner-up. (Published 3/30/03)
G Joel Bell, Highland, Sr.: Honorable mention All-Met and first-team all-state last year, Bell saved 71 percent of shots he faced.
A Paul Gerardi, Stone Bridge, Jr.: All-Extra selection used his left-handed shot to collect 47 goals and 12 assists last season.
A Brendan Hayes, Highland, Sr.: Had 83 goals and 16 assists in 16 games last season. Returns with an improved left-handed shot.
D Cameron McWhinney, Loudoun Valley, Jr.: All-Dulles District player is most experienced along the back line for Vikings.
A Keenan Stout, Potomac Falls, Soph.: Had breakout freshman season with 27 goals.
Will the burgeoning rivalry between Loudoun Valley and Stone Bridge continue?
Stone Bridge was the only Dulles District team that defeated Loudoun Valley last year, and the teams renew their rivalry tonight in Ashburn. The Vikings and Bulldogs met twice in the last week of the season last year, with each winning once but not by more than two goals.
Loudoun Valley won the final meeting, 11-10, to qualify for the Region II tournament. Coach Bill Schoeb said he thinks he has a deeper and better-balanced team than last year, with four goaltenders who started last year. Seniors Ian Duggan, Ryan Dacey and junior Nathan Harper are in the midfield.
The Bulldogs have six returning starters, including junior Paul Gerardi and senior Alan Zullinger on attack and seniors Trevor Caskey and Andrew Butts in the midfield. An inexperienced defense could hamper the Bulldogs early in the season, but the rivalry could be as contested as ever when the teams meet again on April 24.
Is Highland becoming an emerging power?
Highland has five all-state players returning from last year's Delaney Athletic Conference championship team and is playing a tough out-of-conference schedule with games against Osbourn Park, Woodberry Forest and Paul VI Catholic.
In addition to Bell, the conference's most valuable player last season, and Hayes, the Hawks have plenty of experience. Senior defender Stuart Soley, also all-state in soccer this fall, has bulked up and along with senior defender Cole Cushman, a transfer from Wakefield, should provide strong defense in front of Bell.
At 6 feet 3 and 190 pounds, junior midfielder Andrew Raich is attracting interest from Division I coaches, according to Coach Paul Horgan. Of the 80 boys at the Warrenton school, 40 turned out for the lacrosse team, so Highland could become a regular stop on the recruiting trail.
Could any other team emerge from its district?
Loudoun County finished third in the district last year, and junior defender Mark Libby, senior midfielder Tony Robey and junior attack Blake Harrison have made first-year coach Kevin Dunn optimistic the Raiders could challenge for the Dulles title.
Fauquier, which faces more experienced teams from Charlottesville in the Jefferson District, will need a few more years of development to contend, according to Coach Bill Woodbury. Senior midfield Tim Gossett is a skilled face-off man, and seniors Phil Tamburello and Joe Thomas should provide scoring.
-- Colin Fitzgibbons