Westfield 14, Mount Vernon 1
Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Before Ryan Waldron and his Westfield teammates stepped onto the field Friday night to play Mount Vernon in a boys' lacrosse game, the senior attack only knew that the Majors were undefeated.
But after a few minutes of orchestrating the Bulldogs' offense en route to a 14-1 victory in a Virginia AAA nondistrict game in Alexandria, Waldron's perspective became more clear.
Westfield (3-0) dominated nearly every aspect of Friday night's game, especially in the first quarter, when Waldron and sophomore attack Brian Nolen helped the Bulldogs to a commanding 5-0 lead.
"We knew they were undefeated and that they had [senior midfielder Rob] Valentine," Waldron said. "They're always physical but this time we brought it to them good."
Valentine provided the lone goal for the Majors when he strung a shot from 10 yards on a man-up situation early in the third quarter. Mount Vernon (3-1) could not command much of an offense, though, because of the Bulldogs constant midfield harassment, which disrupted several clears.
The Majors found most of their difficulty fending against Westfield's attack. Waldron exploited the Majors' defense in the first half by running the offense from behind the goal. He registered four of his five assists by deftly controlling the ball and flicking it to open teammates, frantically waving their sticks just a few yards in front of the goal.
"After they went up 2-0 [in the first four minutes] we tried to stay with them by keeping in our zone defense," Mount Vernon Coach Dale Nalls said. "That was a mistake, but man or zone it didn't matter, they just outplayed us."
The Bulldogs were without senior attack Richard Knecht, who is recovering from a knee injury, but may be healthy to play against traditional Northern Virginia powerhouse Oakton next week.
"We want to be one of the elite in Northern Virginia," Westfield Coach Ralph Alexander said.