The offense was running smoothly for the W.T. Woodson girls' lacrosse team last night in a 20-7 victory over Westfield in a Virginia AAA Northern Region quarterfinal, and nearly every offensive player joined in the fun.
Seven Cavaliers scored at least two goals to key a strikingly easy win at home in Fairfax.
Senior Courtney Arnold had four goals and two assists, and juniors Lauren McLemore and Ashley McCulloch added three each. Sophomore Michaela Seigo, junior Emma Devine and seniors Liz Johnson and Megan Cassara had two apiece as the Cavaliers (15-3) avenged a season-ending loss to the Bulldogs (11-4) in last year's playoffs.
"It was so much fun today," McLemore said. "We really played like a team. Our offense was flowing really well."
In the boys' quarterfinal game that followed, W.T. Woodson senior Sean Cassidy scored a career-best seven goals in a 17-6 win over Jefferson.
W.T. Woodson's boys (12-4) scored seven consecutive goals during the second and third quarters, and the final 16 minutes of the game were played with a running clock. The Cavaliers will play Liberty District rival McLean in next week's region semifinal.
"I kept getting open," Cassidy said. "I was basically just waiting for the ball to come to me, and I got some good passes."
Sophomore Brandon Butler had four goals, all during the first half, as the Cavaliers built a 9-5 lead. The Colonials (11-5) used some W.T. Woodson penalties to score three straight goals late in the half, but junior Aaron Solomon scored the first of his three goals with 48 seconds left in the half to stop the run.
In the second half, Cassidy scored five consecutive goals, all off perfect passes, and the Cavaliers pulled away.
The Westfield girls stayed close to W.T. Woodson for a half, but the Bulldogs had no answer for an offense that converted on 20 of its 29 shots.
The score was 11-8 at halftime, but the Cavaliers ran away with the win early in the second half, controlling more than three quarters of the draws and seemingly scoring at will. Arnold scored on a free-position shot in the first minute of the half, then made a pass to McLemore a minute later for a 13-8 lead.
After those two goals, Westfield senior Amy Barbiarz, one of the team's top offensive players, received two yellow cards and was ejected. W.T. Woodson scored 10 consecutive goals before the Bulldogs finally put a goal on the board with two minutes left.
"Woodson was a better team today," Westfield Coach Richard DeSomma said. "It's usually [the zone defense] that carries our team, but today we couldn't stop them."