W.T. Woodson junior midfielder Ashley McCulloch posted a game-high five goals and an assist to lead her girls' lacrosse team to a 13-8 victory over eighth-ranked Chantilly in the semifinals of the Virginia AAA Northern Region tournament last night in Fairfax.
The AAA Liberty District-champion Cavaliers (16-3) advanced to their second region championship game in three seasons; they will play Oakton, the AAA Concorde District champion, at 3 p.m. Saturday at Oakton.
W.T. Woodson, which won the unofficial state title in 2002, had little trouble ending Chantilly's season at 12-3. After Chantilly took a 1-0 lead on senior midfielder Caitlin Wolff's goal less than three minutes into the game, the Cavaliers scored seven of the next eight goals for a 7-2 advantage at intermission.
Five Cavaliers scored at least one goal to continue W.T. Woodson's impressive offensive showing in the tournament; they enter Saturday's final having outscored their three previous opponents 51-18.
"Our goal at the beginning of the season was to win the cup, the big trophy, the state championship," said W.T. Woodson senior attack Courtney Arnold, who had four goals and an assist. "This was a typical game for us because we have a lot of secret weapons on our team who we know can score."
Kimener Lifts Oakton
Oakton All-Met midfielder Kelly Kimener scored her third goal of the game with 2 minutes 18 seconds remaining to lift the sixth-ranked Cougars to a 10-9 victory over Robinson in the semifinals of the Virginia AAA Northern Region tournament last night at W.T. Woodson in Fairfax.
Oakton (18-1), which ended Robinson's reign as state champion, advanced to host W.T. Woodson Saturday for a spot in the state final on June 12. Robinson, the AAA Patriot District champion which had dealt Oakton its only loss with an early-season 10-9 victory, ended the spring 11-5.
In a game that featured eight lead changes, it was Kimener's goal after Robinson senior midfielder Danielle Zuralow tied the game with 11:12 remaining that sent the Cougars to their first region final since 1998.
"Kelly scored on an isolation play earlier in the game and I asked her 'was that hard' and she said 'not really,' so I told her to go ahead and feel free to do it again," said Oakton All-Met Coach of the Year Jean Counts. "And that's what she did when the game was on the line."
The Cougars also got help from junior attack Christina Cable and senior attack Sarah Belen, who scored three and two goals, respectively. The Rams were led by junior attack Nicole Shubert and sophomore attack Mary Dunleavy, who each scored twice.
Robinson had numerous opportunities to take control early. It had a pair of two-goal leads midway through the first half, but Oakton tied the score at 6-all at intermission on Kimener's goal with a minute left in the first half.