Loudoun Valley 13,
Western Albemarle 5
The Loudoun Valley boys' lacrosse team remained businesslike as it dismantled Western Albemarle, 13-5, yesterday in the Virginia AA Region II championship in Purcellville.
Finally, when senior defensemen Camreon McWhinney, Peter Jarvis and Nathan Hayba were taken out of the game to a standing ovation with 30 seconds left, the celebration began.
"We didn't want to let up," McWhinney said. "It was a great feeling to get a break, and to finally know the game was ours."
After a close first quarter, it was those defenders, along with senior goalkeeper Peter Ford, who enabled Loudoun Valley to dominate on both ends of the field. The host Vikings scored 10 of the final 12 goals, including seven in a row during a 23-minute stretch. Sophomore Tom Schonder had four goals, and junior attackmen Conor Duggan and Colin Wauchop added two apiece.
The Vikings won their first region title since Loudoun County made lacrosse a varsity sport three years ago. There is no state championship in AA; the Dulles District champion Vikings completed their season unbeaten in 18 games.
The win brought payback for Loudoun Valley, which had lost to Western Albemarle by one goal in the region semifinals in each of the last two years.
"We've played the teams from the Charlottesville area tough the last few years, but we haven't been able to beat them," Loudoun Valley Coach Bill Schoeb said. "This is a big step for us and for the Dulles District."
The game was tight in the first quarter, when the teams played to a 3-3 tie. But for the final three quarters, the Vikings were in control, starting with sophomore J.D. Harkey, who won all seven faceoffs in the second half. The offense and defense followed suit.
Ford was magnificent in the net, making 15 saves to deflate the Warriors' hopes. He held them scoreless in the third quarter.
"My defense is everything," Ford said. "We were communicating great, talking to each other and doing great off the slide. It was so much fun today."