W.T. Woodson senior All-Met Aaron Solomon still is haunted by his team's 11-10 loss to Oakton in the 2004 Virginia AAA Northern Region boys' lacrosse final.
The Cavaliers had a three-goal lead in the third quarter, but Oakton ended the game on a 5-1 run, scoring the game-winner with 26 seconds left.
"It's difficult to look back on it and say, 'If we could've done this a little better, we would've won,' " said Solomon, who had five goals in the loss. "I'm always going to remember that game the rest of my life."
While Solomon might not be able to erase the memory of that game, he can add a more pleasant one tonight when the sixth-ranked Cavaliers (15-1) play host to eighth-ranked Oakton (11-4) at 8 p.m. in a Northern Region semifinal. The game will follow the semifinal between No. 7 Langley (14-2) and Westfield (9-6) at 6 p.m., also at W.T. Woodson.
Recent history is not on W.T. Woodson's side, however. Oakton, the two-time defending region and unofficial state champion, has ended each of Solomon's first three seasons with the Cavaliers.
In 2002, the Cougars defeated W.T. Woodson, 12-11, in the region semifinals. And in 2003, en route to the region crown, the Cougars beat W.T. Woodson, 10-7, in the region quarterfinals. Oakton has won five of the teams' six meeting since the start of the 2001 season, including four in a row. All the games have been decided by three goals or less.
"Oakton's always tough competition," Solomon said. "But if we could beat any team to go to the final and win it all, this is the team we want to beat."
Legitimate Claims to No. 1
This week's boys' lacrosse top 10 is not the final ranking of the season, but, considering all but three of the 10 teams have completed their schedules, there won't be much movement after this week.
So who's No. 1? Four teams seem to have legitimate claims.
Centennial, after losing in overtime to Broadneck in its opener, won 17 straight to capture its second consecutive Maryland 3A/2A championship. DeMatha won 14 of its last 15 and captured its seventh consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. Landon won the regular season Interstate Athletic Conference crown, beat DeMatha, split with Georgetown Prep and went 20-2 against its most difficult schedule ever, including 3-1 against teams from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.
But after dealing with a slew of injuries, Georgetown Prep has ascended to the top spot by finishing as the area's hottest team, winning seven straight and capturing the IAC tournament title with an overtime victory over Landon.
Let the debate begin. . . .
A team primarily composed of Washington area's top non-senior girls' lacrosse players won its fifth consecutive Division 1 high school title at the U.S. Lacrosse women's division national tournament this past weekend.
Two St. Stephen's/St. Agnes players -- Lizzie Rupp and Carter Foote -- were on the team, which was coached by Mount Hebron's Brooke Kuhl-McClelland and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes's Kathy Jenkins.