6A North boys’ lacrosse quarterfinals: Captain Billy Orme leads Langley past Westfield, 15-11

Langley senior attackman Billy Orme wasn’t elected a team captain at the beginning of the season, but his leadership was never in doubt.

Orme is the emotional fire behind the Saxons. His leadership shows every day on the practice field and in any game in which the team falls behind. It was so evident that in early April, Coach Earl Brewer and his staff got together and decided to give Orme the title to accompany his actions.

“This is my 20th year here. I’ve never done that,” Brewer said of the midseason move. “It was nothing against our captains, but it was like, ‘Hey, he’s the captain anyways.’ So we decided to go and let him do that.”

Orme led the way for Langley again Thursday night in its Virginia 6A North region quarterfinal against Westfield, this time with a string of four goals in seven minutes in the third quarter. The Wagner commit finished with six goals and three assists as the Saxons held on for a 15-11 win in McLean.

With the victory, the Saxons (13-5) booked a region semifinal meeting with Chantilly, the team that ended their season in 2013 and handed them a 7-5 loss on April 16. Brewer’s son, Drew, is also a sophomore defenseman for the Chargers, adding an extra level of intrigue to the matchup.

“That always makes it a little more personal to me,” Coach Brewer said, smiling. “It’s a great rivalry.”

To get there, however, Langley first had to get through the Bulldogs (9-8). After building a 6-1 lead, the Saxons watched as Nick Magnusson and Westfield pulled to within two goals late in the first half.

Brewer saw his team was struggling defensively, so during halftime he urged his attackers to match the Bulldogs goal for goal. Orme heeded that message. Working from behind the net 2 minutes 10 seconds into the second half, he circled to the goalkeeper’s right side and flicked a no-look shot past him to spark a surge.

“I just knew I had my matchup. I just knew I could go to the goal,” Orme said. “It’s something that I like to do — no look, back my guy down because I’ve got some size and score.”

Orme used a similar wraparound move to score less than a minute later. And after six more minutes and two more goals from Orme, the Saxons had doubled up Westfield 14-7 entering the final quarter.

“He’s really the heart of our offense,” said junior Weston Simonides, who finished with four goals and two assists. “That’s who we rally behind.”

Westfield did most of the scoring in the fourth, but the damage already had been done. The Bulldogs watched their season come to an end, while the Saxons already started looking ahead to their meeting with Chantilly, when they again will look to Orme to lead them.

“He’s our emotional leader,” Brewer said. “When Billy wants to be Billy, he can just take over a game.”

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