Falls Church Youth Lacrosse Roundup for May 2 & 3
U13 Boys Red
Since two close losses in the beginning of the season, the U13 Boys Red team have run their unbeaten streak to three games with a 6-1 win over Prince William on Saturday. The Frasers continued their strong play with Kevin Fraser giving up only a single goal after a shutout against Arlington in his last game. Attackman Michael Fraser tallied a hat-trick, attackman Nicolas Casillas buried two, and mid-fielder Jackson Jost opened the game with a goal. Long-stick defenseman Thomas Beddow, Brendan Gagnon, and Jack Capone played the entire game and remained a steel curtain clearing the crease with several clean hits. However, the game-ball goes to mid-fielder Chris Cardwell who continues to impress his coaches with his hustle, game smarts, and team play – all the intangibles that lead to winning.
U13 Boys Black
For the first time this season, the U13 Boys Black team was ahead 1 to 0 at the half against Manassas Battlefield at Moore Cadillac Stadium behind Raphe Schultz’s goal. However, Manassas gained control in the 3rd quarter winning 6 to 1. While the score would not necessarily indicate, Goalie Dan Dusenberry had a stellar performance, with quickness and hustle that stopped many well-placed attempts by Manassas to score. Time and again, Dan ventured out of the safety of the crease to chase ground balls and keep possession for Falls Church.
U11 Boys Black
The Falls Church Youth Lacrosse Club U11 Boys Black team notched their first victory of the season, with a convincing 8-3 win over host Loudon West. Connar Mulcahy started the scoring for Falls Church, off of a nice pass from Drew Trauth. Ethan Wolak increased the lead to 2-0, scoring on a feed from Will Gaskins. Connar Mulcahy tallied his second goal of the day, unassisted, to make it 3-0. Loudon West got on the scoreboard to cut the deficit to 3-1. A few minutes in to the second quarter, Jack Hennessey received a pass from Drew Trauth, shot and scored to build a 4-1 lead for the visitors. Loudon West countered with two quick goals to close within 4-3. Early in the third quarter, Connar Mulcahy completed the hat trick with an assist to Drew Trauth. Shortly thereafter, Connar Mulcahy buried his fourth goal on the afternoon, unassisted, on an aggressive drive to the goal, giving the Mustangs a comfortable 6-3 lead. Greg Duncan scored his first goal of the season, by driving, dodging, and placing a high bounce shot in to the upper left corner of the goal, putting the game out of reach at 7-3. Brendon Smith completed the scoring for Falls Church, on a beautiful give-and-go with Drew Trauth, who registered his fourth assist of the game.
U9 Boys Red
The U9 Red Team had a wild game against Arlington 2 on Saturday. We really mixed things up this week, and slotted players in very different positions than they would normally play. Led by co-captains Henry Casillas and Christian Ross, the whole team played switch-up ball with a great attitude. Henry and Jack Gradle took to the goal, attackmen played defense, defensemen played attack, and middies jumped in everywhere. Edward Solms had an especially good game, playing extra tough on attack and making some really nice ground ball pickups. Jack Savage showed some stellar stick skills under pressure. Ayrton Quiroz and Thomas Majure had their first goals of the season, and were joined by Andrew Tyeryar and Trevor Corn. Great job, guys. GO RED!!!
The U13 Girls lost a close game to Prince William 8-6 in the rain on Sunday at Moore Cadillac Stadium. Prince William controlled the game early by possessing the ball following draws and had a 4 goal lead by halftime. Falls Church played strong defense in the second half and nearly caught up. The Prince William goalie stopped a penalty shot that would have pulled the game to 8-7 with 2 minutes remaining. Goals for Falls Church were scored by Savanna Sulc (2), Maeve Curtain, Caroline Kerrigan, Andrea Philbin, and Claire Saunders. Taylor Gagnon had a strong game as goalie. The U13 Girls played Prince William very closely although loosing 8 to 6. The team is in 3rd place in the “B” southeast division and with 2 games remaining are preparing for the playoffs.
The Mustangs played another very close game. In spite of a very rainy and cold day the U11 squad came roaring off the starting whistle springing quickly to a solid lead. At the half the Mustangs were leading 7-4, and as the second half started they extended that lead to 10-4. Unfortunately, at this point their opponents recovered from their surprise at the very strong and commanding play by Falls Church. Taking advantage of the substantial advantage rule (any team down by 4 or more automatically gets the ball after a goal), Alexandria built up tremendous momentum and went on a scoring spree posting nearly 8 unanswered goals. The Mustangs faltered slightly but managed to recover and were staging a comeback when the clock ran out. The final score was 15-13 in favor of Alexandria. Highlights of the individual performances were 6 goals by Sarah Lubnow, 5 by Maddie Hof, and one each by Bridgett Rorrer and Maeve Donnelly. Caroline Duffet again posted a strong performance in the goal during the first half with a 60% save percentage. Team was very strong defensively, with Jackie Nnaji and Daria Glennon frequently frustrating their foes in close in defensive play and Kenya Bliss, Meghan O’Donnell, and Elizabeth Kerrigan controlling the loose balls. Midfield play was a strong collaboration between Lily Saunders, Anna Dubro, Claire and Hannah Hiscott. Falls Church continues to play all comers evenly and every game has been an exciting event!
By Annette Hennessey
May 6, 2009