FC Lacrosse Team Wins NoVA Championship

By Falls Church Times Staff
June 14, 2011

Falls Church Youth Lacrosse’s U11 Black team won the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League U11B Championship on Sunday, June 12th. After a regular season record of 7-0-1, the team was seeded 4th out of 37 teams and competed in the top-flight tier for the the overall U11B title. After wins against Western Loudoun in the quarterfinal on June 4th and Algonkian in the semis on June 11th, the team outlasted South County Youth Lacrosse 5-4 to take home the title this past Sunday.

Pictured with their trophies are: (front row) Henry Wildman, Jack Felgar, Elliott Levri, Burke McLaughlin, Andrew Tyeryar, Jack MacKinnon, Bryan Gagnon, Will Hammond, Colin O’Leary, Ben Meeks, and Luke Sausville; (back row) Asst. Coach Dave Levri, Jack Gradle, Carson Hopkins, Thomas Majure, Jacob Jafari, Head Coach Steve Smith, Trevor Corn, Nate Spurlock, Asst. Coach Dave Sausville, and Henry Casillas.

TUESDAY 2/15: Falls Church Lacrosse Early Bird Registration Ends

February 14, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Falls Church Youth Lacrosse Club (FCYLC)  is a non-profit community organization fielding lacrosse teams for both boys and girls from 1st through 8th grade, at both beginner and advanced levels.  Sign up by February 15 to save over $25 over the regular registration fee. Equipment is available to rent at a nominal extra cost.  For more information and to register, visit www.fclaxclub.com.

Play Lacrosse This Spring in Falls Church


January 25, 2010

Registration is now open for the spring lacrosse season in Falls Church. Falls Church Youth Lacrosse Club (FCYLC) is a non-profit community organization fielding lacrosse teams for both boys and girls, at both beginner and advanced levels. FCYLC participates in the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League, playing surrounding area teams. Falls Church Youth Lacrosse provides experienced coaches and a healthy, positive environment to develop sportsmanship, team play, and integrity.

Take advantage of early bird registration rates of just $150 by signing up before Tuesday, February 15, 2011. And until February 15, registered FCYLC players will receive a 15% discount at PJ’s Sports.

FCYLC Lacrosse Basics


1st through 8th grade boys and girls (U9, U11, U13, and U15 teams based on birth dates).

Open for all boys and girls in the greater Falls Church area, to include McLean and Arlington


Practice begins in March. Games run from 3/26 to 6/12 with Easter and Memorial Day off.


Just $150 for the first child; $125 for each child thereafter. $30 for game shorts (Scholarships based on need are available, for those who qualify.)


All equipment your child needs is available for rent at nominal extra cost.

To register online, visit our website at www.fclaxclub.com. Select “Register Now ” in the left side menu. There is also more information on FCYLC on our site.

QUESTIONS? – Contact Dave Cogar at david.cogar@verizon.net

Double Trouble: U11 Girls Lacrosse Keeps on Winning

Special to the Falls Church Times

May 17, 2010

May 9 Win Over Alexandria, 11-6

During an exceptionally windy day at the Mason field, the girls exhibited outstanding teamwork, utilizing the skills and drive of all players.  Falls Church came out strong with a 3-1 position four minutes into the game, with the first three draws won by Claire Hiscott.  Likewise, Annette “iron curtain” Schlitt blocked six of the first eight shots on goal early in the first half, allowing Falls Church to keep momentum in their favor.  She maintained a tight grip on the goal throughout the game, with support from many, including Erin Barth, Olivia Cipriano and Anna DuBro at key moments of the game.

Amy Roche and Lydia Grund won several ground balls, continuing strong momentum by Falls Church.  Bridgett Rorrer had a key ground ball win late in the first half, to avoid scoring from an aggressive drive by Alexandria.  Mackenzie Cogar had an outstanding interception and assist (her second of the game) to a goal by Victoria Rund.

Beginning the first half, Cindy Lay picked up a strong ground ball recovery and darted toward the offensive end of the field – now a signature move and strong asset for the team.  Alexa Tracy and Sarah Maller delivered goals.  Mackenzie Cogar, Meredith Johnson and Lauren Wever scored doubles.  Claire Hiscott scored three goals.  In addition, there were several strong shots on goal, keeping Alexandria on their heels, including Claire Trundle and three from Bridgett.

May 16: Defeats Dulles South 12-6

Another victory for Falls Church Girls U11, hosted by Dulles South, brings their season record to 6-1.  Falls Church won the first three draws and came out strong, countered by early, aggressive offensive play from Dulles South.  The game was opened with a warm welcome from the Dulles South coach, along with encouragement of sportsmanship and positive crowd support.

The team had excellent coordination across the field, with phenomenal ground ball wins from Kalena Wojtola, Cindy Lay, Mackenzie Cogar and particularly strong passing from Olivia Cipriano and Lydia Grund.  Goals were delivered by Elizabeth Dodge, Bridgett Rorrer and Victoria Rund and two goals each from Amy Roche, Meredith Johnson and Claire Trundle and a hat trick (3) from Claire Hiscott.

As the team has come to anticipate, there was excellent goal defense from Annette Schlitt with several one-on-one stops, during direct rushes from Dulles South, as they sought to obtain momentum.  Erin Barth, Alexa Tracy and Ranel Marshall had very strong defensive support, enabling Annette to avoid additional aggressive attacks.

In addition, the Falls Church coaches provided strong support for the team and encouraged teamwork, passing and moving the ball aggressively throughout the game.

LACROSSE: U-13 Lady Mustangs Unbridled

Special to the Falls Church Times

May 11, 2010

This week Falls Church’s opponent was South County. To say that the Mustangs dominated the game is an understatement. Over the course of 40 minutes of play South County was able to score only once. In the same span Falls Church scored 21 times. The statistics tell it all.

The Mustangs won over 41 contested ground balls with five players (Claire Tourkin, Keelyn Leonard, Maria Torregrosa, Rae Mondragon, and Sarah Lubnow) winning four or more.

Seven players (Ava McDonald, Caroline Duffett, Caroline Kerrigan, Hannah Hiscott, Maddie Hof, Rachel Barrett, and Sarah Lubnow) each scored two or more goals. With additional goals scored by Clio Dinan, Maria Torregrosa, and Rae Mondragon.

Falls Church had five assists with Keelyn Leonard accounting for four(!!) of them.

In the goal, Taylor Gagnon, had an 80% save average.

By half time the score was 12-1.

Strong defensive performances were delivered by Amy Rock, Lauren Wilson, Claire Mooney, Erin McMillan, and Veronica Llamas, frequently forcing turnovers and intercepting passes then quickly bringing the ball upfield back in to the offensive end where Maeve Donnelly and Tatianna Olson provided key support and helped to control the ball.

Falls Church now stands 6-0 heading into what are likely to be their two toughest opponents (Braddock Road and Springfield) to battle it out for first place in the division.

Ride Mustangs! RIDE!

LACROSSE: U13 Boys Improve in 2nd Season at ‘A’ Level

May 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Falls Church Times Staff

May 1, 2010

The Falls Church Youth Lacrosse Club’s Boys U13 A team started its second season with a win of 3-2 against Herndon. The team played a solid, hard fought game for its opener against an experienced Herndon zone defense. Goalie Dan Dusenberry made many great saves. The Falls Church defense stayed in position and didn’t give up any easy shots. Offensively, Falls Church handled the ball well and showed patience against a tightly packed Herndon defense. Eriksen Johansen scored 2 and Sean Fitzgerald scored 1.

Since then the team has suffered another couple of losses, to Algonkian 3 to 5, and then to Manassas Battlefield 3 to 7. Scores were contributed by Fitzgerald, Jackson Cogar, Miles Cobb, and Johansen.

Against Annandale last Saturday, Falls Church lost by a score of 3 to 10. Cogar, Fitzgerald, and Brandon Ward each scored. Despite the lopsided score, the team didn’t give up and played a spirited, fun game with Annandale. Head Coach Dave Cogar summed it up optimistically, “We hope to keep building on these experiences and our energetic practices to grow as a team.”

This is only the team’s second year playing the in the A level and it is the first Falls Church U13 Boys team to ever play in the A level. In previous years, Falls Church never had enough players to field two teams at U13. But, after winning the U11B championship in 2008, the players and coaches decided to give it a shot. Last year, their first year at the A level, the team struggled and went 0-8-1. So this season the team hopes to improve that record and is already on its way with a current record of 1 win and 3 losses.

The Mustang U13A team next travels to Clifton to take on Braddock Road U13A on Sunday.

Falls Church center Sean Fitzgerald (left) faces off against Herndon.

GMHS Girls Lacrosse Beat Washington-Lee for 8-0 Record

April 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Falls Church Times Staff

April 25, 2010

Mason High Varsity Girls Lacrosse defeated Washington-Lee Generals 13-5 last Wednesday, upping their undefeated record to 8.

The Lady Mustangs struggled a bit in the first half as the Generals started the game fast with a motion-type offense, during which the score was often tied, and the first half ended with the score at 5-4 in favor of the Mustangs.

In the second half, the Mustangs increased their lead by wearing the Generals down in the midfield and working to improve their offensive passing game – and, to the credit of the defense and the goalie, by allowing only one goal to be scored by the Generals in the second half.  While the Generals double and triple-teamed Abby Johansen and Gwen Edwards, the resilient Mustang offense adjusted by passing to the open players.

There were numerous assists resulting from the cooperative offense, including assists by Gwen Edwards, Amanda Rolander, Taylor Bottock, Abby Johansen, and Christina Perez.  Senior midfielder Courtney Ready scored 5 goals, senior center Gwen Edwards scored 4, junior defender/midfielder Abby Johansen scored 3, and senior attack Christina Perez scored 1.

Defensively, Grace Kuipers led in ground balls with 6, and the Mustangs were able to keep the General’s scoring low with Chelsea Wilkes and Chantal Thomas outracing their opponents on fast breaks; and with Katrina Snyder and Abby Johansen getting a stick in to tip shots away from the cage.  Senior goalie Meghan Powell saw lots of action in the cage making 12 saves to tie her personal best so far this season.

The Mustangs travel to Loudoun County High School April 26 to play the Loudoun County Raiders.

Winning over Freedom, GMHS Girls Lax Undefeated at 7

April 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

GMHS Mustang senior attack Taylor Bottock (#1) carries the ball through the midfield while guarded by Freedom junior midfielder Megan Gluck (#12). Photo courtesy Jane Johansen.

Falls Church Times Staff

On Monday, April 19, the George Mason High School Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team won a hard fought game against the Freedom High School Eagles, by a score of 12 to 8; and with that win, they have brought their undefeated record to 7. At half time the score was Mason 6 to Freedom 3. In the second half, the Eagles began an offensive rally to try to close the gap. But that was to no avail as the Mason Mustangs made adjustments on defense and continued to answer with scores of their own. Senior center Gwen Edwards scored 4 goals, junior defender/midfielder Abby Johansen and sophomore attack Abby Perez scored 2 each, and Taylor Bottock, Grace Kuipers, Courtney Ready, and Chelsea Wilkes scored 1 each. Senior goalie Meghan Powell saw lots of action in the cage with the Eagles taking over 20 shots on goal, and she made 11 saves.

The Mustangs next play the Washington-Lee Generals at home on Wednesday the 21st, then travel to Loudoun County High School on Monday the 26th (moved from Thursday to Monday) to play the Loudoun County Raiders.

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