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F.C. Youth Lacrosse Teams Strive for Postseason Playoffs

U13 Boys Black

U13 Boys Black team tied Alexandria 3-3 on Saturday behind goals from Raphe Schultz, Sebastian Kaye and Brandon Ward with an assist to Kaye.fc-lacrosse-U13

 

U13 Boys Black

U13 Boys Black team tied Alexandria 3-3 on Saturday behind goals from Raphe Schultz, Sebastian Kaye and Brandon Ward with an assist to Kaye. The defense, led by Austin Gogal, Sean Fitzgerald and goalie Dan Dusenberry, stopped numerous Alexandria offensive possessions, and Gogal transitioned the ball on many occasions to the offense. The team got great hustle from the middies in their final game of the season. The U13 team is the first team from the Falls Church club to compete at the A level, the highest level of play available in the league.

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AUSTIN GOGAL RACES UPFIELD to clear the ball in the U13 Boys Black team’s tie versus Alexandria. (Photo: Mark Johansen)

U13 Boys Red

The boy’s U13 Red Mustangs survived a scare from a tough Springfield squad but held on during a late rally to remain unbeaten in their last seven games. Falls Church had a comfortable lead of 8-4 going into the fourth quarter and had to fight hard in the last few minutes to secure the win. Michael Fraser had four goals, Chris Cardwell had two and Nicolas Casillas added two as well. The team will be focusing on team defense heading into the last game of the season and the playoffs. The team has 7 wins and 2 losses, and tied for second in the division.

U11 Boys Black

The Falls Church Youth Lacrosse Club U11 Boys Black team escaped with a narrow 3-1 victory over Dulles South this past Saturday at Moore Cadillac Stadium. The Mustangs got off to an inauspicious start, falling behind 1-0 in the first quarter, but bounced back to tie things up at 1-1 on a beautiful scoring play. Drew Trauth, driving to the goal, anticipated the defensive double-team and dished the ball to Jack Hennessey, who found the back of the net.

Several minutes later, Falls Church took the lead. Hennessey gained possession of the ball on the right wing, made a power move to get past the defense and beat the goalie to the stick side for his second goal of the day, with a blistering on-the-run shot from about seven yards. Brendon Smith accounted for the Mustangs final goal of the game, midway through the second half. Cradling the ball down the left wing, Brendon roll-dodged to his right, fought through several Dulles South defenders and scored from about 15 feet. The U11 boys Black team improved their record to 4-3-1 on the season for a fifth place tie in the division.

U11 Boys Red

The U11 Boys Red team played a gritty game against a very strong Vienna squad. Evan Motta and Trevor Hayes demonstrated great hustle, scooping up four ground balls apiece, while Joe Barth stood his ground in the goal making four saves.

U9 Boys Black

The U9 Boys Black team played a great game against Alexandria on the George Mason High School turf Saturday morning. It was a fantastic team effort by all. The stand out defensive trio of Jack Felgar, Luke Sausville and James Gogal (in goal) kept Alexandria to a minimal number of shots. The attack line of William Egge and Corwin Miller kept solid pressure on the opposing goalkeeper. Two middie lines of Bryan Gagnon (one goal), Henry Wildman, Tucker Gaskins (two goals) and Elliott Levri, Jasper Litton and Matthew Roosma (one goal) provided the scoring and effective ball movement to keep Alexandria from having many opportunities.

U9 Boys Red

This Saturday, the U9 Reds played their best game so far of the season. This was a reprise of their first game out, against tough Arlington 1 on Arlington’s home turf. Knowing what was in store for the squad, the team made a late-week decision to change our defensive formation. Daniel Ross, Thomas Majure, Andrew Tyeryar and Henry Casillas executed the defensive game plan beautifully, with Andrew and Henry pulling double duty on offense and leading the team on a no-holds-barred scoring drive. Jack Savage and Edward Solms held down the goal. A great match-up and close, well-played game.

U13 Girls

The Falls Church U13 girls won another close game, beating Stafford 6-5, to finish the regular season 6-2 and with a tie for second place in the division. Once again, the girls fell behind early, rallied back and then outplayed their opponents in the second half. Savanna Sulc scored four goals, with the decisive goal coming from one of two assists by Claire Tourkin. Claire Saunders and Maeve Curtain also scored goals. The entire Falls Church team played an inspired defense all game, led by a superior performance by Rae Mondragon. Taylor Gagnon, the goalie, had a couple of critical saves.

U11 Girls

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U11 GIRLS JACKIE NNAII (left) and BRIDGETT RORRER double team the Fort Hunt offense. (Photo: Mark Johansen)

In the final game of the regular season, the U11 Mustangs played an outstanding game of lacrosse. Although their opponent, a very skilled team from Fort Hunt (the third team from there that they played this season) sprang to an early lead, the Mustangs were in hot pursuit throughout the entire game and traded goals back and forth with their opponents.

The offense was somewhat frustrated at first by an outstanding Fort Hunt goalie, but soon found their groove and began scoring. Defensively the team frustrated the Fort Hunt squad, forcing turnovers and dropped passes the entire length of the field. Standout play was again delivered by Maddie Hof (five goals) and Sarah Lubnow (two goals) on offense and by Caroline Duffet in the goal (50-percent save average).

Jackie Nnaji, Daria Glennon and Maria Torregrosa delivered outstanding close-in defense with help from Kenya Bliss and Bridgett Rorrer. Anna Dubro, Lily Saunders and Hannah and Claire Hiscott provided key support in the midfield, transitioning the play from defense to offense and disrupting the other teams transitions. Maeve Donnelly, Elizabeth Kerrigan and Lauren Wever provided the close-in offense and help to create the scoring opportunities that the Mustangs were able to take advantage of.

The Mustangs now move on to post-season play. Although seeded eighth in the tournament, during the regular season they have beaten or tied nearly half of the other seeds. Falls Church is likely to face a tough Annandale team in the first round.

U9 Girls Red

In their final regular season game of the season, the girls fielded goalies for the entire game. Victoria Rund and Mackenzie Cogar both played with unflinching bravery and made some great saves. The combination of Elizabeth Dodge and Annette Schlitt equaled a scoring machine. Cindy Lay played great defense and scooped up every ground ball within 20 feet of her.