Bruins, Spartans Lax Advance to Regions

Bruins, Spartans Lax Advance to Regions

Lake Braddock upsets Lee, West Springfield falls in semis to Annandale.

The Lake Braddock boys' lacrosse team secured a berth in the Northern Region lacrosse playoffs next week with an overtime win over district rival Lee on May 6.

During the overtime period, forward Kirk Tobias scored after defender Steven Puffenbarger cleared a Lee attacking attempt.

The Bruins' 9-8 victory avenges an earlier loss in the season to Lee.

"We were much better offensively than last time," head coach Steve Price said. "We controlled the ball much better and had about six or seven minutes more time of possession. That was the difference."

Lake Braddock's run in the Patriot District tournament ended with a 12-7 loss to W.T. Woodson on May 10.

Woodson junior attacker Neal Cormier led the Cavaliers with five goals and one assist in the game.

Price said the Bruins' performance in their match with Woodson isn't necessarily reflected by the final score.

"It was a 2-1 ball game after the first quarter," he said. "It was 5-3 at the half. It was very close. We schemed up some defensive stuff where we were shutting their best player off."

W.T. Woodson will play Annandale on May 14 for the Patriot District Championship at Lee High School. The Bruins will play the winner of the Concorde District tournament final on May 14 between Chantilly and Robinson.

Patriot District frontrunner West Springfield suffered a setback on May 10 then they endured a 11-8 loss to Annandale in the Patriot District tournament semi-finals.

This was the second meeting between the Spartans and Atoms this season, with West Springfield taking the first meeting by a score of 8-5 on April 4.

"It's the second time we've faced them this year," head coach Scott Settar said. "It was a close game the first time and it turned out to be another close one."

A combination of spotty offense and defense hurt the Spartans in their Patriot District tournament match with the Atoms.

"We don't feel like we brought our 'A' game," Settar said. "We had a difficult time possessing the ball on offense. It just didn't seem like our offense was in synch the whole time. We didn't play good team defense which we usually do."

The loss doesn't end the season for Settar's Spartans, but it does put his team in a challenging position. Teams from the Patriot District will be matched with teams from the Concorde District, meaning the now third-seeded Spartans will have to go through either Chantilly or Robinson if they want to win the Northern Region title.

"We have one of the most difficult pathways being the third placed team now," Settar said.