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PVI Boys’ Lax Seventh in Nation

Private school rolls over DeMatha, Oakton and O’Connell.

The Paul VI Boys' Lacrosse team has started off the season with a strong run of victories. On Tuesday, March 22, the Panthers traveled to Arlington to face off against rival O'Connell. PVI scored the first goal of the game in 61 seconds and never looked back, beating O'Connell 14-4.

The Panthers were led by sophomore Connor Murphy (four goals three assists), sophomore Logan Aunon (one goal, three assists), sophomore Scott Primeau (one goal, three assists), senior Danny Barcklow (three goals), and senior Ty Aunon (one goal, two assists). Sophomore Zach Tuell had an impressive game making 13 saves.

The following night, they didn't have to travel very far to face a traditionally strong Oakton team. The boys once again jumped out to an early start, scoring 55 seconds into the game and once again, never looked back. The only thing able to stop the Panthers that night was the lightning, as PVI took an 8-1 lead into a 30-minute lightning delay half way through the third quarter. After returning to the field, PVI was able to finish what they started with a 14-5 victory with strong performances by Murphy (four goals), Aunon (one goal, three assists), junior Brandon Fullerton (two goals, one assist), Ty Aunon (two goals), and Primeau (two goals, one assist). Tuell finished the game with 11 saves.

The week was capped off with a Friday night face off with DeMatha on Panther Field. DeMatha, who has won seven of the last nine WCAC titles, looked impressive jumping out to a one goal lead just 45 seconds into the game. Four minutes later, they scored again making the score 2-0. However, Barcklow found the back of the net making the score 2-1 at the end of the first.

DeMatha scored the first two goals of the second quarter giving them a three-goal lead, but the Panthers went on the offensive, scoring three goals in a 2-minute stretch to tie the game halfway through the second period.

DeMatha was able to score before halftime, giving them a one-goal lead. PVI scored the first three goals of the second half and never looked back, pulling off the upset over DeMatha 10-8. The Panthers were again led by Murphy (two goals, two assists), Logan Aunon (two goals), Barcklow (two goals, one assist) and Ty Aunon (one goal, two assists).

The PVI boys' lacrosse team has started the season 5-0 and are currently ranked seventh the in the nation by Laxpower.