Great Falls A squadron of Saxons - 10 players in all - got name and number in the scoring ledger last Saturday, June 2 in a comfortable 18-5 Saxons’ win over the Dominion Titans (13-8) in a quarterfinal engagement of the VHSL State Playoffs in boys lacrosse at Langley.
The three-time state title holders next advance to the semifinals stage of the state competition where they will face the E. C. Glass Hilltoppers of Lynchburg, who were 12-1 winners at home over the North Stafford Wolverines in another quarterfinals game on Saturday. The clash between Langley (20-2) and E. C. Glass (17-3) is slated for Wednesday, June 6 at Westfield High School following the other state tournament semi-final between the Chantilly Chargers (17-3) and Battlefield Bobcats (19-1).
The Saxons, in the victory over Dominion, found their winning stride from the start on Saturday, grabbing the game’s first goal less than two minutes from the opening whistle and crafting a convincing 5-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. The visitors were looking up at a 10-goal deficit with a 12-2 score line showing at halftime, and would not get any closer to their opponent for the remainder of the game as they saw a running clock set in motion three times during the second half.
The Saxon senior attack force of Josh Sibio, Sean Ahearn and Mike Adams delivered four, three and two goals, respectively, in addition to a pair furnished by sophomore attacker Billy Orme, to go with seven goals supplied from the middie position - two from junior Jack Reilly and single strikes from seniors Hunter Bentz and Clay Rivers, from juniors Andrew Gentry and Luke Salzer, and from sophomore Justin Briggs. Junior attacker Cody Farmer collected four goals for the Titans (Dulles District), while junior attacker Brett Bushman added one goal late in the game to top off his impressive season production of 58 total goals scored this year for Sterling-based Dominion.
Senior Andrew Spivey guarded the Langley net for most of the game and was credited with nine saves before senior Mike Melendez came in as late-game replacement and made one save. Sophomore Christian Renick turned away a total of six scoring attempts by the Saxons.
The win for the Saxons is their tenth consecutive victory in state playoff contests going back to 2009 when Langley qualified for the first time.