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Prep Lacrosse: Eagles claw way to first district title

COLONIAL FORGE BATTLES BACK FROM THREE-GOAL DEFICIT TO CLAIM DISTRICT CROWN

BY JIM SWING

In the end, Colonial Forge’s sideline had cleared, players huddled near their own goal and lacrosse sticks filled the air.

A gritty, down-to-the-wire 7–6 victory over North Stafford meant the school’s first-ever Commonwealth District championship, and a reason to celebrate.

“I’m happy for the guys. They’ve been working hard all year,” Eagles’ coach Blair Penny said. “This is one of the goals that we had as a team.”

But it wasn’t easy.

There was the three-goal deficit in the first quarter the Eagles were forced to recover from.

Michael Christiansen, Brayden Brown and Chris Woodard combined for three quick goals in the first six minutes that had Colonial Forge in a state of panic.

“I think the kids were a lot more nervous than they wanted to ’fess up to being,” Penny said.

Penny called timeout to settle his team and regain focus.

It worked.

Colonial Forge tallied a pair of unanswered goals in the final six minutes of the first quarter to cut the deficit to one.

Two quick penalties at the start of the second quarter proved costly for North Stafford.

Jake Maupin and Marcus Boyer capitalized on the man advantage, netting two consecutive goals and taking the lead.

The Eagles piled on three more goals in the third quarter to take a three-goal advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

“It gave us a cushion and we sat on it,” Sims said.

But Justin Taylor and Keenan Wilson quickly deflated it.

The pair of North Stafford seniors each buried consecutive unanswered goals to cut the Eagles’ lead to one.

Then came the real challenge. Colonial Forge had just over a minute on the clock to preserve the lead, possession and a district championship.

“We knew we had to possess the ball throughout the whole thing because we wanted to win the game,” said senior attacker Reed Kaucher, who had two goals. “If they got a turnover, they’re a great team they can definitely score.”

The Eagles worked the ball around the Wolverines’ net before giving up the ball with just 14 seconds remaining.

Wilson stormed down field but was forced behind the net by a stifling Eagles defense as time expired.

“It’s a real honor to bring the first one to this school,” Senior attacker Austin Sims said. “We worked real hard in the offseason and it paid off.”

MOUNTAIN VIEW 17, BROOKE POINT 10

Nick Gray had seven goals as Mountain View secured a region bid with a win in the Commonwealth District consolation game.

Sean Rockx scored four and Johnny Tellez three for the Wildcats.

Brooke Point was led by Hunter Miller’s five-goal effort. Orlando Levins also scored and had three assists.

Jim Swing: 540/374-5440

jswing@freelancestar.com

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