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April 17 Fauquier County high school sports roundup

Friday, Apr. 18 | By Jeff Malmgren
Despite 10 first-half saves by goalie Liam Walsh, the Highland Hawks lost to the Randolph Macon Academy boys lacrosse team, 12-6, Thursday at home in Warrenton.

“Props to Liam Walsh in his tremendous effort,” Hawks coach Kevin Helmick said. “He kept us in the game.”

Walsh finished the game with 12 saves, but Randolph Macon’s second-half surge dropped Highland’s record to 2-2 overall and in the Delaney Athletic Conference.

Brandon Landers led the Hawks with two goals on five shots and picked up three ground balls. Nick Whitehead added one goal, two assists and two ground balls, while Jack Silvernale won 10 of 13 face-offs and had three ground balls and one assist.

Eastern Mennonite 3, Highland 0

In a rematch of the 2013 VISAA Division state championships game, the Highland Hawks again lost to Eastern Mennonite, 3-0, Thursday at home in Harrisonburg.

The loss was Highland's first in nearly a month and dropped the Hawks' record to 4-3-1. Last season, Eastern Mennonite defeated Highland, 1-0, to win the state title.

"We came out really flat today and gave up two early goals," Hawks coach Reynolds Oare said of the rematch Thursday. "We controlled the game for the next 60 minutes. We just couldn't get anything to go into the net."

Woodberry Forest 5, Highland 4

The Woodberry Forest boys tennis team broke the Highland Hawks' winning streak of 18 consecutive regular season matches.

Highland lost to the VISAA Division I foe, 5-4, on the road Thursday, dropping the Hawks' record to 6-1.

"We wish we had gotten the win, but we will rally back next match," Hawks coach Paola Riccetti said. "I am happy with the tremendous effort that them boys showed."

Highland went 12-0 during the 2013 regular season and suffered its only loss in the VISAA Division II state semifinals.

Against Woodberry, Highland No. 1 Adam Fenton won, 10-8, and No. 2 Jack Thomas won, 10-2. No. 3 Rich Gerhardt lost, 11-9, while No. 4 Ward Van de Water fell, 10-1, No. 5 Hampton Massie lost, 10-0, and No. 6 Tim Bartz fell, 10-5.

In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Fenton and Bartz won, 8-6, while the No. 2 team of Thomas and Van de Water won, 9-7. The No. 3 team of Gerhardt and Traves Stolterfoht lost, 8-5.
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