Falcon boys lacrosse rolls into regionals with 13-4 Memorial Day win over Eastern View
Monday, May. 25
Throwing the Fauquier Falcons boys lacrosse team off its game takes more than the potentially disruptive start time of 10 a.m.
While a few Falcons might have complained of midmorning cobwebs, the game was too important to sleep through, and the Falcons didn't, eventually rolling to a 13-4 Memorial Day victory over Eastern View in the Evergreen Conference semifinals to lock up a spot in next week's regionals.
Still, it took a while for the host Falcons (11-3) to settle this game and advance to the Evergreen Conference final Wednesday against archrival Kettle Run. Eastern View (8-7) used a physical style to keep the game close.
The Cyclones led 2-1 after the first 12 minutes, and trailed Fauquier by just one, 5-4, at halftime.
But Eastern View went scoreless in the second half as Falcon attackman Dom Scott scored two of his game-high five goals in the final two quarters. Scott also had three assists.
Fauquier's 8-0 second half burst began when midfielder Briar Thomas fed a cutting Scott down the middle of the crease. Scott nabbed the pass at full speed, and deposited it in the back of the net. All but one of Scott’s five goals came on rapid movements.
Dom “just gets open a lot,” said coach Eric Morrison. “That is a very valuable weapon to have in a player.”
Winners of the Evergreen Conference regular season title, the Falcons now gear up for what is expected to be a entertaining match with rival Kettle Run for the conference tournament crown. The game is Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Liberty, following the Evergreen Conference girls Championship.
While both teams have qualified for regionals, the winner of Wednesday's championship will earn a home game for the regional opener, which is a valuable prize.
Fauquier has won six in a row over Kettle Run — including a damaging 7-6 win over the Cougars in last year's conference tournament, that kept Kettle Run from regionals.
Kettle Run qualified for regionals with a impressive 14-9 win over No. 2 seed Culpeper on Monday, also at 10 a.m.
Wednesday's showdown will be back at night, with game time listed at 7.
That fact pleases Scott.
“Never have I played a game this early, and I don’t like it that much,” Scott said. “I was so tired.”
Despite his comments, Scott actually was a tireless worker.
With his Falcons ahead 7-4, Scott hounded the goalie, and forced a drop. Scott retrieved the ball, passed to a teammate, and worked his way around the edges of the Falcons’ offensive set. When a pass found him, he quickly sent it Merritt Railey, whose wide-open strike made it 8-4.
“Dom brings a lot of speed and aggressiveness, and when he’s on he’s really on,” Morrison said. “It only takes one goal to shift momentum, and we make a living off of his vision and open cuts down the middle.”
The Falcons tallied ten turnovers in the first half, and had just eight shots on goal out of 20 total attempts. Eastern View’s big bodies and swarming defense seemed to irk a Fauquier offense that is normally a well-oiled machine.
“They don’t like us, and they like to hit us hard,” Scott said. “We weren’t getting many calls either, so it was hard for the offense early. We played through it though, that’s what we do.”
Of Fauquier's eight unanswered goals in the second half, two each were scored by Scott as well as midfielders Tim Wright and Brett Brunsink and one each from attackman Andrew Bierman and defender Tyler Bane.
Eastern View coach Steve Speelman was disappointed to see the game get out of hand after a promising start. “Lack of focus, I guess,” Speelman said. “I’m not sure where the mentality breakdown happened, because we were right where we wanted to be for the majority of the first half.”
Morrison knew it would have been a horrible Memorial Day if the Falcons didn't play a complete game. “We couldn’t let the frenzy get to us, all we had to do was settle down,” Morrison said. “Once we spread out, take our time, and work the ball around…We are a hard team to beat."
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