Boys Varsity Lacrosse
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On another cold evening with a light rain falling the Cavaliers extended their win streak to 4 games with a nail biting win over the Chantilly Chargers. Coming off an easy win the night before the Cavaliers faced a 3-1 Chargers team. The Chargers won the opening faceoff and then kept possession for nearly 3 minutes. The Cavs defense was up to the task as Duer, Stedham, and Magee matched up against the Charger attack. Garlepp made a nice save on their 1st shot of the night. Eventually Duer and Stedham combined for a take away to give the Cavs their 1st possession of the game. Yost completed the clear with a spinning move to get across midfield and the Chargers in their zeal to stop him stepped off sides. With the man-advantage the Cavs moved the ball until Fruchterman found Hoffman on the right side and ripped the shot past the goalie for a 1-0 lead at the 8 minute mark of the quarter. Garlepp had another good save and fired a lead pass to Yost at midfield who carried it into the box. Fruchterman made a great move coming around the cage and stuffing it in for a 2-0 lead. Cuviello won the next faceoff and were back on offense. Solomon leaned on the Charger D-pole as he worked his way towards the goal. He then slipped off the defender and fired top left for a 3-0 lead. It looked like the Cavs were on their way to another easy victory. The Chargers had other ideas and scored with 4 minutes left to cut the lead to 3-1. Duer played great defense to deny the Chargers a shot. The Cavs were called for a penalty and the Chargers took advantage with their 2nd goal at the 2:28 mark. The Chargers weren’t through as they tacked on another goal with a minute left to tie the game at 3 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Yost battled to come up with the ground ball to start the 2nd quarter. Just when it looked like an errant pass was going to go out Cryblskey magically pulled it back onto the field and wheeled back to grab the ground ball and keep possession. The Chargers goalie made a nice save but Solomon as he had the night before harassed the goalie into a turnover. His shot bounced off the post leaving the game tied. Yost played tough defense all night and knocked the ball loose to get possession for the Cavs. The goalie had another great save on a shot from the crease and this time the Chargers attack cut through the Cavs and scored with 2 defenders all over him to give the Chargers their 1st lead of the night. Cryblskey played great defense on the next possession and partially blocked a shot that Garlepp snared out of the air. Fruchterman found Yost cutting down the lane and he stuffed a shot past the goalie to tie the game at 4 all. Garlepp made another close range save to keep it that way. Cryblskey and Duer double-teamed the Chargers attack with great defense as the half ended in a 4-4 tie.
Phan won the 3rd quarter faceoff but the Charger goalie made another save to give them possession. Yost stole a pass and broke up field racing past the midfield to create a 4 on 3 and fed Fruchterman who drilled the shot to put the Cavs back on top 5-4. Garlepp made another save and Duer raced up field for the clear. Phan’s rocket was somehow deflected by the goalie to keep it a 1 score game. Yost came away with the ball after a scramble in front of the goal but the Cavs couldn’t take advantage. The Cavs were hit with an off-sides penalty and the Chargers took advantage 15 seconds later moving the ball quickly to an open shooter who tied the game at 5. Garleep then deflected a shot from the left side and again denied the Charger attack off the rebound from just outside the crease to keep the game tied. Farr took advantage of a short stick against him and rolled by him before going 5 hole to give the Cavs back the lead at 6-5. The Chargers hung tough tying the game with just under 2 minutes in the quarter. Yost had a steal shortly after and fed Solomon whose laser from the top of the box found the net for a 7-6 lead. It looked like the quarter would end that way but the Charger middie stole the ball and with the clock ticking down raced up field and shot as time ran out. The referees signaled a goal with 00 showing on the clock and it was 7-7 heading to the final quarter with the Chargers team fired up.
The Cavaliers showed their grit early in the 4th quarter as Garlepp deflected a shot high into the air and Duer snagged it to get possession. The Cavs were hit with a penalty shortly after that and Garlepp made another save and Stedham took the rebound down field for the clear. The Cavs killed the remainder of the penalty slowing the Chargers momentum. Solomon took possession at the top of the box and drew Chantilly defenders to him. When the 3rd defender showed up he quickly found Andrews on the left slot who faked the goalie and gave the Cavs the lead back at 8-7. Yost then came up with another loose ball and drew a foul to give the Cavs a man-up opportunity of their own. The Chargers were hit with another penalty for interference during the penalty to give the Cavs a 2-man advantage. The Cavs moved the ball around until Phan found Solomon creeping in from the top of the box. Solomon fired the shot past the goalie to open up a 9-7 lead with 8 minutes remaining. Murray applied a hard check on the Charger attackman and Duer scooped up the loose ball to get possession back for the Cavs. Solomon made it pay off with a wraparound goal to extend the lead to 10-7. Wright hustled at midfield to get to a loose ball heading out of bounds to keep possession. The Chargers didn’t give up and scored on a tough shot to make it 10-8 with just under 4 minutes remaining. It looked like the Cavs would regain the 3-goal lead on the next possession but the Charger goalie made an incredible save. On the ensuing possession, the Chargers scored to draw within 1 with 2:39 remaining in the contest. The Cavs crowd was nervous and after a scramble near mid-field it looked like the Chargers had gained possession with a timeout just before going out of bounds. Much to the delight of the crowd the Chargers were called for being off sides before the time out and the Cavs had possession. They needed to burn almost 2 minutes of the clock to ensure the victory. The Cavs burned a minute before being forced out and losing possession. The Cavs defense would need to make another stop. The Cavs were relentless on defense, not allowing the Chargers a look at the goal. With the clock winding down the Chargers took a desperate shot that was blocked by Stedham. A scramble outside the crease followed with Yost coming away with the ground ball that would end the game. The Cavs had hung on for the 10-9 win.
The game was as close as the score indicated. The Cavs had an advantage in groundballs while the Chargers had 5 more shots and 4 more shots on goal than the Cavs. Yost had a great all-around game with a goal, an assist, 4 ground balls, and 4 take away checks. Garlepp was outstanding in goal finishing with 14 saves. His 3rd game of the season with double figures in saves. Cuviello chipped in with 4 ground balls. Solomon led the offense with 4 goals and an assist. Fruchterman had 2 goals and 2 assists. Farr, Hoffman, and Andrews each had goals.
On the season the Cavs have now outscored the opposition 47-30 and have hustled their way to a 79-55 advantage on ground balls. Cryblskey leads the team with 16 ground balls. They also have 30 take away checks on defense with Farr leading the way with 5. Solomon leads the attack with 16 goals and 10 assists. Hoffman is 2nd with 10 goals and Fruchterman has 7 goals and 5 assists. Garlepp has 42 saves and a 63% save percentage.
The Cavs are 4-0 on the season and play at rival South County Friday April 6th.