Boys Varsity Lacrosse
|WT Woodson High School||15|
The defending State Champ Cavaliers opened their 2018 season on the road against highly rated Oakton. The game began with the Cavs being introduced as the Defending State Champs. It was a cold evening but the Cavaliers were fired up facing the Cougars. After a Garlepp save, Duer took a clear up the right side and the Cavaliers on offense. The Cavaliers forced a penalty but the Cougar goalie made a nice save. Solomon tracked him into the corner and stole his attempted pass to get possession back. Hoffman capitalized on the possession leaning in on 2 cougar d-poles and ripping a lefty shot into the top left corner for a 1-0 lead. Phan had a nice clear after another Garlepp save. Solomon drew a double team before finding Hoffman on the right side who fired it into the top right corner for a 2-0 lead at the 6:39 mark. Stedham had a big hit and came away with the groundball. The Cougars came back and applied pressure on the Cavaliers defense but Garlepp was up to the task with consecutive saves to thwart the Cougar attack. Oakton finally broke through scoring off a deflection to make it 2-1. Cryblskey fought for a groundball off a Burns faceoff to get possession. Solomon faked left-right-left before firing a worm burner past the surprised goalie to make it 3-1. Phan dove near midfield to swat the ball into play where Fruchterman raced in to pick up the loose ball. His crossfield pass to Bower who fired over the goalie only to see it clang off the crossbar. The quarter ended with the Cavs up 3-1.
Cuviello forced a turnover after the faceoff to get possession. Solomon then took advantage of a Cougar defensive transition finding Yost on the crease with a long inbounds pass that Yost fired by the goalie for a 4-1 lead 27 seconds into the quarter. On the next possession, Solomon found Bower cutting from X who went top left to extend the lead to 5-1. The Cougars came back snaring a rebound off the crossbar to cut the lead to 5-2. The Cougars all-region FOGO won the faceoff and raced in for another goal 9 seconds later to ignite the home crowd. Cryblskey slowed the momentum coming up with a hard-fought ground ball out of a scrum to get possession. Solomon made it pay off firing a bouncer from a Yost feed to push the lead to 6-3. Garlepp maintained the lead making the save on a point-blank shot from the crease. Stedham raced through the Cougar defense for a clear. Garlepp had another save and fired a quick outlet pass to Yost who raced down field drawing a penalty at the end of his run. Phan skipped a pass to Hoffman who drilled a one-hopper from 20 yards out to make it 7-3 with 36 seconds left. Garlepp finished the half with another save with 1 second left for a 7-3 halftime lead.
The Cougars came out in the 2nd half on fire and kept possession for nearly 4 minutes to start the 2nd half. Garlepp had 2 saves and the defense kept the Cougars from getting any shots from in close. Stedham came up with a ground ball and fed Farr who got a much needed clear to take off the pressure. The Cavs kept the ball for 2 minutes but couldn’t score. Oakton came back on offense and this time broke through to cut the lead to 7-4 with 6 minutes left in the quarter. On the goal the Cavs were penalized and the Cougars made it count with another goal to cut the lead to 7-5 and fire up the home crowed again. Solomon regained some momentum for the Cavs with a flick of his wrist for an 8-5 lead. Yost raced up field with a clear and found Solomon near the top of the key, Solomon hit Farr just outside the crease and he stuffed it over the goalie to extend the lead back to 4 goals. Phan excited the Woodson crowd taking a ground ball and leaving the Cougar player on the ground with a sweet swim move for a clear. Bower drove the right alley and scored with 1:44 left to make it 10-5. 22 seconds later, Fruchterman dodged through 4 Cougars before firing bottom left to make it 11-5. Cuviello and Cryblskey combined to win the next faceoff to end the quarter.
In what looked like an instant replay, Cuviello and Cryblskey combined to win the next faceoff to start the quarter. Bower fired lefty from the top of the key to make it 12-5 just 32 seconds into the final quarter. The Oakton crowd was quiet and the Cougars could have easily given up at this point. Instead they took advantage of a man-up situation to cut it to 12-6. 42 seconds later they made a skip pass and fired a shot to make it 12-7 with 9:52 still to play. Cuviello won a tough faceoff and gained possession. Phan’s shot hit the post and caromed away. The Cavs maintained possession and Fruchterman’s skip pass found Hoffman on the left side of the goal for his 4th goal of the game. A minute later, Oakton responded with another goal to make it 13-8. The Cougars put on another surge but Garlepp turned away a shot that Yost gobbled up to get possession. After a Cougars save, Bower stole the clearing pass to allow the Cavs to run some more time off the clock. For one of the few times in the game the Cougars defended Solomon with 1 man and he quickly took advantage putting an over the back shoulder shot in for a 14-8 lead. Oakton had one last gasp as they scored two goals in 20 seconds to cut the lead to 14-10 with 5 minutes left. Duer had a great check to knock the ball loose and Stedham picked it up but the Cavs lost control near midfield. Farr darted through the scrum and came away with the ground ball that allowed the Cavs to play keep away. Solomon drew the Cougar defense yet again and found Fruchterman whose top left shot made it 15-10. Garlepp made one last save and Solomon calmly milked the clock easily dodging up to 3 Cougars as the seconds ticked off the clock.
The Cavaliers opened defense of their Title with a convincing win on the road against a tough opponent in the Cougars.
The Cavs finished with a 21-16 advantage in ground balls with Cryblskey leading the way with 7. The defense of Stedham, Magee, and Duer played outstanding defense in front of Garlepp who had 11 saves against the high-powered Cougar attack. Solomon lead the way on offense with 4 goals and 5 assists. Hoffman had 4 goals. Bower had 3 goals and Fruchterman had 2 goals and an assist. Yost had a goal and an assist. Farr had a goal and Phan an assist to round out the scoring.
The Cavs are 1-0 on the season and play Madison on March 24 at home at 8:00 in the Spring Break Tournament.