Leesburg (May 1, 2014) – As Heritage Pride’s spring sports season comes to an an end I am going to take a look at the way each sport ended their 2014 season; Pride boys soccer team finishes with a loss in the Conference 21 quarterfinal to Loudoun County 2-1;. The Pride girls soccer team. The Pride baseball team lost a heartbreaker 4-3 to Sherando in the Conference 21 semifinal. The Pride softball team lost to Woodgrove 12-3 in the Conference 21 semifinal. The Pride boys lacrosse team finished with a 14-6 loss to Woodgrove in Conference 21 quarterfinal. The girls lacrosse team finished off its rebuilding season with a 24-4 loss to Loudoun County in the Conference 21 quarterfinal. The boys tennis team completed its season with a 9-0 loss to Loudoun County in the Conference 21 semifinals. The girls tennis team complete its season with a 5-1 loss to Sherando in the Conference 21 quarterfinal. The track team finished with events competing at the 4A Region meet at Liberty and competing in the State Meet at .
Pride boys soccer finished the regular season with a record of 7-8-1 overall and 6-5-1 in the Dulles District.
Pride girls soccer finished the regular season with a record of 8-7-1 over and 8-3-1 in the Dulles District.They failed to take the conference title at Dominion losing 6-0 but moved on to the 4A Region tournament.
The Pride baseball team finished 12-6 overall and 9-3 in the Dulles District which was good for 2nd behind Loudoun Valley.
The Pride softball team finished the regular season with a record 10-8 overall and 7-5 in the Dulles District
Boys lacrosse finished the regular season 5-7 overall and 2-5 in the district. After starting the season 1-3 the Pride won 4 out of the last 8. As the season went along they kept improving whether it was on The team had 2 players selected to the All-Dulles Group Team senior attacker Ryan Poland was named to the first team, also named region honorable mention, and sophomore Defender Tyler Daily was named to the second team.
Poland on his selection,”It’s an honor really, I wish I had another year to achieve more but I am happy with my achievements. I feel like I worked hard enough for them and I could not have done it without all the people who supported me and pushed me to be better this year”
Coach Burke on the selections,”I am proud of Ryan (1st-Team Attack) and Tyler (2nd-Team Defense). Recognition is hard to come by, and they are well deserving of all the accolades they received from their hard work since the end of last season.”
Coach Burke on the season,”During the course of the season the team grew and began to play better together. Playing in a tough conference doesn’t allow you any days off. There is no doormat in the Dulles District, and that’s make us want to be better, to raise the level of play even higher. I enjoyed the team as a whole. Everyone brings something different to the table. Whether it is skill level, various levels of intensity, work ethic, or simply a good sense of humor/ enjoyment of life perspective. Each member of the Pride made the whole better.”
Girls lacrosse finished the regular season 1-13 overall and 1-7 in the Dulles District. As is expected with a new head coach, the third in the last six years, and six players new to the sport the team struggled but at times showed flashes of both great defense and offense. As the season went along the team got more confident under the new system. The defense was lead by junior Caris Giessler who was named to the All-Dulles Group first-team defense and both senior Katie Lynch and junior Ashley Silvernale were named to the second-team All-Dulles Group attack.
Giessler on her selection and this being her first year,”
Coach Greening on Giessler, Katie Lynch, and Ashley Sivlernale being named to the All-Dulles Group Team,”Caris deserves her selection because she used her knowledge and experience from playing soccer to understand the fundamentals of the game of lacrosse. She became a remarkably skilled defender because of her intelligence and her desire to learn and improve. She used her speed and athleticism to overcome (her) still developing stick skills to do what great defenders do – get the ball up the field and back to the offense to allow them the chance to score. Both Katie and Ashley were consistent scorers for our attack, both scoring almost 20 goals for the season. They also both contributed significantly to our draw controls – alternating between the two of them to get us as many possessions as we could manage.”
Coach Greening on the season,”the Pride team improved dramatically on its way to a strong developmental season for a program that promises to raise its profile in the next few years. The Pride focused quite a lot of attention on playing strong team defense. Throughout the season they played stretches of excellent defense. Injuries plagued the Heritage team this season, as three players sustained season-ending concussions while four other players fell to joint injuries, lost for the duration of the season.By the end of the season, the team managed only one win, but the skill level of all players improved significantly. This team has grit. They never gave up, no matter the score and continued to work hard to improve. This, more than anything else, bodes well for the future of Heritage girls’ lacrosse.”
Also Greening on the future of the team,”The team’s prospects for next season remain strong. The team graduated only two seniors, and at least nine players from the rising freshman class will join the team next season.”
The Pride boys tennis team finished the regular season 4-11 overall and 4-7 in the Dulles District
The Pride girls tennis team finished the regular season 4-10 overall and 4-6 in the Dulles District
The Pride boys and girls track team had a great season
By Spencer DuPuis