June 16, 2014 – Loudoun County High School fell to Albemarle High School on Sunday, June 15, in the VHSL 5A Boys Lacrosse State Final.
Despite being in the lead for most of regulation, the Raiders ended up losing to the Patriots 10-11. The Patriots scored the game-winning goal with mere seconds left in the first overtime.
The Loudoun County Raiders started off the game off strong, leading the game 8-6 by the end of the third quarter.
Captain and senior Sean Rogers, who scored three of the Raiders 10 goals, headed Loudoun County’s offense. Sophomore Kevin Rogers also aided the offense contributing 2 goals.
However, the Raiders defense was no match for Albemarle standout Matt Crist, who scored six of the Patriots 11 goals.
In the forth quarter, County gave up their two-goal lead, allowing the Patriots, with an offense lead by Crist, to tie the game at 10-10.
Even during the first overtime, the Raiders maintained possession for the majority of the four minutes, with Sean Rogers making some close shots in an attempt to win the game. Unfortunately, the Raiders were unable to take advantage of their two possessions during overtime.
Albemarle ended up gaining possession in the last 10 seconds which allowed midfielder, Kevin Bernardino, to score the game-winning goal for the Patriots with four seconds left in the first overtime.
Overall the Loudoun County Raiders played well and fought hard, but unfortunately will not be able to call themselves the 5A Boys Lacrosse State Champions this year.
By: Tori Kramer