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Brambleton, Va. (May 4, 2017) — It was a true feast for the Ashburn sports fan as the Spartans of Broad Run High School and the Bulldogs of Stone Bridge High School rendezvoused at the home of the Falcons of Briar Woods High School for a full slate of critically late Conference 14 games.
On this Ashburn Clash of a Viva Loudoun Sports Night – proudly powered by Power Train® – we bore witness to Stone Bridge’s spectacular boys’ tennis season, a very long home run off a Bulldog’s bat, and an extra-inning barnburner of a baseball contest.
Boys’ Tennis: Stone Bridge 8, Briar Woods 1
More known for his football acumen, first-year head coach for Stone Bridge’s boys’ tennis R.J. Windows seems to know a thing or two about the clay court too.
At least he knows not to mess things up.
“What’s really neat about this group is how much they care about the team. They’re really strong individually, but they’re always pulling for each other,” said Windows, an accomplished defensive coordinator who connected to the tennis job through wife Joan, the Stone Bridge assistant AD.
The Bulldogs (12-0) have decimated nearly every opponent to come up against them this season. Stone Bridge’s top six of Erick Rivas, Brad Pappalardo, Brendan Soh, Saurav Chemudu, Matt Kapusta and Asa Sappington compiled a combined 90-0 through the first 10 team outings.
With a 5-1 count in singles and a sweep of doubles, Stone Bridge knocked off the Falcons to claim the top seed in the upcoming Region 5A North tournament, Windows said.
Justin Lear produced Briar Woods’ sole win with an 8-6 decision in the No. 6 singles matchup against Matt Silvasy, a senior making his first top-6 appearance ever.
JV Girls’ Lacrosse: Briar Woods 9, Broad Run 5
The Spartans got the initial tally but the Falcons (6-4) scored four unanswered to take a 4-2 halftime lead. The second half saw both teams double their first-half total, then add a last-minute goal for good measure.
“Our girls have really excelled in working the ball down the field,” commented Briar Woods head coach Michael Pitts. “They’re starting to really understand spacing.”
Autumn Hall led all scorers with three goals, while Ellie Krueger and Anna Nocera each put in a pair. Brianna Ayala notched two for Broad Run.
Girls’ Lacrosse: Briar Woods 13, Broad Run 9
Just before they took the field for Senior Night, the Briar Woods Falcons amassed as a team to bellow the jumping chant “Our house! Our house!”
And so it was. Briar Woods (5-6) scored just 75 seconds in when Amal Adem assisted Diana Harris for the early lead. Broad Run’s Holly Williams answered just 20 seconds later, kicking off a back-and-forth seesaw leading to a 4-3 Falcon lead after 10 minutes.
“Our girls just kept flocking to the ball, exactly what we needed,” Briar Woods head coach Robyn Freedmann-Schnapp said. “We played great defense, our transition was great, and we came together for some nice assists.”
Briar Woods’ advantage edged to 11-9 with five minutes remaining when freshman goalie Kyra Vlassis – just called up from JV – turned in a basket save. Moments later, Olivia Bisset tallied out of a timeout. She flung it home again in the closing minutes for the ultimate margin.
Bisset and Adem led the Falcons with three goals apiece. Katie Schroder, Bridget O’Brien and Bryn Armstrong tossed in two each for Broad Run.
The Falcons and Spartans will square off again May 10 on the same field to commence the Conference 14 tournament.
Baseball: Stone Bridge 2, Briar Woods 1 (10 inn.)
No matter that it was raining steady by the fifth inning and pouring by the sixth. The Bulldogs (10-6) and the Falcons (12-5) were locked up in a crucial late-season conference affair that just kept going, inning after nail-biting inning.
Briar Woods tallied in the first when Jake Kleifges singled and Michael Ludowig doubled him home. But junior lefty Shane Gallahan retired 11 straight batters and 15 of the next 16 to keep the Falcons at bay.
Stone Bridge knotted matters in the sixth when Casey Johnson walked, then scored on Drew Hentz‘s single three batters later.
The Falcons came within 90 feet of victory when Ludowig bunted for a single and moved to third on a wild pick-off throw. But righty reliever Matt House coaxed a comebacker and a strikeout to extend the game.
“That kid is an absolute gamer. You could see it in his eyes,” said Bulldog head coach Andrew Baird of House.
The decider came rather unexpectedly. Matt Molthen reached on a two-out error, advanced around on a wild pitch and streaked home on a passed ball. House made it stand up, breaking off a curve for a strikeout before an infield grounder ended things.
Softball: Stone Bridge 10, Briar Woods 7
It was Ashburn Girls Softball League Night in Brambleton as a parade of youngsters clad in softball gear got to be part of the show. They accompanied the Falcons onto the field for pregame warmups and took part in a really big team photograph.
In the game, slugging sophomore Maddy Carpe launched a long fly ball that sailed far beyond the left field fence to get the Bulldogs (13-3) on the board, but the Falcons’ Cayla Kumpf socked a two-run triple, then came home on Caitlin Nee‘s base knock.
But a six-run Stone Bridge explosion in the sixth provided the ultimate cushion for left-handed starter Emily Sappington. Briar Woods (9-7) responded with a four-run seventh that was too little and too late.
“Second time through their lineup, we made an adjustment,” Stone Bridge head coach Billy Rice said. “Emily was very effective, led the way for us.”
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