June 16, 2014 – The Battle of Purcellville came to a close on Sunday, June 15, when the Woodgrove Wolverines and the Loudoun Valley Vikings girls lacrosse teams faced each other in the VHSL 5A Girls Lacrosse State Final.
These two teams faced each other three times previously throughout the season and Woodgrove claimed victory over the Vikings twice already.
In their fourth match up of the season, the Wolverines defeated the Vikings 15-1 to clench the team’s first state championship.
Shortly after becoming the newest 5A State Champions, Woodgrove Assistant Coach Keri Reid and the rest of the team learned that their victory marks the first time a Loudoun County lacrosse program has won a state title.
Sophomore Nora Bowen got the Wolverines off to a good start by scoring their first goal 12 seconds into the game. Throughout the game, Bowen continued to be a strong offensive force, with four goals in total.
However, Bowen wasn’t the only offensive powerhouse for the Wolverines. Sophomore Courtney Olivier scored four goals as well. Senior Ashley Wacker and junior Emma Leszcazak also contributed three goals each to Woodgrove’s total.
While Woodgrove’s offense was hard at work racking up a whooping 15 goals, their defense proved to be the real star of the game.
Junior goalkeeper, Ashley Morris, stood strong and had a near perfect game, keeping the Loudoun Valley Vikings scoreless for almost 40 minutes, and only allowing one goal throughout the entire game.
When asked, Woodgrove Assistant Coach Keri Reid claimed the reason for their success this season was her teams unwavering determination.
“They were just so focused the whole entire time and we worked them so hard. No matter what, they were still working,” said Reid.
While the team celebrates a successful 2014 season, assistant coach Keri Reid is optimistic that another successful season lies ahead for the Woodgrove High School girl’s lacrosse team.
“We have a lot of juniors and sophomores, so I feel like we are going to be stronger than ever next year,” said Reid. “I’m excited for next year.”
By: Tori Kramer