Boys Varsity Lacrosse
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The Vikings traveled to Osbourn High School Tuesday to take on Coach Hoover and the Eagles. Osbourn's roster featured 15 Seniors looking to improve on last year's 4-11 record. Meanwhile, the Vikings looked to their six returning Seniors to build on last year's 11-7 season which ended in a tough loss to James River in the first round of the Regional Playoffs.
Weather conditions had canceled all previous games for both schools; as well as a significant portion of early season practices. Tuesday's game provided both coaching staffs with a much needed look at their program's progress since the early season. Woodbridge came into the game looking to build off a strong offensive showing in their pre-season scrimmage.
The Viking defense, which struggled at times during their scrimmage, again saw themselves start slow. Half time proved to be a difference maker, and the Eagles saw limited offensive production in the second half. Senior defenders Grayden Brock and Carl Kline shared defensive responsibilities with Juniors Noah Kirk and Sam Lyons. Solid midfield defense was provided by Patrick stead and long stick Cullen Sullivan.
Goalie Thomas Stroup made his first start between the pipes for the Vikings. Much like his defense, Stroup was able to rally at half time and recorded a solid performance on route to his first win as a Viking. The Freshmen has played a key part in Woodbridge's attempt to fill the shoes of last year's Senior class.
Woodbridge's offense was lead by Junior attackmen Jack Brennan with an impressive 7 goals on the day. Brennan's line mate, Junior attackmen Ben Wheeler, slotted two goals as well. The Vikings found success on offense throughout the game thanks in part to the crease play of Senior attackmen Mike Stroup.
The Senior class also opened the door for the Viking offense through the midfield. Jacob Creagh (2G, 3A, 7GB), Alec Cordova (2A), and Patrick Stead (2G) all recorded points to contribute to the team's 14 goals on the day. Juniors Josh Teaford (2A) and Kai Hampden (1G, 2A) also found their way onto the score sheet. Teaford also contributed to the offense by securing a good share of possessions from the face-off circle.
The final score read 14-7 in favor of Woodbridge, but both sides left the field with plenty of adjustments to be made as the season continues. Woodbridge will play its second game in as many days today as they travel to Osbourn Park for what is expected to be a good early season test for the Vikings.