2022.04.29 Boys Lacrosse: Loudoun Valley @ Loudoun County

Leesburg, VA (April 29, 2022) - More often than not, any game (in any sport) between the Loudoun Valley Vikings and the Loudoun County Captains produces an instant classic. This time around, the team from Purcellville travelled to Leesburg for boys lacrosse. With just two weeks left in the regular season, this meeting was steeped in tradition, the latest rendition of a great rivalry, and important in terms of positioning for this year's playoffs.

Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the images and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.

The Captains took the initial lead on a goal from Mikey Richardson five minutes into the first period. As probably should have been expected, the game was relentlessly physical from the start, and Loudoun County was doing most of the pounding. Still, two goals from James Elko gave the Vikings a 2-1 lead at the initial break.

That physical play paid off in the second quarter as County put up five unanswered goals--including three from Sutton Taliaferro past Viking goalie Henry Castro--to take a commanding 6-2 lead. But with just seconds remaining before halftime, Viking defender Nikolas Kesari intercepted a long Captains outlet pass, raced nearly three quarters of the field, and deposited the ball in the back of the Captains net to trim the margin to 6-3. That goal suddenly reversed the momentum and felt like a possible game changer.

And indeed it was. 

Two minutes into the second half, Aiden Hines, Holden Allard, and Elko had scored for the Vikings. Tied at 6-6, it was a new game. Richardson would score next, grabbing the lead back for County, but Ethan Supplee and Ryan Lindermeyer would each beat Captains goalie Jacob Hardman to give Valley the lead at the final break.

In the final period, Valley would build a two-goal lead twice, and the second time was a dagger. With four minutes remaining, Lindemeyer found himself in front of the Captains goal surrounded by defenders, yet he somehow hooked an underhand shot in for the score, and an 11-9 lead. Speedy Captains attackman Qavi Woodard would cut the margin in half--and time still remained for a full comeback--but County would not find the net again and the Valley celebration began.

And, yes, it was an instant classic.

Final Score: Loudoun Valley 11 - Loudoun County 10

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