2022.06.07 Boys Lacrosse: VHSL Class 4 Semifinal, Dominion @ Loudoun Valley

Purcellville, VA (June 7, 2022) - On April 27, the Loudoun Valley Vikings were no match for the Dominion Titans. Dominion, playing at home, won easily 21-7. The teams met again in the Region 4C championship--again at Dominion--and Loudoun Valley prevailed in the final seconds, 11-10. This time, they met in a Class 4 semifinal in Purcellville. Yes, the Vikings finally had home field advantage, but both teams were coming off last-second quarterfinal victories so this meeting set up as an absolute classic.

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

For the first six minutes of the game, it looked like it really was going to be a classic nail-biter--and a lot like the region championship. Loudoun Valley's Colin Kumpf scored first, but Dominion's Ethan Hulvey answered right back. Zach Presgrave got the lead back for Valley, but William Wajsgras tied it up at 2-2.

And that's where the similarities pretty much ended.

For the rest of the first period, all through the second and third quarters, and into the fourth it was all Dominion, all the time. Beginning with Wajsgras' tying goal, the Titans ran off a string of twelve unanswered markers. When Jack Fink scored for Valley--with just seven minutes remaining in the game--the outcome was already out of reach. That goal only made the score 13-3, and the margin was still ten with just minutes left.

While it could be said that the Dominion offense was the story of the game, it would be deceptive to ignore the exceptional play of the Titan defense. Goalies Manny Guerra and William Draper--who each manned the goal for a half--were exceptional as they frustrated the Vikings' normally potent attack. And the two net-men were supported by outstanding defenders Francis Hodsoll, Josh Shewbridge, and Jake Sanderson, among others.

Sometimes good lacrosse teams just get an edge early and keep it. That's what happened this time for the Titans, and it couldn't have come at a better time than with a spot in the state championship on the line.

However, the result doesn't diminish the effort the Vikings made, nor does it obscure the outstanding season Loudoun Vally completed tonight. The Vikes will pack up their equipment with their schedule complete while the Titans will play again in Fredericksburg for a chance to reign as repeat champions.

Final Score: Dominion 14 - Loudoun Valley 4 

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