2022.06.11 Boys Lacrosse: VHSL Class 4 Championship, Dominion v Atlee

Fredericksburg, VA (June 11, 2022) - To get to this championship game, the Atlee Raiders cruised through the regular season, cruised through the Region B tournament, and cruised through the first two games of the state tournament. Averaging nearly twenty goals per game in post-season play, they defeated last year's state runner-up E.C. Glass easily, 16-5, in the lead-up to this title match.

The Dominion Titans' trip was a bit rougher. Overall, their record was more than solid, 16-5, but they narrowly lost to Dulles District rival Loudoun Valley in the Region 4C championship and they had an early season loss to E.C. Glass, the only direct comparison between the championship contenders.

But the Titans' rise in the state tournament had been gritty and determined. Starting with a last-second win over Fauquier, they avenged their region loss by blowing out Loudoun Valley in the state semifinal. As the defending state champion, they also had the confidence that comes from having been here before.

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

When Dominion's Brayden Muller scored quickly and easily--on the Titans' first shot just one minute into the game--things were looking good for the Titans, and mid-air chest bumps were exchanged in celebration. But that would be the last time such a sight would be had, at least where Dominion was concerned.

After that early high point, the rest of the game belonged to Atlee. The Raiders continued the rampage that had been theirs throughout the playoffs as they went on a multi-goal unanswered streak that spanned the remainder of the first quarter, all of the second, and most of the third. By the time Dominion was on the board again they were trailing 13-2 with just more than a quarter to play. The Titans would score twice more, but the Raiders answered each time and never led by fewer than eleven goals for the remainder of the game.

Atlee's performance was conducted by the brilliant Kevin Miller, who had seven goals in almost that many ways and dished to teammates to assist on some of theirs. But the defense in front of Atlee goalie Thomas Hancock was also stellar, rendering the vaunted Dominion attack nearly unable to score. Without question, dominance at the faceoff mark was a huge factor for the Raiders, as well.

Although the Titans were dispirited in the end, this was not a game that they lost through poor play or on field mistakes. That kind of day could haunt a program, but, no, this was a well-deserved, thorough and convincing championship win for Atlee, and the Raiders deserve to reign as the Class 4 boys lacrosse champions.

Final Score: Atlee 16 - Dominion 4

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