Spring sports roundup: Raiders lacrosse sweeps Patrick Henry
Spring break is done and it’s a five-week sprint to the playoffs in spring high school sports, while Randolph-Macon is already experiencing the postseason.
Atlee’s Emily Fulk runs past Patrick Henry’s Victoria Mathurin during the Raiders’ 18-4 win Monday.
Atlee boys and girls lacrosse are a combined 8-0 on the season after comfortable wins Monday night over Patrick Henry in Ashland. The boys shut out the Patriots 15-0, while the girls took an 18-4 victory.
The girls have won their first four games by a combined score of 68-13. Head Coach Tom Mackay says it’s as simple as working together.
“The one attribute that most contributed to our start is teamwork. Our girls made the commitment to put the team ahead of any personal goals. With non-starters and JV players from last year stepping into key roles this year, helping to replace nine seniors,” Mackay explained.
The tests continue, though, as Atlee hosted Lee-Davis Wednesday, host 6-1 Douglas Freeman Thursday, then Hanover Saturday afternoon.
Randolph-Macon’s women’s lacrosse team went to Roanoke Tuesday night, where they had lost 22-14 in the regular season finale three days earlier, and knocked off the Maroons in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinal 15-13. The Jackets, now 10-7, jumped to a 5-1 lead behind two goals from senior Audrey Hester, then finished the first half on a 5-2 run in the final 11 minutes for a 12-6 advantage.
Roanoke fought, cutting the Jackets lead to two on three occasions in the second half. But Randolph-Macon shut out the Maroons in the final 6:07 to preserve the upset. Hester, Betsy Hebert, and Katie Russo each had three goals.
The fifth-seeded Jackets now face regular season champion and top seed Washington & Lee in the ODAC semifinal on the road Saturday at 1 p.m.
Hanover returned to local play after an uneven 1-2 performance in the Forest Acres Classic in South Carolina over spring break, dominating Glen Allen 12-1 in five innings Tuesday night to improve to 8-2. Close on their heels are the Lee-Davis Confederates, who shut out Varina Tuesday 7-0 on an impressive performance on the mound by Mary Washington recruit Josh Lam. Lee-Davis moves to 6-4.
Patrick Henry got back on the winning track, thumping Hermitage 10-0 in a six-inning affair. The Patriots, whose record evens at 4-4, was led by Colby Mills, who had two hits and three RBI. William Strong pitched five shutout innings for the win. After a make-up game from March at Atlee Wednesday (after press time), the Patriots visit Maggie Walker Governor’s School Friday.
Paige Mitchell and freshman Grayson Radcliffe each hit three-run home runs as Patrick Henry improved to 5-1 Tuesday with an 11-0 rout of Hermitage in five innings. Catcher Ashley Samuels, a college commit to James Madison like Mitchell, did them one better, launching a grand slam in the fourth inning.
In Mechanicsville, Kylie Stonebreaker took the circle for Lauren McIntyre and pitched a no-hitter as Lee-Davis won by the same 11-0 count over Varina Tuesday. Stonebreaker struck out 10 batters in the win, while her sister Kinsee had two hits, including a triple, driving in three runs. Lee-Davis improves to 7-2 and awaits a showdown at rival Atlee Friday night.