The JV boys lacrosse team ran into a tough district rival in a 12-2 loss to Chantilly on April 17.
Play was balanced until Chantilly scored with just over two minutes left in the first quarter. Alex Rizzi answered with a Centreville goal as the quarter closed. Penalties hurt the Wildcats in the second quarter as they gave up four goals, including two man-down goals. The halftime score was 5-1.
Despite some nice stops by goalie Kyle Evans, Centreville had trouble slowing Chantilly’s shooting in the second half. Rizzi scored once more for the Wildcats in the third quarter, with an assist from Mark Mahoney, but it wasn’t enough to change the momentum. The Chargers controlled the ball for most of the second half, wearing down the defense and limiting Centreville’s scoring opportunities.
The players got a taste of Friday night lights in an exciting 5-4 win over Lake Braddock on April 20, playing in the usual varsity time slot. The team bolted to a quick lead on a goal by Alex Rizzi, assisted by a long pass from Ryan Yoo. Moments later Rizzi notched an assist to Mark Mahoney, whose goal brought the lead to 2-0.
The Wildcat defense, led by Michael Bollman, Ben Kandel and Josh Kim was aggressive throughout the game, pressuring the ball and forcing bad passes. However, Lake Braddock managed to score with four seconds left in the first quarter with Centreville in a man-down situation. A second goal came on a low scorching shot mid-way through the second quarter, for a halftime tie of 2-2.
The only goal in the third quarter was by Centreville’s Mahoney off a feed from Matt Perry, giving the Wildcats a 3-2 lead. As in the first half, Wildcat goalie Kyle Evans continued to stop and deflect numerous Lake Braddock shots. Fourth quarter scoring was started by David Shim, with Brian Yoo getting the assist. Lake Braddock rebounded by scoring a pair of goals during penalties, which tied the score 4-4.
Centreville midfielder Kyle Roarty broke the tie, with an assist from Corey Spriggs. A one point lead hardly felt comfortable with almost five minutes remaining, but Centreville hung tough for the primetime victory.
The varsity boys lacrosse team lost to Concorde District rival Chantilly High School, 9-6, on April 17.
The Wildcats kept the score close throughout the game, with the score tied at 5 at the half; the score remained tied through most of the third quarter as well. Attack Nathan Marks, and Midfielders Zack Sikora and Andy Balberde, each had two goals for the night. Assists on goal were given by Tyler Vennergrund (two) and Kevin Hagan (one).
Centreville’s in-close defensemen Jake Hyde, Antonio Choi and Kevin Brawner each had solid defensive performances, shutting down Chantilly’s fast break threat in the transition game. Centreville’s man-down unit had a strong night, allowing only one goal out of six man-up opportunities for Chantilly.
Between the pipes, Pat Prosser came up huge in the goal for the Wildcats with a string of impressive saves, keeping the Wildcats in the game.
—Lance Bowden and Eileen Balberde