By David Wagner
The Warriors lacrosse team came charging out of the gates and never looked back when it hosted Lynchburg’s E. C. Glass High School May 1.
After struggling early in several games this season, four different Warriors scored five goals in the first four and a half minutes of the game and the Western attack overwhelmed Glass on their way to a 15-5 victory. The boys from Lynchburg were never really in the game.
Defenseman Oliver Herndon started off the scoring just 13 seconds into the game when he picked up a ground ball on the face-off and raced down the middle of the field to score. One minute and twenty-one seconds later, freshman John Carr Hayden scored on a Sumner Corbett assist, giving the Warriors a 2-0 advantage. Attackman Carter Elliot then scored back-to-back unassisted goals and Taylor Godine scored one unassisted to give Western a 5-0 lead.
Glass seemed to settle into the game at this point but it didn’t last for long. The Warrior defense and goalie Jackson Sours kept Glass off the scoreboard, providing the offense ample opportunity to control the game. The strong defensive play of Matthew Mullin, Garland Carter, Josh Meeks and Kyle Landis shut down the Glass attack.
After not scoring for nearly five minutes, the Western attack came back to life scoring three goals in just seventy seconds. Luke Reilly found the back of the net off of a Clark Sipe assist to make it 6-0. Forty seconds later Ryan Ingram made it 7-0 on a great feed from Holland Corbett and thirty seconds after that Herndon scored his second goal off of another Warrior face-off win to make it 8-0. The Warriors then scored two more goals (both unassisted by Reilly) in the last 13.5 seconds of the quarter to make it 10-0 at the end of the first.
E. C. Glass got on the scoreboard in the second quarter to but it would be all they could muster for the first half.
After another short scoring drought the Warriors found the net three times. Holland Corbett scored on a Carter Elliot assist, then Taylor Godine got his second goal on a Luke Reilly assist and A. J. Donavan scored unassisted. The Warrior defense continued to dominate in the second quarter, creating turnovers and winning ground balls to thwart any hopes of a comeback by Glass.
In the second half the Warriors put it on cruise control, burned clock and gave their bench players an opportunity to play. Sipe scored a third quarter goal for the Warriors on a Godine assist and Holland Corbett scored his second of the night off of a Herndon assist for the 15-5 final score.
The Warriors hosted the Covenant Eagles May 2 in a game that featured quick back and forth scoring runs by both teams. Western scored first when Elliot assisted Sipe for the goal and a 1-0 Warrior lead.
Covenant then scored five consecutive goals to go up 5-1.
The Warriors answered with four in a row to tie the game. Holland Corbett and Sipe found a real groove during this stretch. Corbett had three assists, orchestrating a potent attack from behind the net and Sipe scored three goals in just over three minutes (two on assists from Corbett) to even the score.
But it would be the last heard of the Warrior offense for more than two quarters of play. The Eagles senior Drew Gaffney scored twice more, giving him 5 for the half and putting Covenant on top 7-5 at the break.
The Eagles scored three more goals in the third, shutting Western out to take a 10-5 lead into the final stanza. The Warriors finally got on the board after 26 scoreless minutes when Herndon found the net. The Eagles scored just 55 seconds later to push the lead back to six before Western finished in a flurry, scoring four goals in the last two minutes of the game, cutting the Covenant lead to 12-10. Hayden, Herndon, Godine and Ingram had goals.Then Reilly scored with 9.3 to play, making it a one goal game.
But the Eagles clawed their way to victory, winning the face-off and sealing the win. It was an unexpected, exciting finish. Covenant seemed to have the game in hand but the Warriors continued to battle. It was a 12-11 Covenant win, but not one that came easily. The loss gives Western a 6-3 record overall and 3-1 in the Jefferson District.
The Warriors will be at home May 12 versus Fluvanna and May 15 versus Monticello. Start time for both games is 7 p.m.