Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dominion turns tables on Woodgrove, wins sectional title

By Michael "Moe" Murphy and Carl Lukat

The 2013 Dominion Titans captured the VHSL AA Northwest Sectional title with a14-8 win over Woodgrove..
Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy

Dominion's Brett Bushman on the Attack against R.J. Minniti of Woodgrove.
Bushman scored 4 goals and had 2 assists.        Photo Michael "Moe" Murphy
STERLING, VA (5/25/2013)-The Dominion Titans were determined from the start of the AA Northern Section boys lacrosse championship game against the Woodgrove Wolverines to reverse their fortunes from a year ago.

After falling to the Wolverines in the 2012 Northern Section title game, the Titans scored the first four goals in the rematch May 25 on their way to a 14-8 victory in front of their home fans in Sterling.

“Coming off last year, we lost to Woodgrove in this exact same game,” Dominion midfielder Jack Flynn said. “I think we wanted it a lot more this time."

Brett Bushman scored off an assist from Andrew Ashley less than two minutes into the title game to give the Titans a lead they would not relinquish. Dominion led 5-1 after one quarter and 10-4 at halftime.

Woodgrove netted four consecutive goals in the third quarter to pull within striking distance at 12-8 before Dominion scored the game's final two goals.

“Everyone played real hard, we really wanted this game,” said Titan junior goalie Christian Renick, who made several big saves in the win. “Woodgrove realized they wanted it too so they came back hard in the second half.”

Bushman led all scorers with four goals to go with a pair of assists. Cody Farmer scored three goals, while Jack Wagner, Benjamin Tarrant and Flynn each scored twice.

Nicholas Kirschke added a goal and Chris Low and John Paxton each recorded an assist to round out the Titan scoring.

“It was a great game, both teams played very well,” Dominion coach Pete Lenotti said. “We always try to play a simple game pick up ground balls, catch and throw just utilizing the fundamentals.”

Woodgrove advanced to the championship game following an impressive win over Dulles District season and tournament champion Loudoun County in the semifinals.

Jeremy Kendall and Jack Loving both recorded hat tricks for the Wolverines. Conner Loving and Matt Sears scored one goal each and Ryan Reynolds recorded 13 saves in goal. Kendall and Conner Loving also dished two assists.

“My boys don’t quit," Woodgrove coach Jeff Lewandowski said. "It was a hard game, but Dominion’s day. Congratulations to them. We will hopefully see them again.”

The two teams could meet again in the Virginia AAA/AA state lacrosse tournament if both advance to the championship game. Dominion earned a home game to start the state playoffs and will host AAA Northwest Region runner-up Broad Run in the quarterfinals.

"I am excited about playing Broad Run," Flynn said. "They are a good team and hopefully, it will be a good game."

Woodgrove will open state tournament play at Northwest Region champion Battlefield. Quarterfinal games will be played on either May 31 or June 1.

Dominion Goalie Christian Renick makes a save against the Woodgrove Wolverines at Domion High School                                                                                                                                 Photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy


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