|The Stone Bridge Bulldogs rejoice following their 7-6 boys’ lacrosse victory against the Langley Saxons at home April 24 in Ashburn. Stone Bridge improved to 8-1 this season.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser|
In a varsity boys' lacrosse game that was not decided until a Langley shot sailed high over the Stone Bridge goal in the closing seconds, the host Bulldogs built a 6-1 halftime lead and held off a persistent Saxons' rally to earn a 7-6 victory April 24 in Ashburn.
"It's an unreal feeling. It's always fun playing Langley," Stone Bridge senior goalie Logan Broadbent said after teammates rushed his goal to celebrate the victory.
"They are a great team and always give us a good challenge," Broadbent continued. "Senior year, no better way to go than a win against one of our big rivals."
Junior Cade Groton netted the game's first goal a little more than a minute into the first quarter and Stone Bridge (8-1) maintained an advantage the rest of the way. The lead twice grew to five goals before Langley scored four unanswered goals to close the game.
Langley pulled within one on senior Cayhan Movaghari's goal with 1:09 left in regulation. The Saxons gained possession in the final minute but were unable to net the tying goal against Broadbent and the Bulldog defense.
"We have a good defense. I trusted them and I think they trusted me too," Broadbent said. "Part of me inside knew we had it but it's always nerve racking when you get in that situation."
Groton finished with a goal and three assists in the win. Senior Gus Capace and junior Taylor McVean each netted two goals, while junior Thomas Radford and freshman Nickolas Cole both scored one goal.
"Our coaches really emphasized coming out hot, coming out with energy," Capace said of the fast start. "Our leaders stepped up. The way we lose is when we come out slow and lackadaisical. We didn't tonight obviously."
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