James Madison, Langley Earn Virginia Titles

After incredible lacrosse tournaments that witnessed unprecedented comeback wins, upsets and overtime thrillers, the Virginia High School League state title games this weekend left no doubt as to which teams were No. 1 this season. In girls' action, James Madison put an exclamation mark on its undefeated season with arguably its top performance of the year. Meanwhile, on the boys' side, Langley benefited from a nine-goal performance from one of its standouts to land its third straight championship.

Langley Notches Third Title in a Row with Victory Over Chantilly

While the Langley-Chantilly lacrosse rivalry has featured some tight contests over the years, the latest match-up between the two Virginia titans proved to be a one-sided affair. Junior Mike Adams tallied a game-high nine goals, including five in the first half, as Langley defeated Chantilly, 17-8, on Saturday in the finals of the VHSL boys' lacrosse championships.

The victory marked the third straight state title for Langley, who beat Loudoun Valley in 2010 and then Chantilly back in '09, 4-3, in overtime.

The Saxons wasted no time in making their presence felt. Propelled by a strong performance at the face-off X and a well-balanced offensive unit that continually found open holes in the defense, Langley stormed out to a 5-0 lead before stretching its advantage to 11-1 late in the first half. Despite a strong second half effort by Chantilly, the deficit proved to be too large to come back from.

In addition to nine goals from Adams, attackman Sean Ahearn dished out five assists, while Jack Sandusky, Luke Salzer and Hunter Bentz each tallied twice.

Langley finished the '11 campaign 19-3 overall and took a rather unorthodox route to the championship. Simply, while the Saxons didn't dominate the competition like in previous seasons, the squad did whatever it took to get the job done. After suffering a 12-8 defeat to Annandale on May 24 in the regional semifinals, the Saxons posted an 11-7 win over West Springfield in a consolation game just to reach the state tournament.

And while Langley's postseason was just as bumpy, the team found a way to win. In the opening round against Battlefield, the Saxons escaped with a 6-5 victory in double-overtime. Then against familiar foe Annandale in the semifinals, the Saxons overcame a four-goal deficit to win 10-7.

Meanwhile, the Chargers finish the year 21-2 overall. The squad's only losses of the season came against the Saxons.

James Madison Cruises to First-Ever Girls' Championship with Win Over Oakton

Fueled by a pair of five-goal runs, the James Madison girls' lacrosse team defeated Oakton, 20-11, on Saturday in the finals of the VHSL championships. The championship was the first in program history for the Warhawks and capped an impressive season that saw the team go undefeated in 21 games.

The Warhawks quickly showed their mettle right out of the gates. Equipped with a relentless attack, the team scored three goals in the first two minutes of action before stretching their edge to 5-0 moments later. James Madison would never relinquish its lead from there.

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2011-06-13



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