In the opening weekend of the 2008 season, the Falls Church Youth Lacrosse Club’s boys and girls teams were in action with the Boys U11 team winning two games, both by shutout.
On Saturday, March 29, the Boys U11 team traveled to Springfield where they won 7-0. Eriksen Johansen and Brandon Ward each scored three goals and Jackson Cogar tallied one goal. Andrew Trauth led the team in ground balls with five and goalie Dan Dusenberry only had to stop four shots, thanks to a strong performance by the defense in front of him.
On Sunday, the U11s, coached by David Cogar, Brian Mulcahy and Dave Sausville, hosted Alexandria at George Mason High School's Moore Cadillac Stadium and won 8-0. Ward tallied five goals and Cogar, Brendon Smith and Sean Fitzgerald each scored one. Cogar and Fitzgerald tied for the most ground balls with four each. The defense again dominated, not allowing a shot on goal the entire game.
On March 30, the U13 boys hosted Braddock Road lost, 3-2, in a close game throughout. CJ Tyeryar and Austin Nooter scored a goal each. The defense, anchored by goalie Nathaniel Schwarz, played very well in holding Braddock Road to only three goals. Coaching the U13s are Mark Johansen, Steve Thayer, Sean Mondragon and Russell Intermaggio.
Also on Sunday, the U13 and U11 girls played away games. The U13 girls played a very strong Braddock Road team and played with heart and determination in an 11-1 loss under their new head coach and former college All-American Jennifer Dakin. Goalies Brooke Strong and Emma Washa stayed strong in the goal throughout the game.
Similarly, the U11 girls played a historically strong Annandale squad. Coaches Linda Mueller, a fifth grade teacher at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School and Steve Tourkin report that while the girls lost, 12-2, they did a great job against this strong team. Samie Boryan and Maddie Hof scored a goal each. Rae Mondragon played excellent defense throughout the game, while goalies Claire Tourkin and Caroline Duffett worked hard making numerous outstanding stops.
This coming weekend, the boys will host games at GMHS Moore Cadillac Stadium starting at 9 a.m. and the girls will host games Sunday afternoon starting at 1 p.m.