The Loudoun Valley High School Ladies’ Lacrosse team opened their season on Monday, March 12 at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. Led by Coach Tracey Albro and Assistant Coach Kaitlin Quigley, the Lady Vikings showed great promise and potential despite only returning seven upperclassmen from last season.
After a rough start, Valley’s inexperience showed early, but their young team recovered with an impressive run midway through the first half. Sophomore Ashlyn DiLoreto led the charge, showing extraordinary dominance that the Lady Bulldogs of Stone Bridge seemed unable to counter at times. Senior midfielder Rachel Swan fueled the fire winning several consecutive face-offs and giving Valley numerous back-to-back possessions. By halftime, it was a close game and a fiery team of Lady Vikings took the field for the second half. In the end, the Stone Bridge team proved to be too much for the young Lady Vikings as they fell 18-9 in their season opener.
DiLoreto led all scorers with four goals on the night, followed by freshman speedster Maya Ebrahimnejad with two, and senior Courtney Halterman and sophomores Courtney Schollian and Brittany Raffa with one goal apiece. The defensive effort was led by seniors Payton Boyer and Caitlin Gore with sophomore Kelsey Greene and freshman Haley Shuford in goal notching six and four saves respectively.
While not a win, the outstanding potential of this extremely young team was on full display in their first game. The possibilities seem limitless with this group and leave Valley fans with a surplus of hopeful anticipation for the rest of the season and beyond.