On perhaps the nicest afternoon yet this year, the Loudoun Valley High School Ladies’ Lacrosse team played host to the Heritage Pride in their district opener on Thursday night, March 22. Coach Tracey Albro’s Lady Vikings came ready to play treating the Valley faithful to an exciting game in what turned out to be their best game yet.
The game got off to a blistering start as both teams traded blows with a flurry of goals resulting in three lead changes in the first six minutes of the game. The excitement continued throughout the first half as Valley took an 11-7 lead by halftime behind the outstanding offensive efforts of junior Megan Williamson and sophomore Sarah Ashworth. Valley senior Payton Boyer led a much-improved Valley defense creating multiple opportunities off turnovers by taking two charges, scooping up one ground ball, making one assist, and even scoring a goal herself…all in the first half. The Lady Vikings pulled away in the second half and ran away with a 24-12 victory. Sophomore Ashlyn DiLoreto led all scorers with six goals, followed by Megan Williamson with four, while each added two assists. Courtney Schollian and Sarah Ashworth poured in three goals apiece. Cortney Inman and Corley Simons each had two goals and Courtney Halterman and Payton Boyer each added one. In goal was freshman Haley Shuford, recording seven saves, and sophomore Kelsey Greene, claiming three saves on the night.
With their win, the Loudoun Valley Lady Vikings now sit atop the Dulles District at 1-0 in district play. This was easily their best game this season as their diligent efforts appear to be paying off making them an early contender with room to grow.
Photo: Megan Williamson scores a goal in the second half.