The Valor boys lacrosse team continued to roll through their league schedule this past week, winning three games in convincing fashion. Last Tuesday, the boys took on the Mustangs from Ponderosa. After exchanging a pair of goals to start the game, the Eagles pulled away and cruised to a dominating victory 16 to 1. On Thursday, as a token of good sportsmanship, several of the upperclassmen handed their jerseys to JV players to allow them some much earned playing time at the varsity level, taking on the Commanders from Kennedy High School. The Eagles dominated in every aspect of the game, coming up with the victory 15 to 2. On Monday night, the unbeaten Spartans from Thomas Jefferson came to Valor Stadium to try and prove they were worthy of their top 16 ranking in the RPI standings. After a 2-2 tie in the first quarter, they Eagles erupted for 12 second quarter goals and cruised to a 20-4 victory. The Eagles close out their league schedule with a home game Thursday night against Bishop Machebeuf and then on Monday April 24, the Eagles will host a very good 5A team from Heritage.
In the game against Ponderosa, the defense was strongly lead by player of the game Jackson Soderquist, who was dominate on ground balls and creating fast break offense. The goalie tandem of Jack Liselli and Aiden Columbia were strong, only allowing one goal. The brothers Pacheco continue to excel at the face-off X, winning a combined 19 of 21 faceoffs. The offense was lead by senior captains Gianni Orlando (4 goals, 1 assist) and Grayson Goodyear (2 goals, 4 assists). Against Kennedy, with many new faces in the lineup, the offense got point production from 12 different players, including newcomers JR Sullivan (1 goal, 2 assists), Truman Osborne (1 goal, 2 assists), and Joe Anderson (3 goals). The defense was strong with Holden Luong wielding a mean long pole and collecting several ground balls. Jack Liselli and Aiden Columbia each had three saves in goal. In the TJ game on Monday night, the offensive outburst in the second quarter was lead by Grayson Goodyear, getting his 200th career point on his first goal of the game. Grayson ended the game with eight points (7 goals, 1 assist). On his 18th birthday, junior midfielder Austin Saupe had a great night with two goals and two assists. Back from injury, sophomore attackman Lance Tillman added two goals and three assists. Senior faceoff specialist Nick Pacheco went 1.000%, winning all the faceoffs he took. Easton Cecil was a beast as a defensive midfielder, collecting eight ground balls and added a goal as well.