Forest girls lacrosse defeat Rockbridge

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Forest boys see first loss of season against Rockbridge

By Margaret Pascale

Sports Editor

        The Jefferson Forest girls lacrosse team is pushing to be the best in the area and isn’t letting anything stand in the way. The Lady Cavaliers defeated Rockbridge 15-9 on Tuesday, March 29.
    The first half of the game went back and forth until the Lady Cavs pulled together. “Our girls played great. We were tied 6-6 at one point in the first half then we pulled ahead to an 11-7 lead by halftime,” said Ava Rupert.
    After a break during halftime and getting a game plan back together, the girls went out and only allowed Rockbridge to score two goals in the second half.
    “We always enjoy playing Rockbridge. Both teams are very respectful of each other and it’s always a good, competitive game,” said Rupert.
    For the Lady Cavs: Camryn Arthur scored five goals and had three assists; Morgan Learn scored four and had three assists; Erin Toney scored three and had one assist; Ellie Daily scored two goals; and Hannah Rogers scored one goal and had three assists. Bayleigh Armes was the Forest goalie. She had seven saves, four over shots; 2 pipers and only allowed nine goals. Armes saw 22 shots on goal by Rockbridge.
    The Lady Cavaliers remain undefeated at 3-0 on the season and host William Byrd on Wednesday, April 6.
Boys Lacrosse
    The Jefferson Forest Boys lacrosse team traveled to Rockbridge to face off against the Wildcats on Tuesday, March 29. The Cavaliers fell 15-13 in a close contest.
    “We could not control time of possession. It’s hard to win a game playing just defense all game. When we had the ball we scored efficiently. We struggled at the face off  and could not turn the ball over and make big stops when we needed to. We showed we could score at will, but were unable to get off the defensive half of the field,” said coach Jesse Bickel.
    The Cavaliers were able to make a big come back in the third quarter and even tie the game, however a few mistakes led to the loss. “Late in the game we drew a few penalties that they capitalized on and time really started to run out,” said Bickel.
    For Forest: Parker Downey led the team with five goals and had two assists; Josh Willoughby scored 2 goals and had 1 assist; Sam Hunter scored three goals; Matt Paul scored two goals and had two assists; and Andrew Paul scored one goal.
    The team was able to see what was going wrong for them and what was working. “We simply did not play our game. We gave up a few easy opportunities early that gave the other team some confidence and they capitalized. We have made adjustments in practice and look forward to our two upcoming opponents in William Byrd and LCA,” said Bickel. “ The improvements we need to make are not majors ones. It is just establishing the tempo of the game early and capitalizing all opportunities given. Can never play like you will be given a second chance.”
    The Cavaliers are 2-1 on the season and will host William Byrd on Wednesday, April 6.