The Subway Commonwealth Games of Virginia High School Lacrosse Championship tournament was held this weekend at the River City Sportsplex. In the quarterfinals, Atlee defeated Grafton 16-2 in the Saturday morning game while Midlothian was victorious 21-8 over South County (Roanoke) in their matchup. In the afternoon semifinal games, Atlee continued their strong play, beating a good Tabb team by a score of 16-6. In the other side of the bracket, Midlothian was challenged by a very talented Stafford team, but managed to play two steady halves on the way to a 20-9 victory.
This set up the anticipated Sunday morning rematch of the Atlee Raiders versus the Midlothian Trojans. The rivals had already played each other three times this year. Atlee won the first game at their home field by 1 goal early in the season. Midlothian then answered with a 10-6 win late in April. Then the two teams played again for the GRLL championship sponsored by the USLacrosse Richmond Chapter. Atlee totally dominated play that day, winning 11-6, and taking home the winner’s trophy.
So the stage was set on Sunday for Atlee and Midlothian girls to do battle for the championship on Field 1, while the Atlee boys faced off with the Midlothian boys over on field 3. The Midlothian girls came out strong, scoring 3 goals within 3 minutes and then going up by 5 goals before Atlee finally got on the board with 10 minutes gone in the half. The two teams paused at the half with Midlothian leading by 6-3. With 90 seconds gone in the second half, Midlothian scored again to extend their lead to 4. Both teams traded goals during the rest of the half. Midlothian scored the final goal with 20 seconds left in the game to prevail 11-6 and tie the season record between the two teams at 2-2. Kelly Reagan had 3 goals along with 4 assists to lead the Midlothian scorers, while Lauren Winfrey had 4 goals for the Raiders.
This was Midlothian’s third state club title in three years. Midlothian finished up 14-2 on the season, while Atlee finished up 12-2. Neither team lost to any other public school team in the region during the course of the season.
In the third place game on Sunday, Stafford and Tabb played an intensely fought game with Tabb pulling out a 10-9 win with a goal late in the second half.