Athletics

JV Lacrosse dominates early; continues to impress

By Jackson Powell ’23

Woodberry’s JV lacrosse has been dominant since the beginning of the season. The Tigers started out their season as 47 individuals during the late February tryouts. Since then the Tigers have been rolling with no sign of slowing down.

Before spring break the Tigers had six practices after cuts, and after break, they only had four. Despite the small amount of time Woodberry had to prepare, they defeated John Paul the Great 12-1 in their home opener, with eight different players finding the net. Since then Woodberry has defeated Bishop Ireton by 15 goals, and beaten Norfolk Academy and St. Christopher’s 9-6, while last year, the Saints beat Woodberry by 15 goals. 

The clear difference in this year’s team compared to the 2021 team has been the change in leadership. New boy third former Will Leahy, and old boy fourth formers Asher Bowman and Rylan Meza have been named the captains of this team. Although they weren’t chosen for their skill, they have been the most dominant players on the field. Goalie Meza has allowed only 12 goals all season, with the Tigers scoring 45 in only four games. When looking at Bowman’s stat line, the thing that stands out the most is that he accounts for over half of the assists on the team. Bowman is often compared to Tom Brady in the way he is “dropping dimes” all over the field. When looking at the film, it is hard to ignore number six, Leahy, wreaking havoc all over the field. Leahy has been dominant in all aspects of the game and has been credited with multiple hat tricks on the season in goals, assists, and ground balls.

The Tigers have stepped up to the plate in all areas of the game, and Head Coach Matt Hastings hopes for an even stronger second half of the season. The Tigers have started off hot, and it’s going to get hotter. JV Lacrosse will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, April 9th, against the Benedictine Cadets, hoping to improve their stellar record to 5-0. 

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