Madison boys lacrosse champs

The Madison Warhawks gather with the state-championship trophy. (Photo from Madison)

The Langley Saxons on the girls side and the Madison Warhawks on the boys left no doubt they were the best Class 6 lacrosse team in the state this spring by running the table with perfect playoff records of 8-0.

Those seasons were capped June 8 at Douglas Freeman High School near Richmond with convincing victories in the title games of the Virginia High School League's Class 6 state tournaments. Langley (18-4) downed the Madison Warhawks, 17-10, and Madison (20-2) routed Robinson, 11-3. Each was 3-0 in the competition to win their first state crowns.

Langley won its final 11 matches of the season, allowing an average of just 7.6 goals in those contests. Madison was victorious in its final 12, giving up just 6.3 goals during that stretch. Prior to the state, Langley and Madison won district and region tournaments.

In the state finals, both teams took control early by building big leads, then cruised to victories.

For the Langley girls, London Simonides had six goals in the state final, Caroline Bean had four in the first half and Erika Chung had three assists and won multiple faceoffs.

In the semifinals, Langley downed West Potomac, 18-8, in the semifinals and West Springfield, 16-9, in the first round. Langley had finished second in the state last season as well as two other times. Simonides, Bean and Chung were top scorers in those wins.

The Madison girls finished 16-4 this season, losing to Langley three times.

For the Madison boys in the state final, John Hollingsworth had four goals and three assists; Patrick Ruffolo had two goals; Michael Leone had a goal and two assists; Zach Hanzlik had a goal and an assist; Timmy Palmer, Sam Nunez and Brett Hanton had goals and Joseph Jorgenson had an assist and some big defensive plays.

Madison goalie Charlie Hassett made 17 saves, Wolfram Gottschalk made a big save, Kevin Lyons played strong defense, and Cole DeFreitas won multiple faceoffs.

Madison defeated Robinson by one goal, 6-5, back on March 16 in regular-season action.

In a a seesaw 8-7 semifinal win over visiting South County, Madison trailed 1-0, built a 5-2 lead, then South County went in front 6-5 an 7-6.

 Hanzlik scored the eventual game-winning goal.

Others scoring goals for Madison, which was consistent all season in all areas under first-year coach Aaron Solomon, were Leone, Palmer, Hollingsworth and Ruffolo. David Hibbs caused three turnovers in last five minutes and Hassett made three big saves in waning moments. 

Madison's two losses, both close, were to Patriot and Battlefield during the regular season. The Warhawks avenged those setbacks with victories over each in the postseason regional tournament.

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