Glass lacrosse hosts North Stafford in State Quarterfinals
After knocking off Patrick Henry for the third time this season to capture their second straight Regional Championship, the E.C. Glass boys’ varsity lacrosse team welcomes North Stafford High School today in the State Quarterfinals.
Despite numerous injuries, Glass battled through Douglas Freeman, Salem and the aforementioned Patrick Henry, in nine days to advance to the State Tournament for the second straight year. Glass, led by second year Head Coach Eddie Ranuska, moved up to #2 in the VHSL North West / Central / West Central AAA-AA Region with the win, according to Laxpower.com.
Glass (16 – 3) is ranked #8 in the entire state and looks to advance to the State Semifinals for the first time in program history after falling short to Annandale in the quarter’s last season. Tonight’s opponent, North Stafford, is 12 – 7 overall and advanced to the State Tournament after second place finishes in their District and Regional Tournaments.
The Hilltoppers, who have no common opponents with the visiting Wolverines, look to continue to put Southern Virginia lacrosse on the map this weekend by advancing to the semis. Although the team is still battling injuries, do not expect that to deter a program that has had a bull’s eye on its back all season.
Winners of six straight, Glass had the fourth hardest schedule in the region this season and is without a doubt the team to beat in SOVA. As of today, the Hilltoppers have allowed an average of 4.53 goals a game, fewer than all 57 other programs in the region. The boys have also outscored their opponent by an average of 6.16 goals a game, marginally better than North Stafford’s 2.32.
Look for Brian Davies, Joe Vincent and the rest of the Glass defense to have a strong showing tonight. Senior attack Jimbo Moore, who recently committed to West Point, will lead Glass on the offensive end while others are still plagued by injuries.
After gaining valuable experience in last year’s contest verse Annandale, Glass should enter tonight’s contest calm, cool and collected. I expect the big blue to come out on all cylinders tonight to capture their first State Tournament victory in program history.
Tonight’s contest is scheduled for 6:00 pm at E.C. Glass High School.