By Malcolm Johnson, Special to dc.highschoolsports.net
CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA) -- The Virginia AAA boys' lacrosse state semifinals took place last night at Westfield high school and the two games couldn't have been more different.
The first game featured Battlefield against Chantilly and was close throughout. Chantilly showed why they were the more experienced team by handling late game goals from Battlefield and winning the contest, 12-10. Key saves by Chantilly goalie Patrick Meehan and veteran leadership helped the Chargers advance to their fourth state final in five years.
"We thought it was going to be a dog fight and we feel very fortunate to have beaten them, but at the end of the game I think our experience having been here a couple times before really came through. You saw in the last minute and a half of the game we dominated and really controlled the ball," said Chantilly head coach Kevin Broderick.
The Bobcats were resilient throughout the game. They brought the score to 11-10 with 3 minutes, 28 seconds remaining. Meehan stopped what would have been the game-tying goal from Battlefield senior midfielder Tyler Glenn. A goal by junior midfielder Mike Marson put the victory in the bag for the Chargers.
Chantilly will face local powerhouse and three-time defending state champion Langley for the third time in four years.
The Saxons defeated E.C. Glass, 11-5, thanks to Langley's offense, which dominated time of possession.
"Similar to basketball, it was kind of like make it take it, score and get the ball back. It seemed like we had the ball the entire third quarter," said Langley head coach Earl Brewer.
All-American senior attackman Sean Ahearn scored four goals for the Saxons.
"We played Chantilly in three of the four state championships, they're a great team," said Ahearn. "It's always a rival. We've got a saying and that's to go 1-0. This is our last game and if we can do that, we'll have reached our goals."
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