Lax teams fall to Rockbridge despite “best game of season” for WB boys

Byrd’s Austin Nardo had two goals against Rockbridge. PHOTO BY HANK EBERT

The William Byrd lacrosse teams returned from spring break with a doubleheader against Rockbridge County Monday night. The visiting Wildcats swept the Terriers at Patterson Stadium.

The girls lost 14-4 after falling behind early. Byrd gave up three goals in the opening minutes, then lost starting attacker Tabitha Beecher to a knee injury in the first half. Chloe Pascoe had two goals and Evamarie Pascoe had 13 saves in the cage.

“It took us until the second half to start producing offensively but we just didn’t have enough time to mount a comeback,” said coach Dan Eberhardt.

The boys followed with a 13-4 loss, but played one of their better games of the season. Austin Nardo scored an unassisted goal in the eaerly going and it was 1-1 after the first quarter. Rockbridge then scored seven unanswered goals in the second period.

“It was our best game of the season so far,” said coach Greg Warren. “We led the second quarter get away from us.”

The Byrd defense, led by Steven Sledd and Andrew Manor, held Rockbridge to one goal in the third quarter. Also, long poles Alec Williams and Will Cummings played well for the Terriers.

Nardo finished with two goals and freshman midfielder Josh Barker also scored twice, one assisted by Tanner Pruzan and the other by Lucas Stroop. Payton Meadows had 23 saves in goal.

“They fought all the way to the final horn,” said Warren.

The Terriers had a Wednesday doubleheader at Hidden Valley. Next Tuesday both teams will have a chance to pick up wins when they play at William Fleming.

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