Saints finish strong

Published 7:33 pm Saturday, May 6, 2017

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s boys’ lacrosse team defeated Christchurch School Friday evening to end the regular season.

The Saints wrapped up a solid week, going 2-0 against two teams ranked within the top 10 of the VISAA D-II poll. Friday, they defeated Christchurch 10-7. With that victory, the Saints finish the regular season with a 9-4 record.

NSA recognized five seniors at home Friday. Saints coach T.W. Johnson is grateful for the way his senior class has played so far this season.

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“They are a really good group of guys,” Johnson said. “I’m happy for them, because they are the reason we are heading into the postseason. They have been playing really good lacrosse, and they’ve gotten the team in position to do well. They are a tight knit group that are playing for each other.”

Senior Tanner Jackson led the way for the Saints with five goals scored. Johnson knew it was a big week for his team and that they needed to play their best lacrosse, and they did.

“We played two very good teams this week,” he said. “To come out with two wins puts us in a wonderful position going into the playoffs. It feels good to take care of business at home, but we still have tough games ahead of us.”

NSA will start Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools tournament play Monday, when they take on Hampton Roads Academy for the second time in two weeks. In their last meeting, NSA won 12-6. As the postseason hits, NSA wants to make sure they’re getting faceoffs. With NSA having a strong offensive group, they feel if they clear the ball, get defensive stops and win faceoffs, they will have a chance to be successful.

Johnson feels that his team is confident and that they are in a good place right now as a team. They understand it is now win-or-go-home circumstances, which keeps the Saints humbled.

“We know we are going to have to be fundamentally sound and execute,” Johnson said. “We have to make sure we are scratching and clawing every time we are out there.”

NSA will play HRA at home at 4:30 p.m. Monday. If the Saints win, they will play again Tuesday, with time and place to be determined.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 10, Christchurch 7

NSA goals: Jackson 5, Leicester 2, Cogswell, E. Dowd, S. Dowd

Christchurch goals: Webb 2, Hasty, Eze, Robinson, Wallace, Revere, Pausic