Saints lax tops Norfolk Christian

Published 9:10 pm Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Saints boys’ lacrosse team grabbed an 18-7 win over Norfolk Christian School Wednesday afternoon.

The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy boys’ lacrosse team improved to 3-2 on the season with the win. NSA has gone 2-0 this week, having also defeated Norfolk Collegiate. Miles Birdsong led the way with six goals for NSA.

Coach T.W. Johnson is excited about the players returning this season. They have several players returning who played a key role on a team that went to the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II state semifinal. They have also added a mix of young talent, which should serve well for them in the future.

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“I believe we have the talent to have a fun season and play deep into May if we can develop as a group,” Johnson said.

Eli Dowd returns as a standout from last year. The senior has been a part of the team for four years, and his ability to score is a huge asset to the Saints. Eli’s brother, Simon Dowd, along with Birdsong, will make for an attack unit the team is excited about. Will Wren has been described as the team’s most gifted shooter; Johnson is confident when the ball is in his stick. Parker Bono and Adam Sopher also add production on the offensive end. The offense gets a lot of possession time, because NSA has one of the best face-off units in the state.

Defensively, it starts with Austin Hardee, who is co-captain with Eli Dowd. He was the team’s defensive MVP last season and will be counted on again this season to be solid in the goal. Caleb Evans and Josh Hoerster will provide speed and toughness for NSA. Mason Harrell will also add contributions as a short stick defensive midfielder.

In the first VISAA lacrosse poll of the season, NSA was ranked No. 8. Every year, NSA talks about being the best team in the division, and they will keep striving to do so. The Saints like a challenging schedule, and Johnson does his best to provide that for the team. They will play more competitive games this season with a chance to be in contention.

NSA will go on the road Friday to face Steward School at 5 p.m.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 18, Norfolk Christian 7

NSA Goals: Birdsong 6, Dowd 4, Wren 2, Browne 2, Yeatts 2, Soper, Harrell

NC: Ventura 2, Savage 2, Li, Carlson, Rodriguez