Surging Patriots beat Eagles in private/public clash

Albemarle’s girls lacrosse team has a plan and when it’s clicking, they’re awfully tough to stop.


“Off the draw, Jenn (Wendelken) she looks right up at me and because she draws the double, we’re man-up right away,” said Albemarle’s Anna Murray. “Our attack is really good at seeing where to go and so we normally have a girl open and it’s easy for me to get it to her.”


It’s not always that simple for the Patriots, but the squad’s offense has found another gear lately, and they kept it going Wednesday in a 15-5 victory over Covenant.


With a win over Douglas Freeman Tuesday and victories over Monticello and Western last week, the Patriots have picked up a big head of steam in the last 10 days.


“We’re much further along than we were at this point last year,” Murray said. “We’re really rolling now and it’s really good to feel this strong and together this early.”  


Murray dished out four assists in the win over the Eagles, helping ignite that strong offensive performance. Kelsey Myers poured in four goals to lead Albemarle while Wendelken had a hat trick. Erin Keller chipped in two goals and six other Patriots had one goal each including Angie Chapman who had a goal and an assist.


Caroline Sheppard held the Eagles to just five goals in the cage for Albemarle.  


For Covenant, Wynston Archer finished with four goals while Abby McGlothlin had one. The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in VISAA’s Division II in the last girls lacrosse poll back in early April, continue to try and work out the kinks against a challenging schedule that could pay big dividends when the state tournament rolls around.


“We went in knowing what we were going to deal with it, but we have athletes, we have the ability to win,” said Covenant coach Kim Parsons. “I think we showed up and fought, but the score just didn’t show that.”


Covenant hosts Trinity Episcopal Friday while Albemarle gets a short break before traveling to Patrick Henry Roanoke Wednesday.