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The Battlefield varsity boys lacrosse team defeated North Stafford 12-5 in the quarterfinals of the Northwest Regional tournament Friday in Haymarket.
The Battlefield varsity softball team earned its eighth straight trip to regions Friday evening by defeating Patriot 4-0 at home in Haymarket during the consolation round of the district tournament.
Battlefield's 3-1 victory at home against Patriot in the Cedar Run District tournament championship allowed the Bobcats to claim both the regular-season and post-season district titles, a first for the baseball program.
The home team Bobcats won the district tournament championship 1-0 on the power of a corner kick from senior midfielder Bri Toelle that careened off the banana-covered forehead of senior co-captain Alex Wagoner and over the goal line with 33:24 remaining in the second half.
Hylton solidified its standing as the best baseball team on the eastern end of the county Friday at home by defeating Osbourn Park 9-2 in the Cardinal District tournament championship.
The varsity baseball, boys lacrosse, girls soccer and softball teams all won key post-season matches at home Friday while the boys soccer team lost in Loudoun. All five squads along with the girls lacrosse team are still alive in the playoffs.
The Forest Park girls and boys soccer teams won the Cardinal District regular season titles on Monday night.
Playing at home in the City of Manassas on senior night Thursday, Osbourn walloped Stonewall 7-0.
The quarterfinals of the Evergreen District tournament left Brentsville District with a season-ending 13-7 defeat.
In what may have been the surprise of the season for the first-place Hylton varsity baseball team, Potomac routed the Bulldogs 10-1 on Friday night in Dumfries, handing the visiting team its first loss since March 27.
Bobcat boys’ 12-5 victory puts team one win away from state berth
© Gainesville Times"Where's Swingle at?! Where's Swingle at?!"
The calls of opposing defenses trying to locate Battlefield senior attackman Ryan Swingle whenever the Bobcats are set up on offense is familiar to sophomore midfielder Anthony Fraga.
In fact, he heard it on Friday night during the Northwest Regional quarterfinals.
"North Stafford just did it," he said after the Bobcats' 12-5 victory.
Sure, Swingle led all scorers with four goals on the night, so the Wolverines had every right to single him out as teams typically do.
After all, the starting football quarterback scored more goals than anyone on the lacrosse field in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area during the 2012 season.
His senior partner-in-crime Michael Hanlon tends to draw attention too, given that he's regarded as one of the D.C.-area most prolific pass leaders according to his assist counts through the years.
While a team's best defender may tag along Swingle all night and that same squad's No. 2 defender keeps an eye on Hanlon, Battlefield's depth chart is what has allowed the Bobcats to stay undefeated.
"We feel like our third attackman can out-play their third defender any day," said Battlefield head coach Kevin Marsh.
On Friday, that role happened to belong to the midfielder Fraga, who turned in a hat trick of goals.
It didn't end there though.
Senior Cameron Maples added two goals and an assist while also winning 15 faceoffs for the home team.
Hanlon, Aaron Turner and Zach Windsor each claimed a goal of their own and Windsor even picked up three assists, one of which happened to be Fraga's third goal.
"I didn't really have to do anything" except shoot, said Fraga, explaining the placement of the pass.
Windsor's performance is actually pretty consistent with how he's played throughout the year, according to Marsh.
"Zach has been providing, two, three points for us all season long," he said.
Battlefield started the first half relatively slow, leading only 3-0 at halftime.
North Stafford freshman Cole Bailey and senior Nathan Staggers even managed to score during the third quarter though Battlefield added four more goals, leading to a 6-2 Battlefield advantage with 90 seconds remaining in the period.
That's when Windsor fed Hanlon for one goal and converted him himself just before the whistle to boost the home team's margin up to six.
Senior captain Alex Boyd opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals for North Stafford, the first coming 11 seconds after the Wolverines won the introductory faceoff to starter the final 12 minutes of play.
Boyd buried his next shot after an assist from junior Cheyney Talbert at the 10:06 mark, making the game suspiciously closer than the Battlefield faithful intended.
"He showed some good composure and buried them for us," said North Stafford head coach Fred Donahoe.
At that point, Windsor and Swingle got to work, halting North Stafford's momentum.
Windsor passed to Swingle, who wound up a shot over his right shoulder from about 10 to 15 yards away from the goal and fired it in the net like a baseball pitcher staring at his catcher next to an empty batter's box.
Turner followed suit with a little bit of luck, shooting a ball that hit the goalkeeper's stick and fell over the goal line to put Battlefield ahead 10-4 with 7:09 to go in regulation.
Keller Quinn netted North Stafford's last goal less than a minute and a half later but Maples neutralized that shot with an assist from Hanlon just 45 ticks of the clock afterward.
Maples returned the favor, this time to Swingle for the final goal, a sidearm launch from his right side that hit the net with 3:37 left in the fourth quarter.
According to Maples, what worked well for Battlefield is that North Stafford spread out its defense, allowing larger attack lanes up front.
He also mentioned the Bobcats won the turf war of groundballs and turnovers.
"They're deep and they're good and they execute," said Donahoe.