The Robinson boys continued their torrent run through regional play with a 10-8 6A North Region semifinal win over Yorktown on Wednesday. It marked the 14th straight victory for a Robinson squad that hasn’t looked back since dropping three of its first four games this season.
After taking a four-goal lead into the fourth quarter, the Rams held off a late Yorktown rally to secure their spot in Friday’s region final against Langley. Yorktown dominated faceoffs for much of the night, but Robinson’s resurgent offense capitalized on the opportunities that came its way.
“Yorktown is a very, very good team,” Robinson coach Matt Curran said. “I knew that they were going to score goals. I was hoping that we could control the ball a little bit more on offense, but it didn’t work out that way. But I’m happy with the win. I told my guys, ‘Good teams find a way to win.’”
Robinson ended Yorktown’s blazing postseason run, which saw the Patriots cruise past Oakton before knocking off top-seeded South County 13-6 in the quarterfinals. The Patriots, who lost to Langley 10-9 in the Conference 6 championship game, threatened late but couldn’t quite solve Robinson’s stingy defense.
Since losing to Landon 15-1 on March 31, the Rams have been building a level of momentum that seems to be cresting at the right time of year. They have been aided by the return of junior attackman Chapman Jasien, who sat out the first four games of the season recovering from a torn ACL. Jasien scored a team-high four goals Wednesday night.
“I think it’s been a very disciplined approach to how we do things and just an energy level,” Curran said. “I think it started during our spring break tournament. It’s a difference in how our team approaches the game. It wasn’t initially a problem with the defense; it was the offense. Offensively we’ve been really disciplined, and we’ve put in some set plays that seem to really work with the personnel that we have.”
Robinson moves on to Friday’s region championship to host Langley, which took down defending state champion Chantilly, 7-6, in overtime on Wednesday. Senior attackman Billy Orme scored the game-winner 39 seconds into overtime to put the Saxons in the final.
Another dramatic regional semifinal went down at Madison, where the Westfield girls ended the Warhawks’ two-year reign over the Northern Region with a 17-16 double-overtime victory.
As the rain pelted harder, the drama grew more palpable for a Westfield team that let Madison rattle off four straight goals to tie the contest at 13-13 with seven minutes to play. Senior midfielder Molly O’Sullivan scooped up a shot that missed off the post and fired a shot into the net to knot the score at 15-15 with 40 seconds left in regulation.
Meghan Heick won the draw to start the second overtime period, setting up an O’Sullivan goal that pushed the Bulldogs into the state tournament. First they will play in Friday’s 6A North championship game against Oakton, which beat them 13-7 in the Conference 5 final two weeks ago.
“Oakton really outplayed us when we lost to them in the district championship,” O’Sullivan said. “I don’t think we’ll be on a high horse against them. We know that they’re just as good or better than us, so we need to play our best game.”