Richmond, VA (June 9, 2018) – They say it's hard to beat a team three times in one season, let alone four. But that's what this state championship rematch was about and the Briar Woods Falcons held a 3-0 record in this season's previous meetings with the Stone Bridge Bulldogs.
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
Just after the opening whistle, the Bulldogs were dealt a tough blow. Potent attacker Christian Park suffered a head injury and was forced out of the game and into the concussion protocol. It was a setback from which Stone Bridge would never fully recover.
But the Briar Woods incredible attack had come to play. With or without Park in the game, the Bulldogs defense would have their hands completely full. And, by the time the first quarter ended, Briar Woods had built a 7-0 lead, not something you see in many championship matches--and they were just beginning.
Stone Bridge would finally get on the scoreboard to open the second quarter, but the Falcons would go on another blistering seven-goal tear that lasted into the third period and established the largest lead of the game for Briar Woods at 14-1.
It would be hard to call it a "comeback" since the lead was so large and the time remaining so limited, but Stone Bridge managed to surge with six goals of their own, a better representation of their capability. Briar Woods never let the margin go under seven goals, however, as the teams matched goals at two apiece for the remainder of the game.
Final score: Briar Woods 16 - Stone Bridge 9
|Players who could be clearly identified by jersey number are listed in the links below. Additional photos of these and other players may be viewed and purchased in the full gallery.|