Blue Ridge lacrosse sprints past Covenant

Keegan Kozack scored five goals while Blue Ridge got tallies from eight different players Thursday afternoon in a 22-5 runaway against visiting Covenant.


Jack Charboneau and Christian Guttilla registered a pair each for the Barons, who scored the game’s first seven goals and never looked back to run their record to 11-6 with a road matchup against Flint Hill looming on Saturday. Tommy Collins had four assists for Blue Ridge, while Guttilla had three and Charboneau two.


Luke Sorenson gave Covenant (9-3) its first tally of the game with a bounce shot with 1:53 to go in the first quarter, going five-hole on Barons starting goalkeeper Tyler Carrichner. But Blue Ridge got Kozack’s third goal and one from Joey Szabo moments before the horn for a 9-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.


“It’s always important to get off to a good start, but we’ve been fortunate to have played well in the last few first quarters,” Blue Ridge coach Michael Herring said. “We’ve got a group of talented kids and got our fair share of draws today, and if we have the ball we’re pretty hard to keep out of the net.”


The Eagles scored two of the first three second-quarter goals, but Blue Ridge managed a 14-4 halftime lead and opened the second half on a 6-0 run before Herring emptied his bench for the final stanza.


Carrichner had five saves in the first half before giving way to Sean Horvath, who had four over the final two quarters.


“Both of them have had games where they’ve played really well, and both have games where I think they’d have liked to play better,” Herring said. “We’re still figuring it out.”


Covenant was led by Bryce Willetts’ hat trick and also got a goal from Cole Shackleford. For the game, Blue Ridge held a 20-11 advantage in faceoffs and won the ground ball battle 30-20.