Boys lacrosse wins two straight


Sophomore Alex Bellem plays defense in a game against the Falls Church Jaguars on April 10.

The Atoms boys lacrosse team has improved their record to 2-7 following two straight victories against the Falls Church Jaguars on April 10 and the Jeb Stuart Raiders on April 18.

The Atoms defeated the Jaguars by a score of 10-6 with sophomore Cameron Foti leading the team with three goals followed by seniors Matthew Vogus and Michael Nguyen with two goals a piece.

The team would defeat the Raiders 11-5 to pick up their second consecutive victory. Nguyen led the team with four goals followed by sophomore Alex Bellem with three goals.

“It was amazing when we beat Jeb,” Nguyen said. “It was even better when I scored four goals against them since I have a friend on their team and couldn’t let them beat us.”

The victories will serve as a confidence booster as the team struggled early on in the season with a seven game slide.

“Winning two straight felt great,” sophomore Sam Phan said. “We’re going to use the momentum for our last few games of the season.”

The Atoms look to practice hard in the following weeks in order to prepare for the final two games of the season.

“We are working really hard to continue our streak and try to make sure these last few games are worthwhile for the seniors because it’s their last season as Atoms,” Phan said.

There is a total of 10 seniors on the team who will be looking to make the final two games of the regular season as memorable as possible.

“It’s tough knowing that this is my last year playing, but I use that as motivation to work even harder,” senior Billal Kamara said.

The Atoms’ final two games will come against the Mount Vernon Majors on April 28 and the Thomas Jefferson Colonials on May 2.

“We are going to focus on the more important aspects of our game to improve for the last regular season games,” Kamara said.

The Majors have struggled throughout the season with a current 1-7 record. The game will be an opportunity for the Atoms to continue their current winning streak and keep the momentum rolling for the final game of the season against a 3-3 Colonials team.

Following the final games of the regular season, the Atoms will prepare for the first round in the Patriot Conference tournament.

“Our season had a rough start but we have been pretty successful as of recent,” Phan said. “I believe that the seniors and coaches will lead us to a pretty successful tournament run.”

With a possible first round victory the team will be able to advance the next rounds of the tournament and have a successful run.