North Cross Downs VES in State Quarterfinals

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North Cross senior #18 Paul Ross works his way around a check from a VES defender.
North Cross senior #18 Paul Ross works his way around a check from a VES defender.

by Bill Turner

The North Cross Raiders took on a greatly improved VES lacrosse team on Tuesday and came away with an 8-5 victory. The Bishops came to town ready to play after being shellacked by the Raiders earlier in the season by a score of 15-2. VES scored the opening goal and then went up 3-2 on spirited play before North Cross reeled off 4 unanswered goals late in the second period. Kurtis Naslonski scored 6 goals and Paul McNeil recorded 12 saves in the victory. Junior Naslonski has verbally committed to play at D1 powerhouse Villanova in the class of 2013. North Cross travels to Charlottesville on Friday to play The Covenant School in a rematch to see who will go on to Saturday’s final. North Cross split games with the Eagles during the regular season.