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North Cross captures 2 state titles | High school

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of VISAA.

North Cross cooked up a pair of Division II state championships on Saturday as the Raiders’ men’s lacrosse and tennis teams scored road victories under a blazing Tidewater sun.

The lacrosse team won its second straight VISAA crown and third in the last four state tournaments with an 8-7 comeback victory at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in Suffolk.

Meanwhile, the Raiders men’s tennis team won their first state title since 2016 in slightly more comfortable fashion with a 5-2 triumph at Newport News’ Hampton Roads Academy.

North Cross trailed 6-5 heading into the fourth quarter of the lacrosse final until Ian Cann, Caleb Thompson and Jack Durham scored back-to-back goals for an 8-6 lead as the Raiders held off to a late gathering of the Saints.

Cann did his duty. He was part of the victorious North Cross 400m relay team at Friday’s VISAA Division II athletics meet, and he still managed to make it to Suffolk that evening for a final practice run. butt.

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“It was a pretty crazy weekend, but I’m glad it ended like this,” Cann said on his trip back to Roanoke.

Nansemond-Suffolk had a chance to force extra time but Saints missed a shot and Cann headed the ball across the boundary line to hand possession to the Raiders.

The year ended for Cann better than it started. The North Cross junior, who played wide receiver for the Raiders Football State finalist team, suffered a broken collarbone during the football season and was barely cleared in time to play at the butt.

“I broke my right collarbone this summer, and two minutes before halftime in the state championship game, I broke my left,” he said. “I was cleared two days before [lacrosse] the practice has begun. I was really excited to come back and be with the team and compete.

Thompson, Joe Mason and Durham each scored twice for North Cross (15-4), while Zane Ratliff had a goal and two assists and Ashton Cornett won 12 of 17 faceoffs.

The Raiders faced 2-0 and 4-2 first-half deficits but were unimpressed.

“Really what brought us back into the game was wanting to do it for the [four] elderly people,” Cann said. “The seniors being the captains they were this season, we want to do it for them even more.”

Saturday’s final avenged an 8-7 loss to Nansemond-Suffolk in April that left the Raiders with the second seed. A hard-earned 11-8 semifinal win at home on Thursday against Virginia Episcopal sent the Raiders to the championship game.

“The match was to take place at [noon] and they bumped us up to 11 to try and beat the heat, but it was scorching out there,” North Cross coach Chris Pollock said.

“It was back and forth, a good game, a close game. Maybe we just had a little more in us.

During the Newport News tennis final, the mercury hit triple digits.

North Cross didn’t sweat, taking a 4-2 lead after the singles. With doubles play being a strength for the Raiders all year, the outcome was inevitable.

Rees Wenk and Colin Chandel beat Cole Frankenhoff and Alec Reed 10-4 in No. 2 doubles to clinch the title as the other two Raiders teams led in their respective games.

“We’re a doubles team,” said North Cross coach Jim Schaefer.

North Cross won all three doubles matches to overcome a 4-2 deficit in the Virginia Independent Conference Finals against Covenant.

The Raiders (17-2) beat Covenant 5-3 on Thursday and had to make the long trip to Newport News overnight.

“We had a long game against Covenant and we cringed and drove four and a half hours,” Schaefer said. “[Saturday] morning, it was zero zero degrees. We were a little taken aback. »

Playing professional 10-game sets, North Cross picked up wins from Wenk (#3), Chandel (#4), Jacob Juneau (#5), and Tyler Bloomfield (#6).

This made up for losses to the top two spots in singles. William and Mary rookie Will Fan of Hampton Roads beat rookie Henry Lugar 10-1 at No. 1, while North Cross’ Connor Erwin lost an 11-9 game to Frankenhoff at No. 2.

“Our team was so resilient and enthusiastic,” Schaefer said. “It was awesome.”

VISAA Division II Boys Tennis Results

Will Fan (HRA) d. Henry Lugar, 10-1; Cole Frankenhoff (HRA) d. Connor Erwin, 11-9; Rees Wenk (NC) d. Ryan McCauley, 7-1, retired; Colin Chandel (NC) d. Alec Roseau, 10-4; Jacob Juneau (NC) d. RJ Winfield, 10-3; Tyler Bloomfield (NC) d. Eric Wei, 10-6.

Lugar and Erwin (NRA) led Fan and McCauley, 6-5, DNF; Wenk and Bloomfield (NC) d. Frankenhoff and Reed, 10-4; Chandel and Christian Lang (NC) led Winfield and Konstantin Garofalis, 7-5, DNF.

Contact Robert Anderson at or 981-3123