Jasien lifts the Rams in two OTs


The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY JOEY LOMONACO joey.lomonaco@wash­post.com

Through­out the week lead­ing up to Satur­day’s Vir­ginia 6A boys’ lacrosse fi­nal at Lake Brad­dock, Robin­son se­nior at­tack­man Chap­man Jasien couldn’t even sup­port his slen­der 140pound frame on his right an­kle.

Jasien rolled the an­kle at prac­tice Wed­nes­day and sported crutches and a walk­ing boot while miss­ing work­outs Thurs­day and Fri­day. Af­ter ob­serv­ing his as­sists leader “walk­ing gin­gerly” early Satur­day, Robin­son Coach Matt Cur­ran wasn’t sure Jasien would be able to take the turf at Lake Brad­dock for the af­ter­noon face­off against Chan­tilly.

But Jasien played, and with 2 min­utes 10 sec­onds left in dou­ble over­time, he cut back­side, col­lected a feed from all-Amer­i­can Jack Rowlett and fired a stick-side laser to give the Rams (19-4) a 10-9 win over the Charg­ers and de­fend Robin­son’s ti­tle.

“I knew [Rowlett] would be able to draw the dou­ble team and look up be­cause he’s a team player,” Jasien said. “He hit me on that feed, and I had the easy part of that.”

Robin­son’s path to a ti­tle de­fense was any­thing but easy. The Rams lost to Chan­tilly twice this post­sea­son — in the Con­fer­ence 5 and 6ANorth fi­nals.

“When they blew us out in the re­gion, wewere pretty much em­bar­rassed,” said Robin­son’s Chris White, who recorded a hat trick along with Jasien and Johnny Daniel. “We knew that there was no way that was go­ing to hap­pen again.”

Evan Har­g­reaves led Chan­tilly (20-3) with three goals.

As he re­peat­edly spurned Chan­tilly of­fer­ings flung at him with sea­son-end­ing force in sud­den-death over­time, ju­nior goalie Ryan Keith de­scribed feel­ing “the weight of the world on my shoul­ders.”

That weight was re­moved in the game’s fi­nal se­quence. Rowlett un­leashed a vi­cious body check near mid­field and col­lected a ground­ball. As Rowlett ca­reened to­ward the Charg­ers’ goal, two de­fend­ers pinned him in the cor­ner. He tried to dodge away from a trap but fell. When he pushed up, a streak­ing Jasien crossed his line of sight.

If mem­ory serves for Cur­ran, Jasien is re­spon­si­ble for ev­ery Rams over­time win­ner in the last three years.

“If he caught the ball, it was go­ing to be in the back of the net, no ques­tions asked,” Rowlett said. “He’s pretty ice cold in those sit­u­a­tions.”

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