Sibling 'Rivalry' Fuels Western Lacrosse Teams

As the Western Albemarle boy's and girl's lacrosse teams have made playoff runs, two pairs of siblings have a friendly competition going to see which team can advance the farthest.

"It's awesome to be able to keep on the competition at home," says Western Albemarle senior midfielder Justin Haws. "I just always come home and ask how her game went and how she played. She does the same thing."

"I think we have a little competition between ourselves going like to see which team can go father, so it makes it that much more fun," adds Justin's sister Julia, who is a sophomore defender on the girl's team.

The Haws are just two siblings in the Warriors' lacrosse program. Senior midfielder Dylan Curry and sophomore defender Hannah Curry also bring a mix of rivalry and support to the lacrosse field in Crozet. Like the Haws family, the Currys spend a lot of time practicing together in the offseason.

"In the summer and the winter we both play a lot together," said Hannah. "Especially in the winter when we don't have any travel seasons going on or anything, we like to go out and just really like play against each other and push each other."

Dylan says Hannah enjoys pushing him around when they play one-on-one.

"She likes to play defense and hit me," he says, laughing. "It's cheap but, you know. She always plays dirty because she doesn't let me get slack."

The extra practice and rivalries have paid off for both families. Justin was named to the 2014 All-Charlottesville Group first-team, while Dylan was named to the second-team as a midfielder. Both younger sisters were named second-team defenders in their sophomore seasons.

"It's awesome being able to see my sister succeed at the level she's at as a sophomore," Justin said of Julia being named All-Group.

"I was honestly a little shocked at first just because she is a sophomore, and I know there's a lot of talent in Albemarle County," Dylan said of Hannah's honors. "I was just really like proud of her, and that was a huge deal."

As both Warriors teams take the field for the South Zone semifinals on Tuesday and try to continue their playoff runs, the Curry and Haws siblings say they'll be supporting each other as much as they can.

"Were actually really close," said Dylan. "We both support each other a lot no matter how competitive we are, so it's a lot of fun."

"We do like to say like 'oh I did this in this game and I did this in this game,' just kind of like brag," Hannah added. "But you know, it's just sibling rivalry."


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