Yet as each Warhawk was called out over the public address system following their 20-11 victory over Oakton in the Virginia girls’ lacrosse final at Westfield, no one received a louder ovation than Rivera-Silva, whose outstanding play in the first half set the tone for Madison’s first state championship.
Rivera-Silva made several huge saves early on, as Oakton controlled the ball on the Madison end. Each stop, though, sprung Madison’s skilled attackers into the open field and yielded the type of quick scores that epitomized the Warhawks’ dominant play all season.
“I’m really proud of my performance,” Rivera-Silva said. “There are always plays where you can turn the momentum of the game around. . . . We work really hard on our transition.”