Woodbridge Senior Wins the USA Hockey National Championship

Woodbridge Varsity Ice Hockey Captain Wins National Championship with Ashburn Xtreme.


Heidi Park, Writer

Recently, Woodbridge senior, Chandler Lynch, competed in the USA Hockey National Championships in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  This tournament consists of the best teams around the nation. Lynch competed for a national title with his team, the Ashburn Xtreme.  Going into the tournament, the Xtreme held the number five spot in the national rankings. The team had high expectations to finally bring home a national championship to Virginia.  

Lynch, a defenseman for both Woodbridge and Ashburn, had already been to three national tournaments and came up short each time. When asked about his want to win in his final youth hockey season, he responded, “I, along with my team, have been working all year and for the past numerous years to go all the way and win what we deserve.” All of his frustration from losing in past years was the real motivator for his personal and team success. “We all feel like we could have won it every year we went to Nationals. We were all determined and extra motivated to finally get the job done.” 

At the tournament, Lynch was a big contributor to the back end of the team’s success. Through five games, Lynch tallied six assists and one goal to total seven points for the tournament. “It felt great being able to put up numbers tell our team prevail to wins.” Through all five games, the Xtreme went undefeated, winning four of them by three goals or more. “The team was determined to have a killer mentality when facing up against every opponent. we showed no mercy.” 

After beating Mission Arizona in the semifinals, the Xtreme advanced to the national championship where they would play the Northern Cyclones from New Hampshire. Having already played the Cyclones and beating them only 2-1, the Xtreme knew that they had a tough challenge ahead of them. “All of our nerves we’re very high going into the game, but what can you expect.  We knew how we had to play to get the job done and we were very determined.” The game started at a very high pace and stayed like that right until the very end. However, Ashburn used their skills and speed to put four goals on the board. Ask the clock ran out of time, Ashburn began to celebrate because they knew they had finally completed the job. The final score of the game was 4-1. “Words couldn’t describe the feelings that my teammates and I we’re going through. we couldn’t believe that we had finally won.” 

Lynch has dedicated his youth hockey career to become a better player, person, and champion. “I’ve been surrounded by the right people all my life who have helped me succeed in winning. I am proud to have represented my family, my club, my school, and myself. I couldn’t have had this success without anyone who has helped me along the way.”