Varsity boys’ lacrosse ends season strong despite falling to Whitman in first round


Photo by Tyler Barberis

Senior defenseman Nate Jacobs analyzes the field in the game against Richard Montgomery on Apr. 1.

 Heading into the final stretch of the season, the boys looked to finish  on a high note after a slow start. The team went 3-4 through the first seven games, capped off by a hard-fought home loss to Sherwood on Apr. 22.

After the loss to Sherwood, the team traveled  to Northwest to play the Jaguars on Apr. 26. The boys absolutely dominated, securing a 12-1 win. This was huge for the team, especially coming off of a big loss, as the win set the tone for how the rest of the season would play out.

The boys played their biggest rival Churchill, on Apr. 27. The team traveled into the Dawghouse for a well-anticipated match, but lost  18-2. 

With only three games left, the boys’ only priority at this point was to try to win out, in order to secure a high seed for the playoffs. “With only three games left and the regular season winding down, we must do our absolute best to put ourselves in the best possible position for playoffs – that includes winning these last three games,” senior defenseman Reza Abediyeh said at the time.

All in all, the team did pull through with their promise. On Apr. 29, the boys defeated Poolesville with a respectable 8-4 final score. Then the team hosted Quince Orchard at home and beat the Cougars, 11-6, in an intense battle that led to a fight on Instagram in the @qolacrosse comment section. 

The last game of the regular season was the team’s senior night, against Blair, on May. 6. The team had eight seniors on the squad, and games like this are always a special moment for them. After originally being rained out, the game was made up the day after and the team defeated the Blazers 9-5. “Senior night was amazing and will be a day I will never forget. I am so happy to have played alongside my fellow seniors and made incredible memories along the way,” senior captain Nate Jacobs said.

The team finished the regular season with a final record of 7-5 and the team was lined up to play the Whitman Vikings in the first round of the playoffs. The game went down on May. 11, at Whitman. Before the game started, the boys’ starting goalie, senior Logan Kolisack, couldn’t play due to sickness. After a hard fought battle, the team just couldn’t pull through and fell to the Vikings 14-8, ending their season. “I’m devastated to see the season end. Lacrosse for me was always a place where I felt at peace. However, the future of Wootton lacrosse is in good hands, and I’m excited to see how the boys do next year,” senior captain Ian Smith said.