Boys Lax: Up and down stretch leaves team uncertain about playoff hopes

After suffering two tough losses to losses to Churchill and Quince Orchard, the boys’ lacrosse team bounced back, destroying Sherwood and coming back to beat BCC, but then lost a heartbreaker to Urbana. The up and down stretch puts the boys record at 8-6.
Coming off two straight wins, the Patriots looked to keep the momentum going with they went to Urbana on May 4 in their season finale. The game was back and forth, but the Patriots offense couldn’t get the last goal they needed to tie it up. Many players were upset with the officiating, but that was out of there control as the Patriots ended up losing by one goal 9-8 ending their win streak.
In unusual fashion, the BCC game that started on April 20 was stopped in the middle of the second quarter due to lightning and couldn’t be finished that day.  BCC led the Patriots 5-3 when play was stopped and the stoppage may have been exactly what the Patriots needed.  When the teams came back out on May 2 to play the second half, the Patriots played like a different team turning the tides on the Barrons.  Led by junior midfielder Mason Romm, the Patriots offense couldn’t be stopped in the second half and the Patriots scored goals with ease. The Patriots defense was led by senior defenseman Will Quam and sophomore defenseman Aaron Strauss as the defense only allowed two goals in the second half, completely shutting down the Barons offensive attack allowing the Patriots to win 11-7.
After losing two straight games, the Patriots looked for a bounce back win as they took on Sherwood on May 1.  The Patriots jumped out to a lead early and never looked back dominating both ends of the field winning 18-3.  Romm netted an amazing seven goals as he continues to perform like one of the top players in the county. Junior attackmen Joe Montesano and Jake Warner each had multiple goals and freshman Nate Gilky and senior Benson Child each added a goal apiece. “My teammates got me good looks and I converted on my opportunities. We played as a team and really had the ball moving around. This was the best game we played this season,” Romn said.
On April 28, the Patriots travelled to Quince Orchard for a pivotal county game.  The Patriots started off slow and fell behind early trailing by as much as seven goals.  Behind Romm and Montesano, the Patriots stormed back but there comeback effort fell short as they lost 11-10. While they lost the game, they gained confidence from the way they played in the second half.
In what is always looked at as the biggest game of the season, the Patriots took on their rival Churchill at home on senior night on April 24.  Churchill is the top team in the county and is one of the favorites to win the state title.  The Patriots kept it close early only trailing 6-3 close to half time. Montesano made his season debut and scored early to keep the Patriots in it.  The Bulldogs opened up their lead in the second half and the Patriots had no answers as the Bulldogs dominated them winning 19-3.
The Patriots next game will be their first playoff game, too late to be covered in this issue.

Joey Voyta

Staff Writer

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