Seniors lead lacrosse to end of season, playoffs

By By: Matt Brothers-Sports Editor

The boys lacrosse team has pulled off strong victories against Northwest, Richard Montgomery and Whitman after an early season loss to rival Wootton. 

 “We are feeling good,” senior Matt Bank said. “We have really become more like a family over the past games. Everyone has each other’s backs.” 

 The Bulldogs blew out Northwest April 20, 15-1, with Bank scoring five goals. The starters did a good job of coming out strong and giving the backups a chance to play.

CHS clashed with Richard Montgomery April 16 and ended up on top, 9-5. The team attributes its wins to combined  efforts in practice.  

 “We have been working on ground balls, team defense and full field scrimmages during longer practices [the team has had],” senior goalie Max Kalicka said. 

 CHS took on a huge challenge and looked for revenge when they faced Whitman April 13 because this was the first meeting between the two since the Vikings knocked the Bulldogs out of last year’s playoffs, leaving CHS upset with an early exit from the playoffs. 

 The Bulldogs had a comfortable 6-2 lead at halftime, however CHS gave up five straight goals late in the game and found themselves down one with only a couple minutes left. 

 “Everything was going well,” Kalicka said. “But in the second half Whitman slowly creeped up. Then [late in the game] we went to our Bingo defense where the goalie comes out of the goal for extra support on offense.”

Senior captain Matt Risk tied the game with 39 seconds left and then two minutes into overtime, Bank scored the game-winning goal.

The only struggle the Bulldogs have shown this season was against rival Wootton April 10, with a 14-7 loss.  CHS’s struggle was against one of the best teams in the county. With better defense, the Bulldogs would have made a better appearance against the Patriots.  

 “We can continue to work on improving between the restraining lines,” head coach Jeff Fritz said. “That is our transition game. We have to clear the ball better to play deep in the playoffs.”
 CHS has shown strong leadership from its many seniors and has high expectations to continue its winning ways heading toward the end of the season and into the playoffs.

“We need to play better under stress,” Fritz said. “When trouble grows, character shows. We need to play with more discipline.”

Next up for the team is Damascus April 30, 7 p.m. at home.