GREENBELT – The sun showed no signs of being shy, and neither did the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders girls’ lacrosse squad as they earned a victory over Charles H. Flowers High School. The Raiders’ 16-6 home win over the Jaguars on April 14 was not evident in the early stages of their game with the Jaguars. […]
GREENBELT – The sun showed no signs of being shy, and neither did the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders girls’ lacrosse squad as they earned a victory over Charles H. Flowers High School.
The Raiders’ 16-6 home win over the Jaguars on April 14 was not evident in the early stages of their game with the Jaguars. However, after readjusting its focus later in the first half, Roosevelt was able to put the game out of reach.
“We’re a young team that is learning and progressing nicely,” Raiders Head Coach Charles Millis said.
Millis’ team is equipped with four seniors in Caroline Halt, Taylor Daniels, Kailey Held and Rose Pierce. The rest are underclassmen.
After what appeared to be a close game early on in the first half, freshman Jeanette Betke swung the lead in favor of the Raiders at 3-2. From that point on, the Raiders never looked back, as Betke teamed up with fellow freshman Melanie Danso and senior Caroline Halt, to give the Raiders a 9-3 lead at halftime.
“I think we have played better than we have all season and I’m really proud of my team,” said Held, a Raiders captain. “(Danso, Ahalt and Betke) played phenomenally and they’re some of our best players.”
Betke led her team in scoring with a total of five goals, three of which came in the first half. Furthermore, she was able to score those five goals on just six shots.
Five of the final six goals for the Jags came from senior midfielder Kameryn Robinson. Robinson was a girl on the mission, pacing from defense to offense to help her team claw back.
“(Robinson) is very strong in most aspects of lacrosse, even though that’s not her primary sport,” said Jaguars Head Coach Jeff Ware. “She has been an anchor for the club and now the varsity team for all the games she has been playing.
“We competed. I’m very proud that we competed.”
As a senior captain, Robinson plays a total of three sports: lacrosse, basketball and soccer.
The year is a transitional period for many teams in Prince George’s County, as the club sport plans to morph into varsity level across the board. Only 8-of-24 players will be returning for Ware’s team, but it’s a “gradual learning process.”
“I think they did okay, but I think we should have done a little bit better,” Ware added. “Hopefully this is a matter of them developing. This is only the second game most of them have ever played.”
For most teams in the area, this season will consist of anywhere from seven to 11 games. Earning the win over the Jaguars and improving a record of 3-1, Millis predicts better play and execution as the season wears on.
“The team is growing and they’re hungry to learn, because they’re excited about the sport and they’re giving their all for it,” he said.