GAITHERSBURG – With rain splashing off his hat as time expired, Eleanor Roosevelt Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Scott Sorenson clapped as his players headed to the sideline. To his surprise, they were not upset. His players told him that this was a learning experience that they needed to go through that experience to complete their […]
GAITHERSBURG – With rain splashing off his hat as time expired, Eleanor Roosevelt Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Scott Sorenson clapped as his players headed to the sideline. To his surprise, they were not upset. His players told him that this was a learning experience that they needed to go through that experience to complete their goal of winning a state title.
“We are a family, we came together, and sometimes, you get your butt kicked,” Sorenson said. “And tonight, we got our butt kicked, and we have fun doing it, and we played hard the entire time.”
The Raiders’ quest of finishing their third varsity season with an undefeated record ended on May 19 after a stunning 17-1 loss against Severna Park High School.
The Falcons overwhelmed the Raider defense with 15 shots on goal in the opening quarter and allowed eight goals during the period. Senior attacker Hans Hansen scored both of his goals in the opening 15 minutes, becoming one of four players to score twice during the game.
Early in the second quarter, sophomore Chandler Grimes found senior captain Elias Kallon for Roosevelt’s only goal of the game. After allowing eight goals in the opening quarter, the Raiders played more physical on defense, limiting the Falcons’ high-powered offense to just two goals before halftime.
Junior goalie Jared Hamlin stifled the Falcons throughout the game, making eight saves. Before the semifinal encounter, Sorenson warned Hamlin of Severna Park’s shooting prowess, but no amount of advice could prepare him for the attackers’ fast movements and quick releases toward the net.
Despite Roosevelt’s defensive pressure changes, the Falcons added six second-half goals. The Falcons finished with 13 different goal scorers.
Sorenson said the growth of the sport will continue with his team as well as others in the county for the long haul. In the meantime, the Raiders coaching staff will continue to schedule games with private schools and lacrosse-rich sides to help Roosevelt become more prepared for the state competitions next year.
“We need to recruit more guys, practice harder and take opponents more seriously,” Hamlin said. “This was a great season, and we are capable of doing many things. We are going to go for the county championship and regionals again. We will be back here shortly.”
South River drops Roosevelt
Thirteen different goal-scorers thundered the South River High School girls’ lacrosse team to a 20-0 shutout victory over the Lady Raiders in the opening match of the state semifinal round on May 19.
Roosevelt, who finished its regular season undefeated and won the county championships on May 5, was unable to garner any position in the opening three minutes, losing every draw and allowing South River to score five goals.
South River, who was looking to win its first state championship since 2010, was ruthless on goal, finishing the first half with a 13-point lead. Sophomore Alexis Grant terrorized the backline by creating easy opportunities on goal for herself or her teammates. She finished with two assists and two goals.
The Lady Raiders’ defensive pressure and goalkeeping improved in the second half, limiting the Lady Seahawks to 10 shots and only allowed seven goals. The rotation of goalies used by Roosevelt combined for five saves.
“It was a great learning experience,” Head Coach Charles Mills said. “We played one style of team in Prince George’s County where we could do hard crashes (on attackers), and it came back on (us). We had to break ourselves out of that habit, learn to trust each other more and by the end of the game, we were finally doing that by staying with their person and trusting each other.”
After no shots on goal in the first half, the Lady Raiders’ offense gained its first advantage to start the second half. However, sophomore attacker Isabella Gandolph’s right corner shot flew over the net.
Midway through the second half, Roosevelt’s second-best chance to get on the scoreboard came on a free-position opportunity for junior Camille Lorente. However, the midfielder’s shot was saved, preserving the shutout for the Anne Arundel County-based squad.
Players were not upset by the humbling result, understanding the steps their program needs to take to win a state-winning title. Mills said despite losing five seniors, three of whom are vital parts of the defense, Roosevelt will be back to compete in the regional and state competitions again next year.
“Playing an out-of-county team is always special, and there are things we can do to prepare more for next year, but this was an educational experience,” Gandolph said. “For next year, we have to learn from (South River) and watch their attack. Their attack was beautiful, and if we can take what they saw and transition that to ourselves, we would be unstoppable.”