UPPER MARLBORO – The Frederick Douglass High School boys lacrosse team’s bid to win the 1A South regional title was dashed by Charles County-based McDonough, who scored 15 first-half goals on route to decimating the Eagles 19-3 on May 15.
The game was played six miles north of Douglass’ campus at Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School due to drainage issues on the Eagles’ home field. McDonough took advantage of the neutral site’s conditions and scored the game’s opening five goals.
Senior midfielder Marius Verdonk (top right) attempted to will Douglass forward, scoring their only goal of the first half. However, McDonough (8-7) would enter halftime with a 14-goal lead. Junior midfielder Brady Ferriter led the way with four goals while defenders Bruce Cornwell and Liam Reif added three goals each.
Douglass was more defensive in the second half, only surrendering four goals. Cornwell added his fourth goal for the Rams with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Eagles responded with a fast break play with junior midfielder William Fitch finding an open Verdonk for a buzzer-beating goal to end the period.
Rams midfielder Tanner Broadwater connected a 10-yard blistering shot for McDonough’s 19th goal of the game seconds into in the fourth. The Eagles gave the ball back to Verdonk to convert one more time, and the Lourdes University commit responded. He rushed through the heart of the Ram defense to complete his hat trick with five minutes remaining.
McDonough continued to fire shots at the Douglass goal at the final minute, with extra players committing to attack the cage. However, senior goalie Roulson Weekes (bottom right) made three saves to prevent the Rams from scoring their 20th goal and earned a round of applause from the visiting coaching staff.
When he heads off to college this fall, Verdonk said he hopes that his younger teammates learn from the experience and return to the regional round next season.
“Thankfully, they are young and have time. This big loss is defiantly the beginning of a new learning experience for them,” Verdonk said. “Hopefully, next year I am watching them in the stands in this round. There is work to be done, but it is not something that is impossible.”