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Churchill boys LAX lose heartbreaker to Severna Park in 4A state championship

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Severna Park High School's Colin Shadowens (14) and Winston Churchill High School's Merrick Willeford (1) battle for the ball after a face off during the Boys Class 4A Lacrosse Final played at Stevenson University in Owings Mill on Wednesday, May 22, 2018. The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker 8-7 in overtime to Severna Park High School, repeating the outcome of last year's final.  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHThe Severna Park Falcons' Colin Shadowens (14) and Churchill Bulldogs' Merrick Willeford (1) battle for the ball during a face-off in the 4A state championship game played Wednesday in Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University. The Bulldogs would lose a heartbreaker to the Falcons 8-7 in overtime, repeating last year's outcome. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHOWINGS MILLS – The rematch. The almost perfect season. Trailing early, leading late. One overtime period, one final Severna Park goal and the heartbreaking sting of defeat. One team with the county’s eyes upon it, still waiting for its first lacrosse state championship.

There wasn’t much else Churchill could have done Wednesday to secure a victory. The Bulldogs strode into Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University as an undefeated team that still had something to prove, even after three finals appearances in four years.

Churchill gave the two-time defending champion Falcons a rough ride, beating Severna Park in face-offs, total shots and groundballs. In the end, with a late goal reminiscent of last year’s walk-off winner, sophomore Michael Harmeyer raised his stick over his head and gave Severna Park its eighth lacrosse championship in school history by a score of 8-7.

A few Bulldogs sat on the field in stunned silence as the Falcons wildly rejoiced, sticks and helmets flying through the air.

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

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Undefeated Churchill boys LAX team wallops Howard, heads to states

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Churchill Bulldogs' Reed Moshyedi (3) leaps over an opponent while keeping his focus on the goal in the game against the Howard Lions. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH Churchill Bulldogs' Reed Moshyedi (3) leaps over an opponent while keeping his focus on the goal in the game against the Howard Lions. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  GAITHERSBURG — “We’ve got one more.”

That was the phrase that was repeated over and over in the Churchill Bulldogs varsity boys lacrosse team’s post-game huddle Saturday after the undefeated Bulldogs walloped the Howard Lions (16-2) at John H. Harvill Stadum at Gaithersburg High School in the 4A state semifinals, 14-4.

“We’ve got one more.”

One more game. One more shot at avenging last year’s loss and beating Severna Park. One more chance to go down in history as the first Montgomery County team to win a lacrosse state championship.

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Watkins Mill boys LAX team defeats Wheaton on Senior Night

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Watkins Mill's Aemi Abdelrahman (12) and Wheaton's J.R. Magluyan (20) battle for the draw. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKWatkins Mill's Aemi Abdelrahman (12) and Wheaton's J.R. Magluyan (20) battle for the draw. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  MONTGOMERY VILLAGE — Wheaton had no answer for Watkins Mill on Senior Night.

The Watkins Mill Wolverines varsity boys lacrosse team overcame an early deficit en route to a 6-3 victory Friday over the Wheaton Knights.

After a scoreless first quarter, JC Garay netted a goal with 10:28 remaining in the second period to put the Knights ahead, 1-0.

However, Watkins Mill received consecutive goals from Joseph Clark, Chris Crews and Selom Kalin-Samlan to take a 3-1 lead early in the third quarter.

“Winning on Senior Night is always huge,” said Watkins Mill head coach Max Bero. “I feel like we were playing a little distracted at the beginning and I like that we were able to at least maintain the aggressiveness. We didn’t let the distraction get in our head. We didn’t let the fact that Wheaton scored early get in our head. We were able to keep pushing and push past that to find success in the third quarter.”

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Churchill boys improve to 10-0 after throttling RM in LAX

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Churchill attacker Brady Altobello (27) fires a third period goal between two Richard Montgomery defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKChurchill attacker Brady Altobello (27) fires a third period goal between two Richard Montgomery defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — The undefeated Churchill Bulldogs boys varsity lacrosse team improved to 10-0 Friday after steamrolling the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets 18-7 in Shepherd Stadium at Danver Field.

The dominant victory was a fitting end to the Bulldogs’ celebratory evening. In addition to hosting Senior Night and Community Night, Churchill honored head coach Jeff Fritz’s 25 years at the helm of the boys lacrosse program by presenting him with a plaque before the game.

The pregame festivities seemed to energize the Bulldogs, who wasted no time getting on the board in the first quarter and didn’t ease up offensively as the game progressed. Senior attacker and Christopher Newport commit Brady Altobello set the tone for the rest of the night when he slammed in his first of three goals just 16 seconds into the game.

It appeared as though Churchill’s game plan was to score hard and to score often. The Bulldogs registered five goals in as many minutes and six different Churchill players scored in the first quarter as the Rockets reeled.

“I was really happy with the way we came out with a lot of intensity,” said Fritz. “We have a lot of respect for Richard Montgomery and we know they’re good, so we wanted to make sure we didn’t allow them to have any momentum. We wanted to come out early and get things rolling our way.”

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Landon boys narrowly defeat archrival G. Prep in LAX, 6-5

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Landon’s Joey Epstein (1) makes his move to intercept Georgetown Prep’s Jake Giulieri (8) who’s on his way to his fourth goal of the game.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK Landon’s Joey Epstein (1) makes his move to intercept Georgetown Prep’s Jake Giulieri (8) who’s on his way to his fourth goal of the game. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  NORTH BETHESDA — The visiting Landon Bears met the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas on the gridiron Friday in the latest installment of the area’s top boys lacrosse rivalry.

Landon senior Joey Epstein scored four goals to lead the Bears to a 6-5 road victory over the Little Hoyas.

“I don’t care what the sport is,” said Landon head coach Rob Bordley, “whenever Landon plays Prep, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, it’s going to be a dogfight.”

That was evident as Landon rallied from a 1-0 deficit early to take a 3-2 lead into intermission.

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St. Albans boys storm back to defeat Landon in lacrosse, 7-4

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St. Albans’ William O’Brien goes for the goal but Landon goalie Mitchell Laughlin comes up with the save. St. Albans would make a comeback in the second half to win the game, 7-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSt. Albans’ William O’Brien goes for the goal but Landon goalie Mitchell Laughlin comes up with the save. St. Albans would make a comeback in the second half to win the game, 7-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  WASHINGTON D.C. — St. Albans lacrosse head coach Rory Hyland tossed the game ball to senior captain Carter Tate. Tate, upon receiving the ball, immediately decided to share it with defenseman Hugh Preas. The two Bulldogs clearly had a strong rapport with each other, the same rapport that they showed on the field. It was behind these two senior Bulldogs teammates that St. Albans took down the No. 21-ranked team in the nation, the Landon Bears.

After struggling in the first half, St. Albans caught fire right from the opening whistle of the second half, storming back from a two-goal deficit, and upsetting Landon 7-4.

Strong defense characterized the first half for Landon. After allowing St. Albans to score the opening goal, Bears goalie Mitchell Laughlin became a brick wall in front of the net. Laughlin recorded 10 saves in the first half, and provided Landon with momentum in the early stages of the game. Brett Gallagher, John Geppert and Garrett Kurtz each recorded goals in the first half as Landon went on a 3-0 run. Going into halftime, Landon led St. Albans 3-1.

“We were settling for outside shots,” Hyland said of St. Albans’ offense in the first half. “We thought if we held on to it a little more, we would get some one-on-zeroes.”

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Landon Bears defeat Bullis Bulldogs in boys lacrosse

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Landon’s John Geppert scores his third goal of the day while being hammered by Bullis defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKLandon’s John Geppert scores his third goal of the day while being hammered by Bullis defenders. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  BETHESDA — National powers and conference rivals Bullis Bulldogs and Landon Bears met on the gridiron for varsity boys lacrosse Friday at Bordley Stadium at Triplett Field but when the dust settled the Bears emerged with a 10-5 victory over the Bulldogs.

Landon, who earned their third consecutive win, jumped out to a 7-2 halftime lead and never looked back.

The Bears were led by Joey Epstein and John Geppert, who combined for eight goals. Epstein, an Under Armour All-American, finished with five goals and three assists while Geppert added three goals and an assist.

Zach Johnson and Graham Hertzberg also scored goals for Landon and Garrett Kurtz contributed an assist in the winning effort.

“This is a good win to give us confidence,” said Espstein, a Johns Hopkins recruit. “We really believe we should win this league or we can win this league.”

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Rockville Rams beat Magruder in boys lacrosse, 7-5

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Rockville defender Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder sophomore middie Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTHRockville's Anthony Wentt (5) lays out Magruder's Cameron Russo (12) after Russo takes a shot on goal. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE — It was a tit-for-tat battle of attrition between the Rockville Rams varsity boys lacrosse team and the visiting Magruder Colonels Friday night that ended in victory for the Rams, 7-5.

Both teams played a strong defensive game and, as the game went on, the possibility of overtime loomed closer.

“The defense definitely played very well, they helped out the offense a lot,” said junior Rams midfielder Jonathan Brake.

First blood went to Rockville when they scored first, but the Colonels tied it up to start the back-and-forth pattern of scoring for the rest of the match.

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B-CC boys rout Quince Orchard 11-6 in lacrosse

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B CC Barons vs. QO CougarsGAITHERSBURG — Over the course of one quarter the entire game went south for the Quince Orchard varsity boys lacrosse team as the Cougars lost to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons, 11-6.

After clawing back to a tie at the end of the third quarter, the Barons outscored the Cougars six-to-one in a shocking about-face fourth quarter.

“They had a game plan. They executed it much better than what we wanted to do. They came out with more heart, more intensity and they beat us,” said Cougars head coach David Heiney-Gonzalez.

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Rockville Rams soundly defeat Gburg Trojans in boys lacrosse, 18-8

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Rockville’s Timmy Kren sneaks this shot between the legs of Gaithersburg goalie Jake Keeley for a first-quarter goal. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKRockville’s Timmy Kren sneaks this shot between the legs of Gaithersburg goalie Jake Keeley for a first-quarter goal. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The Rockville Rams varsity boys lacrosse team opened the 2018 campaign with a bang Friday by registering an 18-8 victory over the Gaithersburg Trojans at John H. Harvill Stadium.

Rockville was designated the home team but poor field conditions forced the game to be moved to Gaithersburg. However, that had little effect on the Rams, who surged to a 10-1 halftime advantage.

“Technically we were the home team,” Rockville head coach Jesse Rutter explained afterward, “because of the snow this week, we came and played it on the turf.”

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